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 [...]
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.