It was ugly and much closer than it should have been, but it's still a mark in the win column, and for the 1-2 Celtics, that is exactly what they need. Forget the fact that they needed overtime before they could put away the Washington Wizards, who were without John Wall and Nene, and just be happy that the Celtics are back at .500.
Despite how close the game was, the Celtics did not play that poorly. In fact, several players stepped up in a big way to power the Celtics to victory. These great performances led the Celtics to a victory over the Wizards and made the game fun to watch.
It's one of the simplest formulas in basketball: If Kevin Garnett plays well, the Celtics win. Throughout the playoffs, the Celtics lived and died by that formula. Now, up to this point in the regular season, the Celtics had mostly just died as a result of it, for Kevin Garnett had yet to have a great performance—that is, until tonight.
He had his best complete game since last season with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one key steal. And what do ya know, the Celtics won.
Kevin Garnett wasn't the only Celtics player to have his best game of the season, Jason Terry too had his best game of the season and his best game as a Celtic. We had seen great games from KG before and knew what he could do, but we had still yet to see a great Jason Terry performance as a Celtic, so this performance was even more noteworthy.
Really, Terry just did everything that he has been doing for the last decade or so. He came off the bench, brought energy and scoring and helped his team win. With 16 points and three assists, Terry led the bench and the Celtics to their second win of the season.
It was a welcome sight, and I think I speak for all Celtics fans when I say that we would love to see more of that in Boston.
This was not Rondo's best performance of the year, but it was pretty close. Finishing with 18 points on 7-11 shooting, 14 assists, four rebounds and three steals, Rondo had about as complete a game as anyone could ask for.
It wasn't his stat line that stood out to me, though, it was his jump shooting that did. The majority of his points came from outside shooting, and he was rarely missing. And as we all know, when Rajon Rondo is hitting his jump shots (much like LeBron James), he is just unstoppable. Hopefully, Rondo can continue to show the range and put up numbers like he did tonight.
Chris Wilcox is in a tough position coming back from heart surgery, but that isn't stopping him from taking advantage of every second playing time he gets. Tonight, he managed to score more points than minutes he played, finishing with six points in four minutes. That is a pretty impressive feat, especially considering that he was able to corral two rebounds and record a block in that time as well.
Sure, the sample size is small, but if he continues to play like this, than he will be earning a lot more than just four minutes every game.