Celtics welcome the new guys
The Boston Celtics must have a “bulls eye” seen only by the Chinese Basketball Association, because all three recent pickups have come from across the Pacific. Either way, the Celtics are happy to have some fresh talent as they make a run at the playoffs.
Head Coach Doc Rivers certainly seems to be glad to see that the Celtics have been playing a much better brand of basketball despite Rajon Rondo’s season-ending trip to the DL, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate some new talent to aid his aging Celtics roster. Terrence Williams was the first to make the jump to Boston with D.J. White and Shavlik Randolph following suit.
Williams has quickly caught the eyes of the fans, as well as those of Doc Rivers as evidenced by his two-year deal with the Celtics. Williams has meshed very well with the Celtics since his arrival to Boston, earning the love of the fans and the respect of his teammates. Doc Rivers seems to have put a great deal of faith in the newcomer, and has high hopes for his future in Boston.
“I like the way he’s played, minus one game,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Now that he’s going to be here, we have a chance to hopefully turn him into a player that we think he could be.”
White and Randolph were scheduled to make their debuts this past Friday versus the Warriors but sat out the game as the Celtics fought their way on to a 94-86 win. Recent addition Jordan Crawford came off the bench to score 4 points though to secure the Celtics’ win as the game wound down.
At 31-27 the Celtics are 5.5 games out of first place with the season quickly winding down. With key players off the court it will be a tough going, but these new acquisitions may be just what the Celtics need as they make their playoff push.