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Friday Night Smackdown: Kings 120 Celtics 95

Boston Celtics 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
120 Sacramento Kings

Four Things We Saw

  1. In games as lopsided as this, individual grades are misleading but the collective team defense gets an F. The Celtics turned the ball over too much (19 times) and allowed 52 points in the paint (an improvement over the 60 they surrendered to Golden State but terrible nonetheless). They never overcame the energy deficit against the Kings, who are athletic enough to get out and run and finish (32 fast break points).
  2. Kevin Garnett was in foul trouble tonight because he was matched up with the man-child that is DeMarcus Cousins. He did a credible job and even baited Cousins into a few fouls. But the game should serve as a warning. The Celtics already struggle to protect the rim and rebound. If they lose KG to early fouls in a playoff game, it’s almost inconceivable they’ll win the game, especially because the perimeter defense continues to be a problem. You can only rotate so much when you have problems in the paint and on the perimeter.
  3. Ray Allen had 26 points on 9-16 shooting. It was clear early that the Kings were not going to stick to him and because he got good looks, he knocked the shots down. But the Celtics didn’t take enough advantage of that. Allen’s offense suffers when he can’t get separation. Good teams stick to him now and bad teams don’t. That’s usually the determining factor in whether or not Allen does damage. Of course, Sacramento is not a good team but that didn’t matter tonight…
  4. Rajon Rondo decided to sleepwalk through this one. That’s two soft games in a row for RR. Brandon Bass had 1 rebound in 32 minutes or the same number that JaJuan Johnson had in 5 minutes. Greg Stiemsma is not an NBA player.
  • ElRoz

    Wow…Celtics are trash. Period. I now I might be over-reacting, but I'm wishing these dinks put up this game before trade deadline, at least DA would have been more oriented and motivated to dumb these guys.
    Do you want to build around Rondo now?

  • someguyinsac

    Grades or no grades in addition to any comments on this debacle, will do nothing to prevent a massive hangover that I'm going to be feeling from witnessing this game live and in person.

    I'm shell shocked by this outcome and then some.

    • someguyinsac

      Forgot to add that I'll be hitting the bottle now that I'm home, which hopefully gives me temporary amnesia from tonight's outcome.

  • ripsonics

    That was awful… Made a great run in the second q, and then SAC goes on an 11-0 run to start the third!!?

    I'm kind of annoyed with how much crap Ray Allen gets on this blog. HE IS 37! Name me another 37 yr old SG producing like he is. Enough already.

    I really don't like Rajon Rondo at all. And I'm really mad we didn't trade him. Jackie Mac said he doesn't bring it every night and how sad it is because he's got the best example of a player who brings it every night in KG. it's pathetic.

    I don't know what this team is going to do. This team plays like rondo. When they bring it, they win… When they don't, they get floored. And if we don't get a big man, we r screwed.

    • Eric

      He's just giving you the truth of how Ray plays now, dude. He's not giving him shit or saying he's not trying. I don't want to read analysis that distorts reality just because a player is old and they want to be nice.

  • Switcharoo

    I think I would be sleepwalking after being on the road for the last week. Not an excuse but still, I bet they can’t wait to get home after this grind; and still have another week to go!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Well I DVR'd this game. Won't be watching it now. Watched highlights on NBA.com, not good… What happens in Denver tonight?

  • Vivek

    real fans come out when we have a shitty game?

  • IBleedGreen

    So Rondo pulled two disappearing acts in two consecutive games knowing that he won't be traded. Yea go ahead and build the team around him. Good luck.

  • tbunny

    The Kings coach cracks me up. He jumping up and down on the sideline screaming at his team to run. And they ran all over the Celtics. Is it just me or does the tempo of play in the western conference seem different? Every time a see two west coast teams play they seem to run the court faster than east teams do.

  • tbunny

    Thunder Greg is still a rookie. Go easy. Maybe the celtics guards needed to wake up and not leave Thunder alone on the perimeter with the ball. You know, run some screens or something.

  • Switcharoo

    Yeah Western Conference is more up tempo, a lot of run and gun compared to Eastern. It’s seems easier for western teams to slow down than it is for eastern teams to pick up the pace though.

  • CG12

    You pick an odd time to be so tough on Stiemsma. He gets 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 16 minutes, and that isn't good enough for what would, in ideal times, be your 5th big man? Greg Stiemsma would be a fine 11th or 12th man. Do you want him as your 7th man? Obviously not, but that's not his fault. He has legitimate size and plays hard, which is more than you can say for a lot of other guys. I'm rolling with the Steamer.

  • smalltownID

    Lose 5 in a row, then win 6 in a row. Same old story

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