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Taking Stock: C’s – Nets

Taking stock 

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

BuyPaul Pierce: The Captain went off in the third quarter to bail out a team that had looked like utter crap until that point.  Any of the Pierce critics heading into this season should put on a bib and prepare for a healthy serving of crow with humble pie for dessert.

Brandon Bass:  I admit, I'm completely hung up on the Bass/Baby dichotomy.  I'm not entirely sure when I'll get over it.  But watching this guy finish with dunks, take the ball aggressively to the rim, and make open shots makes me point and laugh at Otis Smith. 

Sorry, Baby.  If you had been better about your departure, I'd be better at handling this.


The effort against bad teams:  Never… never… never will I expect the Celtics to storm out of the gates and put forth a quality effort against a bad team.  They have played down to their competition for years now.  I feel like a total moron for expecting anything different.  And because Rajon Rondo is one of the worst offenders, I'm not sure if I should expect anything different for a long time.  I guess this is a "good with the bad" situation.

HoldAvery Bradley:  Did we witness some kind of "turning of a corner?"  Was this some kind of "breakout game?"  People have been trying to throw labels on Avery's performance (more specifically, second half performance).  I prefer to simply quote Homer Simpson and say "he came to life.  Good for him."  Until Avery strings a few of these together, I'm going to sit back and wait for more.

Marquis Daniels:My patience is running lower with each game.  I love Quis.  I'm rooting for him.  But because of what we saw in the flash of a pre-season, I expect something from him.  And I'm not getting what I expect.  It's early, but if this doesn't turn around soon, we're going to have to have some serious conversations about Marquis.

Chris Wilcox: New team, new system, new role, no time to learn any of it and missed games due to injury. I'm not selling him yet, but I'm keeping my eye on this guy.  He's an important piece to this puzzle.  And for the mid-level exception ("mini" or not), I have certain expectations. 

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  • It’s very sad if you ask me when you see a team like the Nets that have lost their three best players to injury and all Celtics could muster is 89 points.

  • I’ve got to say, one of my favorite things about this blog is the frequent Simpsons references. It’s a thing of beauty.

  • We saw this Bradley before in the last game of last season. That was against a shallow Knicks bench. This was against a shallow Nets bench. I’m routing for AB, but until he has a game like this against a team like the Bulls, the Mavs, or even a Knicks or Magic team that’s running on all cylinders, it’s hard to take much stock in him.

  • Quick hitter on Quis … He’s an excellent cutter, but many times is casted into a line up that does not play to his skill set. At times he’s flanked by Bradley and Dooling, which is like playing 3 on 5 in the half court. We can’t expect him to nail long twos and three point corner shots, but that’s precisely the type of shots he mostly attempts (71%) as the clock winds down. He shots a much higher percentage closer the rim (62%). Better to use him in conjunction with RR with at least a pair of shooters that can create more space. The line up of RR/Ray/Bass/O’Neal/Quis produces a +12, 56% efg in the 4 wins.
    Interesting that Doc opted to use Wilcox instead of Steamer in the second half. He told D&C that Wilcox gave them more energy and quickness, which is surprising in light of Steamer’s shot blocking, which helps the transition game.
    Chalk up the choppy first half play to NJ playing short handed. Even Doc experimented with some strange line ups in the second quarter (only scored 16 pts). They made the halftime adjustment on Brooks and blew the game open behind PP. All things considered it was a good night, and if you scour the league a lot of teams are losing valuable assets to injury. So far we’ve been pretty fortunate.

  • I don’t know what people watch and expect from these guys. There are very few NBA players that play at an extremely consistent level. Really only Paul Piece does for us anyways. Avery had a few things go his way last game, in another upcoming games things will go his way again. His ball pressure is off the charts, its an invaluable asset come playoffs.
    He takes good shots (doesn’t make many, but they look good) and plays his ass off. He will get it.