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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Bucks

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 10, 2012 Previews 7 Comments

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The Matchup

   
Record: 2-3 Record: 3-1
On Road: 1-1 At Home: 1-1
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Won 1
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (20.0 ppg) Buckets: Monta Ellis (18.5 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (9.2 rpg) Boards: Larry Sanders (8.5 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (14.0 apg) Dimes: Brandon Jennings (9.5 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 100.3 (22nd NBA) Offensive Rating:  102.5 (17th NBA)
Defensive Rating:  104.7 (19th NBA) Defensive Rating:  101.0 (13th NBA)
Pace:  94.5 (8th NBA) Pace:  96.3 (1st NBA)

Last time

The Bucks embarrassed the Celtics in Boston’s home opener.  Pay no attention to the 99-88 final.  That game was disgustingly bad.  It featured almost no effort by most of the team.  Brandon Jennings had 21 points, 13 assists and 6 steals.  Tobias Harris had 18.

This time

Get it to: Kevin Garnett

KG’s really the only thing the Celtics have got going consistently right now.  Yes, Rondo’s dropping dimes, but KG’s got the hot  hand.  Keep feeding it and hopefully it’s enough to carry the team as it struggles to figure itself out.

Gotta stop:  Brandon Jennings

The first Bucks game was, by far, Rajon Rondo’s laziest effort of the year, defensively.  I’m not asking him to pull an Avery Bradley and pick up full court… I’m just asking him to stay in front of Jennings and force him into more jumpers than drives.  The Celtics can’t keep losing these points in the paint battles.

Further, when guys are allowed to drive, it pulls guys out of position and that makes an already bad rebounding team that much worse.  The Celtics don’t need much help sucking at rebounding.  Pulling guys over to help and away from other Bucks just makes it harder than it needs to be.

The Wild Card:  Chris Wilcox

This one was a struggle.  As tempting as it is to go with Jeff Green, I feel like he’s always the wild card.  But Chris Wilcox, though, has recently energized the Celtics with his play.  I called him the Celtics’ savior last night on Twitter, and I chose that word for a reason.  His play has lifted the entire team in limited minutes.  I saw an immediate impact on the team’s defense with Wilcox in the game in the second half last night.  He was playing pick-and-rolls extremely well, physically pushing guys through as the worked around screens.

Wilcox is the team’s B-12 shot.  He might just be the guy who sets the “effort” tone for everyone else (at least until Avery Bradley comes back).

How we see it goin’ down

Here’s what I know about this team:  They’ve struggled for large portions of every game they’ve played.  They have historically struggled in back-to-backs.  And they’re facing a team that’s playing well, and that smoked them already this season.

I know what I WANT the Celtics to do… I just don’t think they’re capable of doing it yet.

The struggles continue…

Milwaukee 101
Boston  90

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  • Andrew

    I really think during the deadline we should explore a perk for green deal. Rumors say OKC wants him gone and I hate to see Jeff Green struggle every night he’s in green

    • 17rings

      HAHA.. i love it. I have Perkins Thunder jersey, that’s how much I like him.

  • Jim

    Can you see any team trading for Jeff the way he is playing ?

    • Andrew

      If they want perk gone that bad Danny will gladly pull the trigger in my opinion

  • Brick James

    Man Rondo is being way too cute with the ball this season. What gives?

  • SF Celts fan

    I’d do it. Lets get perk back. F jeff green!

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