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Recap: Solid 2nd half propels C’s to win in Milwaukee

KWAPT November 10, 2012 Gametime, Recaps, The Team 20 Comments

The 1st half of tonight’s game subjected Celtics fans to more of the same: turnovers (10) opponents points in the paint (20+) and poor defense. Samuel Dalembert had taken 6 shots all season coming into tonight, yet found himself with 3 dunks alone in the first quarter. It was the same bad rotation/poor pick and roll defense we’ve seen thus far from Boston. 20 of  the Bucks’ first 22 points came in the paint, and the C’s were fortunate to only be down 22-20 after 1 quarter.

Things then went from bad to worse in the 2nd. The Celtics offense looked completely lost-they had only one made field goal in the first 7 minutes of the quarter. Turnovers started to add up (10 in the 1st half) and it looked like the Bucks were about to open things up. But thankfully with about 3 minutes left in the 2nd, the C’s went on a 9-2 run, and were lucky to go into halftime only down by three: 42-39. Celts shot 35% from the field in the 1st half, and both teams combined for a horrid 2 of 14 from downtown.

The 2nd half started-off with some of the best basketball of the young season from Boston. Jason Terry hit back-to-back threes after a loud dunk by the Truth, and the Celtics would eventually go up 51-44 after a 12-2 run to start the 3rd. The C’s definitely came out of the locker room with a purpose, and played well on both ends of the floor early on. But as has been the case, KG goes out for a breather, and things fell apart. Behind Marquis Daniels (remember him?) and Monta Ellis, the Bucks explode for 13 points in the final 3+ minutes of the quarter to go back up 68-64 after 3.

The final quarter was a story of will. Things got a little chippy, bodies started hitting the floor, and both squads were desperate to get a win. But it would be the Celtics, and captain Paul Pierce that would want it more tonight. The Truth took this game over in the 4th with a ridiculous display of drives, dishes (a sick off-balance pass to KG) and drained threes. Pierce went 8 of 18 to lead all-scorers with 25. Big credit to Jeff Green as well who made a crucial late-game stop on Ilyasova and scored 8 of his 12 points in the 4th quarter.

Kevin Garnett was also huge, burying clutch shot after clutch shot in the final frame for a total of 18. Rondo was again solid with a line of 10 pts, 10 dimes and 4 boards. Jason Terry continued to improve, and had his best game in green: 15 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, 2 of 3 from downtown and 3 of 4 on FTs.

Monta Ellis tried to single-handedly dismantle the Celtics in the 4th, and his battle with Truth in the final few minutes was a treat to watch. Ellis led all-scorers with 32.

Welp, a much needed win for this team and it’s morale. The 2nd half of this game was easily the most organized and fluid basketball I’ve seen Boston play in these first 6 games. Despite sloppy play in the 1st half, they limited the turnovers to only 4 in the 2nd. Celtics now have a day off before they face the Bulls on Monday. Tip-off in Chicago is at 8pm EST.

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  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    Damn if the corpse doesn’t have a pulse! First time all season we’ve seen them play anywhere close to what we expect. Even the defense came around a bit at the end. Jeff Green was spectacular on both ends. It was one of those games where everything came hard for the C’s, but they gutted out a nice road win. I think we can put the Bass/Sully debate away for awhile.

    We need a back-up point guard, everytime Rondo gets a breather it’s a miracle if we get a decent look. Not just talking about tonite, but if I was- Rondo needs to stop trying that lob ally-oop pass every other time down. Great win though, at least now we know they’re capable of playing together.

    Quisy had a great game bit I laughed my ass off when he launched that 3 in the 2nd quarter…..Go C’s!

    • Andrew B

      to anybody crediting green in this game; I was at this game, and he was awful. he had a FEW nice buckets at the end, but effing ‘Quis destroyed him at times defensively, and completely outplayed him. I had no idea how awful he and barbosa truly were until tonight.. I believe in the rest of this team to pull together, but I have sever doubts about green and barbosa.

      • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

        hey I’m glad u were there but you didn’t see anything I didn’t see watching it on TV. JG made defensive plays and was aggressive on offense. What more do you want from the guy?

  • Drew

    Good recap. TRUUUUUUUUUTTTTTHHHHHH. Love the man, and always will it seems.

    • KWAPT

      He’s so clutch. Love that dude.

  • Joseph

    Jeff had some nice offense at times, a good chase-down block, a clutch jump hook and a clutch steal from Ilyasova. Good to see.

    Much better effort, but I am not expecting much against a very well oiled Bulls team. We still have a lot of work to do.

    PS: A headline you should use is “Celtics’ pick and doughnut defense still needs work”.

    Good recap, looking forward to taking stock.

  • Curt Hays

    We need more pick-and-rolls, more Wilcox, more Barbosa, and more points in the paint.

  • Chris

    As a result of just getting internet back, this was the first game I’ve seen this season. Everything I’d heard about was there in the first half – woeful defense, stagnant offense and total chaos whenever numbers 9 and 5 weren’t both on the floor.

    To their credit, they fought hard in the second half. They may just be the Bucks, but it should be noted that the Cs are still finding out what works and they still managed to deal with a rare Monta Ellis explosion. I thought Green’s help-D was a huge factor in the second half – unfortunately he looked bad because Sanders was bulldozing paths for Quis and no-one would help Green.

    Terry will be an asset but needs to lead our bench. I can’t wait to get Bradley back, because Lee looks lost on offense and Barbosa is super-inconsistent. Both could be weapons but are yet to find their niche. Oh, and Sully looks super uncomfortable, but he will be great for us when he settles.

  • Brick James

    What an ugly game. It led to a nice second half of the fourth quarter though in the Pierce-Ellis duel. When Monta hit that deep three, and the C’s kept feeding Pierce in iso, I didn’t feel all that great but they pulled it out.

    I really, really wanted that Jeff Green dunk to go down. If it does, we’re potentially talking about “is that the moment he’s turned the corner?”, but instead we’ll have to wait. Funny that I think Green’s first 7 points were FT – at least he gets to the line.

    Does someone have the FTA for the Cs and opponents, game by game, quarter by quarter? Seems we’ve been getting a lot of zebra goodwill, but am not certain.

    Speaking of which, that lane violation at the end of the game was very suspect. It left even Tommy speechless. “Uhhhhhhhhh…..” Looks like the refs didn’t want an OT to me.

    • Drew

      http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_10.html

      d. The free throw shooter may not cross the plane of the free throw line until the ball touches the basket ring, backboard, or the free throw ends.

      His feet clearly crossed the free throw line before the ball touched the rim. A blind man could have seen that.

    • CoachAJ

      Freethrows were 27-34 for the C’s, and 19-26 for the Bucks, but don’t see them by quarters. Ten of the Bucks FTAs were by Ellis. And the violation was on Ellis stepping over before the ball hit the rim.

      • Brick James

        Thanks AJ, and Drew maybe I am blind.

        The replay was shown from the perspective of behind the FT shooter, so I didn’t see Ellis’ feet in that view.

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  • CoachAJ

    I liked what I saw out of Green starting with the missed dunk attempt. That was vicious. Too bad it didn’t go down. But he was aggressive tonight. He got to the line 8 times converting 6. And though being 3-8 from the field, 4th quarter Green came up big. Overall Green and the team’s defensive rotations are more than a bit slow, and we are still getting killed on the boards. Our scheme is complex, so this will take time.

  • Gary

    No mention of Jgreen? He played his best game of the season on both ends, with 12 pts 3reb 2 blocks. 8 pts in the 4th quarter and a tommy award.

    • KWAPT

      4th paragraph: “Big credit to Jeff Green as well who made a crucial late-game stop on Ilyasova and scored 8 of his 12 points in the 4th quarter.”

  • Jamie

    Can you post Jeff’s highlights from last night? My satellite went out and I missed it.

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