It’s amazing what a 5 game win streak can do.
Just a few weeks ago, the Celtics lost their fourth straight game and dropped to 14-17 on the season. The first few months of the season could not have gone much worse in Boston.
With Jeff Green and Kevin Garnett returning, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee headed to town, expectations were high for this year’s Celtics squad.
But with poor play from their bench, a lack of an inside presence to help the terrible rebounding statistics and Avery Bradley’s absence, doubt was growing about the Celtics. Trade rumors were rampant, even mentioning Paul Pierce.
Everyone thought changes needed to be made. Something just wasn’t right with this team. The off-season recruits were struggling, the defense wasn’t there. This wasn’t the Celtics people had come to know over the last 5 years.
And then, all of a sudden, it clicked. Bradley returned, and brought his defense with him. Jared Sullinger has become a rebounding machine in the last five games. Even the bench has been playing well.
Now, just two weeks after panic was setting in, general manager Danny Ainge is “content” with the roster.
Yesterday, Ainge said,
“I don’t really see a need to bring someone else in, at least at this moment. We’re happy with our roster and we’re looking for improvement but we feel like we have plenty of bodies and Chris Wilcox should be back in not too long.”
With Ainge, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he does end up making a move, but his recent comments suggest it might not be as likely as everyone thought.
In two weeks the Celtics have gone from having everyone, including Pierce, on the trading block, to “no need to bring someone else in.” All thanks to a 5 game win streak.
And that, my friends, is the magic of winning.