morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying a good morning dump.
just kind of hung in there. We got some good execution down the stretch
and then the Ray shot was just Ray – luck and a good shot for him.
We’ll take it. We’ll just take the win,” said Doc Rivers.
“That’s the way we drew it up,” Pierce said through intermittent
laughter. “I come off the pick-and-roll with Kevin. Coach said, ‘When
you look back, expect Rudy Gay to tip the ball up. Ray, you run around,
grab it, come off another Kevin screen and knock down the 3.’
“I mean, hey, textbook basketball. There’s no more you can say. Great execution.”
Luck put the ball in Ray Allen's hands. His skill and tireless work ethic put the ball in the hoop.
“We’re just passing to the open guy, we’re not doing anything special,’’ Rivers said. “We’re setting picks, finally. We’re doing a great job of that over the last 10-15 games. And that was something I thought — “We were all slipping our picks trying to get to the spot, instead of doing their job first and setting the picks. And our bigs and everybody setting the picks are finding out they’re the guy open – because if you set a good pick the defense has to help.’’
Amazing how something so simple can have a dramatic affect on the offense. Think "pick" first and then worry about getting to your spot. It's selfless basketball.
On page 2, you mean Doc Rivers still hasn't learned that Tony Allen can't play the point?
It appears as if the size of Tony Allen’s role with the Celtics is
going to come down to his ability to handle the ball and be a de facto
point guard in Marquis Daniels’ absence.
His troubles in that regard lately have the Celts changing plans.
“That’s a big issue,” Rivers said of Allen, who had four points in
15 minutes last night. “Defensively Tony’s fine. He’s got to stop
gambling, but he’s fine on defense. The thing is he has to take care of
the ball. If he can’t take of the ball, he can’t play.”
I think most of us would prefer Doc gamble on Lester Hudson playing the point instead of Tony Allen. But with Hudson headed to the D-League, it appears the TA experiment at PG isn't over, unfortunately.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Experience Has the Final Say | Celtics Stay Hot | ESPN Boston – All Three Come Up Big | Next Opponent: Brand Names | Celtics Blog – Comfort in Familiarity | WEEI – Allen Goes Old School in Win |