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Highlight Gallery: C’s 87 Magic 56

 

It was tempting to make this a series of Orlando turnovers and 24-second violations, but we’ve got a bit more diversity after the Celtics thrashed the Magic last night.

3. By the time of this play in the third quarter, Boston had Orlando rattled. The C’s were as aggressive on defense as we’ve seen all year and the Magic were struggling just to get the ball over the timeline. You can see both of those things in evidence on this play, where Brandon Bass deflects a rushed inbound pass and then an alert Avery Bradley scoots in and snatches the ball away from two Magic defenders to set up the Bass finish.

2. Bradley’s confidence is growing with every game and as Tommy Heinsohn noted last night, his relentless harassment of the opposing PG is burning serious shot clock for the opposition, which weakens its halfcourt offense. Boston’s D feasted on those rushed Orlando possessions last night. Bradley had Jameer Nelson so off his game, the Magic PG eventually punted some ball handling duties to Hedo Turkoglu. Nelson may actually be hoping for Rajon Rondo to start Thursday night.

1. Two great things on this clip. 1) Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce just plain outworking the Magic for a defensive rebound. 2) Bradley showing good court sense, locating Pierce in transition and then finding him for an in-rhythm three.

Bonus! Because it was such a cathartic night, here’s a bonus clip of the C’s Purdue rookies running a nice pick and roll, with JaJaun Johnson throwing down on the back end.

0. Tonight’s comic entry. KG fires a cross court pass to Pierce, who barely turns his head as it sails into the seats. Good thing the game was well in hand by this point.

  • skeeds

    while expecting that kind of intensity from Bradley over a long period is irrational, I think he can be an amazing weapon. As long as he's not a liability on offense, that kind of defense even in small spurts is so disruptive of the rhythm it creates all kinds of trouble for the other team.

    Worth mentioning though, that Nelson is no Steve Nash. Nash had Bradley all over him couple of days ago, didn't even notice him most of the time. The kid needs to learn how to turn it down a notch, and play tighter when the offense is initiated. He lost Nelson around some screens last night, but wasn't punished for it cause he was too out of the game to even make a shot…

    I hope he keeps it up, the kid is on a good path!

    • CG12

      Good analysis. Nelson is indeed no Steve Nash. AB can do that with some guys, other times he will need to focus more on containing and team defense. But when we unleash the hounds – my goodness.

  • Sophomore

    Great now. Thursday at Orlando ought to be interesting…

    • Sophomore

      Dang. Meant to say Great game.

  • IBleedGreen

    How many teams had broken the record for fewest points scored in their franchise history against Celtics in the Big 3 era? I remember Knicks and Bobcats. Now Magic too, pretty good stuff.

    • Jzm

      I think the Bucks broke or at least tied some record. But it may have been on our end.

  • NHBluesMan

    wasn't expecting that at all, especially with so many guys hurt… great win with lots of gritty play and hustle, i'd deff loved seeing the rookies getting some reps as well

  • CelticsBIG3

    Pavlovic stepped it up baby

  • Tos

    No mention of this:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/v

    Hahaha. Orlando running only 4 guys on the court. This is pretty hilarious.

  • W2.

    This is an incredibly intelligent piece on Rondo….
    http://www.theclassical.org/articles/inverting-th

    Win or lose, I miss RR and his unique brand.

    • skeeds

      great article indeed. For what is worth, Rondo is definitely a master mind. That's why I will always consider him superior to PG's like Westbrook or even Rose (oh no you didn'! oh yes, yes I did)

      For the level of intelligence he brings to the court, I think only Chris Paul and Steve Nash are comparable. From the look of it, Rubio's gonna be in that category soon. And it's got nothing to do with the flashy passes…

  • W2.

    Glad you liked it skeeds. It is so cool to digest the notion of Rondo flipping the script…aka going toward the hoop to start the offense. Weird, cool, and spot on!

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