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Too Small: Lakers 97 Celtics 94

 
Boston Celtics 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Los Angeles Lakers
Paul Pierce, SF 39 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | +1

You might be feeling charitable because of the 9 assists and his role in facilitating the offense in the second half, but I see the huge zero under rebounding and the bad shooting. With a ravaged frontline, the Celtics need Pierce to play bigger.

Brandon Bass, PF 43 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +3

Credible game for Bass, who pulled down 8 boards and hit a number of open shots (although not the one the C’s needed in crunch time). Despite his height, he did a decent job on the Laker bigs too. With Wilcox out, he becomes more important than ever.

Kevin Garnett, PF 35 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 14 PTS | -3

Doing yeoman’s work at center, even as he’s surrounded by shrimps (Bass) and D-Leaguers (Stiemsma).

Ray Allen, SG 39 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +3

Boston tried to hide him on defense but he couldn’t cover World Peace or Bryant effectively today without racking up fouls (Rivers eventually switched Pierce onto Kobe). Did have a better all-around game on the offensive end, and his shot started falling in the second half.

Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 10-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 24 PTS | +2

Rondo shot 8-11 after a 2-7 start and handed out ten assists despite having lame-duck shooters around him much of the first half. Did a nice job handling the offense, especially considering Boston’s size disadvantage in the halfcourt.

Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Look at all those goose eggs in the box score. He’s Mr. Irrelevant.

Mickael Pietrus, SF 11 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -7

Feisty game for Pietrus, who also battled through an ankle injury to play 11 minutes. His shooting’s been a problem since his hot start. Was again today.

Greg Stiemsma, C 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4

Did a nice job in short minutes and will have to continue to do so at least until the trading deadline.

Avery Bradley, SG 8 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Interesting that he’s no longer in competition for minutes with Moore but Dooling. And he’s outperforming him too.

  • High Rollers

    Almost got those tall buggers. Danny needs to find us a worthy big to join the fray already.

  • High Rollers

    Also, hope Chris is okay. Health is more important.

  • Scrilla

    Officials — F

    It's a night and day difference between the way games are officiated in Nationally Televised Games and those that aren't.

  • dslack

    3 blocks in 14 minutes for Stiemsma. He did a decent job, but he's a better weak-side defender than man-to-man defender.

    • CG12

      So very true. But his man defense has looked quite a bit better of late. He isn't reaching anywhere near as much.

  • red

    Dooling is auditioning to be the new Khan in the next star trek remake..

    by the way i would rather see a elderly spock and kirk on the enterprise than another remake

  • tbunny

    Bynum was whining so much I can't believe he didn't get a T. That's home court for you.

    • guest

      Yeah, Laker home court where Ron Artest can also act like a douche and get away with it and where Kobe can get away with throwing elbows.

      • Anthony

        Agreed… Kobe thows around so many elbows but complains when somebody slaps his face mask a little. I actually thought he got T'd up twice in the 2nd quarter but it was just an illegal defense and a technical.

        Loved Rondo's control of the game. He ran it down the Fakers' throat when he had the chance and ran the half court offense effectively by hitting his jumpers. KG battled hard as well as Bass. Though Bass seem a bit slower than normal.

        Dooling was pretty useless and what's up with Pierce essentially getting shut down by MWP (Artest). Reminds me of the days when Kenyon Martin use to shut down Antoine.

        Only 4 days to see what kind of trades DA has in store.

  • lucidsportsfan

    I like really like the way the old guys competed today with Stiemsma as the only center. I think friday night and today should be reason enough no to make any major moves, and give this team one more chance together http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_03_11_archive….

  • Morpheus

    Should have played Steamer more in the 4th. He was doing the work on the boards and holding his own against Bynum.

    We need a good rebounding big and a serviceable backup for Ray.

    • jheebs

      he did look better against Bynum. The whole experiment with KG at the center spot is kind of a mixed bag. Turns out as long as the other team doesn't have a "true center" he can slide up to the 5 spot and it actually kind of works. Seems to get KG involved in more touches close to the bucket. Buuuuuuuuut then there are situations like what took place today. I'm surprised Bynum only finished with 20. It looked like LA could have just had him pound it against KG and get his shots at will.

      • CG12

        The Cs, like most teams, are going to have problems with a genuine center. That is why Bynum is so valuable. He is one of the handful of throwback 5s left in the league. And you can see how effective he is.

  • -jp

    Could have won tonight with Wilcox I think. Shameful that LA closed US out on an 8-0 run to end the game. Same story for this team, rebounding killed us, we couldn’t defend their bigs, especially at he end of the game.

  • janos

    Rondos come to play like best player , he is. I will be a crush if they trade him. Other wised, nice Sundays with familyBut game is ruin day for me.

  • yeah

    Okay so, J.J Hickson anyone? Bismack Biyombo?

    • I_Love_Green

      You can't just name names thinking we can trade for them.

  • guest

    I'd really like Bismack Biyombo even if he's just a rookie but I doubt we could get him……..Then again the Bobcats management is terrible so you never know.

  • I_Love_Green

    God damn I'll miss these games…

  • CelticsBIG3

    Sad to see this era of Celtic great team most likely ending with a losing effort in the season series vs. LA

  • guest

    Even though it's a long shot, if they keep Bynum and the C's get Dwight Howard……We may be able to see a hell of a duel between Celtics and Lakers centers. I can keep dreaming.

  • James Patrick

    Sad that we don't have the proper center on this team. We had one last year, remember?

    • OKCeltic

      Please stop picking that scab. It doesn't do anyone any good to keep bringing it up. It's in the past. Get over it.

  • AussieCeltic

    *that's celtics basketball.

    Excuse the crappy typing. Using a iPad after too much too drink doesn't help things.

  • CG12

    I recently said I kind of get what Doc is trying to do with Dooling, feeding him steady minutes, no matter what, hoping he gets it going. But, man, is it ever not working. Since he came back a month ago he is shooting 25%. He is 4-for-24 from 3. Ugh ugh ugh.

    It is kind of the same with Pietrus. I really like his toughness and swag, but his shooting has been terrible. He shot 36% last month (32% from 3) and is shooting 28% this month (20% from 3).

    As long as our bench "shooters" are playing like that, it is going to be tough to win games. At this point, I'd like to see more Pavlovic and Bradley. I like the toughness that Pavlovic brings. Pretty much from the day he started in Rondo's spot, Bradley has been playing extremely well, both on D and on O. The only thing Dooling does that Bradley doesn't is shoot 3s (and I didn't say MAKE 3s – they make about the same number). Bradley is such an explosive athlete that he can guard bigger guys very effectively, so I don't mind seeing him play the 2. I don't understand why he can't get more burn.

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