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 [...]
Here’s a sweeping general statement involving super specific statistics that may or may not mean anything: In the 1423 minutes Rajon Rondo played this season, the Boston Celtics were outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions. When he sat (including all contests after he tore his ACL), Boston was better than their opponents by 1.8 [...]
Avery Bradley has been a standout defender for the past couple seasons…in the regular season anyway. Now he has a trophy to prove it. The NBA announced this afternoon that the third-year guard has been elected by coaches around the league to the second-team all-NBA defensive team for the first time in his career. Bradley [...]
The first domino to fall this offseason is Paul Pierce’s contract. Until Danny Ainge figures out what he’s doing there, little else matters. As we wait for this decision, we also must face the rest of the offseason, which means it is also rumor season. With that time of year, comes plenty of information floating [...]
In his third year in the league, in which promising players often make brash leaps from benchwarmer to starter, from starter to star, Avery Bradley took a big step back. But his regression might be deceptive. When he returned to the Celtics’ lineup on January the 2nd after two in-season months recovering from offseason shoulder [...]
Paul Pierce, SF40 MIN | 8-21 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -6
After exploding for 12 first quarter points, the 40 SEGABABA minutes caught up to him the rest of the way. He had 17 at the half and only 5 in the last 24 minutes. His opposite number, Luol Deng, put up a dozen in the fourth quarter alone. Has upped his rebounding game lately and 8 boards are a more than credible number given the context. What I love about Pierce right now is how willing he is to attack, even when the results aren’t there. You can’t blame him for the schedule.
His rebounding, which is a shade less effective than that of Boris Diaw and (gulp) Glen Davis, is a legitimate problem. Deng had four offensive rebounds tonight. Bass had five total. Ladies and gentlemen: your starting power forward! (I know that’s an oversimplication of his night but it’s also the flipside of the benefits of running he and KG out there in the starting five every night).
Kevin Garnett, PF38 MIN | 5-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -15
The shot was off all night but he snagged 14 rebounds, which made him the only Celtics big who pulled his weight in that category. By the way, there’s an argument to be made that considering his work on the defensive end (try focusing on KG’s defense for ten straight possessions) he’s never deserving of anything less than a B.
That last minute turnover stung (especially because the alternative was a wide open Ray Allen three ball) but by that point the Bulls had control of the game and the Celtics would have been fouling them just to extend the game. If Boston’s shooters were making shots, Rondo would have been up around 18 assists or so. He spoils us, in that sense.
All hail the new starter, for as long as the experiment lasts. Ended up in foul trouble and the numbers are nothing to write home about but I still love what I see from Bradley.
Ray Allen, SG31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -1
The move to sixth man suits his declining game (it’s all shooting with almost nothing in the passing/rebounding areas anymore) especially because he’s still going to get plenty of run with the starters. Hit a couple of tough shots tonight and finished at 50% from the field. Not bad for the second night back.
Ryan Hollins, C13 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0
The thinking man’s Patrick O’Bryant. That’s not Hollins but whoever it is, I’d rather have him than this Cavalier castoff.
I’ll never quite understand how Pavlovic can play with so much energy (on defense, especially) and yet contribute so little overall. Prediction: his Celtics tenure will be amongst the least memorable of the era.