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The Celtics stand at 4-4 after a week of 4-1 basketball after ending the first week 0-3. After the fourth loss, it did not look great for the green teamers.
They were almost last in every offensive category, but the winless Utah Jazz team changed that last Wednesday night. Against NBA odds, the Celtics then won two straight on the road against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat thanks to some clutch offense in the waning seconds of each contest. Jeff Green hit a huge three-point shot at the buzzer to beat the heat. On Monday. the Celtics were able to cruise passed the Magic, 120-105.
After that clutch shot against LeBron James and the Miami Heat, Green looks to be the man on this Celtics club in the early going. He hit the shot with 0.6 seconds left in the game while fading away from the basket to give the Celtics the 111-110 victory.
The 27-year-old leads Boston with 16.9 points per game and has made some really clutch shots in the fourth quarters against the Magic and Heat in the back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday. If the Celtics hope to continue riding this momentum, then Green needs to play well on a consistent basis.
After starting the season 0-4, Brad Stevens took one of his reserves and put him in the starting lineup. Crawford got the call at the point, which moved Bradley off the ball and was able to free up some shots for the 22-year-old. The Celtics are 4-0 in those games and are shooting over 66 percent in the last two. Bradley has averaged nearly 16 points each game as the shooting guard in those four starts.
As the point guard, Bradley was turnover prone and averaged nearly four per contest. He also only handed out 12 assists in his four starts.
Crawford may look a little awkward at times, but he is fourth on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game. He leads the team with 4.3 assists a game and has totaled 23 assists over the last four. With a total of five turnovers in the four starts, the 25-year-old will likely remain at the point until Rajon Rondo returns later this season.
The Celtics will look to make it five straight wins when they face the Charlotte Bobcats at the TD Garden Wednesday night.
After that, they have a tough stretch against three straight teams with winning records, including the Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets on back-to-back nights starting this Friday.
If the Celtics can keep scoring at this rate, they should be able to make this season more interesting than many analysts and fans thought they would.
Record prediction for the coming week: 2-2