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 [...]
The Celtics easily played the worst game of the season tonight. Wait a second, that’s unfair. The Celtics were present for their worst game of the season. The truth is no one played in this game. No one played defense. No one played offense. No one put in the effort necessary to do anything.
Tonight’s game puts Doc Rivers a giant leap closer to the hot seat. The Celtics were more unresponsive to Doc’s coaching than the Kings were to Paul Westfphal. Furthermore, despite having everyone available except for Sasha Pavlovic, Keyon Dooling, and Jermaine O’Neal who were out with injury, there were two DNPs tonight. If Greg Stiemsma and E’Twaun Moore aren’t good enough to participate in what transpired tonight than they aren’t NBA players. The truth is, they are good enough to play but despite the Celtics’ obvious heavy legs and dearth of desire to play, let alone win, this game neither Celtics’ rookie logged any court time.
This was absolutely Doc’s worst coaching job of the season. The second game of a back to back and the starters play long minutes with Chicago looming on Sunday. Add that to the two DNPs and the failure to motivate his players and I wouldn’t be surprised if he brought his whiteboard tonight. Obviously it’s not all Doc’s fault. He can only do so much and the players have to do what he tells them. All I know it that if the Celtics don’t get destroyed by Chicago, it only further validates how much they didn’t show up tonight.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear some news in the next couple hours about injuries or sickness or something that prevented the Celtics from playing the type of basketball they should be capable of playing. The listless demeanor was so uncharacteristic I started to get delusional with my rationalizations. I literally considered that a terrorist plot was afoot and some nefarious characters were releasing some chemical weapon into the arena that made the Celtics so sluggish. Like carbon monoxide poisoning that was only activated by people wearing green. The lack of effort was that ridiculous.
What bothers me the most is the fact that the Celtics weren’t the only ones that were on a back to back. I was at the Garden last night, writing the recap at CelticsHub, writing for the Daily Dime, Tweeting and I’m on recap and highlights tonight. Add working full days at my day job on today and Thursday along with walking, taking the T, and taking the commuter rail to and from the Garden and it just really put me in a foul mood. Why bother? I could have gone out tonight. I could have went to bed early. It’s not covering a loss or a bad team that frustrates me. There’s plenty of merit in blogging about teams that need work. It’s covering a team that had every opportunity to ramp up the effort and beat a bad team and just didn’t. Instead they got frustrated, argued with the refs, got into shoving matches with Raptors’ players, and did all this because they just absolutely sucked.
I really cannot wait to hear the post game comments about this one. If this comes close to gaining any consistency than Danny Ainge needs to blow it up. If he needs anyone to light the fuse I’ll make room in my schedule.