The Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards 89-86 last night in the nation’s capital for their first win of the season behind a strong performance by captain Paul Pierce. The Celtics were up for a majority of the game and almost let it slip away at the end before Pierce bailed them out with a clutch three.
The scoring output was pretty balanced for the most part and that is the type of production fans should expect to see on a frequent basis. There won’t be many games where one guy goes for 30-35 and no one else scores in double figures. The Celtics have a number of weapons and any guy that head coach Doc Rivers puts on the floor is expected to score.
When GM Danny Ainge built the team over the off season, he went the more depth route, preferring a roster that provided the team a number of different options to score the ball. The Celtics have never had this kind of depth, and it must be a nice feeling to know that your 11th man, when everyone is healthy, is Leandro Barbosa.
Courtney Lee struggled in the game and he is a guy the Celtics clearly need to get going. He only had seven shot attempts and that number will absolutely have to go up, as he is a guy that should have a nice role in this offense. He is very consistent from three point range, especially in the corners where he typically makes his living.
Winning on the road is always difficult no matter the opponent. The Wizards played without John Wall, but they still put up a fight and the Celtics left town with a win. The Celtics’ next game is on Wednesday night against the same Wizards team, this time at home in the Boston Garden.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18