BOSTON — Andre Miller, a veteran of 14 seasons and more than a thousand games in the NBA, summed it up best.
“I think everybody played like they wanted to go home,” he said.
Miller and the Nuggets came out on the losing end of a triple-overtime battle on Sunday in the battle of the two hottest teams in the NBA. The Celtics’ survived, extending their win streak to seven games and halting Denver’s own win streak at nine, in a game in which neither team felt it played all that well.
“That’s how we play,” Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. “We’re a grind team, and we grinded this one out.”
With all due respect to Bradley, that is how the Celtics used to play. They have become a more dynamic team, ironically, since they lost Rajon Rondo, one of the league’s most dynamic players. They may have been a “grind” team for the last 5 1/2 seasons, but for the last seven games they have been anything but. In fact, they have looked a lot like the Nuggets.
The Celtics are still in the bottom thir