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Taking Stock: Celtics – Pistons

RedsArmyAdmin February 20, 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

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Rajon Rondo:  You just can't lose your cool like that.  Maybe Rondo's frustrated with the way things have been going… maybe he's pissed off at someone in particular… but this is a meltdown that can't happen.  And yes, I saw Greg Monroe land on his head.  That doesn't excuse this incident.

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Paul Pierce: The best statistical night of the group, but he still had 5 turnovers. And he's struggling to find that next gear.  I'm starting to think the lockout schedule madness is catching up to him.


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Chris Wilcox: 14 points and 6 boards looks like a decent game, but, as I said earlier today, his inability to set effective picks for Ray Allen is killing this offense when he starts.

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ermaine O'Neal: 

He had a decent first quarter then faded. I'm not sure we can expect a more consistent effort out of him.
  

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Ray Allen:  He's more dependent than ever on the screens that aren't being set for him.  13 points, 6 reb. and 4 assists still means he made the most of the situation.   

Bench

 

Sideways_double_arrowKeyon Dooling: Talk about a guy struggling to find his place.  He looked lost for most of his 14 minutes.

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Mickael Pietrus:  20 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound.  Without 2 key players and looking for a spark from the bench, this is about as terrible as it gets. 

Sideways_double_arrow JaJuan Johnson:  The Celtics needed him last night but he had 3 fouls in 11 minutes.  The learning curve is still big for him.

Sideways_double_arrowGreg Stiemsma:  Well, he got a dunk… his first one of the season.  So that's gotta mean something, right?

Sideways_double_arrowAvery Bradley:  When Avery's 7 points leads all bench scorers, it's a problem. 3 fouls in 14 minutes hurt.

Sideways_double_arrowE'Twaun Moore, Sasha Pavlovic, Marquis Daniels:  Still baffled by Quis, and I want to know why E'Twaun has lost all his PT.

Coaching

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Doc Rivers:  I don't know what he's supposed to do.  Maybe he needs more Gregg Popovich in him… wave the white flag early and let the kids play in these crappy games.

OVERALL 

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There are few positives to take out of this game.  Even without KG and Bass, the Celtics should be able to pull together a more fluid game.  And with the back-to-back in Dallas tonight, I'm not sure I would have played the starters quite as much considering the effort.  

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

    if rondo’s the problem they shouldn’t be losing to sub .500 teams. it’s a collective problem that they’re lacking athleticism, unity, and the ability to control/close-out games. kg makes 250k a game, but he’s too much of a pussy to post-up. celt’s have 0 interior offense.

  • Jerry Sondler

    If the Lakers are stupid enough to do it….trade Rondo and both first roumd picks for Gasol.
    Next summer, try to induce D-Will to join Pierce & Gasol in Boston.
    Pierce & Gasol might attract a quality FA…Pierce & Rondo would not.

  • nyceltic

    Rondo was getting no respect on the floor. The ref ignored the fact that he was hacked on the arm and then driven to the floor when an opposing player landed on his shoulders/back. I don’t blame him at all for the reaction. If that is what the NBA is, they can keep it.