The act of combining various ingredients in a large pot to create a nutritious, filling, easily digested, and simple to make/serve dish, is usually called making soup. When you get a group of players to unselfishly pass the ball, push the tempo on offense, play tenacious defense, hit a decent percentage of their shots from the field, and wear green and white uniforms–well they’re usually called the Boston Celtics.
You could say that the “C” in Celtics stand for “Cooks”(if you will… for the sake of being mawkish), as they served the Magic a hardy helping of textbook basketball. There was (Brandon) Bass hitting the glass; (Jeff) Green putting up sixteen (points); (Paul) supplying Press-(ure)-ey and Olynyk giving a clinic. (Hey, I couldn’t help myself, ok?)
Everyone put forth their best efforts for a collective output that resulted in the C’s shooting 60 percent from the floor. That was the highest percentage since April 10, 2012 (Miami Heat). Just like any good soup, the right combination of herbs and spices will release an appetizing aroma. And the hometown fans got a chance to sit back and enjoy a whiff reminiscent of vintage Celtics’ basketball.
I.. think.. there.. was.. a.. time.. during the game when the floor of the TD Garden Center appeared to have a type of parquetry (remember the Gaaauden?).
(Here comes Mr.) Jordan Crawford, who dished out 10 assists, seems to be curdling well with backcourt teammate Avery Bradley. Bradley (season-high 24 points) was relentless on defense against Jameer Nelson, limiting the veteran guard to just three of his ten shots from the floor. And that wasn’t all that went into the pot. Nine C’s scored in double figures with Kelly Olynky (7 of 9 from the field) and Jared Sullinger (7 of 9 from the field) being key standouts. The Celtics also had two players with three steals and two players with two blocks.
Getting hungry for more?
That’s four in a row for Coach (Chef?) Stevens. What’s next on the menu?