The fact that the Boston Celtics are in a rebuilding mode hasn’t stopped them from putting good display on the hardwood in recent weeks.
Aided by a clearly weak Eastern Conference, the Celtics have a legit shot at making the playoffs if things continue this way and they certainly helped themselves with a huge 101-97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Lifted by some of the young players that figure to be part of the team going forward – Avery Bradley had a great outing on both sides of the ball while Jared Sullinger was the standout performer tonight with a double-double – and even though the Celtics couldn’t shot the ball at an efficient clip, ‘Sully’ appeared every time Boston needed him to led the team on a tight contest in front of their fans at the TD Garden.
Sullinger finished the game with 24 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes, including a huge three-pointer with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter to put Boston ahead and they never let their lead go. It was a remarkable performance from the Celtics in the final stages of the game as they showed a lot of poise, grit and played like seasoned veterans in a game where they stepped up exactly when it counted.
Not much of this could’ve been accomplished without Sullinger’s performance tonight as he has shown this season why he will be one of the leading guys of this team going forward. He’s a scoring threat from all over the court and he’s also adept in the defensive end, exactly the kind of player the Celtics need to start turning things around for the franchise.