A casual observer takes a look at Boston’s 119-92 win over the Nuggets, combines that with the whipping they put on Washington last week and thinks hmm, these Celtics might be pretty darn good.
A not-so-casual observer takes a look and thinks they could get better. Get better? Are you serious? Do I need to reel off the impressive list of statistics?
77 first half points
28 baskets and 71 points for Garnett, Pierce and Allen
3-0, two blowout wins
But you and I see a team that has tendencies to be a juggernaut, the man in charge of it all sees some things a little differently and that is the coach Doc Rivers:
“I didn’t like the way the game ended, honestly,” said Rivers. “That upset me, so it’s kind of tough to move through that. Because we stopped executing offensively, we stopped defending. And I just don’t like ending games that way … Too many turnovers, too many fouls for us. Other than that, not a lot to complain about.”
You can interpret finding something negative as nit-picking or as something teams with championship aspirations do to get better. I subscribe to the non nit-picking side and three games in, that’s a good thing.