For one night, at least, basketball success seemed to come more easily for the Boston Celtics. That sounds like a simplified way of explaining their 118-111 victory Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons, but this seasonâs Celtics have rarely benefited from so many widespread positives.
Rajon Rondo (11 points, 18 assists, zero turnovers) showcased even more world-class creativity than he normally does. Jeff Green (27 points, 14 in the third) reached a rare level of scorching typically reserved for superstars (and apparently, Jodie Meeks). Jared Sullinger (14 points, eight rebounds) exercised efficiency against the monster Pistons front line. Kris Humphries put forth a first-quarter explosion (and had 20 points and 11 boards for his sixth double-double of the season), Phil Pressey played his best minutes since I donât know when (even if the stats arenât overly convincing), and Kelly Olynyk continued to act like a rookie who has found his way (with 18 points over 17 minutes off the bench).