Found April 05, 2013 on Atlantic Twine:
Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images The Boston Celtics’ forthcoming future ultimately weighs on the remaining games on their schedule, and specifically how the newcomers and veterans on the team can collaborate to flash off the true Celtic green. Whether Kevin Garnett returns to the line up remains to be at question, but what is known is the camaraderie and chemistry Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox, Jordan Crawford, Terrence Williams and Shavlik Randolph have shared in the past 12 games, despite the seven losses. Green, who is making an argument for the 2013 NBA Comeback Player of the Year, has produced 21.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in the previous 10 games. Within the four-year swingman’s hot streak, he has published 25-plus points in four of those games. Celtics captain Paul Pierce is surely going to get his 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per night, but Green will have to take on the heavy load of responsibilities in similar fashion to the Cleveland Cavaliers buzzer-beater on March 27. If that’s not impressive enough, the players around the left Achilles heal — Green — acknowledge what’s at stake and being relative with their designed roles. Williams, who finds himself gaining more playing time as the season dwindles down, is making paths for sharpshooters Terry and Crawford as well as offensive machine Bradley. The post game does need work, but right now the Celtics are preaching the fundamentals, particularly in the right Achilles heal, Randolph. The former Duke star, who has been looking for his opportunity to shine for some time, is creating havoc with opponents in the painted area. Randolph in the past 10 games has averaged a bulky 4.2 rebounds, but his performance against the playoff-caliber Hawks was nothing but startling and enjoyable for the C’s fans to embrace. And when Kevin Garnett or Brandon Bass need a breather, Randolph must apply a Sullinger-esque display game-in and game-out. Ironically, in the past few games, Randolph has been the talk while Bass and Wilcox have took a backseat. Celtics fans around New England know what they are going to get out of Bass, who averages 8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks every night, and Wilcox, who records 4.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game, but ultimately championship rings will be worn after a bolster of hustle and energetic plays, which lives in Randolph’s 6-foot-10 frame. The Celtics could potentially stay stable at the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, which would mean going toe-to-toe with the New York Knicks. But for Doc Rivers and company, the playoffs are more than just worrying about who is first in their path, it’s really all about Banner 18. And the way to get to the rafters is applying a new weapon and a variety of identities in the group of the 13 active bodies.
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