“Kevin (Garnett), everyone got on him at halftime because he missed a couple of shots and you could see that he didn’t want to shoot it anymore,” Rivers said. “Our guys beat me to it. They said, ‘This is what you do — shoot the ball. They go in and they go out, but you have to keep doing it.’ When he came back out he was looking for his shot.
“(But) they’re not used to playing with Garnett, and Paul Pierce, andJason Terry, and they want to fit in,” Rivers added. “We want them to fit in and do the right thing. The other thing he’s doing is making great passes. But what we tell everyone is if you’re missing your shot, keep shooting. We have no problem with it.”
I pretty much said the same thing on last night’s half time show…
Guys come into Boston, they’re surrounded by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Doc Rivers, and they try very hard to fit into the entire dynamic. And while 99% of that is great, there’s that 1% that spills over onto the floor and manifests itself in a player taking himself out of his own game.
There’s a fine line between “fitting in” and “forgetting the team traded for you for a reason.” The Celtics traded for Crawford so he could score like sailor during Fleet Week. They lost a scorer-with-no-conscience in Leandro Barbosa… they want Crawford to be that guy now.
And in the second half last night, he was. In fact, he was perfect in the second half, leading the Celtics with 10 points on perfect shooting (3-3 fg, 2-2 3pt, 2-2 FT). Toss in a few rebounds and an assist, and Crawford went from “frustrating to watch” to “key reason they won the game.”
I love what Doc said at the end of that quote: “if you’re missing your shot, keep shooting. We have no problem with it”.
Play your game, don’t force anything, and let’s roll the dice with our guys doing their things. It’s almost like Bill Belichick’s “do your job” philosophy. If you just go out there and do your job as best you can, then we’ll be OK.
Crawford’s job is to shoot first, pass later. He did that in the second half last night, and it paid off.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Doc’s take: “Loved our effort” | Shooting star: Bradley shines offensively | WEEI: Celtics find themselves with second straight road victory | KG: Bradley is everything to our defense | Globe: Doc: C’s playing with more urgency since Rondo’s injury | Bradley, Pierce lead C’s over 76’ers | Herald: Paul Pierce won’t take a seat | Celtics shake off rust | Celtics get sloppy win over Sixers | Delco Times: Doc knows how Doug Collins feels |