Quantcast
Red's Army

Taking Stock: Celtics – Heat

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) April 11, 2012 Uncategorized 9 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:  Rajon accouned for almost half the Celtics' offense by assisting on 36 points (six 3's, and nine 2's) and scoring another 18.  That's 54 of the Celtics' 115 points.  That's amazing.  He still has some lapses here and there, but overall, he's playing extremely well. 

Green arrowPaul Pierce:  Pierce was the beneficiary of Rondo's dimes from long range, trailing the break and getting good looks in transition.  He stepped back and let KG do his thing in the 4th, but he kicked in a drive on Bosh and finish with the left hand that was a huge part of the run.

Green arrowKevin Garnett:  He abused Chris Bosh.  Left him a broken man.  Bosh could not do a damn thing out there on offense and he sure as hell wasn't stopping KG on D.  The KG scoring binge was spectacular, and the defense was just beautiful.  This is the best KG has played since his knee injury.

Green arrowBrandon Bass:  This guy's contributions can't be overstated.  The 12 points and 10 rebounds were a perfect contribution.  Bass is doing his job so well right now.  He's a HUGE reason why this team is doing what it's doing.  It's Bass' floor spacing that allows a lot of these other things to even happen.  

Green arrowAvery Bradley:  I said on Twitter last night that I was always confused as to why a guy with good shooting form like Bradley struggled with his shot.  I immediately got a ton of responses mentioning how much more confident he is now… which is dead on.  The Bradley corner 3 is starting to get as dangerous as Bradley back door cuts.  Amazing progression from this kid.

Bench

Green arrowRay Allen:  He's making this whole switch work beautifully.  The Ray Allen/Kevin Garnett tandem on the court to start the second quarter could not be working out better.  I don't care if I've said this a million times… it bears repeating:  Ray Allen's handling of this situation may be the single most important element to the current success of the Boston Celtics.

Green arrowGreg Stiemsma:  Talk about progression.  At one point last night, Stiemsma was a +16 for the Celtics.. and a legit +16.  He was doing it all out there.  He blocked 2 shots, he grabbed 7 rebounds, he hit 4-5 shots, and his lone assists was a beauty of a pass to Kevin Garnett as part of a huge second quarter run.  Stiemer is rivaling Bradley in the "who has surprised the hell out of you with his progression" category. 

Green arrowSasha Pavlovic:  He's playing his role very nicely.  He took a couple of 3's and made them, proving himself to be a threat on the floor and forcing Miami to respect him.  And when you can be the 8th guy in an 8-man rotation and command respect on the floor, that alone is a damn big contribution. 

Sideways_double_arrowKeyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels, Ryan Hollins, E'Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson

Coaching

Green arrowDoc Rivers:  The biggest criticism I and others have levied on Doc Rivers over his Celtics tenure is that his rotations got a bit all over the place.  They're most certainly not right now.  The substitution patterns right now are damn near perfect.  I love the group starting the game… I love the group starting the second quarter.  And when that same group wasn't getting it done to start the 4th, Doc showed no qualms about changing things up.  He continues to manage KG's minutes well, which allows him to get a few more minutes out of Garnett down the stretch when needed.  

Overall

Green arrowWhat can I say about this team?  This win was spectacular.  Oh, sure, there were lapses here and there, but that's always going to happen.  Few teams play the perfect game night in and night out… and there was no way they were going to play a perfect game AGAIN against the Heat in Miami.  Miami is too good for that.  

But the Celtics came out tough and built a huge lead, then they played the Heat pretty much even the rest of the way.  In fact, the Heat won quarters 2, 3 & 4 by 3 points.  It was that 11 point first quarter that was the difference.  The resilience to withstand Miami's runs and respond with runs of their own is what really makes this game special.  The third quarter could have gotten out of hand, but the Celtics didn't wilt this time.  Just a spectacular peformance.

Like this Article? Share it!

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

    unfortunately the 3 man bench is concerning and won’t hold in a deep series.. david west’s last min decision and 2 open heart surgeries didn’t help

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pahlm Brian Pahlm

    It will be a 9 man bench when MP comes back… 10 if you include dooling which depending on the lineup will work. MP will sub for Paul which will save Paul for that Push in the 4th when the game gets tight…

  • Ryyyyyy

    Except for injury, play-off teams almost never use any sort of depth anyway. Lineups are always shorter in the playoffs, and we have shown we excel with only 8 guys active.

  • djisinthehall

    Hey its Debbie Downer!
    The ONLY concerning thing about last night it that we shot 60% and 63% from 3 and only won by
    8.
    Just shows how tough the heat are at home.
    by the way Green bean- this is BY FAR the best bench we have had except for 2008. Where its a close second.
    psst- we have RAY F ing ALLEN coming off our bench.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Stiemsma`s 7 boards in 19 minutes, while making 4 of 5 as he tries to bring the “set-shot” back to the NBA, was huge.
    Steamer is a far better player than Semih Erden was last year.
    I wish they would do more to try to utilize Hollins.

  • john

    maybe they can when we have the back to back to back coming up. It’s against some weaker teams so it might be a time to give that a little try.

  • http://msnhotmail.com belinda

    i AGREE AND WHEN YOU GET SASHA, PIETRUS, AND RAY ALLEN COMING OFF THE BENCH IN THE PLAYOFFS, THATS GOING TO BE LETHAL, 3 GUYS SHOOTING THE 3, IM STARTING TO SMELL A TITLE COOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/d99919017525810957 Evan

    ? The Heat only won the second quarter by three points. We tied in the third and fourth.

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

    Right. I meant the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th combined