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Your Morning Dump… Where Leandro Barbosa saved the Celtics last night

Chuck - Red's Army November 15, 2012 Celtics News, Leandro Barbosa, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 7 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“Barbosa was terrific,” said Rivers. “He bailed us out, not only just replacing Rondo. I thought our starters started the game out pretty flat and I thought our second unit with Courtney Lee and Barbosa, Jared (Sullinger), that group gave us a spurt, Jeff Green. Then obviously Rondo goes out in the second half and just putting LB in and we didn’t run much because he doesn’t know much.  But everything was basically pick-and-rolls. We told him to just keep attacking to the basket and we’ll figure it out from there.”

Barbosa finished the night with 16 points (6-8 FG, 3-6 FT, 1-1 3PG) along with three assists and two rebounds in 23 minutes. For someone who didn’t have a team until October 18, he is quickly earning a spot in Boston.

“He’s earned it,” said Rivers. “I tell everybody, ‘Listen, we sign you and you come, there’s no guarantees that you’re going to play. But if you earn it, you get to play.’ And he’s earned it. He deserves to play.”

CSNNE

It’s time for me to eat some crow for dismissing the signing of Leandro Barbosa. I didn’t think a guy who languished in free agency until mid-October could make an impact on this team. Boy, was I wrong.

Barbosa was fantastic last night. His 7 point spurt in 3 minutes in the 2nd quarter was the perfect example of his scoring capability. And it’s not like he sits on the perimeter just chucking. The guy attacks the rim.

Most importantly, the Celtics offense did not sputter or stall in the 4th quarter with Barbosa at the helm. It may be a bit haphazard or one-dimensional, but it worked last night.

As for Rajon Rondo’s ankle injury and his availability for tonight’s game vs Brooklyn:

Pressed on the severity of the injury, Rivers added, “I have no idea. Look, with a sprained ankle — tomorrow you’ll know more.”Rondo walked through the locker room after the game, but did not meet with reporters before the team’s flight to Brooklyn.

If Rondo does sit, we could see Jason Terry starting at the point with Courtney Lee at shooting guard. I’m guessing Doc would leave Barbosa with the second unit.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Green on post dunk: It felt great | Green rises up, dunks frustration | Rapid Reaction: Celtics 98 Utah 93 | Al’s back in Boston | CSNNE – Celtics squeak out win over Jazz | Globe – Rondo injures ankle, but Celtics rally | Barbosa got right to the point | Herald – Barbosa eases fear of no Rondo | Celtics get tough in clutch | Big Al open to return to Boston |

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  • Cam

    I was pumped with the Barbosa signing. I knew he would at the very least compete for minutes even with our plethora of guards and not surprised that he is earning those minutes.

    Its really nice having a back up pg that can do anything really. He’s playing like we hoped Nate Robinson would have for us.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Nobody should be surprised by Barbosa`s scoring…He was the #3 scorer on those Phoenix teams that led the NBA in scoring about 4-5 years ago.

    Recipe For Disaster : Celtics have been out-rebounded in 7 of their 8 games this year…which pretty much forces them to shoot 50%+ from the floor in order to sqeeze out narrow wins against mediocre teams.

    • KY Celts fan

      yeah, rebounding is more of an issue now than it ever has been in the Garnett era, especially since our defense is sub-par at the moment. Everyone, but especially our bigs, really need to attack that glass. 18 offensive rebounds is inexcusable.

  • Dan White

    I have to think that we could increase our rebounding numbers by playing a center like Darko or Collins with KG or Bass. But then the offense falters im guessing because Doc wont play them either center. I think its a matter of picking your poison. We could grab more boards with different lineups but then our offensive production and defensive rotations would suffer. Its a matter of picking your poison and so long as the team wins, I have no problem with how they get it done.

  • Drew

    Tuned into a Clippers Heat game last night, turned out to be Jamal Crawford on an And 1 circuit making Ray Allen look like his child. You know Judas’ ankles are killing him this morning. That was SO satisfying.

  • Mike

    Wilcox and Barbosa are giving us that intensity we need off the bench. Green, Lee and Sullinger need to pick up the intensity. I still think if Darko and Collins are not cracking the rotation we need to drop/trade them for intense defensive minded bigs like Kmart and Birdman. If you watched the clippers game last night you also noticed how Hollins(former Celt) and Barnes come in with intensity and get the hard fouls. We need 2 guys like that. So far Wilcox is the only one taking hard fouls.

  • Mike

    I meant Wilcox is the only one *Giving hard fouls