The Boston Celtics may be heading into 2013-14 after a 2-6 preseason performance and a less-than-clever ribbing from Toronto Raptors CEO Tim Leiweke, but at least they have their 1-1 performance in Week 3 to fall back on.
Boston suffered a 104-89 loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves but rallied for a 101-97 home victory over a Brooklyn Nets team playing without Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.
While the win would have been more meaningful with Pierce and KG in the lineup, Boston at least got to send the much-maligned Jason Terry home with his tail tucked between his legs.
The C’s Week 3 brought some unexpected moments as well, with Jordan Crawford falling back to Earth in a major way, Gerald Wallace continuing to exceed expectations and Vitor Faverani staking his claim to the starting center job.
It’s safe to say that Brad Stevens is going to have a tough time putting this rotation together and divvying up the minutes.
The preseason is finally over, and the 2013-14 regular season is just around the corner, so let’s take a moment to assess the winners and losers from Week 3.