The Boston Celtics final preseason game Wednesday came on the night of Game 1 of the 2013 World Series, held across the city at Fenway Park.
Unfortunately, the Celtics game did not feature big bats or firepower coming out of the bullpen. In fact, their opponent, the Brooklyn Nets, didn’t even play a single starter.
Vitor Faverani and Brandon Bass led the charge down low, and the Celtics just barely squeezed by the short-handed Nets 101-97 at the TD Garden.
Faverani had 15 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks. He shot 6-9 from the floor, and had 11 first-half points.
Brandon Bass led the scoring with 16 points, and added nine rebounds.
Boston had five total players who scored double-digit points. Avery Bradley (16), Gerald Wallace (14), and Jeff Green (12) were the others.
Tyshawn Taylor led Brooklyn with 15 points, and Andray Blatche had 14.
Boston shot 45.3% from the field, an area where they had struggled throughout the preseason.
Faverani wasn’t the only rookie big man who impressed, however. First-rounder Kelly Olynyk had nine points and six rebounds, and showed some very good footwork and agility around the rim.
With the win the Celtics improve to 2-6 in the preseason, both wins coming at home. They now turn their attention to getting ready for their home opener on Oct. 30 in Toronto.