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Enemy Chatter: KG was repeatedly allowed to miss shots

Chuck - Red's Army February 10, 2012 Uncategorized 3 Comments

Chatter

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here’s a dose of ‘enemy chatter’ from Los Angeles.

The Lakers survived because the Celtics couldn’t take advantage of another weak offensive output. Ray Allen hit some shots early, and one big three late, but Paul Pierce could only manage 18 points on 18 shots, and Kevin Garnett was repeatedly allowed to miss shots from 20 feet to allow the Lakers to claw their way back into the game and eventually seal the victory. Garnett missed his last 10 shots and ended up 6-23 on the night. It’s a victory the Lakers will be happy to take, but not one that provides any level of confidence that a bunch more victories are on the way.

Silver Screen and Roll

Aside from a couple of rim rattling dunks in the 1st half, KG had a horrible night shooting the ball. Here’s the quarterly breakdown:

1Q: 1-2      

2Q: 3-8      

3Q: 0-2  

4Q: 2-9  

I didn’t think KG was forcing his shot. He rarely does. He just couldn’t find the bottom of the net.

On Page 2, the Cs cannot compete with the Lakers big men.

There were nine lead changes and nine ties in 53 minutes of game time. The largest lead was Boston’s nine-point advantage in the first half, and the highest shooting percentage for either team was the Celtics’ 48% in the first quarter. None of it mattered, however, because Boston, as excellent defensively as they are, cannot compete with the Lakers’ 14-foot tandem. They tried taking Kobe Bryant out of commission, doubling him in the first half, sometimes with the ball still en route to his hands, but it only left Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum open to do their own damage, and damage they wreaked on Boston’s front court. Kobe Bryant may have scored the most, but make no mistake – this game in Boston was won on the shoulders of the Laker big men.

Laker Nation

The Lakers size advantage forced Doc Rivers to play Jermaine O’Neal 12 minutes more than his season average, and 9 more minutes than Brandon Bass. JO did an admirable job on Andrew Bynum, but they needed more. I was hoping the athletic Chris Wilcox (3 rebounds in 13 minutes) might help.. but he didn’t see the floor in the 4th quarter.

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  • vivek

    yes wilcox should have played more. he is a good rebounder.

  • j.p.schmidt@verizon.net

    KG needs to move his game closer to the rim, especially at the end of games. He has been settling for way too many outside shots this season and for some reason it seems like this team always would rather shoot outside J’s at the end of close games rather than take it inside and maybe get fouled + free throws… this has been a problem the last couple of years

  • http://profile.typepad.com/andreas24x7 Andreas24x7

    cant hang this loss on KG..He was pushed out of the lane because Kobe was playing free safety 5-8 ft away from rondo..clogging the lane and the passing lanes..and Rondo cant take advantage because he cant hit a wide open jumper from the elbow..doc should have benched rondo and brought in Sam or Eddie..wait…that was 2008 and how the Celtics won it..people forget that aspect of it