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Taking Stock: Celtics – Bucks

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 23, 2012 Uncategorized 8 Comments

Taking stock

After every game, we'll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player's overall value.

Starters

Green arrowRajon Rondo: Nice, steady game out of Rondo.  10 points, 14 assists, 3 steals, 3 turnovers.  He got to the rim (4-5 in shots at the rim) and distributed the ball nicely.  

Green arrowPaul Pierce:  After the game, Pierce said "that's what a couple days off will do to me.  I get in there with some fresh legs. I had a little zip in my step tonight."  That he did. 

Red arrowRay Allen:  Ray did NOT have it working last night.  Doc won't do it this season, but it's definitely time to move Ray to the bench.  He can still close games out, but he needs to do a majority of his work against 2nd team guys.  

Green arrowKevin Garnett:  He had a tough start to the game, but he finished brilliantly.  He nailed a few 4th quarter shots to keep Milwaukee at bay, and he finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.  Just more brilliant work out of KG, who I wrote off at the start of the season.  I've never been so happy to be so wrong.

Green arrowBrandon Bass:  Tough shooting night but the 10 rebounds were huge.  And you get bonus points for gutting out the sprained ankle… especially knowing how thin the C's are on the front line.   

Bench


Green arrowAvery Bradley:
 What the box score won't show you is how well Bradley played defensively in the fourth quarter.  4 points and 3 rebounds was just a bonus.

Green arrowKeyon Dooling:  He hit shots.  Four of them.  ALL FOUR THAT HE TOOK!!!  I know he was playing his former team, but I'm begging for this to be the beginning of Keyon being productive.  All will be forgiven if he can be productive now.

Green arrowMickael Pietrus:  13 points off the bench in what was probably the second unit's best performance of the season.  5-10 shooting (3-6 3pt) was huge.

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Greg Stiemsma:  Spectacular all around performance in front of his home friends and family.  6 points on 3-5 shooting shows he can chip in when the focus is on everyone else.  4 steals shows he's picking up the defensive rotations.  3 assists shows he's picking up the offense better too, and recognizing what the right play is.  The 5 blocks?  Amazing.  And a couple were great recoveries to dismiss what seemed to be easy Bucks baskets.  I'd like more than 4 rebounds in the 24 minutes… but the rest makes up for it. 

Sideways_double_arrowJaJuan Johnson, Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, E'Twaun Moore 

Coaching 

Green arrowDoc Rivers:  2 things.

First, the switching on the picks maneuver was brilliant.  Doc and his staff are great at in-game adjustments and they're not too proud to deviate from their core beliefs.  Switching on the picks is just another wrinkle, like the zone defense, that shows this staff has a grasp on this current team's abilities, and how it doesn't quite match the abilities of teams past.  The switching won't always work, but it's the willingness to try these things that makes Doc and his staff worth the money.

Second, the Celtics had Pierce bringing the ball up again in the fourth, but quickly abandoned it when things started to fall apart.  Once they did, the C's offense kicked back into gear, guys started making shots, and the game was over.  It made me so happy.

Overall

Green arrowI feel like this was perhaps the most solid win of the season.  To me, that means the Celtics, for the most part, executed a consistent strategy throughout the game… making adjustments as needed.  It wasn't necessarily a game of runs, which the Celtics are not just prone to… it's almost become their signature.  The wild ups-and-downs weren't really there.  Of course, there were small runs… but this was perhaps the most consistent, top-to-bottom performance this team has put forth.

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

    you have been happier once before when you were wrong your Quote when KG was traded to the Celtics “let me be the first to say this I do not like this trade”

  • Tim

    Wow… Seems like a rush to judgement on Ray.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/eric73 mrchumpy

    Milwaukee just look bad/sloppy out there in the 2nd half…the Celtics were playing pretty good D but it seemed like the Bucks lost this game more than the Celtics won it.

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

    I’ve been feeling that way about Ray for a while now. I love him… I really do… but he’s become too much of an adventure dribbling the ball this season and his defense has gotten pretty bad. I think moving him to the bench and letting him close out games is a good solution for him.

  • Tim

    Sure. The idea of him coming off the bench is a good one. I just thought you were saying that because of one bad night. He’s looked pretty good recently against Atlanta + Sacramento

  • Danno

    overall he seems to be fighting father time this year more than the last few, however. He’s not as quick to get around screens, and man has his ball handling gone to the dogs.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Shocking the amount of bad passes Ray has thrown this year, and yes he takes a bit longer to get through the picks, but he usually comes through when it counts. I’m okay with Pietrus starting if he plays like he did last night, attacking the rim at times, instead of just jacking early 3s.

  • SamR

    I hadn’t read this post before the game and came here to note that the way this game has started makes me believe that Pietrus is a better starting option than Ray. Ray’s a better shooter, but I’d give the edge to Pietrus on defense and rebounding by a fair amount.
    Even on offense, Ray can be a bit of a drag. So much of the half-court when he’s on the floor involves trying (unsuccessfully) to get him open looks off screens.