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, PF32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -15
He was destined for a tough night against a team with Memphis’ size but he did some nice work limiting their bigs’ offensive output. Had a terrible first half shooting and a bad offensive night overall. I’d like to point out that the Celtics are asking too much of him. But there’s little choice this year. Yet again.
Paul Pierce, SF34 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -5
A lot of three-balls which mostly worked. A bunch of other shots which mostly didn’t, especially after halftime. Tony Allen showed him up a couple of times with his defense. Boston’s asking too much of him. But there’s little choice this year. Yet again.
Jason Collins, C18 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4
It’s not just that he generates next to no points or rebounds while he’s on the floor. It’s that his presence means the Celtics are going 4 on 5 on offense and he muddies up the spacing. His bulk was useful on some possessions, but he’s hurting far more than he’s helping. It’s time for Sullinger in this spot. When Sully fouls out early in the second quarter, Collins can come in and relieve him.
Admit it: you loved that first baseline cut for a layup. You’ve been dying for that all year. Overall, a strong return for Bradley on the defensive end. He forced Memphis (Mike Conley in particular) into some rough late-clock offense and sealed a huge gap in the perimeter. His shot looked January 2012 awful but that might be nerves and rust as much as any lingering effects from the shoulder injuries. Let’s keep an eye on it.
Rondo is getting cooked on defense game after game. It’s not just the injury. He’s just not willing to put in the effort. Bradley’s return will help him do his mini-KG centerfielder routine but lately Rondo seems hamstrung by his team, his coach, his injury and himself.
Jeff Green, PF15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6
Worse than the numbers, which look decent versus his playing time until you realize he had almost no impact on the game.
Jared Sullinger, PF19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +10
Far better than the numbers, despite another heap of fouls and a bad shooting night. Anyone else expecting a post-all-star breakout for him?
Courtney Lee, SG12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3
Took the ball to the basket a couple of times and finished at the rim, including a nice full court streak to grab a long lead pass in transition. You’ll notice he only played 12 minutes though. That’s a season low. Apparently, Avery Bradley’s return doesn’t just stop the opposing team from scoring.
Jason Terry, SG27 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -4
A couple of big baskets (at the time) but Jet doesn’t yet fit into this offense. That one I’ll put on Doc as much as Terry.