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Friday Morning Quarterbacking what the Celtics needed at the trade deadline

Not as good as Miller, but Joe Smith would’ve fit the bill
By Zach Lowe, CelticsHub.com

The Celtics need a clone of Brad Miller who makes about $2 million. The lineups that worry me are the second- and fourth-most commonly played line-ups, according to 82games — those that include either Pierce or Ray Allen along with a combo of House-Powe-Davis-Tony Allen.

The Pierce line-up, which has played 145 minutes so far, is below average offensively compared with the C’s numbers, and it’s not hard to see why — Pierce is the only player that can create his own shot consistently.

House, a decent scorer when he’s hot, is basically a three-point bomber defenses can key on knowing they don’t have to help off of him in most circumstances.

A Miller type wouldn’t solve this problem, but it would at least give Boston someone who can hit an open 18-foot jumper consistently and finish strong around the basket. He’d immediately become the best passer in this line-up, someone who can create for others from the high post.

Swingman needed after Tony Allen injury
By Brian Robb, CelticsHub.com

It would be easy for me to say that the Celtics biggest need is a big man with two young undersized power forwards as backups for our 4 and 5 spots.

Leon Powe and Glen Davis have had their ups and downs all season and obviously could use another big body like a Joe Smith to help them out. That being said I do not think a big man should be the team’s biggest priority right now. Instead I think this time could use a swingman that can shoot.

The injury to Tony Allen obviously has made the need more glaring but I would have been calling for this even more TA went down. If you look at the play of the bench unit this year, the offensive has appeared incredibly stagnant. The numbers from 82 games back up this offensive
inefficiency.

When you watch the 2nd team of House-TA-Powe-Davis in there with either Paul Pierce or Ray Allen there have been a numbers of problems. The main issue for me though is that with Eddie House playing point, there is no other shooting threat on the floor besides Paul/Ray.