Originally posted on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 2/1/13
With tonight’s victory over the Orlando Magic the Celtics have won three in a row and clawed their way back to .500. Forgive me if I’m not all sunshine and duck boats, but I don’t think wins over the Sacramento Kings and the Orlando Magic (without Glen Davis and Aaron Afflalo!) tell us anything about where this team stands after the loss of Rajon Rondo (and now Jared Sullinger). The win over the Heat was certainly nice, but the Celtics needed that win far more than the Heat did (also I don’t think the Heat got up for that game) and the Heat have beaten the Celtics when it’s counted in the playoffs two years in a row. There are certainly players that have come alive after Rondo’s injury (Jason Terry comes to mind), but I think it’ll be a bit before we actually see this team play in a game that really helps us gauge where the Celtics are at. For now I’m going to enjoy the grit, grind, hustle, no-quit attitude of this Celtics team and try not to think too hard about it. Lets get to the recap:Jeff Green led the team in scoring with 17 points. Doc Rivers said Green would have to pick up some of the rebounding slack, which didn’t really happen because Jeff Green didn’t suddenly become a different basketball player (he had four rebounds in the game). Green rounded out his stat-line with four assists, a steal, and three blocks.Paul Pierce was not terrible and unlike Jeff Green he DID pick up the rebounding slack, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in 29 minutes of play. The Captain has now had double digit rebounds three games in a row.Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa continued their fantastic post Rondo play (both succeeding for different reasons), combining for 24 points on 10-19 shooting.Chris Wilcox played five minutes to Jason Collins’ 11, which while insignificant in the grand scheme of things still fills me with rage.Fab Melo played less then both of them, only getting on the court for the final two minutes of the game. That wasn’t unexpected though, and Fab Melo had a hilarious attempt at a rebound which reminded me exactly why I love Fab Melo so much.The Celtics as a team had 56 points in the paint and 30 assists on 42 made field goals while shooting 50%. That’s not going to happen every game, but those are some pretty nice numbers, especially for a team playing without a real point guard.The Celtics continue to play good team basketball but it’s not exactly coming against the stiffest competition. In fact, I should be worried; the Celtics of old would never get up to play a team like Orlando. The C’s next game will come against the Clippers (without Chris Paul), followed by Toronto (meh), and Lakers (who are a mess), so we might not get to see this team face solid competition until next Sunday’s tilt against Denver. Until then, enjoy the Celtics playing hard and hanging tough in the face of adversity.Follow Jordan on Twitter: @OffensiveG
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best basketball players never to play in the NBA
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Leicester City put up three goals in first 20 minutes against Manchester City

Houston regent: Lane Kiffin ‘was not a safe hire’

Adam Jones takes a shot at Terrelle Pryor

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead deny ‘toxic’ relationship reports

‘Field of Dreams’ 24-diamond complex clears final hurdle, will build on site from film

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Dorial Green-Beckham fined for wearing non-charity Yeezy cleats

Chargers GM won’t commit to Mike McCoy’s return in 2017

Report: Police close to arresting Matt Barnes for alleged assault

Carmelo: Cryptic Instagram posts were about Phil Jackson

DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors won’t go away

NFL folks think Jabrill Peppers ‘more hype than substance'?

Winners, losers and what is still pending from baseball's 2016 Winter Meetings

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

Five teams on upset alert in NFL Week 14

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Box Score 12/9: Carey Price has had enough of your nonsense

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

Ten most significant developments of the NBA season

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

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

Winners, losers and what is still pending from the 2016 Winter Meetings

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker