After each game, we'll be taking stock in each players… and maybe coach's… performance. If we like what we see, we're buyin'. If we don't, we're sellin'. Or maybe we'll just hold onto our stock until we see more next game
Jermaine O'Neal: I don't think he's gotten quite enough props around here yet for what he did yesterday. JO came into the 4th quarter when it was 84-80 Celtics. The Celtics went on a 17-9 run to end it. There was suddenly a feel that when he came back in, the Knicks would have to work a lot harder for points. They only attempted two shots within five feet after O'Neal returned.
Yep… JERMAINE O'NEAL is currently our tough-as-nails defender of the rim. And the best part is… he's doing a pretty damn good job of it.
The Big 4: Pierce and Ray had off shooting nights but the group as a whole is doing what it should be doing to win playoff games. The 3rd quarter lull aside, this is the group we're going to rely on to win Banner 18, and each guy is coming up big.
Nothing: You know what? We just finished off a playoff sweep… the first one for the Celtics in a quarter century. Yeah, the Celtics are still turning the ball over too much… and yeah, the Celtics really lapsed into their worst habits in the 3rd quarter.. but I'm happy with four straight wins. Now this team gets what it needs most: rest. There's nothing to sell right now.
The Bench: But that doesn't mean there's nothing to hold off on right now. I'm not buying the bench after one decent game. In the 3rd quarter, Jeff Green looked horrible. He did finish with five points and seven rebounds, so there are positives there. Same with Big Baby… who stepped up. I still need to see more from him to buy into him. Delonte West seemed really hesitant until that dust up that seemed to wake him up. Overall… we just need to see more consistency before buying that our bench is back.