BOSTON (CBS) – Now that the Boston Celtics have rattled off four straight wins, TV play-by-play man Mike Gorman of Comcast SportsNet New England thinks fans and media had a “rush to judgment” of the C’s when they started the season 0-4.
Guard Avery Bradley led the way for the Celtics, scoring 24 points on 10 of 15 shots en route to a 120-105 victory over the Orlando Magic last night at the TD Garden. The win marks four in a row and moves the Celtics into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Mike Gorman credits first-year coach Brad Stevens for the quick turnaround.
“During the first four games you wondered whether or not he [Stevens] had an empty quiver there, whether he didn’t have any arrows. He very quickly has adjusted to what he has in terms of personnel and has them playing a game that brings out the best in every one of them,” said Gorman.
Aside from getting them to play like a team, Gorman credits Stevens’ ability to go against conventional NBA wisdom, which in his opinion has been the biggest difference for the Celtics.
“The other thing he’s done, which I think is brilliant, is they say in the NBA you have to play maybe eight guys. Well, Stevens is playing like 11 guys. He’s got Tommy [Heinsohn] happy because they pace the game, they scored 120 points last night. We don’t know yet who’s who and where people fit, but it’s come a long way from the tank talk that was going around Boston a week ago.”
Rich asked Gorman if the biggest adjustment Stevens has made lineup-wise is the move of Gerald Wallace to the bench, to which he responded, “No question.”
The veteran is providing great defense and high energy off the bench, and without his perfect inbound pass Saturday night against the Heat, the Celtics don’t walk away from Miami with a win, according to Gorman.
All in all says Gorman, it’s great to root for such a young, competitive team in what’s clearly being viewed as a transition year, adding, “They’re going to be fun to watch.”
To hear his thoughts on Jordan Crawford’s move to point guard, the health status of Rajon Rondo and this transition year for the Celtics, listen below: