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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics suck at getting to the line

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 31, 2012 Uncategorized 10 Comments

  Rondo taking free throw
Photo By Lorianne DiSabato 
on Flickr.  Yes, that's Sheed on the line.  

 "We have been a horrendous team going to the line, for the most part, where as in the past we’ve been very good at it," admitted Rivers. "[Pierce is] the guy. [Point guard Rajon] Rondo doesn’t get to the line as much as we’d like, so we need someone to go to the line. Kevin [Garnett] is on the perimeter a lot, so he doesn't go to the line. When you look at our team, the way we’re built, Paul is really the only guy that can get to the line.

"Avery might be the second best, actually, because he attacks the basket. We just don’t have that [free throw generator on the] team. [Pierce's increased free throws lately is] really nice because, we’re a better defensive team. Whenever you get to the free throw line — I think that’s the thing that people miss most — you get to set your defense, every single time. It’s nice getting to line."

ESPN Boston:In search of a little charity

Here's the thing about Rondo's FT attempts:  They're actually UP this year.  The 3.6 per game would represent a career high. 

There are a couple of reasons for his lack of FT attempts: 

1) He doesn't attack the rim every game. He didn't take any FT''s in 3 of his last 5 games.  But are we really going to complain about how he's played in those games?

2) When he does get to the rim, he's glided by everyone and he's often all alone.  You tell me how often you've seen Rondo hacked at the rim without a call.  

The Celtics are a jump shooting team.  Ray's a shooter.  KG's a shooter.  Rondo's a passer.  Bass is a mid-ranger shooter.  Paul Pierce is the only guy who attacks with any regularity.  It's like a football team that passes most of the game.  They run the ball to keep the defense honest.  The Celtics drive to the basket just to keep the defense honest.  

The lack of FT's isn't that big of an issue… at least not as long the C's continue to hit their jumpers. 

On Page 2:  Pietrus is out until the playoffs

"I can't imagine it being any sooner," Rivers said. 

[...] "He was talking about (playing) next week," Rivers said. "He has a concussion; that's the way I looked at the conversation."

[...] "I would think with the severity of that injury, we would be very happy if he could return by the playoffs," Rivers said.

CSNNE:  Pietrus out until playoffs. 

Obviously, basketball-wise, I'd want Pietrus back ASAP… but obviously we need to be careful with concussions and the team is playing well at the moment.  As long as he can return to help in the playoffs, that'd be fine with me.  The playoffs are only a few weeks away anyway.

Related links:  Herald: Doc hopes for Pietrus in playoffs

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Celtics rout 'Wolves, move back into division lead  |  Garnett gets better of Love  |  ESPN Boston:  No complaints for C's  |  WEEI:  C's beat Wolves, all alone in 1st  |  Ainge: No rush to get Pietrus back  |  The lure of passing  |  Herald:  Celtics take ticket to the top  |  Garnett shows he has an edge over Love  |  Globe:  C's in first  |  Rondo helps the cause  |  Are the Celtics for real?  

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  • Alex

    Wouldn’t it be a bad thing if Pietrus comes back during the playoffs? He’ll obviously gain some rust from the downtime and it could cost the C’s.
    I really do hope he comes back at least 2-3 games before the playoffs begin.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Here are the per game FTA for other elite point guards:
    Derrick Rose: 6.3
    Russell Westbrook: 6.1
    Deron Williams: 5.6
    Chris Paul: 4.7
    Steve Nash: 2.3
    There’s definitely room for improvement with Rondo in this category, but he’s not that far off.

  • Cam

    I think that even when Rondo’s shot attempts are up his FTA don’t necessarily go up. He seems to be avoiding contact a lot this year when going to the rim and I don’t remember the last time I’ve even seen him dunk it. A lot more of the slipping people and sticking his arm out to do a crazy lay up.
    Anyway I think the FTA could end up being a problem for the team in general. We get destroyed on the boards almost every night and the reason we have been winning lately is from keeping the TO’s way down. This team has always been pretty turnover prone so I dont know if it’s realistic to ask them to keep at 10-12 TO’s a game. It would be nice to have some balance but we’ll see.

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

    I would also like MP to get back before the playoffs..maybe we week before..the c’s got the heat and the bucks to finish off the season..a couple of good warm up games for him to get back in the flow before the playoffs..
    as far as getting to the line..Rondo is shooting 59%…i dont think i want to see him get to the line more..i would like to see Kevin get to the line more..that would be ideal.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    We don’t really want Rondo to shoot more free throws, do we? He certainly doesn’t. That’s why he avoids contact as much as possible, while Derrick Rose purposely charges straight ahead. Even when Rondo drives, he shoots the floater or comes up with a strange angle to avoid contact. I don’t mind that except that he doesn’t get many of his assists as dish offs when the defense has to react to his drive (like a Rose or a Magic). Most of his assists are to the perimeter or guys wide open for dunks, while he dishes from the outside. That also decreases fouls on the whole because many come when the defense is put on their heels and they’re forced to react to multiple levels of attack toward the basket.

  • thetitleisours

    This is why we should have brought Leon Powe back.

  • paul

    For God’s sake, Rondo isn’t getting any calls. The officials are killing him. Are you people blind?
    And yes, we certainly do want Rondo at the line. One out of two FTs is better than the steady diet of ‘missed’ layups (where no foul is ever called) we’ve been getting lately. Also, we want Rondo getting opposing Bigs in foul trouble.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    I don’t see the refs not calling fouls on his drives. You’re being protective again Paul. He shies away from contact which is probably why he doesn’t get the simple bump calls. If you want the calls, you’ve got to take it fearlessly into the heart of the beast, not drive in and then try to avoid contact.

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

    Live by the jumper, die by the jumper. I recall in his younger days, before being known as the greatest 3-point shooter of all time, Jesus Shuttlesworth was pretty good at getting to the line. If there’s one guy I’d like to see drive more it’s Ray, he’s still got the skills.

  • jose

    Yeah… we know how this team likes to lie about injuries. Let’s just assume Pietrus is out for good. He’s dunzo.