WALTHAM, Mass. -- The way Jared Sullinger sees it, the Boston Celtics were like a computer that had run out of memory. The team played some of its most consistent basketball to start the month of December, but recently became prone to small periods of unresponsiveness (Pistons, Wizards) and then totally locked up (Pacers).
I think the biggest thing is just resetting your mind. You get in overload, almost like a computer. It was good to hit control-alt-delete for a little bit.
”-- Jared Sullinger on the Christmas break
A three-day holiday break allowed for the rare in-season reboot.
"I think the biggest thing is just resetting your mind," said Sullinger, the Celtics power forward. "You get in overload, almost like a computer. It was good to hit control-alt-delete for a little bit."
The Celtics were back up and running on Thursday as the team reconvened for a 90-minute practice session at HealthPoint. They doesn't play again until the Cleveland Cavaliers visit TD Garden on Saturday afternoon, but the Celtics are eager to get back to playing the brand of basketball they displayed at the start of the month.
While first-year coach Brad Stevens did his best to get away from basketball during the break, he admitted it's impossible to let go, particularly after enduring a lopsided loss to the Indiana Pacers to usher in the recess.
"It didn't help going in with the sour taste of playing the way we did on Sunday," Stevens said. "The Pacers had a lot to do with that. The Pacers are a better basketball team than we are right now. But at the same time, we could have played better. And that's frustrating."
Stevens did caution against reading too much into Boston's struggles, considering the team had big first-half leads against Detroit and Washington before letting both games slip away. The Celtics would have felt a lot different heading into the break if they had won those games.