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Taking Stock: Celtics – Cavs

Chuck - Red's Army December 21, 2012 Gametime, Taking Stock 3 Comments

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

Starters

Offense:      Defense:     Overall:

He was in hyper-aggressive attack mode for most of the night and it was a pleasure to watch. When was the last time you saw Rondo drop a 12 point, 0 assist quarter? Five of his 7 buckets came within 9 feet. His defensive statistics were decent (2 steals, 1 block), but I’m upping the grade because of the team’s overall defensive play.

 Offense:        Defense:        Overall: 

KG was quiet on offense, taking just 9 shots. But with a red hot Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, I can’t fault him. He tallied three blocks on defense and should have had a fourth.  I’d like to see more than 6 rebounds, especially with Anderson Varejao on the bench. But he’s getting the overall green arrow because if the Cavs shot 40%, KG had something to do with it.

Offense:       Defense:        Overall: 

Just an inspiring performance from the Truth. He was lethal from long-range . Lost in the scoring barrage was his 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Easily his best all-around game since Game 2 of last year’s playoff series with Atlanta.  Alonzo Gee and Cleveland’s other small forwards are going to have nightmares for a while.

 Offense:     Defense:      Overall: 

A solid offensive game by JET. He shot 6-9, nailed three 3′s and even mixed in four assists. I didn’t feel like he forced many shots.

Offense:         Defense:         Overall: 

1 point and 2 rebounds in 23 minutes. Only in the land of underachieving Celtics big men is this a big deal. He also gets credit for setting a couple of strong screens. I just can’t bring myself to insert a green arrow for a stat line like that.

Bench

 

 Offense:         Defense:         Overall: 

3 points, 1 rebound in 14 unassuming minutes. He did stand out in one category: -17. A key contributor to the Cavs 20-2 run.

 

 Offense:         Defense:         Overall: 

Equally as bad as Jeff Green. Had more turnovers (3) than baskets (2). Didn’t seem to have his head in the game.

Offense:         Defense:         Overall: 

Mediorcre at best. The only thing keeping him from a trio of red arrows is the fact Green and Lee set the bar so low.

Offense:        Defense:        Overall: 

5 rebounds in 15 minutes? I’ll take that rebounding rate just about every game. Everything else – meh.

Coaching

Offense:      Defense:     Overall:

The insertion of Jason Collins into the starting line-up was pure genius. It put the rotation players on notice – if you don’t play aggressive and play smart defense, your ass will sit. It also worked because Anderson Varejao was on the bench. Collins responded with a mediocre game and Doc continued the mind-games in the press by calling the performance “amazing.”

Overall

The Cavs are a terrible team who played without their top rebounder and defender. Sure, I could nitpic about the Celtics inability to close out the game late in the 3rd quarter, but as we all know and hate – that’s not their style.

After three lackluster efforts on the road, I’m not going to fret over style points. The Celtics needed this win and they got it.

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  • Curt

    “Five of his 7 buckets came within 9 feet.”

    I didn’t realize his shooting was so bad that we celebrate when he gets ‘close’ to the basket.

    • eddysamson

      Yeah highest FG % guard in the NBA, hes real terrible at that shot……………….

      yikes.

    • Red’s Army – Chuck

      I was celebrating the fact that he attacked the basket and penetrated. C’mon now…