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Different Class: C’s 103 Sixers 79

 
Philadelphia 76ers 79 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +1

Like Rondo, had too many turnovers but they came in a game where Pierce again put up efficient scoring numbers (17 points on 12 shots). We probably don’t talk enough about this season’s happy evolution: a number of games where Pierce can put up point forward style numbers (in rebounds and assists) at the same time Rondo is filling up the box score in other ways. There’s a nice fluidity between the two right now.

Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 0-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1

Boston had no problem getting Bass exactly the shots he wanted today and he’s not the kind to miss open looks. (18 points on 10 shots).

Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +21

Another pleasantly suffocating game from Garnett who was instrumental in breaking Philly’s will on both sides of the court. Pierce has his player of the month trophy but KG has been enormous for two months now.

Rajon Rondo, PG 35 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 4 PTS | 0

He was too cutesy with the ball in the first half (5 turnovers) but repeatedly found guys for good looks in the third quarter. And he put down that crazy turnaround baseline jumper.

Avery Bradley, SG 30 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +18

Snapped off a couple of nice passes for assists. Dealt with some more aggressive defense on his cuts. Fit nicely with the starters and with an effective bench unit. Another effective game for the new starter.

Ray Allen, SG 33 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +9

Modified his game successfully back in 2007 and is in the process of doing it again with professional aplomb. Could the assignments at the 3-spot in the small lineups make life easier for him defensively? Maybe that’s too much to hope for. But maybe it’s not.

Sasha Pavlovic, SF 14 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +15

Pavlovic comes alive! He’s been playing well lately with tonight being a particularly effective two-way effort. Come playoff time, he might end up doing what Marquis Daniels was supposed to do the last few years.

Greg Stiemsma, C 27 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +7

He moved better on defense tonight. He’s using his size to his advantage more effectively than the first half of the season, when he seemed embarrassed to make an imprint on the game. Haven’t seen the numbers yet but the KG-Stiems combo may eventually supplant the KG-Bass combo on the defensive end, if it hasn’t already.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Curious bug tonight in the above point totals, guys. Noted and working on it.

  • Mike B

    Ah thank you. Was gonna say. Bass was AMAZING on offense, but missed all his shots HA

  • Phil

    Very nice win for the C's tonight. Looks like we can start looking at the Knicks as the division challenger with the 76ers' fall out of the playoffs almost complete. I'm feeling pretty confident either way.

    I've had to watch the last two games on Gamecast, so I've yet to see this impenetrable wall of Bradley/Allen/Pavlovic/Garnett/Stiemsma live. I'm very interested in figuring out just how they're doing it. There's obviously sample size at work, but a fluke alone won't get you 1-25 FGA. It seems like the second units of the Pacers and sixers had no chance. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the move of Bradley to starter and Ray to the bench, seems like both are playing great.

  • Lantrell Walker

    Overall, a lot of great contributions tonight. 4 of the 5 starters combined for 73 points, Rondo dished out 15 dimes(thus keeping his streak alive) & Boston's defense stymied Philly & forced them to do a lot of things they didn't want to like turn the ball over and take low percentage shots(mostly contested jumpers). Another momentum building win that puts even more distance between the C's & any other challengers for the Atlantic title.

    #WeBelieveIn18

  • C's Fan 18

    Uhm, I think the stats are wrong…. double check pls…

    Oh well, Another good game by the c's…. Now bring on the Heat …

  • The Cardinal

    Oh man! Lately, the C’s defensively are looking like the 2008 championship squad. If Petrius can come back healthy, I can imagine what a Petrius-Bradley-Pavlovic-KG-Steimsma unit could do to an opponent defensively during a 5-6 minute run.

    • CG12

      I thought I had seen signs earlier in the year of the potential defensive dominance some of the reserve units, and it is really starting to become a reality. That AB-MP-Sasha-KG-Steamer lineup would be ridiculous. People just couldn't score on them.

  • Chris

    I don't post here much though I read often and really appreciate the content you guys put up. I also hate to be the dude who shows up just to make a critique…but, maybe you accept it anyway…!

    After watching 100+ 'player grades', I think you might scale up and down too heavily based upon the outcome of the game. I feel like individual player grades should not be contingent upon the final score, and should be representative solely of the sum of players production [I'm fine with this measurement being partially subjective...appreciating 'hockey assists' or intangibles, for instance.]

    Certainly there will be a correlation between grades and wins – if players play well the Celtics are more likely to win, etc. I just suspect that there might be some [unintentional] artificial inflation / deflation going on.

    Thanks again for all of the work you guys put into the site – it's appreciated!

    • Ryan DeGama

      Thanks for your thoughts, Chris. It's probably inherently tricky to separate result from process sometimes. If someone hits a batch of bad shots and finishes at 60%, how do you grade him? If you get 15 assists but also turn the ball over 5 times, what is that? The answers to these will always involve some interpretation.

      That said, no problem with the criticism. Thanks for reading and hope to see you comment again…

  • Adam

    Put the Sasha Block up!

  • ripsonics

    I just want to say… The game was won in the second quarter when the unit comprised of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, the Stiemantor, bradley, and pavolovic were on the floor. They held the sixers to four points for the first 7-ish minutes of the game! It was unreal – couple that with hitting everything they took, and it was truly fun to watch.

    The Ray Allen adjustment quote that was noted in the pregame write up is really nothing to worry about. We all know Ray is a perfectionist and the fact that it won't get to the 'perfect' point is probably what bothers him – still LOVE what we are getting from the bench since the shift. Pavlovic is telling Doc that he can play – solid effort from the WHOLE team tonight. Wow. Fun to watch.

    I would really prefer the 3 seed, so if we can knock Indiana into 4th, I think that'd help us a lot. I'd rather see Miami in the second round, instead of Chicago. Just sayin.

    Go C'S!

  • yeah

    Did we just beat the Pacers and Sixers back to back?

    "We Are All Rondos!"

  • Switcharoo

    This is just a taste of “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!” Back to back wins, and with the 76ers who beat ‘em in every previous SEGABABA! You gotta love these Cs right now, locked in and focused on #18.
    Go CELTICS!!!

    P.S Still pretty new to this site but love what I see here.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Well I had to pleasure of being in the Garden tonight to see that one. While the crowd was weak (surely a combination of being filled with Easter ham and not quite understanding what exactly they are seeing from the team that started the year out so rough), the Celtics were on point for the most part and fun to watch. Sasha and Ray are on an unexplainable rebounding tear of late, and I am not going to question it. To see a man in KG at 35 years old play the kind of team defense he plays is an exceptional treat. To see Bass for the first time live draining jumpers was also a nice sight; he was ballin tonight. All this said, this is a DANGEROUS playoff team for ANYONE in this league to face. The diehards in Boston tonight I talked to postgame at Sully's Tap, etc. are all in agreeance. I also found my way to an Avery Bradley t-shirt!!!

    LETS GO CELTICS
    Believe in 18

    • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

      +1 for the Avery Bradley t-shirt

      • CelticsBIG3

        People were snatching them up in the Garden store like bread and water before a hurricane.

  • Gow Gow

    WE ARE ALL RONDOS!

  • CG12

    I'm going to just come out and say that I am feeling wildly optimistic about this team right now. You can see in the product on the court that this is a real TEAM that is coming together in a fashion almost no one predicted. I always felt good about letting things ride at the trade deadline, because I figured they had the potential to turn it around, but didn't really think that they could or would crank it up to recent New Big 3 levels of dominance.

    Ray off the bench is working amazingly and appears likely to continue through the playoffs. A Ray-Pietrus (maybe)-Pavlovic-Steamer bench core is a bench you can do some serious work with. Ray comes in and can be super active looking for his shot. I agree with Tommy – Ray should be able to get more shots in fewer minutes this way. Pavlovic has been really tough and effective in short stints all year. He has been doing stuff like that chase-down block all year. He is so solid, defensively. And the Steamer continues to show that he is a smart and hard-working guy, and he is playing and looking like he belongs, which is not something you could always say earlier in the year.

  • CG12

    My crush on Avery Bradley continues to grow. As a player, he embodies pretty much everything I like about basketball. He plays D like his life depends on it, going for effective plays more than flashy ones (unlike certain other members of the Cs backcourt). He pushes the ball up the floor in transition, looking for opportunities to catch the D off-guard and get into the offense, but without being reckless. He passes. He cuts hard off the ball. He knocks down open jumpers. He has been just awesome. I can't remember the last time the Cs had a guy so wildly exceed expectations.

  • CG12

    And one last thing – in the Cavs-Nets game last night, old friends Gerald Green and Lester Hudson went for 32 and 26, respectively. In an alternate universe, that could be the starting backcourt for a lottery-bound Cs squad!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Before the game started during shootaround, they played a video on the big screen showing Chicago and Miami highlights with flashes on the screen like…. "Faster"… "Younger"… etc. Followed up by "But there's one thing they are not… They are not BOSTON CELTICS"… "A team that is coming together at exactly the right time…" followed by a bevy of awesome, mainly consisting of, Avery Bradley highlights. This video said it all and drew a giant pop from the crowd.

  • noche

    Can C-Hub work with Janos to make a shirt that says We Are All Rondos? Because I would buy that.

    • yeah

      Agreed
      Opportunity costs CelticsHub, you're losing money if you don't.

      • noche

        As long as Janos gets credit somehow.

  • Jamie

    Don't read too much into this game, Philly has quit on Collins and he blasted his players in the Philly papers this morning.

    • CelticsBIG3

      You can read into it as much as you want. They are an NBA team, they aren't going out and losing on purpose. I'm sure they aren't interested in dropping out of the playoffs.

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