Okay everybody, let’s play role reversal. Now Boston (7-12), dress up as the Bucks(hunter green). Milwaukee (3-13), well it’s time to put on the (shamrock) green of the Celtics.
That’s pretty much how it looked the last time these two teams squared off in Milwaukee on Saturday. It was as though the Celtics had forgotten that they just put together the most complete game as a team against the Cavs. And the Bucks looked as if their record was 13-3.
It shaped up to be a revolting development.
Bucks’ coach Larry Drew had his team play zone to open the game and waited to see if Boston would force a change by making shots. The zone defense worked so well that Boston made only 4-of-19 shots from long range and missed 40 of their last 62 baskets.
Tuesday night, however, Boston entered the rematch with the Bucks with a little more on their minds than their wardrobe. The Celtics, believe it or not, could tie the Toronto Raptors for first place in the Atlantic Division with a victory. Some incentive, wouldn’t you say? It was tough for the Beantown C’s, but they would outlast the Bucks in this contest leaving no doubt as to who was who and who wasn’t…………..who……….if that makes sense?….Yes? Well, you know what I mean,……don’t you?
At the opening tip the C’s established themselves as the real green machine. Boston went up as much as 15 points and had a 13 point lead chiseled to three twice in the fourth quarter. Jordan Crawford, 5-for-5 in the final quarter, kept the Celtics looking like distinguished gentlemen with 25 points and 5 assists.
A jump shot, before the shot clock expires by Jared Sullinger, gave Boston a 5 point lead that would prove to be a difference maker. Sullinger turned and avoided a double-team to make the big bucket.
A deeper sense of pride resonated from the Celtic green. Who would have thought that in the end, it would be the shade of green that would make the difference.