On June 23rd, 2011, Brian Robb and I stood around a high top bar table in Tommy Doyle’s in Kendall Square. Before us lay one of the biggest mounds of buffalo chicken wings I had ever endeavor to make disappear. These 25 cent flappers- one of the few indulgences afforded to the participants of our [...]
There are a number of contextually-appropriate ways to craft this post. One would be to forgo words entirely, and represent Chris Wilcox’s entire season with a series of videos. That would involve one part of this: For every eight parts of this: Note the headline on that second clip. Someone was so amused/enraged by Wilcox’s [...]
Here’s a sweeping general statement involving super specific statistics that may or may not mean anything: In the 1423 minutes Rajon Rondo played this season, the Boston Celtics were outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions. When he sat (including all contests after he tore his ACL), Boston was better than their opponents by 1.8 [...]
Avery Bradley has been a standout defender for the past couple seasons…in the regular season anyway. Now he has a trophy to prove it. The NBA announced this afternoon that the third-year guard has been elected by coaches around the league to the second-team all-NBA defensive team for the first time in his career. Bradley [...]
The first domino to fall this offseason is Paul Pierce’s contract. Until Danny Ainge figures out what he’s doing there, little else matters. As we wait for this decision, we also must face the rest of the offseason, which means it is also rumor season. With that time of year, comes plenty of information floating [...]
In his third year in the league, in which promising players often make brash leaps from benchwarmer to starter, from starter to star, Avery Bradley took a big step back. But his regression might be deceptive. When he returned to the Celtics’ lineup on January the 2nd after two in-season months recovering from offseason shoulder [...]
Kevin Garnett, PF29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +26
A high energy KG submitted a double-double on top of stealing the ball five times and blocking two shots. Also quarterbacked an absurd defensive effort from the undermanned Celtics.
Paul Pierce, SF33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 19 PTS | +23
Another remarkable night for Pierce who has his swagger back and whose results on the offensive end are now matching his efforts. Remains a valuable creator on offense when Rondo’s out of the game. Doesn’t appear to be interested in being traded.
Pavlovic came out of nowhere to play some superb defense and lay down some hard fouls to prevent layups. If we were grading solely on his performance versus expectations, he’d get whatever’s a level above the A he rightfully earned.
A bounceback effort for Bradley after a bad game against Washington. His ball pressure completely undid Jameer Nelson, who was a disaster and while Bradley’s passing remains suspect, the rest of his game is rounding into shape. He’s making better decisions on offense, and can get up and down the floor like nobody else on this team (besides Rondo). A world of difference from the player we saw only two weeks ago.
Daniels had his best game of the year on both sides of the court. Made a bunch of smart plays on offense on the way to 5 assists and played his share of smothering defense. He needed a game like this. Let’s see if he can build on it.
His shooting has been terrible lately, but his defense is on an upswing.
Two Things We Saw
A callback to those epic games of 2007-08-09 when the Boston defense would choke the life out of the opposition and make them submit. Boston rotated and closed out on shooters with precision and energy on the way to forcing Orlando into 24.6% shooting and a franchise-low 56 points.
The first Boston win against a good team all season, which comes despite missing the C’s missing their two most consistent all-stars and three other rotation players.