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Your Morning Dump… Where there’s nothing easy about being a big in Boston

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 14, 2012 The Morning Dump 9 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.

The key to Boston’s trap being successful hinges heavily on the play of the Celtics big men, who are asked to come out and trap, and then hustle back to get in position to rebound or match back up with the man they were previously guarding.

It makes for a pretty exhausting night.

“You telling me,” said C’s big man Kevin Garnett. “You telling me. It’s nothing easy about being a big here. It’s hard work; that’s what it is.

CSNNE: Trap defense “paying dividends” for C’s

Big man after big man has come through Boston… and big man after big man has left with disappointing results… and this is probably a big reason why. It’s not only hard work, but it takes a level of intelligence to recognize situations and get it right.

Brandon Bass is pretty good at it, actually, and he never really gets enough credit for that role in the defense.  People will ask me why Bass is out on the floor when he might otherwise be struggling, and this is it.  He’s demonstrated a pretty consistent ability to defend the way the C’s want their bigs to defend.  Wilcox is a step behind, and Sullinger is still learning.  He got torched on a few of those Wednesday night.

But it all starts and ends with KG on the floor.  He’s still good enough, long enough, and sneaky enough, to get the job done.

ESPN Boston:  C’s take new act on the road  |  Rondo second in early All Star balloting  |  MWDN:  Pierce finding his rhythm  |  Herald:  On road to find confidence men

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  • eddysamson

    Jeff Green (Bos) 36,080.

    ^From the All star balloting link…does that really mean JG got 36000 votes????

  • Cal

    Ainge should of picked up a couple of quality big men to help give KG rest at times. I’m starting to worry about KG long-term. I think he’s playing too many minutes especially when he get’s fatigue so quick. It’s baffling that Ainge or Rivers didn’t consider adding two quality big men before the season started. Instead Ainge signed Darko and Collins and drafted a raw big, Fab Melo.

    I wonder what goes through Ainge’s mind sometimes. Everyone except for Pierce, Garnett, Rondo makes me cringe at times. I wonder what this team will look like come Jan or Feb?

  • W2.

    Agreed. Bass deserves a lot of credit for his ability to blitz and recover. He plays about as well as his talent permits. Hard to ask a lot more. Sully I believe has not yet reached his ceiling which is exciting. Regarding Cal’s comment, I was a A fan of the big from Vandy that got picked up by Golden State. He seems way more ready to play than Fab on both ends of the floor.

  • zippittyay

    KG is a unique specimen. Perhaps we just need to adjust our strategy somewhat for when he is not in the game.

  • Larry Legend

    KG in two of the last 3 or 4 games has had a zero rebound night and a 5 reb dbl OT night. That, to me, isn’t getting it done. I dont know if Doc’s system asks too much of the bigs, or KG just getting his ass kicked on the glass. Whatever the reason, that shit ain’t gonna get it done. I love KG. Next to Bird he’s my favorite Celtic of all time, but he HAS to rebound. Gotta have more from him in that regard.

    • Nate

      Sorry, but its not that big of a deal. The past few games, the TEAM’s rebounds have been better than earlier in the season

      • eddysamson

        Its been better than the other team even. Didnt we out-rebound the T-wolves?

        I think KG’s decrease in boards is more because Doc seems to be saving him til the end of the game. Hes doing what like 5-6 mins a quarter until the 4th where he plays like 10 minutes?

        I think he saves his energy at the end of the game for upping his D to close out the game and having to do that he doesnt have as much energy or time for rebounds.

      • Larry Legend

        Sorry but it is a big deal. Your starting center needs to rebound better than that. Team rebounding better, no question but KG has to be able to fall into at least 7-8 a night.

    • Chulinho

      I partially agree with you. Just from watching, the last couple of games, it seems like KG is getting out hustled on the glass. But, I believe you could attribute that to the amount of energy he uses defending so well.

      It’d certainly be wonderful if Danny Ainge was able to acquire a big man with some toughness and rebounding ability.