If you’re one of those people who jumped off the Celtics bandwagon two weeks ago after learning that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo would miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear, it might just be about time to rejoin the tour.
Last night at TD Garden, the Celtics pulled out their most impressive win during their current seven-game winning streak, outlasting the Denver Nuggets 118-114 in a triple overtime thriller.
Paul Pierce once again led the way with a monster effort, finishing with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, his third triple-double of the season.
Kevin Garnett accompanied Pierce’s game with 20 points and 18 rebounds of his own, while Jason Terry chipped in with a season-high 26 off the bench.
Since Rondo’s injury, the veterans of Pierce and Garnett have had to shoulder much of the load in their All-Star’s absence, albeit doing so in remarkable fashion.
Pierce has become much more of a facilitator, as head coach Doc Rivers has elected to make his captain into more of a point-forward, specifically in late-game situations. In the last seven games, Pierce has averaged 7.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds to go along with his 18.9 PPG. The Truth is doing it all.
Garnett has also been able to find a fountain of youth in that same current seven-game stretch, averaging 17.9 points and 9.7 rebounds. Without the leadership of the only two players remaining from their title run back in 2008, who knows where this team would be right now.
The only hardship that comes along with a triple-overtime win is the amount of minutes from a team’s star players that ultimately go hand-in-hand.
Pierce, Garnett, and Terry all logged over 43 minutes, with Pierce leading the way with 54; an astounding stat considering the captain’s age of 35, and the fact that the Celtics play in Charlotte tonight against the Bobcats.
Good thing for the Celtics is that the Bobcats are just 11-39 on the season, and have lost seven straight, and ten of their last eleven. If Boston’s bench can step up and play heavy minutes, giving rest to the old veterans, the Celtics should come out of Charlotte with a win before Wednesday night’s battle with Chicago.