Celtics continue winning streak
Rajon Rondo may be out for the season but it does not mean the Boston Celtics are done for the season. The Celtics won against the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-104 for their fourth straight win since Rondo was injured.
However, it should be noted that the Clippers played without their star point guard, Chris Paul. Paul was out for his seventh straight game due to a bruised knee cap. The difference between the teams is that the Clippers have lost five of the seven games without Paul.
It was a close game and came down to just under the final minute. A 3-point shot by Eric Bledsoe brought the game back to 103-101, with the Celtics up 2. With 26 seconds left, Avery Bradley drew an offensive fowl on Clippers’ Jamal Crawford. Paul Pierce was not fouled when he had the final ball last and made a 3-point shot that ended the game and gave him a total of 22 points.
Both Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce believe that the Celtics should be playing better than they are, according to the Associated Press.
Rivers said, ”We beat a heck of a team and I’m very happy with that, but in my mind we can be better, much better, than we were today.”
Pierce then said, ”We’re playing good in spurts right now. We got stagnant at times. We didn’t defend at a high level in the second half. A win’s a win, but we made it a lot more difficult than we thought it should have been.”
The Celtics have been making good and necessary changes since losing their star player – which is why they’re playing so well. According to CBSSports, the Celtics have increased their eFG percentage from 49.1% to 52.2%, decreased the FTA rate from 30.5% to 22.1%, and they have increased turnovers from 16.4% to 19%. This makes up for their decline in turnovers to 17.1% of the time they have possession, which is the worst in the league.
The Celtics are not out of it yet and should not be taken out of the post season conversation.