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As Expected: C’s 94, Bobcats 82

 
Boston Celtics 94 Final

Recap | Box Score

82 Charlotte Bobcats
Mickael Pietrus, SF 35 MIN | 4-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +14
He has no conscience at all with that three-point shot. In related news: needs to develop a conscience with that three-point shot.
Brandon Bass, PF 37 MIN | 9-19 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +14
Missed a number of wide-open shots but with the Big Three out, his presence gave Rondo a shooter which opened up lanes for the Boston offense.
Greg Stiemsma, C 28 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +6
Challenges everything, even when he’s fouling a lot. Nice insurance against failures in the Boston perimeter defense and the favorite of block-fetishists everywhere.
Rajon Rondo, PG 43 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 6 REB | 16 AST | 20 PTS | +11
Doc leaned hard on Rondo, who carried the burden of offensive creation for the entire first half. Turned the ball over 8 times, and played too casually at times, but the 16 assists are impressive and would have totaled upwards of 20 had his teammates hit some more shots. Also got to the rim pretty much at will tonight.
Avery Bradley, SG 35 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +8
Really nice game for Bradley, who just missed a career high and who, I dare predict, may become more than just a shooter on offense. He’s going to be able to score off the dribble, because the finishing ability is definitely coming along and he’s already got the burst.
Keyon Dooling, PG 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -2
Sometimes I forget Dooling is on the court. I bet you do too.
Ryan Hollins, C 20 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +6
Long, empty minutes for Hollins on offense, save for one impressive alley-oop finish off a pass from Rajon Rondo. Otherwise, not an embarrassment.
Sasha Pavlovic, SF 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +5
You wouldn’t cringe if you saw him out there on the court in the playoffs but mostly because he won’t hurt you too much, not because he’s much of a threat. In that sense, he’s the white Keyon Dooling.
JaJuan Johnson, F 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1
Not ready for regular court time yet, especially on defense. Hope that he’s on the Avery Bradley second-year emergence plan.
  • -jp

    I think Bradley is already more than a shooter. He and Rondo connect on atleast 1 back door cut per game, evensaw him getting involved on the boards. Love this kid more with each passing game.

  • High Rollers

    Hard grader.

    Gotta check out the "game face" pic Mickael Pietrus put up on his Twitter page. Him, Stiemer, AB. Priceless.

  • Danger

    I consider Sasha way more of a threat than Keyon. The "White Keyon Dooling" is under sells him

    • Danger

      under selling*

  • ElRoz

    If Pietrus just gets a little more selective he would still have 3-4 3-point attempts a game – is that not enough, Pietrus? Take it easy out there! (good defense and rebounding though).

    Sasha Pavlovic – I just wonder – I have no idea – but does Sasha practice shooting when he is not playing? I think if he put up 50-100 practice shots each day he would be a much better shooter. Ray Allen puts many times more…practice Sasha! However: good defense and pretty good rebounding by Sasha once again.

    Dooling – don' care if his offensive line looks anemic, the guy plays good defense, a committed defender who works hard. Still impressed with his D on DWade at the TD Garden when Bradley was sitting or playing somebody else: Dooling is a good defensive player.

    Hollins – still glad we got him; yes he hasn't gotten many minutes until tonight and he does not seem to be the right cog in Doc's system yet, but having a big and active body – and some effort and fire (you can't deny that) – is good, especially when in a game like this the team needs another big man. He might be "out there" a little and picks up fouls, but nobody is going to manhandle him.

    • NHBluesMan

      Now, if only Hollin's could direct that effort and fire towards rebounding more

  • GowGow

    I feel sorry for the Bobcats.

  • Imogen

    I will go for Rajon Rondo as he is very diligent though he is claimed a slow player in first half but I think it's for more defenses firstly and I hope he'll be faster in future. Please input the update of the rating on your next post. http://www.bostoncityride.com/

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

      Haha what?????

    • Robert

      Yeah, if there's anything that Rondo needs to work on, it's his speed ::rolls eyes::

  • CG12

    I didn't realize quite the extent of it before, but Pietrus has apparently always been a 3-point jacker. For his career, he averages 3.4 3s in 21.5 minutes. That's 5.7 3s per 36 minutes. For comparison, that's virtually identical to what Ray Allen has shot over his career. And MP has shot them at an even greater rate in recent years. I'm thinking MP should not be shooting 3s as much as Ray Allen.

    I also hate Pietrus's patented "lateral step back 22-footer" where he fakes like he is making a move to the paint, does a step back where he moves both backwards and sideways, and shoots an extremely long 2-pointer. We can get a better shot than that on every single possession.

    I don't mean to harsh on MP – his D is nasty and he does hit the occasional clutch 3. But better shot selection would in no way interfere with any of the good things he does. In any event, not going to happen, so I guess I should just appreciate him for his positive attributes.

    • Jamie

      This really started when he was in Orlando and their entire offense is built on surrounding D12 with 3 point shooters

  • CG12

    Yesterday could have marked the final arrival of the Stiemer as a real NBA player. He played a very good game, making contributions all over the place. 6 blocks and 4 steals – that is 10 offensive possessions blown up right there. If you gave him 30 minutes a game, 8 points, 8 boards, 2.5 blocks, 1 steal is entirely reasonable to expect.

    But, most of all, he and the refs are finally starting to get to know one another. There were a number of plays on blocks or challenges where he could have easily picked up a cheap whistle, but didn't. It isn't going to be entirely different overnight, but his reputation as a shot-blocker is getting all the way around the league. He has also come a long way in understanding that players are going to try to draw fouls by jumping into him, and adjusting accordingly.

    • Marko

      I wonder if it is because we were playing the Bobcats. I doubt he gets those call against El Heat.

      • CG12

        We can hope, vis a vis Wade and Lebron tossing themselves at defenders, that he has moved from "guaranteed to get shafted all the time" to merely "likely to get shafted most of the time."

  • janos

    Hi Ryan, is Janos
    Make sures not take Rondos granted. B+ fair grade, game consider.

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

      I absolutely agree. But then again, I didn't watch the game

  • Josh

    tough grading! I think AB deserves an A- and when grading Steamer, you should omit his assist numbers and put blocks in there instead. That'd be sweet. I mean, he did have 6 last nite.

  • High Rollers

    Rondo’s passing, Ray’s figure-eights, AB’s pressure, KG’s communication, Pierce’s craftiness…

    All contagious. And it’s hard to stop a contagion.

  • Alex

    Seeing Rondo without the Big Three made me feel a little better about the Perkins trade.

    Rondo works great with guys like Bass and Steamboat who can pick and pop and stretch the floor. I don't think his game would work nearly as well with an offensive black hole like Perk. And since the C's seem to be able to turn even Bass into a decent defender, Perk's defense doesn't look quite as valuable as it once did.

    I hated the trade when it happened, and hated it even more when it ended up being Perk for nothing, but I finally think I see what Danny had in mind. If you're going to build around Rondo you need bigs that can shoot, not defense-only guys.

  • Sean

    Who's -1 'ing all of these posts??

  • Morpheus

    I LOVE Bradley. The strides he's made in his game has been nothing short of amazing. I'm glad Danny didn't trade Rondo and Bradley for CP3.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Found this post from GAMEFAQs about 2k12 i posted months ago. I was inquring about putting Stiemsma in the game, and people had some stuff to say about Avery Bradley. On the second page I had some stuff to say about Jermaine O'Neal…. Ha Ha. Strange how the tides have changed oh so much. http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/627462-/61553665

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