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Recap: C’s blow another lead in the 4th, lose to Grizzlies

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 4, 2013 Recaps 20 Comments

Boston Celtics v Memphis Grizzlies

The Celtics played a pretty good first half of basketball in Memphis tonight.  They recovered from a crappy start to the third quarter to even extend a halftime lead.  But they fell apart in the fourth, again, to lose it 95-88.  Jerryd Bayless absolutely destroyed the Celtics in the 4th quarter, scoring 15 of the team’s 29 points.

When the Celtics pushed the ball, they did good things.  Almost all of their success tonight came as a result of forcing the pace of the game.  When they tried to execute in the half court, it went to shit.

I’ll repeat my Twitter joke for those of you who aren’t on there.  The numbers on the shot clock don’t measure time for the Celtics, it measured the percentage of possible success as the possession drags on.  The longer the possession lasts, the worse that offense gets.

The Green: 

Don’t look now, but Courtney Lee is starting to become a viable NBA player again.  I don’t want to jinx anything, but he was a team-high +17 in 19 minutes of play with 9 points (4-5 fg), 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Jared Sullinger matched a career high with 16 points and was 2-3 from deep.

Jordan Crawford had a team-high 4 assists.  He’s still all those Jordan Crawford things, but he’s also, probably, the best passing guard currently active on the team.

Jeff Green’s first three quarters.  22 points on 6-9 shooting and 9-12 free throws.  He only took one 3, he was aggressive, he was rewarded with free throws.  It was spectacular.

The Gross:

Jeff Green’s 4th quarter:  0-3, all from 3.  No free throws.  Multiple possessions where he was just standing in the same spot the entire time. Totally the opposite of his first three quarters.  When the team needed someone to handle things down the stretch, he wasn’t there.

The Celtics half-court offense.  I’ll reiterate how god-awful it is.  They post up for too long, they hold the ball on the wing too long, they do everything for too long. I felt like every non-fast break possession in the game ended up with them trying to beat the shot clock.  It is, very often, an abomination that should offend the memory of James Naismith.

Kelly Olynyk couldn’t buy a shot.  He was 1-8, but he had a lot of good looks.  I’m not souring on him because this is all part of the adjustment, but this was a tough night.  Remember, it’s also his first professional back-to-back, so I’m sure that has something to do with it.

Jerryd Bayless… Celtics killer?  After dropping 30 on the C’s the last time they played back in March, he does this in the 4th:

bayless 4th quarter

The Greenlights:

The first half highlights, which include some Memphis baskets, but also Green & Sully hitting 3’s, and some nice work by the “good” Jeff Green.

The Grid:

Gerald Wallace attempted zero shots in 27:33 of play before leaving with a bruised knee.

Rebounds:  Memphis 36 – Boston 32

Second-chance points:  Memphis 14 – Boston 4

Fast Break points:  Boston 14 – Memphis 10

Points in the Paint:  Memphis 34 – Boston 30

Another tough loss, folks… which I know a fair percentage of you love.  At one point near the end, after the Celtics had forced a :24 violation, you could see Stevens asking the ref where the ball gets taken out of bounds.  He’s still learning, and so are  the Celtics.  Tough lessons are ahead, with three more games, and another back-to-back, still to go this week.

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  • KWAPT

    *pours another Long Island iced tea*

  • greg clark

    Idea: limit inexperienced Pressey to 12 minutes per game, by bringing him off the bench at start of 4th qtr. He’d embrace the leadership role that all of his teammmates shy away from at the end of every game. Once he leads them to victory during crunch time a couple of times, put him in the starting lineup, and leave him there.

    • KWAPT

      Still confused myself as to why Pressey & Humphries are not playing.

      • Shane

        Who does Humphries replace in the PF/C rotation? Consdering the inconsistent guard play to this point I’d like to see Pressey as well but it seems as though Humphries would only play at the expense of Olynyck, considering everyone else at PF/C is playing consistent bball. My best guess is that Stevens believes Olynyck will have more to offer as a player once he is fully adjusted to NBA pace and style of play, thus rendering Humphries the odd man out.

        • carpediem139

          Bass is playing 32mpg and averaging 5.8 rebounds and only shooting 45% from the field. Thats horrible for a starting PF. I dont like Humphries but im sure he will do way better than that.

      • greg clark

        A good point guard wants to control the tempo. A good point guard makes all his teammates better. Ray Charles could see that Pressey is that guy…the only guy.

  • Red’s Cigar

    This is my nightmare.

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    PING-PONG, PING-PONG

  • Christopher Jones

    One of my Houston friends asked me last night if I’m actually happy to see the Celtics lose. The answer is no, I hate it. I remember last year when I always wanted a cigar or glass of champagne after The Truth or KG sunk a final shot. This year I still hate it. I don’t want to see this team tank… but it makes it easier to swallow the losses thinking about the draft. I don’t want to see it, though. We gotta look for the silver lining.

  • carpediem139

    It’s official, The C’s are Tanking. I cant see any other explanation why Bass is on the floor late in the game and Faverani on the bench

    • Jake Gruber

      I’m not even a big Bass supporter, but did you watch the end? He had a pretty big steal and an impossible finish that kept them in the game when no one else could score…if you want to make that point about bass late in games, I don’t really see this as the game to choose from haha.

      As for “tanking”….yes, they were essentially tanking when they started the season with this roster. Their rotations are not their biggest issue, believe me. Good teams don’t turn the ball over, can shoot, can manufacture easy shots, and have at least one guy to make difficult shots. This team has not one of those. Their rotation is not the problem.

      • Curt Hays

        Alas, their rotation was the main problem under Glen Rivers…*sigh

  • Amir Buxbaum

    4 down, only 78 more to go

  • dk

    sounds like Stevens is still getting used to the 24 second clock in the NBA. I agree Humphries should be given a shot at some of Bass’ minutes. Wallace seems to have given the “good soldier, leader” phase a try for a week and now is in F-this mode—no shots????

  • Curt Hays

    I also noticed Stevens asking questions. I still think he asks for clarification fewer times than Glen Rivers. Glen seemed to never understand any calls. This may make Brad more tolerated by the refs…:-)

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