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Game 3: Celtics (0-2) @ Wizards (0-1) Open Thread

Boston @ Washington
Verizon Center
7:00 PM EST

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 102.0 points/100 possessions (11th)
Washington: 90.0 points/100 possessions (26)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 112 points allowed/100 possessions (T-28th)
Washington: 103.0 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)

Probable Wiz starters: AJ Price (PG), Bradley Beal (SG), Trevor Ariza (SF), Trevor Booker (PF), Emeka Okafor (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: Truth About It

Thumbnail: So, the Celtics have decided to ease their way into the season. I think we can handle this. By now, we’re all numb to this core submitting long stretches of futility during the regular season, aren’t we? So, a couple of games of make-or-miss offense and league-worst defense (tied with Miami!) aren’t anything to worry about. It might take 20 games for Doc Rivers to get these guys executing his system with any kind of precision.

Still, which comes first — the execution or the identity? The temperament of this team bothers me. Perhaps they’re thinking their way through the sets, but to me they don’t look like they have enough fight in them. I like what I’ve seen from Brandon Bass and Jason Terry looks hopped up, if only periodically effective, but watching the Milwaukee game, I was reminded of when the Celtics had the aggressive likes of Tony Allen and Kendrick Perkins on the floor. This isn’t empty nostalgia. As the team figures itself out, I hope KG and Rajon Rondo find a way to tease out the inner snarl in guys like Jeff Green and Courtney Lee, who would both benefit from playing with an edge.

Tonight, let’s hope Boston’s offense creates good shots. The Miami game felt like fool’s gold to me. The C’s weren’t getting much of what they wanted out of the pick and roll against Miami’s perimeter pressure and the shotmaking covered for that. That’s not consistently repeatable. It would also be nice to see more transition offense out of this team, but we all know that starts on defense. On that end, I want to see ball pressure on the perimeter, crisper rotations and some physicality inside if Rivers has them going big.

Prediction: Right now, I’m feeling like the C’s and Wiz will split this home-and-home series. I’ll say Washington takes the first one.

Wizards 95 Celtics 91

  • elroz

    I wonder what is it that often makes good offensive players wither away under Doc and with Rondo? Maybe that's an unfair and stupid statement. But when I hear that they signed Jason Terry, I thought that he will have issues doing what he has done so well for 10 years – score. Now he is an offensive midget on this squad…I don't blame him.

    Also, it was clear in the pre-season, and seeing all the new guys, that they will need about 1/ a season to jell..as I have been saying. The Celticshub have now stated "20 games" to get the team together…I hope it takes that fast.

    Tonight, I am going to say they will win because in a back-to-back, they will be toned for NBA level basketball…and the recent loss will be very fresh to make them all resemble KG's hyenas, if only for stretches of the game. A back-to-back earl n the season is good medicine for this lethargic bunch right now.

    Finally, one only salivates when thinking of what Perkins, Tony Allen, and Bradley would play like if we could have them all on this team.

  • Phil

    If the Celtics don't sweep this home and home, we need to seriously start boarding up the windows for another crappy regular season and 4 or 5 seed. The Wizards are a bad team, and they're missing Nene. No amount of lack of continuity should make you lose to a team with as big of a talent deficit (and continuity deficit as far as that's concerned,) as the Wizards. If the Celtics plan on earning the 2 seed, they can't ease their way into the season. Pre-Christmas is supposed to be their time to get out to a hot start. Then again, have the Celtics actually stated a desire to go hard for a top seed? I know it's been speculated given their deeper team, but the Celtics sure haven't shown much interest so far.

    Also, I feel like I'm being baited on Jeff Green at this point. Inner snarl? Why not wait for him to display his ability to play the 4, outside shooting, or anything else that doesn't exist. What we really need him to do is step up in these November games against lottery teams. That's what I actually have faith in him doing. There's not much of a difference between the Wizards on November 3rd and the preseason.

  • gest

    in addition to nene isnt wall still hurt too?

  • 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. (I felt the need to repost this, I had it additionally under the report card section)

  • someguyinsac

    Rondo's shot at about the four minute mark of the fourth quarter better be the #1 "top play of the day".

    • switcharoo

      I know right? That was just a funky play, I couldn't believe it went in! I expect to at least see that in the highlights reel soon.

      • someguyinsac

        Don't know if it'll be the #1 highlight, but it better be in the top 10 at the very least.