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Taking Stock: Celtics – Thunder

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 24, 2012 Taking Stock 8 Comments

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

Starters

Offense:      Defense:      Overall:

When you play 37 minutes, you’re going to be part of runs… good and bad.  Rondo ended up as a -9, mostly because he came back into the game around the same time Kevin Durant went into takeover mode and chopped away at the Celtics lead.

I’ve also seen Rondo criticized for not attacking the basket (he took 2 shot at the rim, and 5 overall) and blaming the streak for it, but Rondo’s never been one to try to take layups against shot blockers.  What I saw from Rondo was a guy who was in control of the game when he was on the floor.  He set his guys up, again, for good shots in their comfort zones.

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KG was huge in the clutch, and his offensive rebounding down the stretch helped seal the win.   18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists is a very beautiful game.

Offense:        Defense:        Overall: 

Pierce’s defense is always underrated, but he stepped up big last night.  Everyone is rightly focused on his offense, which was mostly awesome.  He did a very good job on the other end of the floor as well.

Offense:        Defense:         Overall: 

Very tough night offensively, but he did grab 4 offensive rebounds, and he was working his ass off on the floor.  If you were to somehow not see the possessions where Bass missed shots, you’d probably think he had a good game.

 Offense:         Defense:         Overall: 

You’re not going to lose many games when JET scores 16 points on just  8 shots.  And the dagger 3 at the end?  Awesome. He’s found his shot, for sure.

Bench

 

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There isn’t much to say about this performance other than THAT’S HOW YOU SHOULD BE PLAYING EVERY GAME JEFF GREEN!!!!

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Once again, Rondo and Wilcox connect on an alley oop… this one wasn’t as resounding but it gave the Celtics a lead after a long stretch trailing the Thunder.  I don’t think the Celtics have any plays for Wilcox (why would they?) but he puts himself in a position to score when the chances present themselves.  I would have like to have seen at least one rebound, though.

 

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I KNOW Lee is a better shooter than 20% from 3.  I know at the end of the season, I’ll write “Hey, remember when Lee struggled with his shot?”  He did have 4 assists, though.  One of those came off his only steal of the game… and the dish to Green for an acrobatic finish.

 

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At one point, Doc made it a point to applaud Barbosa for his ball pressure.  It’s a tough thing to quantify in a box score, but in 11 minutes he did do a very good job of keeping pressure on OKC’s guards.  He was a +17 on the night.

 

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Sullinger’s signature moment was stripping Hasheem Thabeet (earning a Tommy Point in the process), hitting the deck to save the ball, then hustling down the floor to catch a blocked Barbosa shot and put it back to cut the OKC lead to 2.  Sullinger made 4 of the 6 shots he took, including another from 16-23 feet.  He’s made about half of those this season.

Just sayin’….. you can play pick-and-pop with this kid.

Coaching

 Play Calling:        Substitutions:        Overall:

Doc’s doing a fantastic job with KG’s minutes.  In fact, he’s doing a fantastic job with the minutes distribution overall.  There’s still some figuring to do with Barbosa and Lee… especially after Bradley returns.  But Doc has clearly learned the early lessons from the season, and he has settled into a nice rotation.  Problematic pairings that were hurting the C’s earlier in the season (like Bass & Sullinger together), aren’t happening very often anymore.

Overall

Sure, OKC made a run.  They’re the Thunder.  They’re going to do that, especially when Kevin Durant decides he’s going to pull up from 33 feet and start drilling them.  But aside from that late burst and a couple of brain-farts, the Celtics did a good  job swarming the Thunder defensively.  Rondo was dropping dimes, Pierce was hitting shots and blowing by guys much younger than him, and KG was much in the clutch.  This was our new “best win of the year.”

Now….. to see if the Celtics can build off it.

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  • Drew

    Courtney Lee held Kevin Martin to 3 points in 32 minutes on 1-9 shooting. He gets a hold sign on defense? Martin makes 3 more of those shots and maybe we are having a whole new discussion. I wasn’t keeping a close eye on him all night, but from what I remember he was being a complete pest.

  • Errick

    How can lee get a hold sign defensively? He kept Kevin Martin a 17ppg scorer and power of OKC bench, to a measly three points. Hes still struggling with hia sbot but he get gren light overall his defense was a big part of that win he shut down okc’s bench. I think people underrate the fact that Lee is our best defender at the guard position till avery is back. Any otber night a holding sign but not yesterday even doc praised him for it

  • zippittyay

    Cavs up 11 in the 2nd half AT MIAMI!
    GO CAVS!!

    • Drew

      Ray Allen just continues to inch that dagger in my back further and further. Hurry up and break your leg, you jerk off.

      • LAF

        lol. stay classy, dumbass.

  • Drew

    What sucks about Ray bailing out LeBron in crunch time is that he’ll stop being criticized as a choker in the clutch. Every body is going to start acting like he’s a God in the clutch who can feed the open man as if the assist is more important than the actual shot. All hail LeBron, the crunch time assist KING!!!! Nike, hurry up and market this new idea and find ways for the masses to be brainwashed into it. LeBron is revolutionizing basketball everyone! He can feed open dead eye shooters, oh my!!

  • RondosBetter

    I love this new format for taking stock!

    What a great game. Barbosa definitely surprised me with his defense…I was NOT expecting that.

  • swissflix

    this is certainly the kind of defense i was hoping for. Team defense the way we were enjoying last year. Above all, this game shows the potential this team has – therefore i would not trigger any trade right now. Of course, a lot of things have to click – Terry and Green scoring a lot and early, the captain hitting a lot of shots (with a good shot selection) and some great team defense (swarming!!). And good rebounding too.