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Your Morning Dump… Where Doc nearly pulled the plug on comeback


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“I told the guys in the locker room [at halftime], if we just cut this lead in half, they’ll give us a chance to win the game,’’ said Pierce. “Once we saw the lead go to 11 at the end of the third, we were like, there’s some life right here. Usually Doc will pull the plug, especially in a back-to-back situation, if we’re down 18 going to the fourth quarter, but he saw there was life in us.’’

During the break between the third and fourth quarters, Rivers told Pierce he was going to pull him from the game after the first possession of the fourth. But Moore drained a 3-pointer 37 seconds into the quarter to reduce the deficit to 75-67, and Rivers scrapped his plan.

“We saw that they got frustrated,’’ Pierce said. “Yelling at the refs, picking up techs. We started getting to the loose balls. I thought we played with more energy the second half. We hustled. We were the aggressor.’’

Globe – Celtics make statement

An improbable victory that could turnaround the Celtics season might never have happened if Doc Rivers stuck with his original plan to pull Paul Pierce at the start of the 4th quarter.

No one would have blamed Doc. Pierce had already played 32 minutes and the Celtics had the Pacers on the schedule in a mere 24 hours. The worst case scenario has the Celtics expending a ton of energy as they claw their way back, only to lose the game anyways. It’s a scenario that happens a lot in a league where teams routinely give up double digit leads. But Doc followed his gut… and the rest is history.

Related links: CSNNE – Talking points | What we saw | Herald – Celtics pile on another embarrassing loss | ESPN Boston – Oh, oh it’s Magic | WEEI – Comeback Celtics stun Magic

On Page 2, E’Twaun Moore is a cocky little kid.

“The other night, we won because of Avery’s [Bradley] defense,” said coach Doc Rivers. “Tonight, we won because of E’Twaun’s defense and E’Twaun’s offense. For a rookie in this atmosphere, that was sensational.”

Pierce was among the many Celtic players to praise the rookie and maybe even more important, leave no doubt that he was confident Moore would come through down the stretch. 

“I told him on the court that when they double me, you better shoot the ball,” Pierce recalled after leading the C’s from 27 points down. “He displayed a lot of confidence, especially on the play where he went one-on-one and shot the lay-up (in the fourth quarter). That just shows he is gaining more confidence.”

“He’s a cocky little kid, but in a good way,” Rivers said. “And that’s good.”

CSNNE – Confident Moore gets hot at right time

You had to watch Moore to truly appreciate his peformance in this game. Not only was he taking and making big shots, but his effort on defensive was impressive. Following in the footsteps of Avery Bradley, Moore was in Jameer Nelson’s grill in that 4th quarter. It’s very easy for a rookie to be impressed with himself on offense and take a breather on defense. Not Moore. Not on this team.

Related links: Herald – E’Twaun Moore like that, rookie | Globe – Moore keys big rally at both ends

The rest of the links:

WEEI – Celtics are not dead yet | True Hoop – No Magic in Orlando against Celtics

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  • Chris57

    The morning dump should be…where we cant wait for this team to get back on the court tonight!…we getting back to .500 and starting new tonight.

  • The victory has all the makings of a benchmark win. The kind you can point to and say this is where the season turned around. But, a key reason for falling so far behind was everything in the first half was a jump shot. They only finished with a mere 13 attempts up close. So if the ball is not moving inside to out, and Garnett is not playing on the blocks, which is not his game, you have problems scoring easy buckets.
    The upside is they took a hard punch, got up and delivered a TKO without RR and RA. Additionally if they’re ice cold or not cutting hard or not setting good picks for Ray or PP, Bass and Pietrus have proved they can pick up the slack if the floor is spaced. The Bass deal for Davis is an outright theft for us. Pierce looks to be all the way back, and KG’s on the ball defense and shot blocking was terrific. What I really liked is how Pierce delivered that pass to a streaking Wilcox who finished strong. Get him on the baseline, use his athleticism in the half court the way Blazers’ use Wallace.
    BTW … Bradely finished with 6 t/o’s on 3 for 8 shooting with 2 of those field goals made at the rim. Conversely E’Twaun recorded an insane +27 differential. One may be on, the other off his game from night to night. They’re young players who are going be inconsistent, but there appears to be a upside without RR and Dooling because this week has been a confidence builder for both guys and that can only help with depth given the condensed schedule.

  • piecz

    Wilcox also played good D on Howard. Nice effort from him overall.

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