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Your Morning Dump… Where Nads was no throw in

RedsArmyAdmin March 7, 2011 Uncategorized 10 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“In Oklahoma City I didn’t have a role,’’ he said. “I was just a spot-up shooter. They didn’t want me posting up, nothing. It was a little bit frustrating for me. I’m more comfortable playing inside-out. When you are a big guy and you rely just on your shooting, you miss a couple of shots, you tend to lose confidence. You need to have a couple of easy baskets, just to gain your rhythm. Now all of a sudden you can make shots and everything.’’

Krstic practically saved the slow-footed Celtics with 12 first-half points on 6-for-6 shooting. His teammates were 12-of-27 from the field for 31 points.

“He’s been terrific, he really has,’’ coach Doc Rivers said. “He finishes so much better than I knew. The guys are very comfortable with him.’’

Globe: Krstic excels in transition game

Yes.  Nads.  That's what I'm calling him.  I'm not calling him Kurly.  KRS-4 is an interesting one… but Nads is right there so I'm taking it.  

Also, that was a pretty sick pass by Paul Pierce.  And it was a nice catch and finish by Krstic, who is showing us what he can really do offensively.  Early on in last night's game I thought "Thank God for Krstic" as he was pretty much the only reason the C's kept it close early in the game.  

With apologies to Perk, this was something we really haven't for a while.  And with apologies to Krstic, he needed to score those points to make up for some deficiencies on the other end.  But still, he's capable of doing that.  And since Shaq is out for a while, we might need him to keep doing that. 

The C's will figure out their defense.  That will come around again with some time.  But mixing Nads into the offense was easier than expected.  Allow me to channel my inner newspaper headline writer and drop the pun:  He's been a big help.

On Page 2, the importance of the #1 seed

This is why the top seed matters this season:

– Whoever gets it will avoid a 2-3 matchup with one of the other three in the semifinals. From the Celtics perspective, they would much rather have to beat Miami or Chicago as opposed to both to get to the finals.

– The top seed will likely play Indiana in the first round, while the 6-7 seeds figure to be either New York or Philadelphia.

[…]– Homecourt advantage, obviously. While the Celtics have proven capable of winning playoff series without the benefit of homecourt, it’s worth pointing out that they closed out two series at home last year, while losing their only Game 7 on the road.

WEEI: The importance of getting the top seed

I was kind of ambivalent about the whole top seed thing until Flanns laid out this same argument on the last Two Man Game.  Now I'm on board with wanting to avoid a few of these teams in our march to an 18th banner.  

Why play Chicago, Orlando AND Miami if you don't have to.  I know… I know… "Those teams don't scare me!"  Well… it's still the playoffs and I'd rather not have to face that gauntlet if the C's don't have to.  

So thanks, Miami, for falling off like you did.  Now if only we can hold off those Bulls. 

The rest of the links:

WEEI: Celtics go Buck hunting  |  ESPN Boston: NBA Rescinds Pierce tech vs. Phoenix  |  Rapid Reaction: C's 89, Bucks 83  |  CSNNE:  Waiting on Shaq  |  Arroyo arrival comes in the nick of time  |  Celtics find ways to win with new pieces  |  Globe:  Celtics handle Bucks  |  Herald:  Late push enough for Celtics  |  Doc examines patience  |  Troy Murphy eyes first playoff run  |  MWDN: Going Green gives C's different look  |  Celtics Blog: So far, so good  

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115709edd57970b G4L

    Nads in your face… I feel a shirt coming on, lol!
    Perk was my favorit player on the Celitcs so it was tough to see him go but, Nads a better player then I remember. Ainge def. knew what he was doing with the trade, So i give Ainge credit.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f73aaaa970c AboveTheRim

    Well that’s about as poor as Rondo’s going to play w/ 8 turnovers and 8assts and the team still shot 52% from the field. They haven’t skipped a beat post trade.
    It’ll be nice to see Delonte or Arroyo run the point to spell Rondo. Bradley looks like he’s in over his head.
    Big fan of the nickname Nads. Simple and good.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lobbe Caterpillar from Italy

    I hated to say bye to the Beast, but without the trade now we would have had just 6-7 healthy players.. I’ll probably end up saying Danny was a genius!
    And, of course, not to mention the quality these new players are showing us: Nads (I take it! KRS-4 was complicated and fake, kinda “Star Wars”..) is doing great and I’m always thrilled when Green is on the floor, like something nice will happen.
    I hope we’ll all go…Nads in a while! :D

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Go “NADS”!?!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Nads has to be good, seeing as Ainge whiffed on every big man acquisition this year. I just worry about a crunch time game in the playoffs with undersized Davis playing the 5 gets exposed, like he was vs. LA.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kkbreault kevin4real

    I was just last night starting to feel like the Cs were now the team to beat in the NBA. You can put anyone with our starting four and we get wins. Now we have depth and a lot of firepower behind them, as well as a scoring five man. Who is going to beat us, especially when Shaq comes back. However, I read the power rankings today, and John Schuhmann actually dropped the Cs down a spot. Thats Bullshit. THe lakers moved up to number one from way down. I think Schuhmann, like most sports analysis, is gay for the Lakers. The Lakers suck this year. So the Spurs had a bad game, that doesnt mean all of the sudden the Lakers are the greatest team in the universe. The Cs go through the tough trade and still grind out win, with injuries etc. Yet they drop. The Lakers loose a ton, while healthy, get a lucky win, and their on top. Im done with Schuhmann, his opinion is garbage.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p014e5f506647970c alistair

    The good thin g about ‘Nads’ is his hands – he has excellent hands – will catch anything in his vicinity and Rondo already trusts that. Perk (bless his soul) was good for one duff play a game cos of hard hands. The worrying thing is his rebounding numbers. I’d be happy if we got 12-6 outa Nads but already 6 might be too much to expect…
    As for defensively – well the Bucks got 83 – that’s better than the 100+ we’ve been giving up since the trade….

  • http://profile.typepad.com/rtcoaster Shawncvd

    Nads is the man! I’ve been talking him up since the trade. I commented such on Feb 27 http://www.redsarmy.com/home/2011/02/more-from-todays-shootaround.html:
    “Boston got the best player in the trade (Green) plus a 7 footer (people keep saying you don’t trade away size and I’m sick of hearing it) AND the Clipper’s First Round draft pick.”
    I’ve liked his stuff. And that PP assist was sweet. Go Nads!!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/rtcoaster Shawncvd

    Here’s more praise for Nads from that same day from me…
    “Conventional wisdom is that the team acquiring the best player in a deal is the winner of a given trade. And Green is the best player while Krstic is more than just a throw in. Add that Clippers First Rounder and it’s a slam dunk (pun intended)”
    -From post game win against Clippers post

  • http://profile.typepad.com/antbar0100 Goceltics

    I`m starting to dig Nads. He is only going to get better with this system. How about Paplovic with the nice 3. Man, We got some weapons, Also T Murph looks like he is getting into the grove.