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Taking Stock: Celtics-Thunder

RedsArmyAdmin January 17, 2012 Uncategorized 3 Comments

Taking stock

After every game, we'll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player's overall value.

Starters

Green arrowPaul Pierce:  The best Paul Pierce has looked so far.  Could this actually be a sign that his struggles have been more conditioning and less age?  I've always thought that was the case with Pierce, so I'm taking last night as a positive sign.

Sideways_double_arrowRajon Rondo: Same ol' song and dance… Rondo doing some of everything… some good and some bad.  Taking a beating and taking a play off.  

Sideways_double_arrowRay Allen: Ray will have some lulls.  His shooting is off right now, and with the focus more heavily on other guys getting going, Ray may have to take a back seat here and there.  I'd love to see more than 7 shot attempts, but gettin 24 for KG and Pierce combined is kind of what we need right now.

Red arrowKevin Garnett:  Can I just skip this part from now on?  It's gotten quite depressing.

Sideways_double_arrowJermaine O'Neal:  11 rebounds a block and a steal.  Not bad.  12 points?  Also not bad.  5-11 shooting along with 2 of your shots getting blocked (according to Hoopdata), not so great.  If you're going to go into the game saying "judge me on my defense,"  Then don't take 11 shots.  

Bench

Sideways_double_arrowBrandon Bass:  Earlier this season, he was rising above the general Celtics malaise.  I'm not sure he's able to do that anymore.  He has stepped backwards though, for sure. 

Green arrowMickael Pietrus:  When his shooting touch is on, he's going to be a big help.  And he actually too a few shots that weren't 3's!  He was huge last night.  Now let's see if we can get a little more consistency out of him..     

  Green arrowMarquis Daniels:  Welcome back to the line up, Quis.  2-3 shooting and 6 rebounds in 12 minutes?  I'll take it.  And he had one really nice, aggressive take that made me think, or maybe hope, that Quis could be starting to turn it around.

Sideways_double_arrowE'Twaun Moore:  Not much time for the rookie and no real production to speak of.  Doc will have to really give this kid a chance to play and show what he has for him to get comfortable out there. 

Sideways_double_arrowGreg Stiemsma, JaJuan Johnson, Avery Bradley:  Avery's minutes might be gone for a while. 

Coaching

Sideways_double_arrowDoc Rivers: Privately, I'm betting Doc just can't wait for this season to be over.  I'm betting most coaches are feeling the same way, actually.  Doc can only do so much from the bench, though. 

OVERALL

Green arrowOh, what the hell… I'll break out the green glasses for this one… partly because I'm sick of not doing so for all this time.  Paul Pierce took a step in the right direction, Pietrus looked good, and the Celtics played the best team in the NBA pretty well until OKC made some ridiculous 3's down the stretch. 

Normally, I'd say there are no moral victories here, but the Celtics are in need of something to hold on to right now.  I saw positive things in that game, so I'm going to say this might be where the C's start to turn things around.  A lighter upcoming schedule doesn't hurt, either.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011571d4119a970b Lex

    was my 28 win prediction optimistic?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011571d4119a970b Lex

    Privately, I’m betting Doc just can’t wait for this season to be over.
    ++
    I’m thinking the season is pretty close to over now

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    It is only 18% of the season and it feels gloom and doom I agree.
    Then I say, it’s only been 18% of the season. Where’s the hope? I am being naive, I know.. but pride, experience, teamwork, and coach will all contribute to course-correcting.