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 [...]
* Apologies for the tardiness on the grades this morning. Our recap grade generator (which creates the cool graphics you see below) conveniently did not function and mistakenly erased the full commentary I had typed up and completed a couple hours ago, which gave me a oh-no-so gentle reminder to always back up your work. In any case, here’s round two of my thinking….. have at them:
Paul Pierce, SF35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -11Some big shots late by the captain but he still appears to be in a bit of a slump overall. Six assists are nice, but just two rebounds on the defensive end isn’t going to cut it, not when the Cavs are getting 11 offensive boards without their top rebounder. Pierce needs to help more down low and take care of the ball better.
Brandon Bass, PF35 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +1Well he shook off the rust quickly. Can’t ask for much else after missing the past couple weeks. Now he just needs to remain consistent, like he did in the first few weeks of the year if this team wants to go anywhere. His addition to the starting lineup could be a regular thing if he keeps this up.
Kevin Garnett, PF33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 8-8 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -3Actions speak louder than words. After leading a team meeting last week, KG backed it up on the floor, playing great on both ends, including in crunch-time when he did not shy away from the moment and instead grabbed a crucial offensive rebound off his own miss during a mismatch against Kyrie Irving. Execution down the stretch is something this team hasn’t accomplished much of all year, so it’s nice to see it back in action
Ray Allen, SG35 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +8Typical Ray, not much to say here other than how he appears to be breaking out of his February shooting swoon. Some nights, when the offense is struggling, I wonder whether it makes sense to get Ray 20-25 shoots like his Seattle days to see what would happen. Can’t be much worse than this offense is usually right?
Rajon Rondo, PG32 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 11 AST | 0 PTS | +7A tough night shooting, but I’m more concerned about the turnovers and the unforced ones at that. Boston was cruising with a double-digit lead in the first half before Rondo got foolish with a few bulletpoint passes that served no real purpose. He needs to get better in this department as the margin of error is gone.
Keyon Dooling, PG11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -1He’s hurt still (hip) and he’s playing like it. Another guard could be of use if this team decides to keep this squad together at the deadline.
Chris Wilcox, PF23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +8A banner night on the glass for the big man, doing exactly what they brought him in here for. Now if he can keep the injury bug away for a few weeks, I’ll be happy.
Mickael Pietrus, SF17 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +14What’s not to like? Efficient and perhaps even more impressive than six of his eight shots were not from downtown. Talk about an upset! After a tough shooting month, nice to see Mickael starting the second half off right.
Greg Stiemsma, C4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -2Not much to evaluate here, besides a strong move to the hoop off a Rondo dish in the second quarter. He could become relevant again here if JO is out awhile…..which means it probably will happen.
Avery Bradley, SG16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -6Gaining Doc’s trust more and more by the day here. Hitting a couple jumpers helps, as well as him gaining some sense of confidence within the offense, especially while penetrating (3 assists were nice). Indicative of a strong game overall from the bench.