Boston 105 Milwaukee 100
What a way to end the season. The Cs now head into the playoffs winners of six in a row, with a record of 24-12 in their last 36.
Both the Cs and Bucks had outlandish Assist numbers: Boston had 37 and Milwaukee tallied 35. Surprisingly, Phil Pressey led the team off the bench with 7, while Marcus and E.T. each had 6.
Being the final game of the season, Brad told reporters yesterday that he would go deep into the bench. Not deep enough to give Chris Babb any floor time, but my man James Young played 24 Minutes. He finished with 9 Points on 3/7 Shooting. Zeller, Bass and Turner didn’t surpass 20 Minutes, while the guy who was out there the longest (Sullinger) only played 28.
Gigi Datome led all scorers (yeah, that’s right) with 22 Points on a sharp 9/15 clip. He was flanked by the trio of bench bigs, Kelly (16), Jonas (16) and Sully (11). Sully’s biggest contribution, though, was his uncharacteristic 3 Blocks, surely a welcome sign heading into the postseason.
I could delve deeper into this game, but I’m not going to. The best players for both teams hardly played, and there was nothing at stake for either squad.
At this time last year, the Celtics ended their season 25-57, with dark clouds hanging all around. It was hard to be optimistic at the start of this season, and when Avery Bradley steadfastly declared playoffs as the goal for the team, it seemed implausible.
We’ve witnessed a dramatic change in culture amongst the Boston Celtics. Brad has everyone drinking his Kool-Aid, and any lingering pessimism from last season got checked at the door. The Celtics are well ahead in their rebuild, and now they’re headed to the playoffs with a chip on their shoulder. Hardly anyone expects them to get past Cleveland, but they’re confident.
Regardless of what happens next, it feels great knowing that 14 teams’ seasons are over, and the Cs aren’t one of them.
Game 1 on Sunday.
Homer Johnsen is a freelance writer and Chairman of the Boston Celtics’ Department of Excellence. He has been working overtime since February. His Celtics reactions and Certificate in Excellence Training are accessible right here on HeresTheDealLikeShaquille.