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Your Morning Dump… Where the C’s can’t talk their way through the season


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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.

“I know you guys are going to write a blog about how terrible we are offensively, but we just haven’t practiced,” said center Jermaine O’Neal. “There’s just no way you can run the guys when you’re playing every other day, because it’s going to effect us on game days. Now, we get a day off to rest our bodies and we’re back out working.

“We get a couple days to really bang bodies, to really run our sets,” added O’Neal. “We’ve been coming in and doing dummy drills and stuff like that so guys can get contact, but there’s nothing like competing — competing in practice, getting used to screens, holding guys off to get rebounds, rotations and all of that. Basically, we’ve had to talk our way through it. Sometimes you can get away with it, and sometimes you can’t. Tonight, we didn’t.”

WEEI:  With four days off, Celtics talkin' bout practice

I won't get on a team for having a bad shooting night.  That's going to happen.  My problem is always with lack of effort.  And rebounding is, as they say, an effort stat.  No one in the NBA ever needs practice in boxing out and rebounding.  

I just really hope the Celtics don't use this lack of practice thing as an excuse this season because it's going to end in disappointment.  No one has any time to practice. It's no excuse for not putting a body on someone and preventing a team like the Pacers from getting tons of second chances.  

And I'm not dismissing the importance of practice.  The Celtics obviously need some time to get the offense in order and teach all these new guys the defensive principles.  Cleaner rotations will lead to some improvement in the rebounding.  But it does not change the fact that guys are left untouched as they crash the boards and crush the Celtics' spirit by scoring on tip-ins after some decent defense.  That's all about putting forth the effort, practice or not.

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  Practice??  C's can't carry over momentum  |

On Page 2:  Pierce felt good out there

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For his 13-year career, Pierce has had only one other game in which he's hoisted at least 17 shots and came out with a lower field goal percentage (April 1, 2001 vs. Charlotte, when he was 3 for 19 with 12 points in a loss). This is only the 10th game in the Big Three era in which he's shot 17.6 percent or worse from the field overall. 

"I felt good, it just didn't fall," he shrugged. 

Said coach Doc Rivers: "He was human. You know? I thought he tried to do too much off the bounce, especially early. And then I thought he got frustrated a little bit. That’s going to happen. But that’s where somebody else needed to pick us up, and nobody could. Without Ray [Allen's] shooting today, we would’ve shot 20 percent." 

ESPN Boston: Pierce "I felt good, it just didn't fall"

Sometimes you get good looks and they just don't fall.

Pierce was 1-6 from 3, and 2-4 at the rim.  The rest of his 7 shots came from 3 to 23 feet and he missed them all.  Credit Indiana's defense for some of that.  Fault a cold hand for some.  And when Pierce tried to take over and bail the C's out again, it just wasn't there.

Pierce had the highest usage rate in the game last night, which shows he forced it a little too much.  On a night like Ray Allen had, he needed to shoot more than 11 times.   With Rondo cold too, the Celtics needed to run some sets for Ray where he was getting double screens or running pick and rolls with KG or Brandon Bass.  Something that would have given him more chances to shoot the ball, keep the C's close, and maybe create some easy, make-able shots for guys who were cold. 

That falls on Doc a bit, but it also falls on the veterans out there to figure some stuff on their own.  One guy was hot out there, and the C's didn't use him enough.

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  Allen immune to Celtics shooting woes  |  WEEI:  Pierce shows "human" side in loss  |  Globe:  Allen had the hot hand 

The rest of the links:

CSNNE: O'Neal shrugs off injuries  |  Indiana out-paces Celtics  |  Talking Points  |  ESPN Boston:  Outside the paint:  Greg Stiemsma  |  Allen understand's West's decision  |  WEEI:  Pacers win ugly  |  The choice David West didn't have to make  |  Allen: West comments "taken out of context"  |  Herald:  Bricklayers convention  |  Celtics 4-4 record all you need to know  |  West disputes nixing Green   |  Globe:  Celtics out in cold  |  Allen clears air over West comments 

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  • Jp

    Too much is being made about the offense from this game. Yes it was problematic, but the defense was worse. The only reason the Pacers only scored 33 in the first half was THEIR shots weren’t falling either. The defense was turrrble! Just turrrble.

  • Eddie F. Rush can kiss my ass

  • Blow it up!
    Too old…too soft…too fragile

  • Hate to beat a dead horse, but aside from PP this team has lacked a proven scorer who can create his own shot off the dribble. Despite JO’s excuses that palpable deficiency showed up again last night.
    Just to expound off the number of shot attempts, KG simply won’t put more than 10,12 shots/night and if PP is ice cold it merits defenses to key on Ray, disrupt him off picks either denying the ball or forcing a low percentage shot as the clock winds down.
    I am not pointing the finger at RR, but this is why he was dangled for CP3. His stat line wasn’t bad and pretty much inline with his season totals …
    – Last night he scored 11pts on 5-12 shooting with 9assits/5r/3steals.
    – Overall 8 game avg. composite … 14.8pts/game, 52%FGM on 11 attempts/game, 5 rebounds/game, 10 assists/game, 1.8 steals/game
    If his efg% can stay at 54% it would be his best shooting season as a pro. But it does not mean he can close out games with his offense. In 8 games RR has scored a paltry 12 pts in the 4qt. and he’s averaging about 2 assists. His crunch time numbers in Stats Cube equates to goose eggs. In my book he’s pulling disappearing act. He’s either deferring to PP or Ray or KG. Even when he dropped 31 in NYC, he scored only 2 pts in that 4th quarter … a game without PP.
    This is not an overreaction nor should he should be counted to be our primary scoring option. But even if he stays aggressive and the team is able to run their stuff in crunch time you need ISO options. RR just doesn’t have that skill set. Not saying trade him or blow things up, but can we realistically say Danny doesn’t have reservations about building the next generation around him?

  • yea i’d look at ditching Sasha for someone like Charlie Bell or Kelenna Azubuike, who both would add another shooter to the bench, I know we have Peitrus coming back, but id like to add another guy that will give you some offense off the bench. If not those two idd also look at Keith Bogans, who played great for the bulls last year, or James Posey for his 3point shooting and more importantly rebounding

  • I too see them eating Sasha's contract. I just read that Charlie Bell just signed overseas. If they can stay within striking distance of a first round home court seed before the trade deadline that may help in luring a FA off a buyout or even JR Smith who would play for the minimum on a contender.  
    Utah has some tradable assets in Milsap, Harris or AJ, and might be interested in clearing cap space if they're not in the running for a playoff spot. Probably wishful thinking, but I'd package JO, maybe AB and two #1s for either Milsap or Harris if Utah remains intent on keep AJ's 15m contract next year. 
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  • I agree 100%. Other than J.O. great defense, the Pacers had way too many easy shots. Especially the guards. I love our guys, but Rondo, Ray, Dooling etc. got smoked out there last night. Doc threw-in Bradley to help stop the bleeding, but by then it was too late.