Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Once again, we recap the best and worst of the Celtics Opening Week. So far the Celtics are 1-2 to start the season, having lost both the road and home openers but winning against the lowly Wizards last night. Let’s take a look at what else is up in Celtics Nation: Too ‘hot’ to handle: The Celtics came into Opening Day with one thought: beating the Miami Heat to a pulp. That didn’t happen, as the Heat ran away with the 120-107 victory amidst a sea of questionable and dubious calls. I don’t want to sound like a homer, but I had at least seven or eight calls that went Miami’s way. Still, it was not an excuse for the porous defense and lack of defensive pressure. If there was anything we can take away from that game, it’s that the Celtics offense looks good, even if Jason Terry, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee still haven’t found their strokes yet.. Jared Sullinger and playing under the rim: I really, really like Jared Sullinger. So it pains me to write about his one major shortcoming: his lack of lift and his below the rim style of play. I can relate somewhat to Sully because I play the same way he does, but the concerns are real. Against an athletic team like Miami, Sullinger will get blocked. But he is an old school bulldog and will not give up on plays easily. He will put the ball in the hoop and and I love how he crashes the boards as well. He got his first career start last night against the Wizards as well, so Doc is quite high on Sully. And we have some excellent examples of NBA players with the similar dilemma who have thrived in the league and while I think it’s a stretch to think of Sully as the next Kevin Love, he fits on this Celtics team quite nicely. Punk play or not, Wade needs to grow up: Please, D-Wade. You’ve had your share of so-called ‘punk plays’, and one of them even happened at an All-Star Game. Granted, it was Kobe, and maybe I should thank you for that, but I can’t forget your pivotal role in breaking Rajon Rondo’s elbow in the 2011 Eastern Semis. I just can’t. I don’t get why you keep complaining when you feel like you were fouled and it was not called, and I don’t get why you were so upset with Rondo not allowing you to coast for a layup. You were winning. You think our boys would allow you to coast for an easy two points just to rub the salt in the wound? Please. The return of Ray and the ‘cold shoulder’: It was weird seeing Ray Allen wearing white. And while I was a bit moved by his hug with Doc Rivers and his acknowledgement of the coaching staff, I couldn’t help but laugh when he tapped Kevin Garnett on the shoulder and KG didn’t even flinch. I love both these guys, and as Stephen A. Smith acknowledged in his show, they are just being their true selves. Allen wanted to let KG know that all is well and he has love for him, but KG didn’t want any of that. Not in the middle of a game, no less against the hated Heat, at least. Stopped by the Buck: I honestly thought the Celtics were going to run all over the Milwaukee Bucks, especially after Brandon Jennings’ proclamation that he was upset for not getting the contract extension offer he wanted. I honestly thought the Celtics were going to have an easy time toppling over this overmatched roster with ill-fitting pieces. Needless to say, I was wrong. Brandon Jennings was magnificent, or at least the atrocious defense made him look good, as the Bucks cruised to a 99-88 win in the TD Garden. I didn’t like the booing at all, but I guess the Garden faithful had to do something to light a fire under the team. Cue Kevin Garnett making the ‘pack of hyenas’ speech. Makes me wonder if KG watches a lot of National Geographic or Discovery Channel. A win is a win is a win:  I was up early for this one, as the Celtics got the first win of the season out of the way with an 89-86 thumping of the depleted Wizards. The trademark Celtics defense was on display in the first quarter, allowing only two points for the first seven minutes while scoring seventeen. It was an exciting glimpse of that this team can do when the offense and defense come together. It got a bit too close for comfort in the fourth, but as I have said time and time again, even on a bad shooting night, Paul Pierce will drain that dagger shot that kills the hearts of the opposition, and that is exactly what he did tonight. Props to Kevin Garnett for two surplus defensive plays: getting the youngster Kevin Seraphim to turn the ball over when the Celtics were only up by one, and cleanly contesting Martell Webster’s desperation three pointer as time winded down. Final thoughts: It’s a long season, and we are still figuring out where the new pieces fit on both sides of the ball. Like the classy former Celtic Marquis Daniels, I will preach patience with the 2012-2013 Celtics, because it will take time to make the adjustments needed. Fortunately, there is plenty of time. It’s not like the Celtics are blowing a late-season division lead already.        That’s all for now, but be sure to check back Tuesday when the Celtics host the Wizards (yes, them again) at the TD Garden.  [Discuss on CG Forums!]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Irving scores career-high 55, hits game winner

FCS star QB considering transferring to Oregon

Gronk on interest in his partying: 'I'm a baller'

Jim Harbaugh looking to flip No. 1 quarterback recruit

Colts' suspension of Richardson voids $3.1 million

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Five players replacing the biggest names in Pac-12 for 2015

Report: Broncos hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

LeBron James misses Cavs-Blazers game due to wrist injury

Iceman: Thompson’s 37-point quarter doesn't break his record

Mayweather visited Pacquiao’s hotel room for private meeting

Seahawks GM: Russell Wilson's contract 'presents challenges'

Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

Phil Jackson's old Knicks teams used to deflate balls

David Blatt: There should be more LeBron MVP talk

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting son during SB week

WATCH: Marshawn, Gronk play Mortal Kombat with Conan

Armstrong: I’d use PEDs again under same circumstances

Top five free agent quarterbacks

Report: NFL investigators to consult physicist on Deflategate

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Best prop bets about the Super Bowl broadcast

Ten worst teams to ever play in a Super Bowl

Marshawn's new stiff arm to media: You know why I'm here

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Best Super Bowl ads of all-time

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Ten worst teams to ever play in a SB

Six MLB teams going all-in on 2015

Patriots' keys to Super Bowl victory

Seahawks' keys to Super Bowl victory

DeflateGate ball could fetch $50K

Doug Baldwin ready for Revis Island

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

Barnes unhappy with NBA over fine

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.