It's a good thing the NBA's preseason doesn't count for much, because the Boston Celtics and their 1-5 record have not exactly been putting the league on notice. The C's finally notched their first win with a drubbing of the New York Knicks' garbage-time team, but they lost a pair of heartbreakers to the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors by a combined four points.
Still, new coach Brad Stevens officially has his first win in the NBA and there is much more to like about Boston in Week 2 than there was in Week 1. The team is still nowhere near championship contention and the offense looks like it could be historically dreadful without Rajon Rondo, but some key players have stepped up and provided some much-needed relief on the offensive end of the floor.
Stevens is still tinkering with his lineups, but he seems to have found some success with players like MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford in the backcourt, while Jeff Green has begun to show some signs of life after a dismal start to the year.
The Celts' preseason is winding down with just two games remaining before 2013-14 officially tips off against the Raptors in Toronto, so let's take a moment to reflect on the winners and losers of Boston's Week 2.