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Just Two Games: Celtics 88, Bucks 99

 
Milwaukee Bucks 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 26 MIN | 6-14 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -4
The second game in a row in which KG looked a step slow. It’s too early in the season to think of hitting any walls or what-if-the-decline-is-now but it certainly bears sticking in the back of your mind. After the game, Garnett talked about his team needing to band together like a pack of hyenas. See him elaborate on that here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GngWZijlMVo
Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -13
Like the rest of his teammates, Bass hardly did anything memorable tonight. He forced some shots over longer arms (that of Larry Sanders and Samuel Dalembert) and tried to do things that were outside of his wheelhouse (dribble through people, fade-away jumpers). Still, he earns an above average mark for being the only offense at times for the C’s (the patented pick and pop).
Paul Pierce, SF 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -9
This was the worst game I have seen Paul Pierce play in a long time. And that’s the TRUTH (Boooo…hisss….). He led the team in turnovers tonight with 4, each more mind-boggling than the one that preceded it. He looked like an old man playing pickup without the blatant hacking and foul-calling when someone took the ball from him. To put it simply: he just didn’t have it tonight. None of the Celtics did, which is why they’re sitting at 0-2.
Rajon Rondo, PG 41 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 11 AST | 14 PTS | -14
Try as he might, Rajon Rondo did everything he could to keep the C’s in this one, to no avail. The frustration was visible on the court and palpable in the post game media scrum. Here’s Rondo talking about the need to trust one another on defense:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dc3PmWgY9s
Sadly, it starts with him. He needs to make sure he’s getting the right rotations instead of getting stuck on picks. This is the leadership role he is so close to assuming.
Courtney Lee, SG 33 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -14
Just unremarkable. On most nights, that’d be a fine thing for Lee to be. Tonight, the C’s needed him to be more.
Jared Sullinger, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -4
Sully had a strong start to his Garden career but the finish was just FOUL (Get off the stage! These jokes are terrible!)
Jeff Green, PF 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -16
1 rebound in 27 minutes. This Bucks team has been billed as undersized. Green should have been able to assert himself on the glass. “Should” is the operative word. He has the size and athleticism to be a better rebounder but his drive and positioning is all off. Rebounding is an innate skill that Green just doesn’t have.
Darko Milicic, C 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3
Darko came in, grabbed a rebound, airballed a baby hook, and then yelled at Jason Terry to pickup Larry Sanders in transition. He was promptly pulled and no one has seen him since…
Jason Terry, SG 25 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +1
Terry had an awesome stint in the fourth where he hit a three and nearly stole the inbounds pass. If he hadn’t fouled Jennings, the Celtics could have cut it to 10 or 11 on the ensuing possession. The foul was called and the game was essentially over. Despite the outcome, you gotta love Terry’s fire. He also reminds me of Aziz Ansari. Someone explain that to me….
Leandro Barbosa, SG 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +3
The microwave blew a fuse tonight. Should be fixed by tomorrow. The repair man gave me a 7-10pm window.
  • elroz

    This is NOT YET a team…just a bunch of players. Unlike last year when they were down to 8 – at most 9 – players that knew the system and were good on D…this talented (no doubt) bunch is not integrated, is soft and weak on D, and is not a whole. Doc and his staff are going to have a lot of difficulties – as expected from early back – integrating these guys. Too much of a good thing. Doc's "system" has turned J. Terry into an offensive midget – that's what they turned the JET into! He is not here due to his defense or rebounding – he is here to score: and in this system alongside Rondo, Terry is an offensive non-entity.

    NOT HIS FAULT…Doc and Rondo have to be smarter. And of course, the Defense sucks.

    This bunch is not like Bradley, Pietrus, Dooling group. …but there is hope..and with time they will get better. However, we need to forget about this team ranking 2nd or even 3rd come playoff time….4th or 5th is more like it.

    No tragedy.

  • High Rollers

    Home Sweet Nope. C's fell flat.

    How long will it take for this group to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk regarding defense?

    Trust and execution take time, I guess. But I'd rather we not wait for AB to save us.

  • someguyinsac

    So far I'm very disappointed by the way this team is "playing", but I have confidence that Doc will address the problems we're having and things will get turned around before it goes on for too long.

  • Mark

    November is going to be a rough one. It seemed this team might have had a HUGE emotional letdown from Tuesday.

    OT: Miami as well.

  • Switcharoo

    If you lean you head out this window a listen carefully I bet you can hear Doc chewing him team up regardless where you live.

    We just gotta give ‘em time to iron out the details, they’ll turn it around.ets just pray they don’t let the WIZARDS have their way with ‘em like the Bucks just did.

  • Switcharoo

    P.S
    Damn you auto spell!!!
    *shakes fist*

  • messanger

    0-82

  • Phil

    I know we all want to blame the new team thing, but the starting 5 is the same, and they played just as terribly as the bench units did. The Bucks are a good defensive team, but that's no excuse for how bad they looked tonight. It looks like a focus/effort thing as much as anything physical. Hitting a 3 pointer or two would obviously help as well.

    This team is also going to consistently get killed inside if they insist on playing Green at the 4. I thought he had a solid game, but he can't play the 4 for any real length of time. That's on Doc, not Green.

  • High Rollers

    Hyenas, baby.

  • Anthony

    I'm a JGreen fan but the original Perkins trade was supposed to include Harden instead. Wow, he's putting up 2K13 numbers on rookie mode.

    Stiemmer had 9pts,7reb, 4 blks in 16mins of play… not too shabby.

    Not too worried about the Celts unless they get blown out tomorrow by the Wizards. (**fingers crossed)

  • Tos

    Phil,

    Starting 4 are the same. Not 5, at least not yet.

    I am confident they’ll get it together, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later…

  • rolltide3332

    Everybody relax. 2 games in is not the end of the world. They have shown glimpses of brilliance in preseason. The more everyone gets acclimated into the defensive scheme, the better they will become.

    • jman

      Exactly. However, one thing as always with this team and my only concern is hero ball. And no offense to the Rondo lovers out there, I feel with this role he feels he has, he's trying to control this team and create plays is the horrible. That's what Doc is there for and his staff. These plays that are being played on both sides of the court these past two games do not represent Doc's system. Doc needs to regain himself and take control for the team is lacking organization. Once that happens we'll be fine.

  • sdh

    was at the game. pretty ugly. defense? it's the home opener for chrissakes! the buc's got inside at will. interior defense nonexistent. and where is it going to come from? if this continues the story is going to be… they finally got old for real. KG/PP where were you? we all want Green to be good and i'm afraid that's just going to continue… wanting him to be good. he's just looks awkward…. and stop taking threes.

    ugh. just a bad night at the garden. just 2 games… but.. i don't know. hard to see this team not taking another step back. they got owned tonight.

  • Tyler

    You know what I’m tired of. A lot of fans that are simply happy to go to a game and enjoy the music. This is the Boston Celtics with a record 17 NBA world titles. I’m not a Hornets fan or any other fan that just hopes for a good game to enjoy on my night out on the town and get a t-shirt in the stands. This is Boston where the fans push the press to hold the sports teams accountable for their actions. This is not pigs knuckle Arkansas where nobody gives a rip and teams can stink simply because fans are stupid. The Lakers & the Celtics are the two cornerstone & most important franchises in the NBA. I demand winning and smart decisions from management just like the Lakers fans do. That may seem bad to YOU!!! I demand winning!!! I demand titles. I want Banner 18! So do you!!! Get on board Celtic Pride or go root for the Nets or some other franchise that does not matter.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I went to the game last night. I sat in traffic at the I-90 toll booth for an hour and half. When I finally got to the City (7 PM), I was jacked up and rushed in. People were actually chanting on the escalators like back in 2008. I got inside the arena and to my seats in section 327, and the crowd was flat. The whole crowd. What happened to fan support. I stood and pleaded with the people around me to get into the game and chant for the C's to a very limited response. Those who helped chant kudos, those who sat on their asses eating and not paying attention, stay home. Leave the seats open for the real fans. And one side note, the only time that crowd had any energy at all was to boo the Celtics, again, I say this; they are not playing well, but don't boo your team. Become a Heat fan if that is your identity.

  • jr9901

    We're all hoping it'll be alright in time, it's just two games, etc. But if KG doesn't rise to the level he was at last season, if what we're seeing now is his new norm, this team will never be alright. KG is a step slow on virtually every rotation, and even when he's not, he often just does not contest. Without a strong KG presence on D, there IS no D, and then there is no hope. So KG… here's to you, big fella. Please, please get there.

    Rondo's defense was pathetic, almost NEVER able to slow Jennings down.

    Green played his well-worn shrinking-violet role in the first half, but got better in the 2nd. There's hope there, at least. But he needs major lessons on how to defend the pick-and-roll.

    Despite all the badness, Cs still had a shot in this game but for their awful shooting through 3.75 quarters. They didn't improve until the final ~3 minutes, and of course by then it was too late. That part, at least, is not too worrisome. Bad shooting happens, always returns to the norm.

    Mostly, they've gotta work on their defense. And KG must raise his game another notch. If those two things happen, we should be fine. If not, I think it'll be all she wrote.

  • Kafel

    As Doc said after the game They weren't aggressive enough and You could tell that by watching them from first minutes… They can't expect to win only with talent and because that on paper They are better than last year.. I hope C's will pick it up tonight with Wizards because 0-3 at start is not what you want to see from this team.

  • felix

    Defense was bad, the Bucks took use of it and hit their shots. The celtics could not stop a pick &roll in a pick up game at the park right now. But remember: It was just like this last year throughout the first half of the season.
    And yes, KG will be better. Like,tonight.

  • jp-

    Well I’d rather them suck now (check) and be able to come together as a team over the course of the year. Lots of talent on this team, but it needs to be used better. Could be Docs toughest year.

  • greenboner

    this was the best moment .youtube.com/watch?v=MSNsbMEuA_g&feature=youtu.be

  • SteveB

    One observation. Much like the last few years when the team seems to struggle on offense it looks like they are trying so hard to "run their stuff" they never get into anything. They score easily in the open court. Terry was knocking down threes at the end because he was taking the shot as soon as he was open or bringing the ball up for a pull up. That's how Milwaukee was playing. Play the game, get to the hoop, hit the open man and take the first good shot. Of course the shot has to go in. I would like to see the offense get simpler and more basic, get the shot up quicker, and of course play more defense. This team can't be pacing themselves for the long haul at this point. They need to go the route of the 40 minutes of hell Razorback team and keep fresh guys in there.

  • I_Love_Green

    Around Christmas time is when I think we're gonna hit our stride. Just gotta wait until all of the kinks are ironed out….and there are a lot of kinks needed to be ironed.

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