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Celtics show promise in Christmas win. Nets… it wasn’t pretty.

Dec 25, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

Jared Sullinger, Andray Blatche AP

Boston should be better than a .500 team, which is how they came into Christmas Day. We keep expecting them to have a nice easy win, a jumpstart to start finding their groove. They need to find a team that would roll over and pretty much die for them.

Enter the Nets on Christmas.

How ugly were the Nets? Their CEO Brett Yormark tweeted after the game: “Nets fans deserved better today. The entire organization needs to work harder to find the solution. We will get there.”

The struggling Nets offense shot 40.6 percent for the game and had an offensive rating of 88.6 points per 100 possessions. Combine that with Boston getting good production off the bench from Jared Sullinger (16 points) and Jeff Green (15) and you get an easy 93-76 Celtics win.

If you want to know about this game, it essentially ended in the second quarter when Boston outscored Brooklyn 34-18. The Nets shot 36.8 percent for the quarter as they went with a smaller lineup. The Celtics picked up their defense, then Boston turned the stops into some easy buckets going the other way in transition. Jason Terry had 8 points in the quarter and was +16 in the 12 minutes to help push the win.

That quarter just seemed to deflate the Nets, which has happened a lot lately. In the second half, Gerald Wallace played hard and killed it, the rest of the Nets went through the motions. For the game Brook Lopez shot 5-of-12, Joe Johnson 4-of-14 and Andray Blatche 3-of-9. Deron Williams had 10 points and 6 assists, Rajon Rondo had 19.

The Nets have lost four of their last five and 9 of their last 12.

But as bad as the Nets were, don’t let this take away from a quality win for the Celtics. They came out and played hard, played smart and played like a team starting to figure it out. Maybe they will, remember they started last season 15-17 before flipping the switch. There are still questions about consistency of the bench play and what happens to their defense when Kevin Garnett sits, but they needed a few nice wins to get a flow going.

This could be one. They found a perfect doormat to get healthy against.

  1. scalfor3 - Dec 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    This Celtics fan thinks the Nets big money guys need to take a clue from Gerald Wallace. He was playing his ass off trying to get them back into it while Williams, Johnson and Lopez went through the motions.

    Also is MarShon Brooks in the doghouse? They need an offensive spark and he’s a guy that can get hot and score in bunches.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Hoops fans everywhere can look forward to the Celtics/Nets battling all year……for the 4th seed. Epic

    • andyhr17 - Dec 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Celtics were the 4th seed last year and it worked out pretty well for them.

  3. scottheis82 - Dec 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    where’s paulhargis??? well Congrats your C’s looked pretty good today… happy holidays

  4. drunkenjunk - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I feel bad for Nets fans. I still can’t believe Danny Ferry fleeced y’all into taking the albatross Joe Johnson. All that money and he’s just gonna get you bounced in the 1st round.

  5. doublezero74 - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Thanks Kurt for the backhanded compliment that the Celtics beat a team that rolled over and died for them. Luckily they found a doormat to beat up on, according to Kurt “laker ball washer” Helin. You simply can’t give the Cs their due when they win and frankly its petty.

  6. biasedhomer - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Nets are mediocre at best. Been saying it all season. Humphries and Wallace are bench players. Joe Johnson is just a name.

    Deron Williams has no talent around him. He can’t do it all by himself.

    • dko83 - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      I agree with most of what you say but I’d still take G.W. on my team any day…

    • jmhall2369 - Dec 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      There’s talent around Williams. Having Lopez out those few games then coming back with limited time hurt them. Some of the parts don’t match with Avery Johnson’s scheme, plus the team needs to get some guys who can help their transition game.

  7. sportshistory2day - Dec 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    On this day, 48 years ago, with Willie Naulls replacing an injured Tommy Heinsohn; for the first time in NBA history, a team had a starting lineup that was all Black. Coach Red Auerbach says he didn’t even realize what he had done until a reporter pointed it out to him a few weeks later. Along with their all Black starting team, the Celtics also had an all White bench.

    http://www.sportshistorytoday.com/celtics-start-black-team-december-26-1964/

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