The Celtics won their first game last night since the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. Still, there is not a whole lot of substantial information with which to walk away. The Celtics ultimately wore down a pretty bad, yet exciting, team and came away with the win.
Sure, Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic made their debuts which was pretty exciting. Green gave an underwhelming performance by going 2-for-5 from the field and finishing with seven points. Overall, the Celtics were a -10 with Green on the court and he had two turnovers. Oh, and as mentioned in my previous post, he got dunked on hard by Randy Foye. Check it out:
Krstic, on the other hand, exceeded everyone’s expectations by not only being active on defense but also on the offensive glass (all six of his rebounds came on the Celtics’ side of the court). It was great to see a guy who is not known for is aggressive play or his toughness get his nose dirty. Most Celtics’ fans are worried about how fast these guys can assimilate to the Celtic way and it looks like Krstic is on board. If you’re the sentimental type that will wonder someday what Krstic’s first basket as a Celtic looked like, never fear. Now that you saw a seven-footer get stuffed by the rim you can wish you were left wondering.
The funny thing about Green and Krstic’s respective performances last night is that neither showed what you can reliably expect. Going into last night, Krstic was averaging around seven total rebounds per 36 minutes and only three of which coming on the offensive end. Krstic also averages six attempts from the “long two” range per 40 minutes compared to just 3.6 attempts at the rim. Last night, he only attempted two “long twos” and had four attempts at the rim. Some time between now and the playoffs you will see Krstic move more outside and his rebounding numbers will go down.
Green will get better too. He looked out of sorts last night and most of his offense came on one-on-one moves. Unless you’re name is Carmelo Anthony or Kobe Bryant, you probably shouldn’t file away these moves as “go-tos”. These types of moves, however, are to be expected from offensive-minded players who haven’t had enough time to feel-out their teammates. Green’s mobility and size give me enough cause to be excited regardless of his blah performance. I really expected Green to attempt a few threes, a skill he has been working on since he found out he really couldn’t hack is it as an NBA power forward. Luckily for Cs fans, he didn’t. Watching new guys jack up three pointers is the fastest way to a fan’s dog house.
Odds and Ends
It scares me that this is humanly possible. This has to equate only to ninjas running up walls or contortionists doing things that give me intense heebie-jeebies. How Blake Griffin can do this at full speed (and not in a dunk contest) is beyond me. Really, I can’t even do this on a trampoline, on my most flexible day, and in an anti-gravity chamber. Trust me, I’ve tried. LeVar Burton took me to Space Camp in 1990.
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