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 | 8-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 23 PTS | -1
Tonight was LeBron’s first foulout since April 2009 and Pierce’s third in five games. It’s difficult to pin that entire disparity on Bill Kennedy. Pierce gets whistled because he’s forced to guard players who are much faster, more athletic, and jump-highery than he is. It’s going to keep happening. But as long as he’s scoring like he did tonight, 40 minutes is plenty. He was the guy behind the scoring burst at the opening tip.
Brandon Bass, PF33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | +2
Brandon Bass has a chronic stutter of the hands. Every time Rondo finds him in position under the basket with a bounce pass, Bass either fumbles it completely or needs a split second to collect the ball, losing the opportunity. It is unpleasant to behold. But he hit some very big shots and got to the line in a game where that was important.
Kevin Garnett, PF43 MIN | 8-20 FG | 1-1 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +7
Along with Ray’s cold snap, the story of the second-half decline was KG missing 11 of his 13 shots. But the story of the survival in overtime was him punishing the rim for three urgent defensive rebounds (in a small lineup) and holding the Heat to two points in five minutes. Even with their biggest first half in recent memory, this was a defensive win, so it has KG’s name on it.
Ray Allen, SG46 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +2
Ray hit three of his five threes in the first half. He got free in every possible way. He looked poised to shoot 60% from three for the remaining nine years of his career. Odds were good that he was going to actually lap Reggie Miller’s record. Then he shot 1-6 in the second. Still a solid game from Ray. I like the idea to stash him on Battier and just make him responsible for closing out.
Rajon Rondo, PG47 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 15 AST | 15 PTS | +8
After six years of being begged to stop shooting anywhere outside the paint, Rondo finally develops unlimited range and kills the Heat with his jumper in Games 2 and 3. But only now, NOW after SIX years of being BEGGED TO, he abandons his jump shot in a dumpster behind the Family Dollar and attacks the rim twelve times. What a mysterious dude.Rondo was +8 in 47 minutes, meaning Boston was -6 in the six minutes he didn’t play. It showed.
Keyon Dooling, PG16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -1
A great night for Keyon’s scrambly defense and his show-offy jumper. He flares out that left elbow like he’s firing a bow and arrow. He’s on that Katniss grind. A veritable Geena Davis. Other archers…Hawkeye. Legolas. That feels like enough.
Marquis Daniels, SG15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -4
What do you want? You want Marquis to turn zero meaningful minutes all season into 10 points and 5 boards per game off the bench? You want him to be James Harden now? Is that what you want? Shame on you. He played defense.
Mickael Pietrus, SF24 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1
If ever in the future I find myself falling from some extremely high altitude, I’m going to expect Mickael Pietrus to soar in and catch me before I hit the ground. Those were my two favorite offensive rebounds of all time.