After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
He played 52 minutes, which is a LOT. The 16 points and 15 assists is awesome. The jumpers that he was nailing were spectacular. Defensively, he tailed off towards the end of the game. But then he turned around and made up for some bad defensive plays by coming up with a couple of key steals late, and a charge on Mayo that kept Dallas at bay.
Kevin Garnett, I believe, did everything he possibly could to help the Celtics win this game. I do not think he could have done any more than he did. And he played 40 minutes? At some point, Doc’s got to channel his inner-Popovich and sit this guy down for a game.
That first half was vintage Pierce. He was shooting great (6-9, including 2-4 from 3), but then he tailed off after the half (2-8 in the 2nd half) and in the OT’s (3-8). He forced the issue… but he still finished with 34 points to carry a huge chunk of the scoring load. Watching him in the second half of that game, I was surprised to see him still racking up points.
Bass showed some flashes of being aggressive, but not enough. He was 2 of 2 at the rim, 1 of 5 beyond that. And while I know he’s a mid-range shooter, sometimes you have to challenge the other team a little more. I just felt like Bass was too passive out there.
Offense: Defense: Overall:
While Terry did have a few moments where he stepped up, got into passing lanes and came up with steals (3 of them, in fact), he got torched regularly. On offense, the script was set up for him to beat his former team, and even when he got a few chances, he couldn’t capitalize. There was one 3 in OT that would have blown the roof off the joint had he made it. He didn’t.
Jeff Green came into the game with phenomenal clutch numbers. I tweeted them last night:
Jeff Green this season in the last 5 minutes up or down 5 pts:7-11 (63.6%) 4-5 from 3 (80%) 3-3 FT.
— John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) December 13, 2012
Green proceeded to disappear, taking only one shot in the final five minutes of regulation and both overtimes, adding a foul and a turnover. This was a great highlight, but the C’s didn’t get the Green they needed last night.
His chemistry with Rondo is insane. Wilcox is the ultimate role player… and proof that if you do one thing pretty well, you’ll get some time and you’ll be a contributor.
It’s been a while since I took the red arrow away from him offensively. He hit a 3… which is nice, but it speaks volumes about where he stands when you look at the box score and see him with 19 minutes when Jason Terry had 47 and Rajon Rondo had 52. Doc just doesn’t trust him right now.
Rough night for Sullinger. He’s going to have those.
Play Calling: Substitutions: Overall:
Sorry Doc… you played these guys way too much. In a way this shows how desperate Doc is to get the C’s wins right now. If the C’s had a few more wins in their pocket, maybe he wouldn’t have played KG 40 minutes in a mid-December game.
Sorry… just writing that again highlights how crazy that is. And 52 minutes for Rondo? 47 for JET?
The fatigue was certainly a factor in the offense falling apart, but I’d like to think the C’s could have done better than just trying to isolate every mismatch 1-on-1 all the time. The end of regulation play was tough, but with only a few seconds to go full court, there wasn’t much to do. The end of the first OT could have been drawn up a little differently. Maybe something more than a Pierce isolation… again.
The C’s looked good for a while… they had a 14 point lead… and then they went Pacquiao on us. From there on out, it was an ugly mess…. but it was an ugly mess the C’s won.
I’m just afraid of what this might mean for the next few games.