Back on the court Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Nenad Krstic looked a lot like the player the Celtics saw when he first put on a green jersey at the end of February. Krstic connected on 4-of-5 shots for eight points, while grabbing six rebounds over 18:25 in the Celtics' 99-82 triumph at the TD Garden.
Sure, it wasn't the 16-point, 15-rebound effort he unleashed in Philadelphia in early March, an effort that helped him earn an Eastern Conference player of the week nomination. But considering his struggles since that game, Tuesday's performance was an encouraging glimpse of what Krstic can provide, even as he shifts into a reserve role as the playoffs near. Suddenly that roller coaster is on the rise again.
"Maybe this [injury] was a good thing," Krstic said. "I was thinking a lot before the game but when I stepped on the court [Tuesday], I forgot about it and just played."