Let's quickly hit on these topics and more.
Chris Johnson earned a new contract that will potentially make him an NBA employee for the next 3.5 seasons. Chris Forsberg broke down the contract on ESPN.com. Johnson struck while the iron was hot, using a ten day contract to strut his stuff while the Celtics struggled with injuries and a depleted back court. In nine games Johnson has brought energy off the bench, a threat to shoot the three-pointer, and some solid defense. He is averaging 7.3 points per game,
Rajon Rondo sat out Friday nights game against the Sacramento Kings, he said he "fine, just a little sore." This should probably be expected considering Rondo's health and his stamina. NBA basketball takes some getting used to. Whether he will play on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks has not been decided yet. Rondo said, "I don't know yet. I'll talk to my doctors. Talk to my teammates, see how it goes."
Avery Bradley also missed Friday's game and is also a question mark for Sunday's Mavs game.
In the last four games, Jared Sullinger has told us at Celtics101 to shove it. We asked two weeks ago if he might be hitting a wall after a disappointing January. The last four games he is averaging 23.8 points (including 31 on Friday) and 13.8 rebounds. Each of the four games have been double-double s for Sullinger also. Sullinger's impressive stretch started the day he was named to the Rising Star game in the NBA All-Star weekend festivities. Maybe that had a positive affect on his confidence?
With three straight wins the Celtics have leapt into the seventh place slot in the NBA lottery. Six teams now have a worse record. It's amazing what a three game winning streak can do. We predicted that the Celtics would not record their 18th win until after the All-Star Break. We were wrong.
The Celtics have three games remaining before the All-Star Break. They will play Dallas on Sunday, then travel to Milwaukee to play the Bucks on Monday, and they'll wrap up the week on Wednesday when they host the San Antonio Spurs.
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