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Taking Stock: Celtics – Magic

RedsArmyAdmin January 24, 2012 Uncategorized 12 Comments

Taking stock

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

Starters

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Avery Bradley:  Avery Bradley was so close to Jameer Nelson all night long that I think they're now legally married in Massachusetts.  His defense changed the entire game, which is good, because Avery's offense is still not good.  I'm sorry, I know this is "love Avery Bradley day" so let's all do ourselves a favor and not look at how he ran the half court offense last night.  
HUZZAH FOR AVERY!!!


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Paul Pierce:  Another do-it-all night for the Captain.  He's really starting to get back to form and showing a level of energy that didn't exist a few weeks ago. 


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Kevin Garnett:  I'll quote Dwight Howard: "there’s no way KG should be beating me up and down the floor. There’s a couple of plays where he beat me up and down the floor, and there’s no way. You know, he’s 40 and I’m 25. I just can’t allow that to happen."  KG brought it last night.  May be the most energy we've seen out of him.
 

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Jermaine O'Neal:  He rebounded, he blocked a couple of shots, and he got up in Dwight Howard's face.  It's a level of toughness and attitude we haven't seen around here since…. oh, never mind.
 

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Sasha Pavlovic:  

Sasha brought the energy early, coming up with a steal and fast break bucket on the second play of the game. He hit a few shots too, which is a bonus. 

Bench

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Brandon Bass:  That's the Brandon Bass we all know and love.   19 points and 8 rebounds off the bench?  Awesome.  5 shots at the rim?  Love it even more.  Yes he was 5-7 from 10-23 feet, but it's the mix of jumpers and finishes at the rim that make him most effective offensively.  AND HE EVEN GOT AN ASSIST!!

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Marquis Daniels:  He was still having trouble finishing close to the basket, but he was being aggressive.  Then he nailed a jumper and started dishing out dimes.  Best he's looked since the pre-season. 

 

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E'Twaun Moore:  Keep working young fella.  Every long jumper he hits will help his confidence.  I think the speed of the game is something he needs to get used to.

 

Sideways_double_arrowGreg Stiemsma: I'll keep harping on it.  He needs to work on his hands.  He can't seem to catch anything cleanly, including rebounds.  It's hurting him out there.

 

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JaJuan Johnson:  Showed the turnaround jumper, which was really nice.  But mostly he gets the green arrow for shutting Von Wafer up.  Von Wafer hit a couple of baskets out there to "cut" the lead do about 30 and then he was ball hogging and acting like this was suddenly his showcase.  Then this happened.



  

Sit down, Von.  And the Mohawk thing is played out, too.

Coaching

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Doc Rivers:  Hey, everyone gets green arrows. Good call on putting Avery on Jameer full court.  Good move keeping Jermaine single coverage on Dwight.  Good move spiking KG's gatorade with some secret youth serum.  

OVERALL 

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Obviously the best win of the year.  It's one of those wins where guys came together on a night where very few people, even their own fans, expected a win.  Realistically, they shouldn't have won.  But they did it with their signature defense and energy throughout the game.  The offense was still terrible.  87 points on 42.4% shooting will not win you many games.  But the key to this win was the all around effort and the defense…which should be enough to carry the Celtics through until their offense clicks.  That is, IF they can duplicate this effort on a regular basis. 

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    Well, see, Avery showed us what real defense is. This is what Rondo would be capable of, if he wasn’t so arrogant and lazy. All of them played with energy. And all you Danny haters – Brandon Bass or Big Baby? No contest. We have the best BB in the deal. If Avery and Moore had simply hit their open junmpers, we would have hit 100. Dwight Howard continued to show me why I hate him – elbow throwing with a smile and poor shot selection when someone keeps him out of the middle by locking him at the hip while others swipe at the ball or help to block his shot. Their overall work on him was awesome. Again boys? Maybe?

  • Classless

    I love No Pass Bass. He’s way more effecient than Big Baby was.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/thedubz33 TheDubz33

    I’d like to see Rondo and Avery playing together; the tempo would be through the roof. They would feed off eachother on D and with Rondo pushing the pace and Avery filling the lanes THE BOYS WILL BE RUNNING. Obviously the size mismatch would come in to play, but I think they are both good enough defenders to kill it together.

  • djisinthehall

    @James Eisenman
    “This is what Rondo would be capable of, if he wasn’t so arrogant and lazy”
    You spelled running the entire team, rebounding, passing, defense, breaking down the other defenses wrong”
    There is NO WAY anyone plays full court defense for a full season and still does ALL of the other things.
    get your expectations back in check or you will be disappointed with every single game you watch. Like for instance the one last night where a injury plagued team shut down an 11-3 team with a franchise low 56 points.
    I never remembered enjoying watching anyone play on ball D like Avery. Its what we have been hearing since he has been here and last night was it. It was Awesome! Don’t put Rondo expectation on Avery.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    My point was that Rondo doesn’t really play defense. He makes some steals. That’s it. All he would have to do is play on ball defense at the half court line like Avery played. Notice Avery did not get successfully picked off more than once or twice. Rondo gets splattered on nearly every pick and roll. That’s because he doesn’t play on ball defense on the weak side. He drifts to the middle or the free throw line and leaves his man wide open. Then he rushes over to his man when the ball flips to his side. Then splat! Then KG or JO get in foul triuble or his man scores. He can do all of the things he does AND play defense and hit free throws and hit the open mid- range jumper. He just has to change his mindset and stop thinking he knows it all. DJ played both ends. Hell, Danny played both ends. All season long. They don’t need him to handle the ball all the timre either. See how PP raised his game as soon as he bore some of that load and how he breaks down defenses?

  • http://msn.com BRONDO

    WHO DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN TRAINING AVERY, “RONDO”!, THIS IS THE SAME DEFENSE THAT RONDO USED ON BIBBY IN THE FINALS AND COACH SPO HAD TO TAKE HIM OUT OF THE GAME AND PUT CHALMERS IN, THIS IS THE SAME DEFENSE “RONDO”, USED ON LEBRON IN A GAME THAT THEY BEAT THE HEAT LAST SEASON. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT RONDO’S JUMPER ALL DAY BUT TO CALL HIM LAZY, IS JUST OUT RIGHT WRONG. DO YOU SEE HOW HE FILLS UP THE STATS, PTS, ASSISTS, REBOUNDS, STEALS,????????????? THATS A PLAYER WHOS PUTTING IN SOME WORK!

  • http://msn.com BRONDO

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? HE HANDLES THE BALL ALL THE TIME BECAUSE HE IS THE P.G. AND THATS HOW THEY WANT IT. MOST OF THE GUYS ON THIS TEAM CANT CREATE THEIR OWN SHOT SO WHEN THEY GET TRAPPED THEY GIVE THE BALL TO RONDO TO RESET AND CALL ANOTHER PLAY, PAUL PIERCE IS THE ONLY ONE ON THE TEAM OTHER THAN RONDO WHO CAN CREATE FOR HIMSELF OR FOR OTHERS, ARE YOU WATCHING THE ACTUAL GAMES OR ARE YOU GOING ON THE MESSY WORDS OF THE COMMENTATORS?

  • Alex

    No one is going to take you seriously if you spam the question marks and the CAPS lock.
    Sounds like you are SCREAMING AT US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JR99

    The key on offense last night was the Avery brought the ball up — good because Pierce must not be allowed to dribble the ball too much — but once in the half-court, Avery would often pass to Paul, and then it was PAUL who found the openings, either himself, or the open man. Doc had them SPLIT PG duties on offense… which makes good sense, using each player’s strengths, and it worked.
    Avery’s offense is still developing, but his defense is so spectacular that he can be a huge, game-changing asset anyway. And by shunting the weakest part of Avery’s offense over to Piece, Doc effectively negated Avery’s offensive inexperience. The end result was what we saw: historic success.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    Dwight Howard: “There’s no way KG should be beating me up and down the floor. … He’s 40 and I’m 25. I just can’t allow that to happen. I have to step up and be the leader for this team.”

  • James Eisenman

    This is the thing about modern fans of basketball. They’ve distorted what Red himself created by coming up with the idea of role players into some concrete requirement that you need a point guard, a shooting guard, a power forward, a small forward and a center, at all times. This is just a myth. Danny Ainge and Dennis Johnson spent most of their time on the court together. Both of them handled the ball. The offense didn’t center on any one player distributing the ball. It doesn’t have to. You just think so because YOU listen to the commentators too much. They may want Rondo to handle the ball all the time but that is often part of the problem. The ball MUST come from him to KG or Paul or Ray. The defense knows this. This is why the offense bogs down too much. The defenders lag off of Rondo (because he is an inconsistent shooter) and they clog the passing lanes to KG or fight through the picks on Ray. In 2008, Rondo was not playing half the time. We didn’t really have a regular point guard. The offense flowed from multiple sources and we won a championship. They give the ball to Rondo to reset now because they rely on him too much. This is Doc just accepting the conventional wisdom. Paul can create his own offense AND get other people open for shots. HE PLAYED GUARD ON THIS TEAM FOR 10 YEARS! I watch every game. I have followed this team since the days of Russell. NO POINT GUARD. KC and Sam handled the ball and then Sam and Siegfried. JoJo and Cheney. NO POINT GUARD. They both handled the ball. Johnson and Ainge. I SEE what I’m watching. I try to turn the commentators down because often they don’t know what they’re talking about. I mean, my God, Tommy Heinsohn says Stiemsma blocks shots in the style of Bill Russell (he deflects rather than smash like Dwight Howard) and the commentators claim he was comparing Stiemsma to Russell as players. A point guard-driven offense is fine if it’s Magic Johnson because he could shoot AND create enough chaos on his own to disrupt defenses and find openings. But giving the ball to Rondo every time is not necessarily a good thing and I’m glad they’re figuring out that the offense can run without HAVING to give him the ball every time.

  • James Eisenman

    By the way, thank you for making my point. You point out that Rondo played good defense in 2 games but conveniently ignore the fact that he has been torched in hundreds of them. Just look at this year. He played hard defense against the Knicks and hardly any other time. Why do you think that all these guards from the other team torture us in all these games? It’s almost ALWAYS his man that scores at will or drives freely into the lane and gets our big men in trouble. My point is that he’s one of the fastest people out there and that he is clearly capable of playing up-in-your-face defense. He CHOOSES not to. He chooses to lay off his man. Steals mean very little unless they’re obtained in front of your man (like Avery’s) or closing off the passing lane (like Trevor Ariza). Hooking from behind to steal (many of Rondo’s) are signs of BAD defense – the guy has beaten you and, out of desperation, you try to steal it (Kobe’s steal in Game 6 in 2008). And often, you get called for the foul by hooking. Shut your man down or reduce his shooting percentage by staying between him and the basket at all times and knowing what flavor gum he’s chewing (Hoosiers) – now that’s defense. Rondo didn’t teach Avery anything like this or, if he did, he should start teaching himself!