Most people like to think about Christmas as a day of gift giving, receiving or other materialistic things. They fail to see the true meaning of Christmas which is NBA basketball and primetime Celtics action. In a highly anticipated rematch against the Brooklyn Nets the C's displayed the type of play non existent so far into the season. The defense was on point, the offense was potent and their wasn't a lack of theatrics. As a whole the Celtics players showed a consistent effort that should leave fans a little more confident.
Rondo set the tone early with an aggressive offensive approach. His assist totals weren't what they normally were but he shot the ball efficiently and like Doris Burke pointed out he had a lot of those " hockey assists" He finished the night with a team high 19 points 5 rebounds and 6 six assists. His defense spoke for himself as he kept Deron Williams from having any sense rhythm. He finished with only 8 points which I can't decide is more amazing then the play where Rondo stopped and popped for a three.
The bench duo of Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger were the other deciding factors in the game. Sullinger might have played his best game as a pro as he contributed 7 boards along with a healthy 17 points. It's amazing watching how good his hands really are and how he seems to always be in the right spot. Green wasn't lacking in holiday spirit either consistently giving the Celtics aggressive drives, thunderous dunks and even a spirit breaking three pointer. If it's the holiday season or the food he's getting but he played a great game and needs to keep this type of aggression for the upcoming season.
The Truth and the Ticket weren't exactly filling up the box score but each brought something big to the game. Pierce had a game high 10 assists displaying his giving spirit while also talking a little trash with the Brooklyn crowd. Garnett had two blocks two steals and 10 rebounds leading an energized Celtics defense that held the Nets under 80 points.
There were other little Celtics helpers too like the Jason duo and Brandon Bass. Collins and Bass brought a tough edge to the game and were both forceful in attacking the basket and rebounding. Their
efforts can be seen in the rebounding advantage the Celtics boasted, something that doesn't happen to often. Terry hit some big three pointers and is recovering from his abysmal stretch the past couple games. Overall it was a great overall performance and hopefully leads to a successful road trip out West.
Merry Christmas Celtics Nation I hope you appreciate all the good things we've been blessed with like not being from New York, Los Angeles or that dreadful place in South Beach.