The last game the C’s played (against the T-Wolves), Avery Bradley assumed the role of the designated first quarter scorer and Jared Sullinger (
Johnny Jared on the spot) would be assigned the role of the closer.
Things worked according to plan. In the final period, Sullinger out-worked the NBA’s reigning king of the double-double, Kevin Love, en route to his fourth double-double. Sullinger scored 15 points, including a three-ball with 2:23 left in the game.
Enter: Motor City Pistons. Again Bradley gets the C’s off to another excellent start with 10 points in the opening quarter. This time Boston had gotten something that they didn’t factor into their plan nor did they possess in the preceding game: a 21point halftime lead.
Well, looks like the Beantown Ballers wouldn’t need a closer for this one. All they had to do is get through the next 24 minutes and they could have been home in time to catch the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Funny thing about plans: They’re not perfect!
Enter: Brandon Jennings, along with some languid defense from Boston. Jennings went for 28 points and 14 assists, along with 5 three-pointers. The last three proved to be the closer despite tight coverage from Mr. First Quarter himself, Avery Bradley.
To borrow a phrase: When you look around and things don’t seem great, just remember…………..RUN THROUGH THE TAPE!
The Celtics finished the game……..they ran through the tape. But the Pistons got there first.
Motor City 107 – Beantown 106
And on that note………….that’s all she wrote.by