Grading Initial Performance of Boston Celtics' New Bench Players

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Grading Initial Performance of Boston Celtics' New Bench Players
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Who's going to step up?

The Boston Celtics have finally begun receiving a full-team effort as of late. A big part of that has got to be the success of some of their key reserves.

However, it’s the newest additions to the team that will be the ones to take the Celtics over the edge.

All season long, the poor play of Boston’s bench has been a hot topic. One might even suggest that it was a prime reason the team struggled to stay above .500 for much of the season.

But lately, the Celtics reserves have helped put those rumors to rest.

Over its last five games, Boston’s bench has averaged 38.3 points per game. That includes a massive 46-8 bench advantage during Friday’s 107-102 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

On the year, the Celtics rank No. 15 in the league in bench production, averaging 33.4 points per game. That’s a significant improvement over the 21.4 points per game they averaged last season (No. 29).

But while Jeff Green and Jason Terry get much of the credit for the bench revival, they are not the only ones putting in the work.

More specifically, big things are expected from some of the newest players to don the Boston jersey.

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