The Celtics bench looked like a strength on paper this summer but has been a weakness all year. Recently, however, they've shown real signs of improvement. Jason Terry has dubbed them the "gangster squad" after the new movie that is out now.
In Boston's latest three victories -- all part of a larger five-game winning streak -- the bench has come through with an average of 42 points per game, providing the potent scoring output and support Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett had been seeking the first two months of the season. "I think they have a certain swagger about themselves right now that we're just following -- this kind of pattern right now, this beautiful pattern," Garnett said before practice on Sunday. "So, right now, I'm telling you, our bench is coming in and giving us unbelievable spark, so it's a good balance right now."
A bench by any name that produces this way is sure to be a hit at the box office.