Acquiring any player, whether it’s via trade, free agency, or the draft, comes with an air of uncertainty. The NBA has no guaranteed covenant and all sales are final, no matter how talented, proven, or productive the player may have been in year’s past. But these memories—especially recent ones—often clouds the judgment of a [...]
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 [...]
Paul Pierce, SF47 MIN | 3-12 FG | 14-14 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | +3
Pierce gets a 21-footer for the last shot? That’s the play? On a 2-10 night? When everyone knows he’s getting the ball? When he has four seconds to attack the rim? Doc? Hello? Doc? Why are you laughing?
Listen: who cares. He made two more free throws than the entire Hawks team. He held Joe Johnson to…whatever. Who. Cares.
Brandon Bass, PF26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2
Brandon Bass is staring at his disappearing hand like Marty McFly right now. Remember when Glen Davis said he needed to play like Glen Davis? Bass needs to STOP playing like Glen Davis. Be aggressive, dude.
Kevin Garnett, PF42 MIN | 9-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +11
If Kevin Garnett doesn’t like getting big sloppy kisses from dudes, he’s lucky I wasn’t in the building on that last putback dunk. KG was the only effective scorer for pretty much the entire game. His defensive sauce was beaucoup weak in the first half, but he kept everyone invested in the game like he do. He’s my favorite player ever and he’s the best.
Avery Bradley, SG25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -1
Held Kirk Hinrich to zero points. I wouldn’t be mad if Rondo swallowed his pride and let Bradley take Jeff Teague. Rondo gambled and lost on Teague, by my unofficial count, ten thousand times in this game.
Rajon Rondo, PG49 MIN | 7-22 FG | 3-4 FT | 14 REB | 12 AST | 17 PTS | +4
The grading algorithmm isn’t equipped to evaluate this game for Rajon Rondo. The inputs don’t add up. 7-22, zero made jumpers, 6 turnovers, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, a spectacular fake in the final seconds, immediately followed by his like seventh blown layup? It automatically gives out a B+ when it enters a logic loop like this. Pray for the grading algorithm.
Greg Stiemsma, C6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Blonde Ambition: The Greg Stiemsma Story may be reaching the conclusion of its 2012 chapter. But three boards and two blocks in six minutes is not too shabbies.
Ray Allen, SG37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +9
Not to harp on this, but if you’re going to waste the last shot on a Pierce 21-footer, you can’t give that shot to Allen and watch the entire city burn if he makes it? I would have torn out a huge chunk of my hair in joy-rage if that had happened. But even without that moment, Ray’s game was awesome. Don’t even think we knew how much we missed him.
Mickael Pietrus, SF25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +9
I hate every time Pietrus goes up for a shot until it goes in.
Five Things We Saw
The reason why people say “A win’s a win.” Losing at home with Josh Smith out would have been…it’s not even worth thinking about because it didn’t happen. Everyone just think about other stuff. A win=a win.
The death of basketball. For a half, basketball died. Both teams took terrible shots, nobody made any, Greg Stiemsma let a pass bounce off his head. The streets ran red with 24-second violations. It was gross.
Shots of Flo Allen on the sideline. Was she going to games when Ray was out? I don’t remember. Maybe she threw on a bedazzled Bill Sharman throwback and showed up every night. Anyway, so totally awesome that Ray is back.
Fat Tracy McGrady, momentary Celtics killer. Fat Tracy was the beneficiary of the Celtics’s indifference to defense and rebounding in the first half. One time he dunked.