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Beatdown: Sixers 103, C’s 71

 

****Our recap generator is acting a little funky so no stats for tonight for time being. In all honesty, that’s probably a good thing…..

Philadelphia Sixers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

71 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF Only one of the starters who really came to play tonight. Made strong moves to the basket, attempted to do some work on the defensive glass (with limited success). Didn’t shoot well, but he was at least fighting out there.
Brandon Bass, PFToo many long jumpers, and owned by the Sixers on the glass at both ends all night.
Kevin Garnett, PFNormally, it’s nice to see the offense running through Garnett, but when 80 percent of those shots are long jumpers, you have to think otherwise. The legs were undoubtedly tired for the veteran, and while he was doing his best out there, he made Elton Brand look young and spry. Never a good sign.
Ray Allen, SGInvisible on the offensive end. Destroyed by Evan Turner on the defensive end. Let’s move on.
Rajon Rondo, PG

Knowing he cost his fellow veterans five extra minutes the night before due to his layup gaffe, Rondo didn’t respond with any sense of urgency tonight. Instead, we saw classic passive Rondo, and with the old guys unable to create any offense against the stingy Philly D, this was an evening Rondo needed to be aggressive. Didn’t come anywhere close to it.

Keyon Dooling, PG 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3Still waiting for a solid game, since returning from his hip injury. Wondering if it will ever come.
Chris Wilcox, PF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -22Weak effort on the glass getting owned by a rookie Vucevic and a couple pathetic shot attempts from close range. Team needed energy from him to fight, but it was nowhere to be found.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -15Went to the locker room early with an undisclosed injury in the third quarter.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Biggest loss of the Big Three era.
  2. Can’t be shocked by the result, and won’t be tricked into making too much out of it. C’s were on tired legs, Sixers were rested, hungry and energized. Still no excuse though for Boston not to fight through it and give honest effort.
  3. Evan Turner’s coming out party. His rebounding impressed me more than his scoring.
  • I_Love_Green

    There's no way Danny can go through the trade deadline without making a move for a big man who can actually rebound the ball.

    • Mark

      Name a big man that Danny can realistically trade for that is even worth it. Sure we need exactly what you're saying but he isn't out there. The only hope is the release of and the signing of Chris Kamen.

      • green-boner

        nik vucevic lol

  • IBleedGreen

    Where is the grade for Avery Bradley? It's okay I won't rip him tonight :)

  • IBleedGreen

    Yea something is wrong with the site tonight. I can see your comments on my iPhone but not on my laptop.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Well then I guess I have probably posted that mad times, lol. I can't see it on the site. guess they don't like me ha ha

    • CelticsBIG3

      Why are people thumbdowning you for that?

  • IBleedGreen

    The only thing I see from you is about your comments getting deleted.

    • CelticsBIG3

      And for this?

  • yeah

    Omg quick we have to trade the whole roster for Hasheem Thabeet

    • CelticsBIG3

      Here is @KIDPRINCE latest, happened upon it on NBA.com

      "I would trade Pietrus,Bradley,Johnson,Wilcox, & 1st round pick to Portland for J.Crawford and M.Camby by Saturday. Trade Moore and Dooling to Golden State for N.Robinson an athletic scorer and trade Pavlovic,Daniels, & 2nd round pick to Miami for J.Jones by tomorrow. I would sign Eddie House,Wilson Chandler, & Leon Powe to Boston for 1 year by tomorrow."

      Guess he gave up on James Posey. We're gonna trade away all our young talent and draft picks for Marcus Camby, Crawford, and James Jones? Seriously?

  • Bill

    Ya know, I don't really even care if some of the big guys we have out there score, to be honest … you don't get outrebounded by 20 and win the game.

    • Weichman

      But you can get outrebounded by 19 the night before and still pull it out…

      • CelticsBIG3

        Against a considerably worse opponent in the Houston Rockets.

  • lakershater13

    All around bad performance. Games like these happen. Better luck next time.

  • sightline75

    We need to sign a better frontline 2nd unit scorer, Beasley maybe, and another guard to round out the rotation, then a center/PF who can rebound. Dooling should be sent packing. Its hard to judge on B2B's, but we seem to lack a spark off the bench. ATM just not good enough for more than one round in the playoffs. Do they trade and fade? Give the big three a good send off or hold on for that unlikely off season coup. These questions and more will be answered shortly.

  • noche

    Only one week until the trade deadline and other than typical ESPN speculation there doesn't seem to be any real trades in the works. We will see how things pick up during the road trip from hell over the next two weeks.

    Remember last year the C's were on the road when the Perk trade happened – we had to sign Chris Johnson (is that who it was?) a few hours before the Nuggets game. If my memory serves me he had a jersey with no name on it he was so fresh.

    • CelticsBIG3

      No he had a jersey, it was just ENORMOUS on him. And his name was stitched on funny

  • CG12

    This one was circled for a bad result a long time ago. It did highlight one of Doc's defining traits as a coach, and showed how it cuts both ways. Doc is an "I do what I do" coach, and is generally uninclined to make significant in-game adjustments based on what is happening on the floor. He puts together a plan for what he wants to do, and then doles out minutes to execute it. It is often a very positive thing, as it lets players know what is expected of them, and allows them to play through mistakes without worrying that they are going to get the hook. You can't jerk around vets like they are college freshmen.

    But, knowing before the game started how last night had a really good chance of getting ugly, and doing it fast, why not plan to potentially give more minutes to the guys who don't play a lot? Rondo clearly didn't have it last night – why not play AB 25 minutes? Ray was getting carved up by Turner – how about playing Sasha for 15 minutes to get into Turner and make him work a bit (unlike Ray)? I'm generally OK with Doc's rotations, but I just don't see the point of sticking with the same-old, same-old last night until the game was out of hand. It didn't prove anything or offer any benefit, as I see it.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Absolutely no benefit. Why did Moore not get any burn at all? Doc's reluctance to see that Dooling is just not panning out is maddenning. This isn't the first time we've seen this from Doc.

      • CG12

        Moore has generally been inactive of late, not making it onto the 13 man active roster. The bench has been Pietrus, Wilcox, AB, Dooling, Stiemsma, JJJ, Sasha, and Quisy. Unless one of the guys who plays the 1 or 2 ahead of him goes down, we'll be seeing less of Moore.

        I kind of see the Dooling thing. He is a veteran who has proven what he can do – he just isn't doing it right now. It may just be a matter of getting comfortable or into a groove, and a steady diet of minutes can help with that. I see that as a potential positive in Doc's consistent (inflexible?) approach with giving out minutes.

    • W2.

      @ CG12…..I like the way you think. Avery, Sasha, Quis, JJJ, and Steamer….we might have lost by fifty though.

      • CG12

        Maybe, and it wouldn't matter a bit, since everyone knew what might happen and could see it coming a mile away. Just call it a non-game, throw the usual plan out the window, and use it as a chance to give some minutes to end-of-the-bench guys. If Doc openly conceded the game, then he wouldn't need to worry about what message it would send, because it wouldn't send any message and would be deliberately meaningless.

    • Sethesq

      Yes, my thoughts exactly. Funny how Bradley didn't get a grade when he was the only player with a positive +/- on our whole squad. Granted, it was only a plus one and he only (inexplicably) played 14 minutes, but on a night you get beat down by 30+, that's pretty good.

      Unfortunately, I'm afraid he's the one young piece who will inevitably be shipped out as part of a trade package. I could see him and KG going to Atlanta for Smith and Heinrich. Probably our only shot at landing Howard in the offseason…

  • W2.

    PS I don't know what folks see in Moore. Help. I don't see it.

    • Frankie

      Can't be worse than Dooling, though.

      • CelticsBIG3

        He's better than Dooling thats what I see in him.

    • The Cardinal

      W2, it's not that Moore is so great, but at this point, he's a better option than Dooling because: 1) he has young legs and plays better defense ; 2) if allowed to get a rhythm with consistent playing time, he's a good 3-point shooter; and 3) he's actually a better ball handler than anyone else on the bench, including Dooling and Bradley. Bradley and Moore in the backcourt together can apply real defensive pressure as evidenced a few times when Rondo was out.

      I would still love the C's to get a legitimate point guard like Devin Harris and a legitimate big like Andre Blatche, but I would settle for someone whose a proven scorer like Michael Beasley at this point because if they can't put the ball in the basket (which is a huge problem with the second unit), then Doc will continue to be forced to play the starters extended minutes.

  • janos

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  • The Cardinal

    W2, it's not that Moore is so great, but at this point, he's a better option than Dooling because: 1) he has young legs and plays better defense ; 2) if allowed to get a rhythm with consistent playing time, he's a good 3-point shooter; and 3) he's actually a better ball handler than anyone else on the bench, including Dooling and Bradley. Bradley and Moore in the backcourt together can apply real defensive pressure as evidenced a few times when Rondo was out.

    I would still love the C's to get a legitimate point guard like Devin Harris and a legitimate big like Andre Blatche, but I would settle for someone whose a proven scorer like Michael Beasley at this point because if they can't put the ball in the basket (which is a huge problem with the second unit), then Doc will continue to be forced to play the starters extended minutes.

  • Corey

    Brian Robb, Evan Turner scored two of his points on Ray Allen. Two. How does that constitute Ray Allen being "destroyed"? The Celtics have the same problems they always have. Awful screeners, which means inconsistent, limited looks for Ray Allen. Since they celtics don't have a wide bodied big man, Ray can't get open shots regularly. Look at the scoring numbers for this team since Shaq/Perkins have been gone (great screeners), the Celtics have a hard time topping 90 points.Why is that? Ray Allen has been ex-communicated from the offense.

    So Ray has to get his open shots in transition (which is what happened against New York and Houston) but in order to get into transition you have to rebound. The Celtics have a miserable time rebounding. Why? No big bodies to command prime real estate down low. I seriously wonder why Ainge traded Semi Erden, the guy was 6'11 250 plus. Wilcox is a 6'9" finesse player, Bass is built but plays finesse, Garnett is 225 lbs max, Stiemsa can't tell day from night, Jajuan Johnson is about 210 lbs. Good job decimating the bigs Ainge.

  • CelticsBIG3

    posted this 5 times constantly being deleted

  • CelticsBIG3

    posted this 10x keeps deleting argh

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