The Celtics had a confidence-boosting game last night against the Bucks, and it was so nice to see the team come together to play the type of game that fans are used to. The starters got much-needed rest while the new players were able to show everyone that they are buying into this new system.
Complaints about the big trade that occurred are starting to fade from fans' minds as we're beginning to see the silver lining begin to appear...
That silver lining is Nenad Krstic.
You can't argue the fact that NK has put in some stellar performances since he became a Celtic. Although his defense could use a little work (as does everyone else's), he's proven to be what the team needed - a big man who can rebound and contribute offensively. He has a pretty mid-range shot, plus he's consistent from the free-throw line. He may not have the intensity and fierceness that Perkins brought to each game and sometimes he can be a little slow, but Krstic has his own way of getting noticed.
Instead of throwing around stats, let's just watch Krstic in action...
Nenad Krstic twenty-footers (via Flyingfishtrumpet)
Most fans, including myself, were a little apprehensive about Krstic simply because we didn't really know his game. However, of all the new players, I did believe that Krstic would play inspired basketball. He came from a winning team, so he already had that winning mentality. But now he's with THE CELTICS - a team on a journey to acquiring their 18th banner. How could you not want to come with your A-game and feel inspired to play your hardest?
The challenge for NK now is that he has to maintain that good play - if not improve. The bar has been set. With the regular season winding down and the goal of home court advantage in sight, there isn't much room for mistakes.