Originally written January 12, 2013 on NESN.com:
BOSTON — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had gotten used to running damage control. Their task, during the first two months of the season, often was to hand the Celtics’ bench a workable lead and pray that the score stayed manageable while they sat, so they could reclaim the lead later. The approach did not always work, as their dreadful December and five-game losing streak entering the new year attest. When Celtics coach Doc Rivers insisted the problems could be fixed, he was met mostly with blank, incredulous stares. Now the Celtics are doing everything their coach predicted they could, and more. The second unit that was such a drain has been reborn, as the return of Avery Bradley to the starting lineup has secured the lineup rotations. The “scary deep” squad Pierce tweeted about in preseason truly has been frightening for opponents to face. “They’ve been huge for us during this winning streak,” Pierce said after the bench combined for 40 points in 93 minutes in a 103-91 victory ove...
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