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Outglassed: Bulls 93 Celtics 86

 
Boston Celtics 86 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Chicago Bulls
Paul Pierce, SF 40 MIN | 8-21 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -6

After exploding for 12 first quarter points, the 40 SEGABABA minutes caught up to him the rest of the way. He had 17 at the half and only 5 in the last 24 minutes. His opposite number, Luol Deng, put up a dozen in the fourth quarter alone. Has upped his rebounding game lately and 8 boards are a more than credible number given the context. What I love about Pierce right now is how willing he is to attack, even when the results aren’t there. You can’t blame him for the schedule.

Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +4

His rebounding, which is a shade less effective than that of Boris Diaw and (gulp) Glen Davis, is a legitimate problem. Deng had four offensive rebounds tonight. Bass had five total. Ladies and gentlemen: your starting power forward! (I know that’s an oversimplication of his night but it’s also the flipside of the benefits of running he and KG out there in the starting five every night).

Kevin Garnett, PF 38 MIN | 5-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -15

The shot was off all night but he snagged 14 rebounds, which made him the only Celtics big who pulled his weight in that category. By the way, there’s an argument to be made that considering his work on the defensive end (try focusing on KG’s defense for ten straight possessions) he’s never deserving of anything less than a B.

Rajon Rondo, PG 37 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 10 PTS | -1

That last minute turnover stung (especially because the alternative was a wide open Ray Allen three ball) but by that point the Bulls had control of the game and the Celtics would have been fouling them just to extend the game. If Boston’s shooters were making shots, Rondo would have been up around 18 assists or so. He spoils us, in that sense.

Avery Bradley, SG 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -10

All hail the new starter, for as long as the experiment lasts. Ended up in foul trouble and the numbers are nothing to write home about but I still love what I see from Bradley.

Ray Allen, SG 31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -1

The move to sixth man suits his declining game (it’s all shooting with almost nothing in the passing/rebounding areas anymore) especially because he’s still going to get plenty of run with the starters. Hit a couple of tough shots tonight and finished at 50% from the field. Not bad for the second night back.

Ryan Hollins, C 13 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0

The thinking man’s Patrick O’Bryant. That’s not Hollins but whoever it is, I’d rather have him than this Cavalier castoff.

Sasha Pavlovic, SF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1

I’ll never quite understand how Pavlovic can play with so much energy (on defense, especially) and yet contribute so little overall. Prediction: his Celtics tenure will be amongst the least memorable of the era.

Greg Stiemsma, C 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Needed more from him on the glass. Can someone do something to make him mean?

  • Jivansky

    We're out-rebounded all night and that is one of the reasons why we lose the game today.
    I think we need to hire a better rebounding coach for the Cs right now.
    But still, I love our team and will continue to believe that we can grab that banner 18 this year, ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE (with a Garnett tone).

    Let's Go Cs! :)

    • its on

      bulls are a good regular season team everyone knows this. there gonna continue their reputation when they tighten up in the playoffs and get knocked out in the second round by the battle tested celtics. like every year wait til the playoffs with this team….

  • Phil

    Hollins' ability to be an athletic seven footer, yet contribute absolutely nothing is nothing short of amazing. You would think that just by virtue of standing in the paint a couple of rebounds would come your way. He has some kind of superhuman ability to always be in the worst place possible. He even sets screens in the least effective way possible. And yes, out of everything that happened, I'm focusing on a bottom of the bench castoff who won't see a minute in the postseason. That's how much I like looking back on this game.

    I found it very interesting that Doc called out the C's mental and physical toughness after the game. I remember that having a positive effect when he did it a couple years ago. Maybe its some added motivation going forward, or maybe Doc was just as frustrated as the rest of us with defensive rebounding.

  • tbunny

    Team looked excellent in the first half, than came out for the second like they'd just had lunch and needed a nap. Amazing difference in energy levels between the two halves. First half I thought they were going to win, second half they looked like they were going to lose pretty much the whole time. Tough loss.

  • CG12

    It would have been nice to pull out that game, but it is not the end of the world, by a long stretch. As the title of this post suggest, the biggest issue highlighted by last night's game is how much trouble the Bulls size, skill, and depth in the frontcourt positions gives the Cs. Noah-Boozer-Deng is a very tough lineup. And then they bring in Asik and Gibson. I would give anything to have one of those guys come off of our bench. What a difference that would make. Chicago is just not a good match-up for the Cs.

  • High Rollers

    This game mirrored the San Antonio tilt, except for the fact that the Spurs found a way to win despite their second half swoon. Although it could be more accurate to say the C's found a way to lose that one by failing to convert on sooooo many offensive chances their defense served up. Every once in a while this very cerebral and intelligent team has to just look in the mirror and keep it real. Playing teams like San Antonio and Chicago — and hearing it from Doc if you don't come with it — is good, if tough, medicine. Maybe it's the wall KG keeps referring to that he'd run through for his head honcho.

    Meanwhile, I sure hope MP gets his tests next week. Would love to have the fire back.

  • IBleedGreen

    Has there ever been a game where Rondo is a factor in a close game in the 4th quarter? I just can't recall. Until he can take over the 4th quarter, he has no business being called a great player. IMO assist is one of the most overrated stats in the NBA. Guys take 3 dribbles or pump fake several times and the assist will still be credited to the passer who passed the ball 5 seconds ago. I don't care if he has double digit assists for the entire season, until he proves that he can score when it matters (like all elite point guards do), he will never be a good point guard.

    • IBleedGreen

      And don't even get me talking about his pathetic defense this season…

  • janos

    Hi Ryan, is Janos
    I an not like right now, game result
    Also, on yesterday post new web manger make predict, wrong. I point out and also friend josh point . Web manger only does thank on Josh. Is rude. Celtics lose than. I should have just gone to job last night,. Can you have Haynes talk him on be nicer fan,

  • tbunny

    Luol Deng is for real. Noah is almost for real. He got Garnett pretty irritated. These Bulls games are often more fun than the Heat games. The teams have a similar identity. Hard to know what this game means if the Celtics were to play the bulls. So many variables between then and now. But it would be a super fun series.

  • lakershater13

    Good game overall. If a couple plays had gone differently it was a very winnable game. Same thing with the San Antonio game. If the Cs keep this up I see them really competing in the playoffs.

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