The Boston Celtics had arguably their best win of the season today, defeating the Brooklyn Nets on the road 93-76 behind a dominant performance from the bench. Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger both came to play today and were the main reasons why the Celtics looked so good away from the Boston Garden. This was their most complete win to date and this was exactly what GM Danny Ainge was looking for when he constructed the bench unit over the summer.
The main guys getting minutes today were Sullinger, Green, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Bass. With Jason Collins now in the first unit, this is the rotation you will most likely see from here on out. Jason Terry will most likely join in once Avery Bradley returns from his shoulder injury sometime in the beginning of January.
If the Celtics can get consistent performances out of these guys, then they suddenly look a lot more dangerous in the Eastern Conference. Besides the Miami Heat, the conference is really wide open and the Celtics have the ability to make progress as the season moves on. The bench in the preseason was considered the team’s strength, but up until now, they had done nothing to validate that belief. Lee has struggled for the whole season and Bass and Green have been very inconsistent. Sullinger has been a bright spot, especially based on where he was drafted in this past summer’s NBA Draft.
If the Celtics can get improvements from their second unit, the team will no doubt see its record improve as the season continues on.
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