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Chuck - Red's Army January 18, 2010 Uncategorized 27 Comments

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White hot. Make that Bar Rafaeli hot. That's how you could describe the Dallas Mavericks offense tonight at the Garden.

The Mavs beat the Celtics 99 – 90 behind Dirk Nowitzki's 37 points.

Trailing 50-41 at the half, the Mavs came out of the locker room and torched the Celtics in the 3rd quarter (34-18). Dirk dropped 13 from the perimeter, while Erick Dampier pounded the paint for 11 points. The Mavs shot 16-for-20 in the quarter.

The aging spry Jason Kidd (13 points, 17 assists in 42 minutes) outplayed Rajon Rondo (7 points, 12 assists). I believe Rondo scored all his points off jump shots. Did he make or even take any lay-ups or floaters? Rondo did fall hard on his hip in the 1st quarter. Although he wasn't visibly limping, it's possible the injury hampered his play the rest of the game.

Paul Pierce lead the Celtics with 24 points. Perk had 14 points (7-10 FG), 12 rebounds.

Another stinker by Rasheed Wallace – 11 points, 3 rebounds. For the second time this season, he missed an easy dunk.

I refuse to believe the Celtics had just 12 TOs. It seemed like every other pass ended up in the hands of a Mavs player in the 2nd half.

Perk needed two stitches to close a cut on his face caused by an inadvertent Nowitzki elbow. Perk had a brief skirmish with Jason Terry and Jason Kidd as he approached Nowitzki.

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  • nick

    keep playing scal and house and this is what will happen. Giddens needs to play, scal cost us this game, every time he enters the game its over, what a fucking joke

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    This game to me was lost when we came out in the second half and the entire 3rd quarter was walking the ball up the court and handing the ball to pierce to go 1 on 1…i would absolutely no understanding of this, there was no ball movement or running of the offense during this stretch and the mavericks came roaring back
    Also i want to go back to what i thought was a ridicoulous statement Doc Rivers made about last years team, he said early on this season that they lost there way, didnt play like ubuntu and together like they did in the championship season, and this years team was back on that track…well i just dont see it and havent seen it, and what doc said about last years team i nevr saw either
    Last years team started 27-2
    this years team has already lost more home games then they did all of last year with missing KG the entire 2nd half of the season, and quite frankly i thought last years team that 4 finished 4 wins off the championship team compeated harder every night

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    lol…yeah Giddens has to play and this loss is pinned on Scal and House…..riiiiight

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    This is the first time i saw jason kidd outplay rondo the last 2 seasons, and is it just me or did rondo landing hard on his leg early in the game throw him off? i really didnt understand why the offense ran through pierce in the 2nd half when we were up 10 with rondo running it playing team ball, pierce was just going 1 on 1 and has no explosiveness or lift right now, and i also noticed when he went out late in the game it was the only time we actually played team offensive basketball…made no sense

  • NineSevenEight

    Celtics just stopped playing defense and settled for jumpshots before it was too late. Oh yeah, timely turnovers helped too. What was so weird was that the Celtics lost the lead soo fast, and never really seemed interested in getting it back.

  • NineSevenEight

    What is it that I don’t see with Giddens? Everytime I watch him I just think tornado. Out.of.control. I appreciate hustle, but to be completely honest, JR just looks desperate to hide his weaknesses by overcompensating.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    Agreed but was i the only one who noticed when we were up we were playing team ball and the collapse happens the entire offense was just pierce 1 on 1? made no sense to me…. walk the ball up the court and give it to a gimpy pierce? really? they sniffed it out and ran on us after pierce missed.
    Now this isnt on Pierce, because he did score the ball well within the offense in the first half and it was like doc was actually calling for pierce iso after pierce iso

  • DRJ

    - Rondo just stopped playing about 3 minutes into the 3rd quarter. After that, he did nothing but walk the ball up and attempt behind-the-back steals on D. Team O stalled and team D disappeared. The Cs need a backup PG very, very badly.
    - FTs are getting ridiculous. 50% tonight. Just over 60% over the last 6 games. How about a few thousand FTs for everybody on the team (except Ray, of course)?
    - Refs really tried to throw the game to the Cs tonight… I saw a lot of bad calls go the Cs’ way. Didn’t help. They really stunk up the place in the 2nd half.
    - This is all on Rondo. When he stops playing, the whole team grinds to a halt. It’s all on him. If you want that to change, you have to get a great backup PG… and I don’t see that on the horizon. Come the 2nd season, Rondo is going to have to step up at least 16 times for this team to win it all again.

  • DRJ

    Oh yeah… btw…
    Memo to TA: Big Baby does NOT do alley-oops (Q2 9:00). Got that? Don’t even think about it.

  • NineSevenEight

    LMAO BBD can’t even get above the rim for an alley…I was wondering why he made that type of pass to a guy with worse vertical than any one of us.

  • nick

    How dare u blame this game on rondo when dirk scored close to 40? also I’m proud of how T.A always persists and fights through injuries, and I think he’s the type of guy who just improves as he gets more comfortable, he’ll be better in April then he is now, but point blank..Scal and House are not contributors to an NBA title team. In my eyes they are borderline to even be occupying NBA roster spots. WE could easily trade for Nocioni or Posey or Maggette but Dickhead Wyc don’t wana shell out the dough to make it happen, then hey thats what you get, scal and house play then your gona be running 3 on 5 essentially EVERY TIME. when KG and Daniels come back hopefull those 2 guys get pushed out of the rotation but Doc is 1 dumb motherfucker when it comes 2 player development, like honestly what does scal do out there besides make us worse and make himself look like a fucking tard, even if you sign a rashad mcCants off the street that is 29,000 times better then scal. A fucking corpse is better than scal

  • NineSevenEight

    C’s looked like they were on completely different pages with each other. No fluidity. The frustration between them was visible. Especially between Perk and Ray.

  • Joe

    i agree that rondo is our biggest problem right now. he’s just not playing four quarters of basketball and he’s been dozing off on defense. we can’t have that from him because he’s the engine of this team.

  • joe

    how can you possibly blame wyc after he signed wallace and daniels? and scal is actually pretty good at a lot of things that don’t show up on a stat sheet, like setting picks, boxing out, hustling, etc. as for eddie house, i agree. i’d love to see walker or giddens take his spot in the rotation. eddie’s become a huge liability.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    I think there is still some confusion as to who the offense should primarily run through. You notice that when Rondo stalls, the ball seems to fall in Pierces hands and he is the primary playmaker. I love Paul as much as anyone, but he’s past his prime and we are going to lose if we continue to rely on offense that involves him in 1-1 situations every time down the floor. It sickens me when Rondo just throws the ball to Paul and go stands in the corner, because Rajon is the one that needs to make the plays. Its as simple as that.

  • DRJ

    - Dirk’s late-game points were due to Sheed’s fouls, as he was the only one who could stop Dirk. Baby was hopeless against him… absolutely hopeless. And of course, that’s where we most missed KG tonight… the D on Dirk.
    - But yes, the collapse of the TEAM in Q3 and Q4 was on Rondo. He just suddenly stopped playing at about 9:30 of Q3, and after that, there was no offense, and at the same time the D just stopped. Rondo runs this team, especially in KG’s absence. So absolutely, this one’s on him. Actually, most of our losses are on him. Right now, the team’s success hangs almost entirely on Rondo. To change that, we need a great backup PG. Even that wouldn’t completely change it, but it would help a lot.

  • DRJ

    Right. And that’s what happened in the 2nd half. Rondo throws the ball to PP or Sheed, and goes stand in the corner. The only thing missing was a dunce cap. Weird.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    I’m not sure who decides the offensive strategy, but they’re not doing a good job of it right now.

  • Joe

    don’t mean to pile on rondo, but i totally agree that most of our losses are on him. as he goes, so goes ray because ray depends on rondo so much to make plays for him. and when we don’t defend, you can usually spot rondo either not rotating to his man or gambling and losing. i can see why ainge was willing to trade him this past summer. rondo looks great when he’s running the team and being aggressive, but his effort is wildly inconsistent and definitely questionable.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    Well you can’t put that all on Rondo. Its not like he calls all of the offensive sets, and I heard someone say that Pierce starts calling the offense in the second half for whatever reason. My point is that whoever comes up with that offensive strategy needs to realize that ROndo is the guy that is the catalyst of the offense, not Pierce.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    The main thing that bothers me from the last few weeks is that there really hasn’t been any sense of passion from the Celtics. They appear to be going through the motions. I don’t know whether that is a product of not having KG or what, but the Celtics just don’t seem to care about winning as much as the other team. That is troublesome.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    Celtics need to beef up their bench and get healthy, i think the perfect way to beef up the bench would be trading scal, tony, and eddie for hinrich

  • DRJ

    Perk and Ray? I missed that… Did you get a sense of why?

  • brain dead

    heartless effort. if this continue in the next couple of weeks we would face a the question if this season were a championship caliber team, and if the answer is no, is it time to do something drastic like trading ray ray. i hope ainge see this and plotting something to get us back to being the team we were before all the injuries started. another p.j brown is what we really need.

  • DRJ

    True, you can’t put it ALL on Rondo. I was overstating it a bit to make a point… Obviously, it’s the whole team and coaches when there’s a collapse like this… but I do think it starts with Rondo.

  • DRJ

    We got another PJ… Sheed.
    We need a backup PG more than any other single thing. That, and a healthy team back… and we’d be good to go.

  • NineSevenEight

    Ray just didn’t look right all night. I could have sworn I heard Perk yell “Come on, Ray” when he was setting a pick for him. Ray looked slow to the play. And then perk threw the ball out of bounds in Ray’s direction. Pretty sure Ray had his head turned.