Post-game Reactions

Boston Celtics 105 Final

Recap | Box Score

103 Golden State Warriors
Paul Pierce, SF 36 MIN | 5-17 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | -9
Paul Pierce played the first half like he had cement injected into his butt. Then, he got mad at the officials and started to force things. His end stat line may look like he has a well-rounded game (as will everyone else’s) but playing the Warriors will do that to you. The real telling number is the field goal percentage. 5-for-17 shouldn’t be acceptable to Pierce but in this shortened-hectic-trade-rumor-filled season, it somehow is.

Part of me wishes Pierce played with a bit more composure instead of trying to prove that he can still be king of the court with a young/athletic team. Another part of me is happy the C’s have started off this road trip 2-1.

Brandon Bass, PF 41 MIN | 8-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 22 PTS | -1
It’s great when Bass scores a lot of points. Since he’s been inserted into the starting lineup, I had some trepidation that his scoring would drop off and his touches would go down. Instead, the Celtics have let the game come to them and their opponents have been all too happy to let Bass beat them. That may change soon. Tonight, Bass had a great production both outside and inside. Part of Bass’s success is explainable. The Warriors went small so Bass could get away with guarding a guy more his size. Which transitions nicely to why Bass, a guy who nearly ended up with a double-double, gets only a B for his troubles. It’s true, Bass had a fantastic game when the Celtics had the ball. On the other side…not so much. Bass was completely abysmal on defense. He couldn’t even begin to guard any one on the pick and roll tonight. Many of the Celtics bigs struggled on defending the Warrior P&R, so part of me thinks it was schematic. Another part is screaming at me about how Bass still struggles with the defensive rotations.

This begs the question: what grade should a player get if he has an unreal offensive night and a completely absent defensive one? I believe the answer lies in Nick Young’s hair.

Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 11-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +2
A for the day. Garnett, like Bass, also struggled defending the P&R, albeit not as badly as his big man brethren. Luckily, he made up for it by an efficient 22 points including the biggest two with 5 seconds to go in regulation.
Ray Allen, SG 32 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -7
It’s games like these where Ray Allen’s offensive limitations smack you in the face and don’t even apologize. How many times did Ray get the ball on the wing/corner, hold it for a few seconds, realize he couldn’t get by his defender and kick it back out/turn it over?

If Ray can’t run his man off screens, he may as well be invisible.

Rajon Rondo, PG 35 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 14 AST | 8 PTS | -7
Rondo had 14 assists, which is nice, but also commonplace for him. What’s not commonplace was the absolutely nothing he brought to the defense end. Usually, Rondo can frustrate you when he reaches around players who drive by him. Tonight, he just puzzled me. I had no idea why he continually let Nate Robinson get by him and to the rack. It almost seemed like he really expected the front line to mop him up but they were late on nearly every rotation.
Keyon Dooling, PG 8 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +11
Hey Keyon! Nice jumper! Oh…there you go, bye Keyon!
Mickael Pietrus, SF 25 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +3
He’s alive! And he’s not a horrible shot!

It was really nice to see Pietrus wake up from behind the arc. Many of his threes weren’t necessarily due to poor closeouts from the Warriors, which was also nice to see. On the flip side, he made Klay Thompson look like an Allstar.

Greg Stiemsma, C 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +9
If Stiemsma could do this every night, they wouldn’t be completely freaking out about Chris Wilcox being out for the season. The Stiemcleanah was pretty bad in the first half, looking confused on where to be on the defensive end. As the game went on, he seemed to find a grove and definitely was a net positive.
Avery Bradley, SG 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +9
It was strange to see Keyon Dooling come off the bench first instead of Bradley. That said, it is always nice to see Bradley guard guys from end to end. I think guarding rookies also only serves to build his confidence. Charles Jenkins? please!

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Warriors always, ALWAYS seem to lure the Celtics into playing their up-and-down style of play. Tonight, was an old-fashioned shoot out. Old-fashioned in that it was like watching an old Harlem Globetrotters game where no one plays any defense. Both the Celtics and the Warriors looked like equal parts Curly Neal and Washington Generals.The Celtics attempted to ramp up their defense in the second half, and did so for a good while. That is, until they stopped. They got the necessary stops down the stretch, but they nearly gave it away on just bad bad plays.
  2. The Celtics won the battle of the boards tonight. A completely ridiculous accomplishment, I know. I do wonder if it had something to do with both teams shooting high percentages, the idea being that there were less opportunities to grab rebounds. Still, defensive rebounds are secured more frequently than offensive ones and the Celtics shot a worse percentage…Dang it! Why can’t the Sloan Conference be this weekend?! Oh well. I’ll save it for next year.
  3. By getting 25 minutes from Pietrus and 17 minutes from Stiemsma, Doc Rivers was able to rest his starts a little. A little.I still think E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson could have played in this one, but hey, what do I know?
  4. The Celtics have another day off before facing the Kings on Friday. The California leg of the road trip could have only been slightly better so far. The Celtics have gotten through the initial tough part. Now it’s important that they stay focused and not have a let down against a really bad Kings team.
  5. Klay Thompson had 26 points tonight, and looked as though he could get any shot he wanted and get anywhere he wanted. Earlier this season, Mychel Thompson had 8 points, including two big threes in 31 minutes against the Celtics.In conclusion: Hello Mr. Thompson.
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  • lucidsportsfan

    Nice title. I'll take west coast road wins anyway I can get them. "Stop looking at me swan!"

  • tbunny

    The warriors played with roughly twice as much intensity as the Clippers.

  • ElRoz

    I hope Danny can get a center to help Stiemsma and KG…they need another big man, doesn't have to be even quality, just a body that can bang for 15 minutes a game, maybe up to 20 min.

    Get somebody.

  • CG12

    I have very mixed feelings about PP's performance last night, which reflected some general recent trends. You can almost see him think "I'm Paul Pierce! I'm going to go get mine!" It doesn't work all that well, because he can't finish at the rack like he used to. But he pretty much the one guy the Cs have who can reasonably try to get to the line by forcing it to the rim. And "forcing it" is the right description. Also, his D has been pretty weak of late. He gets caught ball-watching several times a game. He will crank up the D when it matters.

    Rondo's defense is consistently harmful at this point. His pick-and-roll play is a disgrace. He just stands up, lets himself be picked off, and starts shouting at a big to pick up his man, even though that isn't how the Cs play the PnR and it lets the other team force bad match-ups pretty much whenever they want. When Avery comes in and busts his ass to get over a pick and recover to his man, so the helping big can then get back to his man, it makes it that much more clear how much Rondo simply doesn't bother to try and stay with his man. It drives me completely insane and puts tons of pressure on our big guys. I think that much of the apparent confusion of the big guys is directly attributable to Rondo's crappy D. I don't know if the coaches don't bother with trying to correct him any more, or what.

    The Steamer and Avery continue to play very well in limited minutes. Pietrus made 5 3s. Now he will feel licensed to continue to jack them up. I hope they go in sometimes…

    • IBleedGreen

      Nate Robinson is eating RR's breakfast right now.

    • Sethesq

      You're dead on about Rondo. I honestly never understood how he got labeled a great defensive PG over the years (well, I suppose it's that he's been near the top of the league in steals- BECAUSE HE GAMBLES!) but seeing him juxtaposed with Bradley this season is an eye opener to say the least. He's become a downright liability on the defensive end, and frankly, it's infuriating. I asked my friend why Doc didn't put Bradley- our best one on one defender by far- on Robinson last night with 40 seconds left and a two point lead (probably because Rondo has a fragile ego and his feelings would get hurt (and you just don't pull your "stars" down the stretch, which is assinine) and like clockwork, he did the old "Ole!" and let Nate get right to the rack AGAIN. Doc finally put Bradley on Nate for the final play, but we're lucky he didn't hit that three. Loved seeing Stiemsma get more burn. He played fantastic and should be consistently seeing at least 15 minutes a night. Anyway, in the end, I'll take the win.

  • IBleedGreen

    C's only 1 game behind Philly in the lost column. Go get the Atlantic division title boys!!!!

    • noche

      C's only 1/2 a game behind the Hawks for 6th… IF they overtake the Hawks that means Orlando in the first round. If they overtake Philly it would mean Pacers (or Philly) in the first round. I don't know about any of you but with how the C's dominated Orlando earlier in the season (and their history with Orlando in the playoffs) I'd rather see the Dwight Howard Drama Show than deal with the young Pacers (or Sixers).

  • W2.

    Is it 3pm yet?

    • CelticsBIG3

      Right. Just want the team to get through the day without incurring any Danny Ainge tragedies.

  • diehardceltic

    I think Bass deserves at least a B+ but what do I know?

  • NHBluesMan

    2 things…

    1) i love that you guys used the old Warriors logo

    2) i love the Dumb and Dumber reference in the Pietrus write-up- pure genius