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"The past couple of years, we always had two or three plays we could call and get a . . . not necessarily make the shot, but get at least a decent shot in the possession," Rondo said.
He said he doesn't know why that hasn't been the case this season, but understands that it is a major problem for the Celtics as they limp toward the end of the regular season for the second year in a row.
"Right now," Rondo said. "We're a little bit all over the place."
A little bit?
The Celtics pride themselves on execution. They pride themselves on being a precision machine that will break you down over the course of a game and do things like get Ray freakin' Allen… perhaps the best shooter of all time… a ton of open looks.
But right now the best offense is coming out of Paul Pierce just breaking guys down and then taking advantage of the chaos that ensues. That's great for the time being, but that can't last forever. The C's need to get back to what they've always done best.
There has been some talk recently about the C's missing Perkins as a screener. There might be something to that, despite the "illegal screen" joke that just crossed your mind. When everything the C's do on offense is based on precision, someone not forcing a defender out of place could throw that precision out of whack.
Regardless… the C's need to figure this out quickly. It will be interesting to see what happens tonight… if the C's come out and play hard… or if they struggle. If they play well, and play hard, and win… then we've been going nuts for nothing. If they still look bad… then we've got an issue.
On Page 2: Paul Piece is raffling off tickets to his personal suite
Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce is offering hoops fans the chance to win the ultimate Celtics experience, by placing twelve tickets to his personal luxury suite up for grabs when the Celtics take on the New York Knicks in their last regular season game on April 13 at the TD Garden. The winner will be chosen through a special online raffle with proceeds benefitting Pierce’s Truth on Health Campaign.
Raffle tickets are $2 with a minimum purchase of five tickets and can be purchased now at www.netraffle.org. The winner will be selected on Monday, April 11 at 11 a.m. EST. For more information, visit www.truthonhealth.org or www.paulpierce.net.
“I am thrilled to offer my fans a chance to sit in my suite while helping to raise funds to support my Truth on Health Campaign,” said Pierce. “It is critical for kids to understand that staying active and eating healthy are the keys to leading a happy and fulfilling life, and all of the funds we raise will help give kids the tools and information they need to make healthier lifestyle choices.”
The raffle package includes:
- Twelve (12) tickets to Pierce’s personal luxury suite for the Boston Celtics vs. NY Knicks game on April 13 at 8:00 p.m. EST at the TD Garden
- An NBA special edition Spalding basketball signed by Paul Pierce
- $500.00 for food and beverage in Paul’s suite
- Cash payment of $907.50 to mitigate winner’s tax liability
The people behind the raffle were kind enough to send that over to us. So just follow the links there and you'll get a chance to win that prize package.
That's actually pretty cool. The suite… food… and money to pay for the taxes on the prize. All for $10.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Ainge helps nephew with addiction | CSNNE: C's face major issues as playoffs approach | ESPN Boston: C's in McDonald's All American game | Deja Vu for C's | Ainge takes in nephew after rehab | WEEI: Chris Herren's fall and rise | Stephen A on Big Show: C's need Shaq