C's Euro Trip a Success
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 23:10
The Boston Celtics went overseas to play some exhibition basketball to prepare for the 2012-2013 NBA season. It was only two games, but there was still plenty to take away.
Game 1: Boston Celtics vs. Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul
The Celtics lost at the hands of Fenerbahce Ulker 97-91. Turnovers were the Celtics downfall in this one. They committed 25 turnovers which resulted in 23 points for Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce is considered one of the best teams in Europe and they feature one of Europe’s best players in Bo McCalebb, who finished the game with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Doc limited the minutes of his starters, most noticeably Kevin Garnett. KG only logged 15 minutes but still managed to collect 6 points and 4 rebounds.
Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green both looked great finishing with 16 points. Sullinger also added 8 rebounds.
Game 2: Boston Celtics vs. Emporio Armani at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan
The finale of the two-game European tour was on Sunday in Milan against Emporio Armani. The Celtics ended the trip on a high note, defeating Emporio 105-75.
Rajon Rondo was hot out of gate finishing the first quarter with 17 points on 7-7 shooting and had 2 assists. Rondo did not score for the rest of the game but did get 4 more assists ending the game with 17 points and 6 assists.
Jason Terry and Jared Sullinger were inserted into the starting lineup for this one and both seemed very comfortable in their new settings. Sullinger had another impressive game with 9 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes of work. Terry had a good game finishing with 11 points and 2 steals.
Darko Milicic, another new Celtic, looked promising in Europe. Against Emporio he had 2 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists. Milicic was brought here for his size and his defensive ability. To see him coming through on the other side of the court is gravy for Doc and company.
What we can take out of this trip:
The Celtics trip to Europe was a positive one. No one was injured and it showed that the new guys have potential to make an impact on this team right now and hopefully many seasons to come.
As much as we can point out the positives we saw on the court from the Celtics, off the court may be the most impactful. The team was able to bond and build team chemistry while in Europe.
“When we went to Rome five years ago it was great,” Paul Pierce said. “When you brought a new team together and go abroad and you’re in a place that is foreign, guys have a tendency to come together. Overseas you go to practice, we go to lunch together, go to dinner together. It gives you a better opportunity to get to know your teammates, and that sort of bonding really helps a team in the long run. I think that was instrumental at our run in the first year.”
The last time the Celtics bonded in an overseas trip was in 2007 when they went went to Rome. That year concluded with the Celtics hoisting up the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Celtics fans are hoping for a similar result this year.