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Taking Stock: Celtics – Raptors

RedsArmyAdmin February 2, 2012 Uncategorized 4 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:  He has adjusted his game thanks to Doc Rivers, who has told him to mimic Andre Miller: "Instead of looking at the ball, we told him, just look at your man. Right when he turns his head, cut behind him, he’ll never know you’re gone"  That resulted in 4-4 shooting at the rim for Avery last night, and 1-2 shooting from 3-9 feet.  HUGE adjustment that has paid off.


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Paul Pierce:  He filled the stat sheet once again with 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in just 26 minutes.  Every one of those numbers makes me happy.


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Kevin Garnett:  Stat of the night: 17 minutes for KG.  7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in that amount of time is great, too.  Double all those numbers and you get a near triple double in 34 minutes of play (I know that's not how it really works… but humor me).  KG's passing lately has been impeccable.  Avery Bradley is probably the biggest beneficiary of KG's passes, too.  Plus… he hit a 3.  That's always a plus.
 

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Jermaine O'Neal:  Just 14 minutes for Jermaine but he drew 3 charges and blocked a shot and grabbed 3 rebounds.  That's seven defensive stops he can personally stake a claim on.  Not bad at all for 17 minutes of play.    
 

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Ray Allen:  

5-9 shooting, 2-3 from distance, and 5 assists to boot.  Nice night for Ray.

Bench

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 Brandon Bass:  9 rebounds and 2… TWO… assists.  No pass Bass my ass.  I'll still give Brandon hell for NO shots at the rim, but he didn't need them yesterday.

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Mickael Pietrus:  His shooting wasn't great, but he played very well defensively, worked hard, and he grabbed 5 rebounds… which is a nice plus.

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Chris Wilcox:  18 injury-free minutes with 5 rebounds and some decent defense. Every game he plays and survives at the moment, I'm happy.  

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Sasha Pavlovic:  2 blocks and 2 threes and a lot of energy.  He has clearly moved ahead of Marquis Daniels on the depth chart.

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E'Twaun Moore:  This kid can really shoot the ball. The more confidence he gets, the better he's going to be.  I'm starting to think a future with Moore on the court along side Rajon Rondo won't be too bad at all. 

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JaJuan Johnson:  Another kid that can score the ball.  We touched on it in the dump, but Doc is making ti sound like JaJuan is about to pass Greg Stiemsma on the depth chart.

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 Greg Stiemsma:  He just doesn't have good hands. I've been saying that for a while now, and it's finally starting to catch up to him.  His ability to block shots is great, but the Celtics need a guy who can catch and finish when defenses pay too much attention to other guys.  The hands are a problem when he tries to rebound.  

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Marquis Daniels:  I'll say it again.  I'm completely confused by Quis.  Stumped.  

Coaching

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Doc Rivers:  The adjustment with Avery Bradley is paying off.  Getting Sasha more minutes to get confident and contribute is working out (yes, I actually just typed that).  And what coach doesn't look great in a 40 point blowout?

OVERALL 

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The Celtics finally did what they were supposed to do… demolish a bad team at home.  The bench got a lot of 5-on-5 playing time, which they never do since teams can barely practice.  The starters got plenty of rest ahead of a big game against the Knicks.  For one day, everything is right with the world. 

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  • djisinthehall

    Keep expectations for Sasha in check, he isn’t going to be a Brandon Bass for us. This is a hell of a bench.
    Everything looks good when shots fall. I would LOVE for us to destroy BY tomorrow.

  • Zach

    Problem with Quis is he hasn’t been able to shoot the open the 3 from the corner and that is the spot where Sasha can hit and that is what is open…

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    Guys I’ve seen Sasha play alot and he can play, I think if danny signed him last year and kept perk and the rest of the crew we would have been OK all we needed from him was 8-12 mins, oh and Glen davis not to crap his pants. he plays hard he can shoot and finish he is not LBJ but solid bench player. When rondo and “Chucker” Dooling come back who does anige put down?????????????????

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    I’ll say this again. With this team and this season’s schedule, NO ONE should play more than 30 minutes in any game until the playoffs start. It might cost us a game in the short run, but players that need to be fresh will be when we need them to be (the ‘big 4) and our bench players will get a chance to develop chemistry with both themselves and the starters. This will also give the young guys time they need to develop KNOWING they will get some minutes. Go at least 11 deep every game.