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 [...]
Kevin Garnett, PF35 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +9
KG gets docked for selfishly sitting out any portion of this game when his team obviously can’t sustain a lead without him. Will Doc be forced to redesign his “5-5-5″ system to make it a “12-12-12-12″?
Jared Sullinger, PF24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -2
Remind me why we’re starting him again? Is it because we think the starting offense is good enough that we can afford to move Bass to the bench? Because the starting offense was not that great last year. I would like to see Bass at the beginning of games again, please.
Paul Pierce, SF41 MIN | 2-12 FG | 10-12 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -5
A horrible shooting night made swallowable by a bunch of rebounds and five more foul shots than the Wizards got. The answer to whether or not Pierce’s shooting problems in the playoffs are ongoing has shifted from “No?” back to “Yes?”
Rajon Rondo, PG44 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 18 PTS | +11
One of those intermittent great shooting games from Rondo that make every other game that much more frustrating. He arranged the victory in overtime and gets the soggy, half-deflated game ball for this one.
Courtney Lee, SG19 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -2
Lee’s performance is not fitting into my preconceived narrative of Ray Allen’s absence not being noticed by the Celtics at all. This is unacceptable. The preconceived narrative must be kept to. Courtney: please consider the preconceived narrative in the future.
Jeff Green, PF22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +2
Green’s already solidifying his role as the eighth man in Doc’s rotation, and Avery Bradley hasn’t even come back yet. When he does return, Green’s rotation spot will equal the number of millions of dollars he’s making this year.
Chris Wilcox, PF4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +8
Managed to basically replicate Jeff Green’s stats in 18 fewer minutes. I’m not sure who’s more impressive in this scenario.
Brandon Bass, PF33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +6
Again, he should be starting. Yeah, having him come off the bench gives the team more reserve scoring and Jason Terry more weapons not to pass too. I understand that. But the starting offense could use him, and going with Sullinger may have introduced a defensive chemistry shakeup that the advantages of the move can’t compensate for.
Jason Terry, SG32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +7
True to form, Terry’s going to try and cure his shooting problems by shooting a huge amount more. Whatever works, bud. I still prefer to see him creating than spotting up, and he clearly prefers it too.
Three Things We Saw
Tommy said after the game that the Wizards “are going to be a difficult team this season.” We’d certainly like to believe that after these two games. Maybe the Wizards are just really good! But let’s agree that it’s much more likely that they suck.
Did Chris Wilcox buy himself a few MPG in this one? He looked fantastic: the only guy who could shore up the interior defense with KG out. If we’re looking for somebody whose minutes he can cut into, I propose Jared Sullinger.
Courtney Lee’s shooting numbers have declined in every game this season, even though the competition’s gotten easier and he’s had more time to adjust to the offense. Weird, right?