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Same Problems, Same Results: Bulls 88 Celtics 79

 
Chicago Bulls 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

79 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -15
KG is hard to grade right now as the tyranny of diminishing expectations renders a 7 rebound night ostensibly passable. It’s not, of course, and his offensive assertiveness… doesn’t exist, even when he’s got a clear matchup advantage. But he’s still a great team defender, and one of the last vestiges of the arrogant, sneering Celtics that did so much damage to the NBA as recently as last year. The move to center is sabotage but you’ll never hear Garnett complain.
Paul Pierce, SF 36 MIN | 3-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -18
Another godawful night for Pierce, who was humiliated by Luol Deng (21 points, 16 rebounds). In case that grade seems too harsh, he had 1 rebound in 36 minutes and his fourth quarter takeover of the offense effectively killed the C’s comeback. He’s not ready to play right now and it shows.
Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -17
If there’s a defensive rotation to be missed or a pick and roll coverage to misplay, Bass is your guy. But his offense remains sharp and aggressive and right now he’s the only guy on the team besides Rondo who can create something out of nothing in the half-court.
Ray Allen, SG 41 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -5
Chicago did a great job denying Ray good looks tonight, but he still managed to find 16 points and create a couple of looks for others over 41 long minutes (which he’s probably going to feel tomorrow night at Indiana). He’s playing well consistently, unlike the other two guys in the Formerly Big Three.
Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 11 AST | 14 PTS | -10
In the end he was outplayed by Derrick Rose, but unlike Rose, Rondo is working with a roster of broken-down parts. And nobody achieves in a vacuum. Without Rondo, the Celtics lose this game by 35 points. His energy, defense, and shot creation kept the Celtics alive in the first half and brought them back in the second — until the offense suddenly became all about Paul Pierce and bad shot selection.
Jermaine O’Neal, C 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +6
His jumpshot is wearing out the fronts of rims, but he showed a little life in the second half tonight. Again though – 3 rebounds in 22 minutes. I fear it’s very close to over for JO.
Chris Wilcox, PF 5 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | 0
It’s alive! Wilcox emerged from hibernation to throw down a couple of dunks in transition. He’s still standing around in halfcourt sets but the mere indication of a pulse is good news. Lingering question – how out of shape is he? Doesn’t look good to me.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -3
He’s still figuring it all out in Boston but his energy and shooting and defense were enough to bury ‘Quis on the bench (possibly for good) after a single game. The more of Pietrus we see, the better. There’s an argument to be made that he should start for Pierce right now.
Avery Bradley, SG 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1
Still gives you nothing at all on offense but he gave Rondo a decent break at the start of the fourth quarter. Would have preferred Moore out there, in part because he outscored Bradley in a single minute of action.
  • someguyinsac

    *sigh*
    Flashes of brilliance followed by long stretches of mediocrity.

  • http://Lovemyceltics.blogspot.com mycelts

    …BY THE HORNS

    JO out, then in, no Dooling, his knee, 
    And no Rip Hamilton will we see.
    As a starter on Stiemsma Doc took a pass, 
    KG at center,  no JO, instead Bass.

    Q1 Cs shots were erratic and short, 
    Rondo the only C with energy on the court.
    Each C had a chance at his favorite shot, 
    Mostly front-rimmed, in the hoop they were not.

    The Cs looked sluggish, their heads hung low,
    The calls were terrible, the Cs were just slow.
    RAY ALLEN FOR THREE, RAY ALLEN FOR THREE,
    First half the only bright light we did see.

    Back to back hoops were made by KG, 
    Bass scored, JO took a charge, all in Q3.
    Bass an offensive rebound and a three for Pierce.
    We need this man to once again be fierce!

    Cs had been down twenty, Q3 they played great,
    To start Q4 they were down only 8!
    Pietrus for three, plus KG and Ray,
    The Cs are only one point away!

    Around down 7 is where the Cs did hang, 
    Bulls owe a lot to Rose, Brewer and Deng.
    (Not one to complain about every call,
    But should Rose be allowed to palm the ball)?

    Gotta hand it to the Bulls, they've experience and youth,
    They weren't  bothered by any Cs, not even The Truth.
    Bulls went 20-9 when the Cs were within one, 
    After that for the Cs there was no more fun.

    "Scal-a-brini" brought the crowd to its feet, 
    While at the end of the game Thibs and Doc did meet.
    Cs are now 4-6, not our best start.
    At least during this game they showed they have heart.

    • janos

      Is not time for poem.

  • Farhan

    These disappointments are beginning to be too much for me.

  • Batman

    Funny how Rondo carries our team and then gets shut out in the fourth quarter so We can chuck up bricks

    • janos

      I agrees Batman. Is very piss off me. I am upset.

  • High Rollers

    Three down, four up, three down… four up?

  • James Patrick

    And people wonder why I wanted to season to just go away. lol aughhhhhhh…… I don't like our C's in this position.

  • LStrike

    The C's… Not looking good man.

  • Chris from Danvers

    They look bad, but with a little time, they will either gel better – there are still many new players to this team – or, luckily, with the shortened season, we will be looking to the future. This year is still about making room for the next three.

    Just remember, no matter what happens, they key for this year is to look for those bench players (WIlcox, Dooling, who might be back next year) and young players (Bass, Bradley, Steimsma – if he come back to the floor again) to develop. Can already see that they are thinking about how these guys can get involved for the future.

  • CelticsBIG3

    I hate Jermaine!!!!! When will doc realize this isn't 2008 and you need to play some of these younger guys to give us a chance in these games. Wilcox finally starts getting it going and he takes him out to put JO back in. How the hell does JO earn a C in this game? These Celtics are a joke…. I agree with James Patrick they should have just let this season die. Appears Pierce was ready to play golf all spring

  • smalltownID

    I wonder how Ray feels about his teammates? He comes ready to roll. Slumps are one thing but Pierce doesn't look like he is there physically. An ankle sprain that puts you down for 2 weeks is no excuse. KG the same, it isn't age as much as lack of preparation. Disappointing to see "professionals" lack preparation. Lockout is no excuse for personal physique. I won't feel so bad now when we kick PP and KG to the curb even if they turn the corner later in the season. Work, or retire! I was hopeful based on what I saw from PP last offseason.

    • tbunny

      I imagine Ray understands very well its not his business to worry about another player's inventory. Especially players who have proven themselves as those two have. Probably he just wants them to succeed, and he knows that the beginning of the season is not the most important part.

  • tbunny

    This is a team in transition. Obviously transition often means the dreaded "rebuilding", but then again every team every year is a different group forged over the course of a very long season.

    A couple players have not looked good this year, to put if mildly. But I also believe a return to form is possible. Rondo is playing great, Ray Allen looks like a perimeter cyborg, Brandon Bass is like a poor man's Amare. Hey, I'm very interested still. They look like crap sometimes but at the very least I don't see them quitting, even when they have no answer sometimes.

  • Anthony

    I've watched several games now and understandably it's just hard to watch. Here's several comments/ gripes that I've had so far.

    - I hate when KG keeps tapping the ball on rebounds. Just grab the F-ing ball. Hated it the last couple of years and hate it now.
    - Rondo is showing a why he's a star but he feels entitled. Stop whining and sulking and play through the bad/horrible calls.
    - I'm trying to give PP the benefit of the doubt but he just look bad out there.
    - Why did DA sign Dooling for 2.5X the amount as Delonte West? Not to mention mid-level for Wilcox.
    - Time for use the amnesty on On'Neal!! Just start Stiemmer give him 18-20 mins a night. Guys plays hard.
    - Might as well give EMoore a few mins. Cant possibly do worse offensively.
    - Bradley's defensive pressure is awesome but I still cringe every time he touches the ball on offense.

    Only positives:
    - Ray = Jesus Shuttlesworth.
    - Bass is still great pick-up.
    - Pietrus look like a steal too.

    Tough to watch so far but GO CELTS!!

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