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Taking Stock: Celtics – Wizards

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 4, 2012 Taking Stock 4 Comments

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

Starters

Rajon Rondo:  Better effort in this one, which shows the Milwaukee was a cruise-control, front-end of a back-to-back game.  I’m still not a big fan of Rondo’s half court defense, which I feel could be better if he just took better angles when he comes off picks.  But he’s a master of playing passing lanes, and that paid off.  Plus, he was 2-2 from 3.

Paul Pierce:  Pierce carried the offense again, and hit a deep 3 that he never really should have launched.  But that’s what makes guys like Pierce great… the willingness and confidence to know you can make whatever shot you need to make.  Also tied with KG and Sullinger for a team-high 7 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett:  Another solid night for Ticket.  15 point and 7 rebounds is about what we should expect out of him for the season.  He doesn’t look entirely comfortable out there just yet, which is probably a by-product of trying to integrate a bunch of new players.

Jared Sullinger:  The rookie’s first start went pretty well.  I swore he was on his way to a double-digit rebounding game, but his 7 boards were great.  He made two of the three shots he took.  He got some tough calls, but that’s life in the NBA as a rookie.  Still, very solid outing.

Courtney Lee:   I’m confident he’ll turn it around, because there’s nothing wrong with him mechanically.  Still, he had some wide open shots that he needs to make.  Life would be much easier with him playing at least an average game.

Bench

Jeff Green:  The box score looks decent… 11 points on 5-10 shooting in 16 minutes.  He hit 1 of 2 from 3 (though his miss resulted in a hilarious “stuck in between the rim and the backboard” jump ball).  His offense is coming along slowly, but there’s a definite correlation between Jeff Green being on the floor and the opposition getting easy buckets.

Brandon Gronkowski Bass:  If you don’t get the joke, it’s from this play last night.  Bass wasn’t bad, and I’m sure it’s tough on him to go from starter to bench (really hard, if you believe Donny Marshall), but he’s got to find a way to score more than 5 points… especially when the bench was outscored 62-27.

Jason Terry:  Just like Lee, I’m confident he’ll find his shot… and just like Lee he has to find a way to hit the wide open shots he’s getting.  It’s been a bad start for JET.  He needs an explosion soon.

Chris Wilcox/Leandro Barbosa:  8 minutes each… no real time to make an impact yet.  I’m glad to see Wilcox getting some game time to get back into things.  It’s looking like he’ll be needed.

Coaching

Doc Rivers:  Doc’s got a lot of work to do with these guys defensively.  I will say that I liked the idea of starting Sullinger on the road against a bad team.  It eases him into it and gives him some more confidence.  I’m still a little concerned about the multiple starting lineups.  I’m still a little afraid that too many weapons means too few minutes for too many guys.  Maybe Tommy Heinsohn is on to something with this roster… maybe the key is to go way uptempo, sub guys out sooner, and just have rotating waves of players so no one gets too winded, but no one sits too long either.

That’s a radical shift in philosophy… and it’s tough to do when you rely so much on KG and Pierce… so it’s not something to go trying just yet.  But it’s an interesting idea.

Overall

Well, a win is a win, and the Celtics needed a win.  After a fast start, they got outscored in the final 3 quarters and barely held on.  They also gave up another 30 point quarter, which is their 5th in 12 quarters played this season (3 of them came against Miami), so they clearly need work.

I’m trying not to sound like a broken record, but the mantra here is time and effort.

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  • CelticsKid34

    i really feel like yesterday was a loss. we Barely squeaked by the wizards without there two best players. thats like the lakers getting excited over beating the heat when bosh and james arent on the floor. its just dumb. what i hope is the players are taking it as a win and they are getting hyped up. i hope that we take WAS back to Bean town and blow them out and show our fans the first REAL victory of the year!

  • Willowgreen

    Rondo as so-so on this one. He’s gotten better at foul shooting, why doesnt drive inside alot more?

    he had two threes, and 2 points from that circus shot. You cant be happy with him only having 4 points inside

    He sets every one up but himself. He’s gotta be more assertive

    • stephanie

      I’ll give Rondo a pass this time. Because it looks like a lot of the guys are needing to be set up to get a flow going. And it’s taking them a little longer to get that flow in the game. I’m loving that Paul is still The Truth, but I would much rather have good scoring across the board. So our “deep ” bench needs to step up. Which I’m sure they will.

  • Drew

    The Celtics beating a depleted lottery team by less than 15 is unacceptable in my eyes. It got to that point where I was ready to laugh off a loss if it happened. That “haha, we WOULD loss to this team” attitude. The Celtics lose about 4-5 games a year that actually make me laugh pretty hard. This one just happened to be a win.