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 [...]
In his third year in the league, in which promising players often make brash leaps from benchwarmer to starter, from starter to star, Avery Bradley took a big step back. But his regression might be deceptive. When he returned to the Celtics’ lineup on January the 2nd after two in-season months recovering from offseason shoulder [...]
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?