So, what has Boston’s preseason been looking like so far? Well, they’ve yet to win a game against NBA teams, but will have four more cracks at it before the regular season begins.
The Celtics started off their summer in Europe and ended up playing two “official” preseason games over there. The first was against Istanbul in a game they lost 97-91.
They then rebounded with a 105-75 thumping of Milan at the Mediolanum Forum in Italy.
After a few days of practice back in the United States, Boston got back into game action by hosting the New York Knicks. They lost 98-95 in overtime. Two days later they traveled to the City of Brotherly Love and lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 107-75.
It’s been good to see some of the new faces for the Celtics intertwine with the veterans.
Jeff Green, who sat out all of last year, leads the team in preseason scoring with 13.2 points per game. He’s shooting 52.6 percent in four exhibition games thus far.
First round draft pick Jared Sullinger has also been handed extended minutes, and he’s made the most of them. Sully’s averaging 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest so far.
The regulars have all been getting some time too. Paul Pierce is putting up 12.5 points per game and Rajon Rondo is also averaging double-digit scoring. Brandon Bass continues to be his efficient self, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor en-route to 9.0 PPG.
Boston’s being very careful with Kevin Garnett, who’s not been seeing too much court time. The Cetlics want to save him up for the regular season, especially with the NBA having a full 82-game schedule now. Doc Rivers wants his man fresh for the playoffs, no doubt about it.
From what we’ve seen so far, Boston’s new rotation is looking quite good. They should make some money this season will will be popular in the NBA picks come the start of the regular season.