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An Uninspired Win Is Still A Win: C’s 97 Rockets 92

 
Houston Rockets 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 41 MIN | 9-21 FG | 11-12 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 30 PTS | +9

One of the few Celtics in attack mode on offense most of the night, Pierce put up his second straight game with 30 points and appears to have shaken off his latest funk. There’s probably another coming before season’s end but Pierce is playing well right now.

Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +17

An increasingly ineffectual rebounder, Bass’ limited offense tonight was offset by a defensive effort that’s much more effective with KG beside him in the starting-5. Inexplicably spent almost the entire first quarter getting his ankle re-taped in the locker room.

Kevin Garnett, PF 38 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-8 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +16

KG took a long time to get into the game on offense. With the Celtics struggling for points, he was content to pass the ball. But he came alive later in the game and put up yet another double-double in 38 credible minutes.

Ray Allen, SG 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | +19

Allen had a great finish to the game after an almost nonexistent first half. He’s basically a one category guy at this point in his career, which is why the 4 dimes and 2 steals were a nice touch.

Rajon Rondo, PG 45 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 9 PTS | +4

Wasn’t exactly gifted with teammates that were ready to push tempo and so by the third quarter, he’d retreated to walking the ball up the court in Boston’s patented craptime offense. Passable, only.

Keyon Dooling, PG 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3

I’d rather see Bradley at this point.

Chris Wilcox, PF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -22

Another humdrum effort from Wilcox whose offense is opportunistic or not at all.

Mickael Pietrus, SF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -15

His three-point percentage is slip slidin’ away.

Greg Stiemsma, C 13 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -1

He had a decent first half while Bass was convalescing backstage. Then vanished.

Avery Bradley, SG 8 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +1

I’ll say this for Bradley: you notice him when he’s out there. Doc has him pushing pace, attacking the rim, and making passes. Not a bad work-in-progress.

  • IBleedGreen

    The missed layup by Rondo alone is enough to get him traded…fortunately for him we won the game.

    • Matt

      crap like that can happen to anyone. it wasnt like he missed a cleanly taken layup. He fumbled the ball with his hands on a full length court pass before the layup. I was more upset Paul Peirce threw the ball the length of the court with 17 seconds left and the lead. Why take the risk on a touchdown pass. Take time off the clock and take some clutch free throws. would have been easier and more clock ticking effective.

  • IBleedGreen

    When do you stop calling Bradly "work-in-progress", but instead "not-a-good-basketball-player"?

    • I_Love_Green

      Only getting around 5-10 minutes a game and he makes his presence felt with his pressure defense and usually is good for a jumper or two. He's going to be a good player.

      • Ryan DeGama

        I agree. And I was not on board at all early in the season. But this is really his first full year in the league, in terms of actually getting run. I like what I see lately.

    • CG12

      You pick a curious time to harsh on Bradley like that. He played surprisingly well in extended minutes when Rondo was out and has been solid in the very limited minutes he has played since.

      He sure isn't perfect and is prone to occasional gaffes like that missed 3-footer last night. But he brings something to the game when he plays. His D is respected league-wide. His jumper has emerged as pretty steady, after a very wobbly start to the season from the floor (patting myself on the back for long ago saying that it would come around). And, perhaps most importantly, he pushes the pace bring the ball up, looking for opportunities to attack quickly and getting the Cs into their offense without messing around. I'd love to see Avery play more like 15 minutes a game.

      • Sethesq

        Heck, more often than not our team looks better with Bradley on the floor instead of Rondo. Which is crazy. But his defense has simply been THAT much better (don't forget we went 6-2 during that 8 game stretch when he started in Rondo's absense). He should absolutely be getting every single one of Doolings minutes.

  • I_Love_Green

    Ray played 41 minutes and Avery only played 8. Would've liked to see that at something like 34 and 15. Avery needs more court time.

    • IBleedGreen

      Avery should be happy he's actually playing in the NBA, where he doesn't belong.

      • ripsonics

        You bleed stupid..

        ..not green

      • CelticsBIG3

        Dude your ripping on avery 2nite relax

  • guest

    That missed lay up was cringe worthy and had me shouting at the tv………but Rondo's game was still decent tonight. Hopefully he has a monster game tomorrow.

  • Batman

    You're underselling Rondo with that grade…deserves a B at least
    I still don't understand why Dooling plays

    • I_Love_Green

      Docs got a man crush on him. He's stealing minutes from Avery and I don't like it.

      • Matt

        Doc loves his veterans… always gives them more time. Avery definitely should have those minutes.

    • janos

      HI Batman
      Is alway same old crap. Rondos not respect from this guys.

  • IBleedGreen

    Love all the thumbs-downs, y'all need to watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yB7J7DYi6M

    • I_Love_Green

      You probably only watched Avery earlier this season, when he actually did suck. Ever since he came in for Rondo when he was hurt/suspended he's been playing well.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Dude we love you around here usually making great relavant comments but you gotta chill out 2nite

      • ripsonics

        yeah i don't really love him very much tonight

    • CG12
  • ripsonics

    Pietrus totally coulda done what ray did tonight!

    A B- minus for Ray Allen, after a huge fourth, the go ahead three, and the clutch freebies at the end? Not to mention 21 pts and a +19 for the night. Seems a little ridiculous to me.

    Good win tho, tomorrow night should be interesting!

    Go C's

  • CelticsBIG3

    I've already said it here. Just leave it alone. We saw the damage to chemistry a mid-season trade has. We were rolling last year and became a .500 team post trade. Never forget the strangeness of a shortened season and a 1999 Knicks team who bumbled into the playoffs and shook up the NBA by going on a trip to the Finals. But who am I to say? I've been enjoying what this team does lately and would prefer to see how far we can get as a team. If we can move a few pieces (Daniels, Stiemsma, Dooling, etc) to bring in a guy who does nothing but hit the glass and play defense, then do it. But not at the cost of losing a Ray Allen who drives most of our offense just by running off of screens.

    • JCP

      My thoughts exactly… very well put!

    • Matt

      Yea trading allen would be a huge mistake. The guy starts off everyplay of the offense running the screens. To have someone new take that role would be devistating. We would need a better scorer than allen if its possible. The guy right now has the best true shooting percentage on the team and the best offensive rating accourding to Basketball Index. http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/BOS/201

      the offense is one of the worst in the league. But losing the chemistry again would suck right now. With the new winning streak underway. Ide like to see one more playoff run with this squad. Let them go with it. they did just win us a ring…

  • IBleedGreen

    Man this forum has been really quiet recently I just want to add some fire to it. Chill out. I’ve said it before that I expect Avery to be out of the league in a couple years, and I stand by it now. Outside of the Celtics what other team do you think would want AB? NONE. He has zero value.

    • ripsonics

      you are adding zero value to this 'forum' with these comments

      MANY have called AB one of the best on ball defending guards in the NBA. So enough already.

    • CelticsBIG3

      This I disagree with. Bradley is not Allen Ray or Gabe Pruitt or JR Giddens. This kid has cracked Doc's rotation. Allen Ray couldn't crack the rotation back in 2006-07 when we won 24 games.

  • lakershater13

    I think KG deserves a B+ he did pass Shaq all time on the nba rebounds list.
    Curious how Stiemsma and Allen get the same grade. Allen hits the go a head shot in the 4th while Stiemsma had a couple solid minutes but didnt factor in the game much. Dont get me wrong I like the potential the big guy shows but the grades just dont add up.

    I have been a fan of Bradley from day one. I think he could start on a handful of teams. Not sure why hes so hated tonight.

  • James Patrick

    leave my BIG 4 ALONE!!!!! let's ride this baby out!

  • lucidsportsfan

    What's happened to JaJuan Johnson? Fallen below Stiemsma on the depth chart? Lucky for me this is what I wore to the Garden tonight: http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_02_12_archive….

    • Matt

      Jermain is hurting that one. Garnet is playing center now. So to help lower his minutes you have The center bodies getting more minutes. And i think Bass was out for a while when johnson got his decent minutes…

  • CG12

    Last night was a great demonstration of one of my biggest issue with Rondo. He seems to have only first gear and fifth gear, and nothing in between. If he isn't going balls-to-the-wall, he often stops running at all, walks it up, loses his man on D, and in general mentally checks out of the game. It is okay to get up the floor at a moderate jog and quickly pass it off to someone else. You don't need aggressive dribble penetration every time, and there is value is getting things moving quickly. As much as Tommy annoys sometimes with his announcing, he was harping on that last night and I totally agree with him on that. We instead end up with the inevitable late 3rd / early 4th quarter slump where Rondo walks it up, "starts" the offense with 15 left on the shot clock by standing 10 feet above the top of the key, then just stands there bouncing it for 10 seconds waiting for Ray to come off of 37 picks. No thank you.

  • W2.

    Steemer is in there for his length and minus JO we need a bigger body. JJJ has had little run since Bass returned. This should not be a surprise. And I agree with the above poster….Avery needs more time. 2 OT games in a row means tonight might be an L. I am hopping we get more Avery tonight.

    And Dooling is awful.

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