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The stats tell the story. When Boston started the season blistering hot
at 23-5, either Pierce or Garnett led the team in scoring in 15 of those
With both Pierce and Garnett struggling to find their rhythms since
returning from in-season injuries, Rivers suggested last week that he'd
sit both players if that's what they needed to reenergize for the
The mere suggestion — which Garnett openly admitted
he wanted no part of — seemed enough to jostle the pair into playing
better. Since Rivers' proclamation after an awful loss to the Grizzlies,
Pierce has averaged 20.5 points per game (three points above his season
average), while Garnett has averaged 15.3 points per contest (a point
higher than his mark for the season).
Even against competition as piss poor as the Knicks, this is a good sign. Why? Because in previous games against mediocre talent, the Truth and Ticket didn't look this… youthful.
The Celtics put their foot on the Knicks throat in the 2nd quarter. After a sub-par performance by the 2nd unit, KG (8 points) and Pierce (13 points) dominated.
Could it really be coming together as Doc says? Pass me some more Kool-aid.
On Page 2, Rondo is shooting less and passing more.
strictly in passing mode, totaling five assists as he concentrated on
getting Garnett and Paul Pierce involved. Rondo had seven of his 12
assists in the second and third quarters, coinciding with Pierce’s 29
points (all in the second and third). Garnett produced 14 of his 22
points in the second and third, the most crowd-pleasing a fast-break
dunk off a Rondo behind-the-back feed for an 83-57 lead with 5:27
remaining in third quarter.
of the Celtics need to fill their shot quota to be effective, and it is
up to Rondo to dole out attempts. The Celtics talk about taking what
the defense is giving, and letting the numbers take care of themselves.
But things do not always work out so smoothly, and Rondo’s role includes
spreading the wealth of shots.
don’t think it’s tricky,’’ Rondo said. “When I feel I need to score and
be aggressive I try to do it. But otherwise, when we’re rolling I don’t
have to take shots, that’s fine with me, as long as we win. Getting
assists is better for me than scoring.
I don't care what Rondo says, he has the toughest job on the team. His priority is to spread the ball and find shots for the Big 3. When one or more of them isn't producing, he has to change gears and shoot the ball. Sounds easy, but it really is a delicate balance because it doesn't take much for the offense to stall.
The rest of the links:
Herald – Pierce finds groove | Doc's words working wonders | Rondo's game has its point | ESPN Boston – Post game notes | Globe – Green thump | Walker, Giddens banking minutes | CSNNE – It was the Big 2 | Perk, Rondo adjusting to roles | WEEI – Rondo getting point with Paul/KG | Doc Rivers press conference | KG press conference | Celtics Blog – Is Rondo scoring less the key to winning? |
(Image courtesy Boston Herald)