Avery Bradley usually isn’t compared to Larry Bird. During one shot tonight, that changed. The fourth-year guard was in the right spot in the first quarter on Tuesday night, rebounding a Jared Sullinger airball under the basket. Knowing he needed to get off a shot before the shot clock expired, Bradley hoisted up a prayer [...]
We’ve talked about Jared Sullinger quite a bit this week, but he has been playing intriguingly well, so forgive us for continuing the trend. The “Should Sullinger be taking 3-pointers?” argument continues to rage, but last night presented compelling arguments for proponents of the strategy. I wrote about these shots specifically during the preseason, and [...]
Only five NBA teams are humiliated by a less effective offense than the one currently deployed by the Boston Celtics. But being that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, here are a couple parts of that offense we should all be grateful for. (Most notably the fact that it’s run by Brad Stevens, a mastermind [...]
Last season, Jared Sullinger was whistled for 6.2 fouls per 36 minutes. In other words, statistically, even if the Celtics wanted to give him a starter’s minutes, he would foul out before the 36 minute mark. Some of that was on Sullinger — it takes a certain amount of time to adjust to the way [...]
In a playoff-less season, the Celtics really have only one thing to look forward to before lottery night: The return of Rajon Rondo. There are always a few indicators that a player is nearing his return, and one of the first ones is that he is returning to drills during practice. From Gary Washburn’s Twitter [...]
Trade talk hasn’t died down just yet in Boston. Days after Danny Ainge confirmed to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald that the team was engaged in discussions with other teams pertaining to their veteran pieces of the roster, we have another report surfacing today from Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report on potential talks between the Celtics [...]
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.