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Your Morning Dump… Where the C’s tried to play Sacto’s game

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 17, 2012 Uncategorized 4 Comments

Wile e coyote

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

"We didn’t come out with the defensive attitude like we needed to," Pierce said. "It was in the first half and it really carried over to the second half. They pretty much got whatever they wanted. We gave up a 3, we gave up inside, we gave up outside, we gave up rebounding. Hopefully this is a wakeup call. We’re in the middle of a trip and we can bounce back tomorrow."

[...] "We just got to understand who we are," Pierce said. "We’re a defensive group. I think we tried to play their game. We got caught into the run and gun instead of really settling them down, getting the ball to Kevin more on the inside, taking advantage of that."

WEEI:  Pierce: "Hopefully this is a wake up call"

Just like poor ol' Wile E. Coyote, the Celtics can't get caught up in putting on their ACME rocket shoes and chasing these kids around in a run-and-gun style of play.  

At one point at halftime, when it was still close, Paul Flannery tweeted about how fun the game was so far… but it was time for the C's to take the fun out of it (a play on this).  Instead, they let the Kings have all the fun while they rolled over and quit.  

I was shaking my head after last night's game… but I should thank Doc for putting this into some kind of perspective: 

“If we can win a lot of games and have one of these every once in a while, I can live with that. I don’t want this to be a habit.’’

I guess it depends on what the C's do tonight.  Can they bounce back against the Nuggets, or will we find more excuses?

Related links:  ESPN Boston: Consistently inconsistent C's 

On Page 2:  Pierce's ankle feels ok

"It’s a little sore, I just twisted it at the end," said Pierce. "It should be fine, though. We'll see how it goes. It's sore, but hopefully it won't swell up on the plane."

Pierce said he stepped on the foot of Sacramento's Marcus Thornton while setting a fourth-quarter screen right before Boston's starters were about to be subbed out with the team down 20 with 6:24 to go. Pierce got examined by team trainer Ed Lacerte on the bench then departed for the locker room.

Pierce appeared to be moving well after talking to reporters before departing Power Balance Pavilion. Celtics coach Doc Rivers still expressed mild concern about the injury.

"I’m always concerned, but I don’t think it’s bad," said Rivers. "We don’t know. I was about to take him out anyway, so I just hope [Pierce going to the locker room is] more that than anything else."

ESPN Boston:  Pierce hoping to play vs. Denver

It'll be sore, but I'm sure he's going to be fine.  I suppose we'll have to wait and see for the "game time decision"… but I'd be surprised if Pierce isn't in this game. 

Related links:  CSNNE:  Pierce, despite twisted ankle, hopes to play Saturday  |  Herald:  Pierce's night took wrong turn  

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Celtics-Kings, what we saw  |  Kings treat Celtics like Jesters  |  Hayes relates to Wilcox's situation  |  ESPN Boston:  KG praises cousins  |  WEEI: Rivers:  Chris Johnson an option  |  Herald:  C's run past Celtics  |  C's to the end  |  Globe:  Clifford Ray landed on his feet 

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  • Alex

    Is it just me or has Paul Pierce been very inconsistent as of late. I swear, everytime I watch this guy, he looks slow at getting the ball or he turns over the ball at the worst possible time or clanging an easy shot or failing to make a simple layup (even after getting fouled).
    I swear, I could count the amount of times he got fouled and had an EASY attempt at making a three point play but fails to make the easy layup. It’s absolutely frustrating to watch.
    Rondo was shit, as well. I guess the kid is now safe from getting traded so he put his moody pants back on. He was absolutely careless with the ball, making stupid passes, dribbling the clock down, the list goes on. And I don’t care what anyone says, Rondo, in my opinion, is an average defender. People say this kid is an ELITE defender and I have to question what games they are watching. The amount of times Rondo gambles on defense is insane. He couldn’t even beat a guy who’s inches shorter than him. Sad game by Rondo and I hope this isn’t the start of another round of inconsistency from Rondo.
    This game should have been easily won by the Celtics. FFS, the C’s were playing horribly in the first quarter and they were still close. The start of the 3rd quarter is where I was dumbfounded… The way the C’s just let the Kings walk all over them in that manner. I wouldn’t even say this was an away game loss. It was literally a home game with most of the crowd being Celtics fans.
    Got to also blame Doc Rivers for this loss as well. They had a day of rest and the C’s came out very lackluster. Where was the fire, Doc? How could Doc just let them come out and play like shit in the 3rd quarter? Not sure what is going on but I also blame this loss at Doc’s poor attempt to get his men fired up.
    Argh, so much wrong in this game. Gave me a bad taste in my mouth, especially the fact that this damn game kept me up so late.

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

    awesome pic, and homage to ray’s 2,700th three-pointer last night. although why danny didn’t grab someone at the deadline is burning-out the starters.. maybe he’s eying a buy-out?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I think danny is going the buyout route. A few names are hitting the waiver wires … we’ll see who clears and becomes available

  • Erin

    Chill. Not the first time these guys are doing stuff like these. You’ll get numb after a while. Like what Doc said, “If we can win a lot of games and have one of these every once in a while, I can live with that. I don’t want this to be a habit.’’