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T-Mobile Recap: Cs defense grounds Rockets

Chuck - Red's Army March 19, 2010 Uncategorized 36 Comments

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There were some remarkable individual performances in tonight's 94-87 win over the Houston Rockets, but this game was won with defense.

The Celtics held a Rockets team that averaged 116 points over the past three games to 87 points, 39% FG and 29% 3FG shooting.

Paul Pierce scored 15 of his 26 points in the 4th quarter. His back-to-back three pointers (around the 5 minute mark) killed the Rockets chances of a comeback.

Trailing 72-62 heading into the 4th, the Rockets clawed their way back and cut the lead to 5. But Pierce was not going back to the hotel with a loss. He took over the game by driving to the hoop, gathering offensive rebounds off his misses and scoring. He buried those back-breaking bombs. As Houston crept back into the game (cutting a 13 point lead to 5 with 45 seconds left), a Pierce lay-in off a nice pass from KG ended all hopes.

Ray Allen (19 points, 5-8 3FG) had his stroke in the first three quarters. He buried three 3s in the 3rd quarter and, along with Nate Robinson, fueled a 10-2 run to end the 3rd which gave the Cs back some breathing room.

Anyone who doesn't think Nate Robinson can play defense needs to watch the Rockets final possession in the 3rd quarter. Aaron Brooks was unable to get past him 1-on-1.

KG had a solid game – 15 points, 7-16 FG, 8 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 10 assists.

Mike Gorman made a great point about offensive balance. KG, Pierce and Ray were close in shot attempts. Rondo deserves credit for distributing the ball.

I will leave you with one final stat that might knock you on your ass – Rasheed Wallace had 9 boards.

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  • DRJ

    It was a good game.
    But how’d you like that play by Big Baby, when he was surrounded BY ALL FIVE ROCKETS under their basket AND STILL TRIED TO TAKE THE SHOT, rather than pass to all our open guys. Is this man ridiculous, or what?
    Paul and Sheed were excellent, and those were basically the 2 remaining issues. Very good news.
    But KG — remember when we were discussing KG earlier today and I said he looked about 100% vs. the Knicks? Well, either I was blind then, or he just had a really bad game tonight. (I think/hope the latter.) Couldn’t defend, couldn’t jump… yikes, he looked bad. But his shot was on, and Sheed filled in very well. At least. We can only hope this is a blip down, not an indication of where KG really is.

  • SportsFan

    It would be nice if Davis got his 12′er back, and I know today he got blocked on 57% of his shot attempts, but…
    Editor’s Note – While we hate editing comments, we will do so with any sexually suggestive posts. Keep if clean, please!

  • DRJ

    I’m sorry, friend… but this is not a sex site. Ok?

  • Alex

    I saw that Big Baby play and I was thinking the same thing. Seriously, whenever I watch Big Baby play, it just feels like he doesn’t give a crap about his team. He just performs just to raise up his stats and value.
    5 Open players while he was surrounded by 5 Rockets, yet… he still attempts to do some stupid hook shot to get points. Stubborn player.
    Other than that, great game!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    You thought KG looked bad? I wasn’t sensing that tonight.

  • DRJ

    What did you think of KG tonight?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Agreed. It’s time for me to edit SportsFan’s comments.
    Dude – or whatever you are – clean it up or you will get banned.

  • DRJ

    Was just wondering what others saw. He just looked slow on defense, jumping weakly… that kind of thing. The effort was great as always, and his shot was on though. But I thought after the Knicks game that he was all the way back. Didn’t see that tonight…. you thought he was fine?

  • SportsFan

    Will do boys, sorry if I offended anyone, especially DRJ, he is a true student of the game, very insightful, and eloquent ;)
    - SportsFan, everyone’s favorite homosexual

  • DRJ

    It’s not about me. It’s about the site.

  • BigMck

    Too late fool. I just read through all your posts. You are a clown. We don’t want your garbage around here.

  • BigMck

    He’s gone…

  • BigMck

    Nothing jumped out at me, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
    Anyone else think KG struggled?

  • DRJ

    I should be clearer. Didn’t think KG was overall “bad” or anything. He just seemed to be beat too easily when he was on D… by guys like Scola – not exactly The Flash. And he got a decent number of rebounds, but was also outjumped or stripped of those rebounds a couple of times.
    I guess I was hoping for the 100% KG, and he wasn’t there. Follows up our earlier discussion about him.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Best win of the year ! Why ? Because this is a brutal stretch so tonite was vital if the C’s are to get 3 of the next 4 or better. Some observations :
    Pierce was straight up assassin tonight. He performs like this in play offs say hello to number 18 .
    Sheed looked active on d for once not just fouling. Also I liked Doc fielding the 2nd unit and they kept their foot on Houston’s throat.
    Speaking of the second unit how good was Nate’s coverage of Brooks in the closing seconds if the third? Huge moment keeping the momentum at that point.
    Kevin Martin and Ray Ray traded baskets in a very exciting third quarter. Martin is nifty but I’m happy we didn’t give up Jesus and other players four him.
    Even playing against undersized bigs Baby was STILL unable to finish around the rim. Doc could at least try S Williams here. Nice hustle from Glen though.
    I’m so excited about the upcoming play offs. Despite the last minute run by the Rockets the Celtics got stops in the final 90 seconds to earn the W . The horny D was on display tonight. I look forward to our next conquest.

  • KY Celts fan

    What’d I miss?

  • DRJ

    The D on Brooks was awesome. Same guy who hit, what?, like 7 threes the game before?
    But I was laughing real hard when Baby basically got swallowed up by ALL FIVE Rockets… and STILL tried to take the shot! He about DISAPPEARED under their basket. Man… that was just ridiculous. Lol. The boy will NOT pass!!

  • KY Celts fan

    Scola is extremely underrated. He tends to get the best of a lot PFs. I’d like to say I saw something, but I didn’t see the game. It’s March, which means college ball.
    I will say though, if KG’s defense is of any concern, we’ll know better tomorrow. He’s going to have to hold down Nowitzki or Marion most of the night.

  • DRJ

    Ouch. Good point. Hope has something left in the tank.

  • KY Celts fan

    Why is Davis playing underneath the basket when he did so well last year shooting? That’s why I say make a play for Haslem in the offseason.

  • DRJ

    Like Haslem. Good player. But I thought he loves Miami….?

  • Joe

    “Kevin Martin and Ray Ray traded baskets in a very exciting third quarter. Martin is nifty but I’m happy we didn’t give up Jesus and other players four him.”
    I was thinking the same thing! Kevin Martin is one of the WORST defenders I have ever seen. Wow!

  • jared

    wow, I had a totally different take. I thought he looked great. He really skyed for a couple of boards too. different strokes, i guess.

  • DRJ

    I’m glad to see the disagreement. Whew. Maybe it’s just my eyes… or my exaggerated expectations. Tomorrow will be a very good test, anyway.

  • KY Celts fan

    I’m sure Haslem does. Who wouldn’t want to live in a sunny city where very hot latinas walk around the beach in thongs? But Miami wants capspace so they can give Wade a wingman, and that becomes a lot harder if they don’t give up their rights to Haslem. And we need youth and rebounding, we would get both with Haslem. It’s an outside shot, but he’s good and reasonably priced.

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Love seeing Pierce take the game over when it mattered in the fourth, he would not be denied that entire quarter, thats the impression I got.
    Once again Baby disappoints, I’m glad I wasnt alone in seeing that! He does hustle but damn he’s a BLACK HOLE
    Ray has the stroke back, and I know I was a little critical of KG earlier in our discussion DRJ but I am gonna have to watch that game again to see how he looked, because I didnt get the impression that he had a horrible night tonight.
    and Can I just say that I love what Nate brings to this team? Hes so fun to watch

  • Shawn-cvd

    Let’s not forget Florida has no State income tax. That is a big difference when your making millions over a short period of time.

  • DRJ

    It appears my impression of KG was wrong… a few pepple have disagreed. Maybe I was just looking for the old KG too much. Besides, he clearly did NOT have a BAD game… shot well, the overall team D of which he’s a major part did well, rebounded ok… so he clearly wasn’t BAD… I guess I’m looking for 2008 KG. Thought I saw that in the Knicks game.
    Will look again tomorrow.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Just BigMck ridding us of a very inappropriate poster.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Let’s not for get the 2010 Knicks is actually the 2011 Knicks with their two max contract guys injured. Which is to say they’re awful.

  • Shawn-cvd

    +1 RE our back up PG…Also this is the perfect team for Robinson because in the road jersey he becomes Krypto-NATE!!!

  • DRJ

    About Nate… the most awesome thing was that Rondo had been shutting Brooks down almost completely, and he got really tired from running around after him (that Brooks kid is GOOD). But when Rondo sat down and Nate came in… NOTHING CHANGED. Brooks was STILL shut down. Nate was sticking to him like glue.
    A big question about Nate coming in was his D… you know, because that’s who the Cs are. I always thought he must be CAPABLE of playing good D, because all it takes is athleticism and the WILL to do it. Well, he showed us tonight that he can do it, and do it great. That is ONE major piece falling into place for us.
    The second major piece was Paul – who, in this game, seemed to prove that he really IS back and heading straight to 100%.
    And the THIRD major piece (yep, I think there were 3) was Sheed! Sheed woke up tonight! That’s HUGE if it sticks. It means (if it sticks) that he’s decided to flip his switch early, in the (correct) understanding that the team needs to practice a dozen or so games at their near-best in order not to screw up in the playoffs.
    All good, all good. KG is what he is, which is AT LEAST good enough. Baby can be an issue, but there are plenty of replacements. So… if this keeps up… we really are good to go.

  • Danno

    I’m sensing they’ve turned the corner. I hope I’m not wrong.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/triompheemperor brian

    What happened to that dude totheruins who bashes KG every post game?

  • Shawn-cvd

    Look in a mirror and say his name three times…

  • KY Celts fan

    HA! He must be on vacation or got sick of everyone always disagreein with him.