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, SF40 MIN | 5-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -16
“What a relief to be done with Andre Iguodala. Can’t wait to get all kinds of open layups and great looks on my jumper and plenty of passing lanes and–”
(A six-eight 350-pound shadow falls over Pierce)
“Gulp!”Pierce looked like the 2014 version of himself in this one, having trouble not only with LeBron but the length of vaunted interior defenders Shane Battier (also 6’8″) and Udonis Haslem (same). The fact that he attempted ZERO free throws with all the times he got knocked down on drives is a little cuckoobutters, though.
Brandon Bass, PF34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -11
Bass opted out of forcing annoying object of newspaper columnist lust Shane Battier to defend him in the post, instead attempting a bunch of Boshy short jumpers and missing them. Of all the players on both teams who got actual minutes, Bass outrebounded only James Jones, who, given the 24 extra minutes that Bass got, would almost certainly have matched him. Use your hands, bud.
Kevin Garnett, PF31 MIN | 9-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | -9
Dutifully kept up his end of the bargain and put up nice numbers against an undersized team. Still: he caught a little of the oldness disease that was going around tonight. When Wade lost Ray on virtually every possession, KG looked a little slower than usual helping out. Nitpicking! He’s the best.
Ray Allen, SG39 MIN | 1-7 FG | 3-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -9
This game reminded me of when I was a kid and our old dog couldn’t get up the stairs and my parents looked at each other knowingly. Except the difference is that I’m actively rooting for Doc to drive Ray to the vet and replace his dog minutes with Pietrus, Dooling, or Pavlovic, three guys who can keep up with Wade while keeping the missed shots to a minimum. I love Ray. But this is not how I want to remember him.
Rajon Rondo, PG44 MIN | 8-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 16 PTS | -15
One of those misleading Rondo games: the numbers are fine, but his impact was pretty minimal, I guess because Pierce didn’t foul out of this one.
Keyon Dooling, PG12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -5
Weirdly forgot about this until now, but back in January this slightly older version of myself zapped into my kitchen and told me that in five months I’d actually be hoping Keyon Dooling got a starting job. Did not listen, sent him on his way.
Mickael Pietrus, SF17 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -11
Again, I’d rather see him out there than Ray, even if he wore an electrified collar that stopped him from crossing halfcourt to play offense. That might be a good option, actually.
Greg Stiemsma, C12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -3
I bet on nights like this Greg is very, very quiet in the clubhouse even though secretly he thinks he played pretty well.