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Taking Stock: Celtics – Spurs

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) April 5, 2012 Uncategorized 6 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: 17 points, 11 assists and 4 steals.  No one else in this game got more than 5 assists.  My knock on Rondo last night, though, was the jumper he took with the Spurs up 1 with 5:09 left.  He seemed to get too caught up in the moment.  I know this might be a bit of over-analysis, but in a 1 point loss, those things matter.

Sideways_double_arrowPaul Pierce: I don't think last shot was bad.  Paul Pierce makes step-back jumpers in his sleep.  The fouls though, especially his fourth, were a problem.  Maybe I'm being too hard on him, but that fourth foul was just stupid.

Sideways_double_arrowKevin Garnett:  16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists is a decent night out of KG… but his jumper was off (7-19 fg) and Duncan grabbed 16 rebounds.  I know KG can't do everything out there, but a little more boxing out would have been nice.

 Sideways_double_arrowRay Allen:  It's not shocking that he struggled after returning from an ankle injury.  He had some good looks early and the shots didn't fall.  The 3 at the end was huge, though.  It's still way too easy to drive on Ray.  Danny Green looked like an All Star out there in stretches.

Sideways_double_arrowBrandon Bass:  He needs to take more than 6 shots.  And missing 3 free throws?  C'mon.  He did have a stretch where he played some great defense, though.  

Bench

Green arrowAvery Bradley:  He slashed his way to a game high 19 points and played his usual stingy D.  His emergence has been amazing.  He has found a way to be effective and play to his strengths.

Sideways_double_arrowGreg Stiemsma: I honestly can't remember a single thing Stiemsma did last night.  Probably because he only played 8 minutes and only had 2 rebounds and an assist in his line.

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Sasha Pavlovic: 5 points and 3 steals in 13 minutes is a fine emergency contribution.  


Sideways_double_arrowKeyon Dooling:
He only played 10 minutes.  

Sideways_double_arrowJaJuan Johnson, Marquis Daniels, E'Twaun Moore, Ryan Hollins 

Coaching 

Green arrowDoc Rivers:  I'm still not sold on the Ray starting thing.  Bradley played great off the bench, so it's hard to sit here and say "well, Ray's going to help the bench scoring."  Ray is just not where he used to be defensively, and where he used to be was "adequate."  

That said, I liked having Bradley off the bench last night because it matched Bradley up on Manu Ginobili and that worked out very well.  Maybe it will be a situational thing?  Maybe I was just wrong about starting Bradley.  

Overall

Sideways_double_arrowThe Celtics lost to a team that is now a game away from the top spot in the West.  The Spurs are deep team with a lot of weapons… and the C's didn't give up.  They came back from a big hole and had a chance to win at the end.  So in that regard, you can look at last night's game positively.

But the Celtics got crushed on the boards (again) and they shot 6-13 from the line.  That's where the game was lost.  And in this regard, you can view last night's game quite negatively.  Pavlovic and Bass are shooters, and they combined to go 3-8 from the line.  Rondo went 0-2, which is frustrating but not out of the ordinary.  

The Celtics had a chance to win last night and they flat out blew it.

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  • James Eisenman

    Doc should not really be an up arrow. His small man experiment worked for a while but hurt us at the end. Rondo’s up arrow should barely be there. He did not keep up with Parker on one play. Thank God Avery guarded him in the second half. He is terrible at the end of quarters even though he did nail a three once. He holds the ball too long, drinbles too much and usually is forced to take the shot (and normally miss) because he has no choice. He had some nice assists and steals but sucked at the line like the rest of them. Even Avery had several wide open shots that he missed. But he did get a lot of great cuts.

  • http://msnhotmail.com belinda

    what?????????????????????????you have got to realize what the celtics are working with, they are mostly guards, they dont even have a true center, and why is hollis not really planning? but anyway, this team is doing a good job considering what they are working with, 2 guys out with heart conditions, their center is out needing wrist surgery, their best players are almost 40 years old, if they didnt have rondo, and some help from bradley they would not even be in the playoffs.

  • James Eisenman

    What are you talking about? I didn’t say anything about the team other than Doc took out Bass and left only small guys on for too long. Bass is not a guard. Stiemsma is not a guard. Pierce and KG have been playing great lately. And who the hell is Hollis? Do you have any idea what you’re talking about?

  • Dustin Chapman

    Why does everyone have to be so condescending? Belinda mistakenly forgot to type the letter “n” in Hollins. Don’t act like you don’t know that (and if you couldn’t figure that out – do YOU know what you’re talking about?). She also said “mostly guards” and you subsequently made it a point to mention two (out of 15) players that are not guards, just to give yourself another angle to talk down to belinda.
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    It’s very possible to have a conversation without being a dick. Stop being a dick. Dick.

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

    Sasha rocked it out that is all we needed last year instead of blowing it Team More SASHA SASHA say it with Me SASHA SASHA loved the 2 man game by the way

  • James Eisenman

    Well, I didn’t even mention Pierce being a small forward and Jujuan Johnson being a true forward. Hmmm, Pierce, Stiemsma, Bass, Hollins, Garnett, Johnson and Pietrus (Yes and I know he isn’t playing right now). Plus Sasha is 6-7 and Marquis is 6-6 and both play forward and guard. So out of a roster of 12 healthy players, 9 of them are forwards, guard/forwards or centers. How is that a team with mostly guards? Plus, who cares? My comment had nothing to do with that issue. Belinda started off her comment with a “what?????????????” (as if I didn’t know what I was saying) and then commented about something that I didn’t even say and proved her point by mistating facts that had nothing to do with my comment. If that makes me a Dick. Then I’m a Dick. A BIG one though. Oh and, by the way, the Spurs start a 6-6 Center is he a guard? I wasn’t talking down to Belinda and I’m not talking down to you. I’m just trying to make sense of nonsense.