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 [...]
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.