Terrence Williams was on the verge of coming back to the Boston Celtics next season after being one of the few bright spots of the Celtics’ postseason. Now, that journey is just an afterthought. According to a report from the Kent Reporter, a newspaper in Williams’ home state of Washington, the point guard was arrested yesterday [...]
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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 [...]
Chris Wilcox, PF32 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | 0What do we want?
CHRIS WILCOX TO CONSISTENTLY SEE THE FLOOR MORE THAN JERMAINE O’NEAL!
When do we want it?
WE ALREADY HAVE IT!
Paul Pierce, SF37 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | -4Pierce has always had trouble against Luol Deng, but those troubles are usually limited to the offensive end. Deng absolutely torched him, and he continued to look like he’s starting to slow down (only 29 games into the season). He’s had six rebounds total in his last four games, for example.
Jermaine O’Neal, C22 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +5Jermaine supporters: how does it make you feel when you defend Jermaine for his defense and he turns and gives up 11 layups and 15 rebounds to Carlos Boozer? Does it feel like a betrayal? Just kidding, Jermaine supporters: you don’t exist.
Ray Allen, SG33 MIN | 1-5 FG | 8-9 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +10 for 3, then 3 for 3, then 0 for 2. Not much like Allen to be streaky; those are Pietrus numbers. In the end, he shot under 25% but mercifully didn’t get exposed on defense like his teammates because he was guarding Ronnie Brewer.
Rajon Rondo, PG39 MIN | 15-27 FG | 4-9 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 35 PTS | -2Rondo didn’t maintain his two-game efficient shooting streak, but he did manage to extend a two-game streak of not showing up in the fourth quarter. At times looked like the only semi-capable offensive player on the team, but that’s not much of a compliment when you remember that his job is to make his teammates look semi-capable.
Mickael Pietrus, SF16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9He’s missed his last seven threes, but seven rebounds and a team-high +10! Hard to be mad at that. I’ll manage, though.
JaJuan Johnson, F25 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -15His stat line is a coded message in binary.
Kevin Garnett, PFDNP SORE LEFT HIP MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | KG connected on most of his jumpers and did appear to give the defense a boost from last night. He was the team’s leading rebounder. He was also handed his own butt by Noah and Boozer around the basket. Maybe Garnett wasn’t fired up to guard Noah because they’re such good buds?
Three Things We Saw
Doc going with what was basically an 8-man rotation, the shortest we’ve seen in a while. Still, the bench actually outscored the opposition tonight, despite Chicago’s notorious depth.
The beginning of a strange conversation about why this team has seemed to perform worse with Rajon Rondo in the lineup. Pierce and Allen are disappearing just as Rondo’s starting to assert himself. Are these trends related?
A team being beaten by a better team. I can see home court winning this matchup every time…as long as Derrick Rose isn’t playing.