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Recap: Celtics blow big lead, Green comes up clutch

Nick Sannicandro April 3, 2013 Recaps 13 Comments


Strange is an understatement when attempting to describe the game between the Celtics and Pistons tonight. The Celtics lead by 20 at one point in the third, by the time I poured a glass of milk the lead was down to ten, and a one possession shortly thereafter. Looking at the rebounding numbers, one would think the Celtics were destroyed; giving up over 20 more offensive rebounds to the Pistons, and getting out-rebounded  by double digits as a whole. With the Pistons attempting to claw back into this late, a big three from Jeff Green was a dagger. Green came up huge in the fourth with a nice tip-in as well just prior to the clutch three, certainly a great boost of confidence for Green who has been the Celtics closer of late. It’s not often you blow a 20 point lead, get outscored in the paint by 30, out rebounded so greatly, and still win. Just says how bad Detroit is….

 

The Green:

Jeff Green-  Monster game from Green. No other way to put it. Clutch buckets, showed up on D late in the game. If your going to knock anything it would be his 6 rebounds, but its already well established he isn’t going to grab rebounds for the Celtics.

Avery Bradley-  Bradley has broken the shooting slump finally, seems to be settling back into his role of being a complimentary scorer as opposed to trying to push the subject as he appeared to do at times recently. What stood out most tonight was his defense. He seemed to be one step ahead of the Pistons most of the night, he just flat out controlled Brandon Knight all night (2-10 FG) .

The Gross:

Celtics rebounding-  The Celtics were completely out rebounded in this one. Much of this has to do with Pistons big man Greg Monroe who is an absolute beast in the paint (I’d put him in the top three centers in the league) but giving up over 20 offensive rebounds? That is just awful. No excuse for that, regardless how small of a lineup your team was running.

Courtney Lee-  Still looks a bit off after returning from injury. Just doesn’t seem to have the spark right now. 0-4 shooting and seemingly losing position on the depth chart to TWill and Jordan. Marquis Daniels 2.0?

The Greenlights

Your nightly Terrence Williams dunk

Jeff Green Reverse Layup

The Grid

Jeff Green- 13-19 FG 6 Reb 4 Blk 34 Pts

Detroit Pistons- 25 offensive rebounds (Boston-4)  58 points in paint  (Boston 28)

Celtics “Magic Number” to clinch playoff birth- 0

*UPDATE* After the game, Paul Pierce told WEEI that on Tuesday night at 8:21pm, he and wife Julie welcomed their first son, Prince Paul Pierce into the world!

 

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  • Guest

    Overhyping fanboy alert – after a game like tonight’s, I can’t help but
    feel Jeff Green is an important piece to the future of this team. Okay,
    deep breath on this, but I think he could be as important as Rondo is
    to the future of this team. He is a matchup nightmare for most teams,
    because of his length and shooting. On top of this, while he isn’t big
    enough to push around power forwards, he works hard on defense and
    actually d’s up Lebron fairly well. If we could get a decent big to
    play center and if Sullinger could stay healthy, a starting 5 of Green,
    Sullinger, center (whoever could fill that void, maybe someone from the
    draft?), Rondo, and Bradley would be a lot of fun to watch. Do I think
    that’s a championship caliber team? No, probably not. But I think they
    would be a lot of fun to watch on a nightly basis. I realize this is
    Boston, and we value championships above all else, but I (as the only
    person in the state of Massachusetts) feel optimistic about this team’s
    future. I know the Pistons suck, but Green has repeatedly shown in
    Garnett’s absence that he can be an offensive force. Anyone agree with
    this sentiment?

    • Roy Sanchez

      I couldn’t help but yell at the end of the 4th for us to give the ball to Green to close out the game. This guy has just grown up in front of our eyes and I am a believer he is the future of the Celts. He is our next great player. The guy is just awesome

      • LA Flake

        I don’t know about Green becoming our next “great” player and this is coming from someone who has always supported Green through highs and lows. He’s definitely a good one though. And he’s always been a clutch player. I know this because he once buried us with his corner 3 to win the game for OKC.

        • Roy Sanchez

          Maybe I am getting caught up in the hype but man he is taking his game to another level and it has me excited for when he actually becomes a full time starter

    • kobe

      Green is Boston’s closer now, just look at Paul Pierce he has no lift at all. JG looks like a young Paul Pierce. Boston really needs a Good serviceable big man for next season to be able to compete, when I say big man I mean a real Center not no rebound Brandon Bass or Wilcox.

    • http://twitter.com/Wilanthropist Wil Reyes

      Im hoping they get Josh Smith or DMC through a deal. Knuckle heads but still what we need. Height, bulk and Athleticism. Both are good passers too.

      I think JSmith will be a bigger problem than DMC though. We will lose great athleticism with Al Jefferson if paird up with sully.

      Remember we still got Twill. Who has good court vision, toughness of a forward, Athleticism, He got good range too. He is pretty talented. I think he can be like Dwade type of player.

      But one things for sure. Its gonna be a new brand of basketball when we get our pieces together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.gallagher.357 Jimmy Gallagher

    Overhyping fanboy alert – after a game like tonight’s, I can’t help but
    feel Jeff Green is an important piece to the future of this team. Okay,
    deep breath on this, but I think he could be as important as Rondo is
    to the future of this team. He is a matchup nightmare for most teams,
    because of his length and shooting. On top of this, while he isn’t big
    enough to push around power forwards, he works hard on defense and
    actually d’s up Lebron fairly well. If we could get a decent big to
    play center and if Sullinger could stay healthy, a starting 5 of Green,
    Sullinger, center (whoever could fill that void, maybe someone from the
    draft?), Rondo, and Bradley would be a lot of fun to watch. Do I think
    that’s a championship caliber team? No, probably not. But I think they
    would be a lot of fun to watch on a nightly basis. I realize this is
    Boston, and we value championships above all else, but I (as the only
    person in the state of Massachusetts) feel optimistic about this team’s
    future. I know the Pistons suck, but Green has repeatedly shown in
    Garnett’s absence that he can be an offensive force. Anyone agree with
    this?

  • CoachAJ

    Been a Green fan from the very beginning when Stern called his name out and he put on the cap, only to take it off and head to Seattle. This is the Green I have been waiting on. Someone put since Green has been a starter he has averaged close to 22ppg. I will take that next year if PP and KG hang up their sneakers.

    • http://twitter.com/Wilanthropist Wil Reyes

      But remember, Green has only been getting shots because KG is out. Most field goal attempts KG normally takes got shifted to Jeff Green. I understand why Doc is worried about our bench if we put in Jeff as a starter.

      I still dont know what to expect in the playoffs. Rotations will be the key.

      Terry and Twill seems to work good too.

      It all depends on how KG will play when he’s back.But i dont think Rondo will let KG and Pierce try with out one last try to win it all.

      • Bleedgreen!

        That’s what I love about this team. It’s been one last go for the last 3 years. They never give up!

  • kobe

    Detroit should have won this game if not for the horrible shooting of Charlie Villanueva and Brandon Knight, both player miss an easy lay up with no defender.

  • http://twitter.com/Wilanthropist Wil Reyes

    The question is, does the Celtics have enough time to finalize their playoff roster?

    somethings i hope to happen:
    1.) Jeff Green gets starting role instead of bass
    2.) Twill can lock that bench role (he rarely makes any wrong decisions, very veteran like and he can defend bigger guards that just bullies their way into the basket)
    3.) Just keep crawford the bench and only play when C’s need energy
    4.) Im hoping Shavlik will step up bigtime we need him since Wilcox hasnt been impactful.

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