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Leftover Thoughts on the Wizards Win

 
Boston Celtics 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Washington Wizards
Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 7-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +10Maximizing the Big Ticket’s minutes on the offensive end will be one of the team’s biggest challenges this season, but against an inept defensive opponent in Washington, they got back to basics. The pick and pop was alive and well with KG, whose jump shot was back in peak form. He was fed early and often because of it. 15 shots in 29 minutes is asking a lot of the big man, but until the team’s new offensive weapons show some life, heavy usage of KG within the offense is the best plan for the time being. Defensively he’s rebounding like an animal (30% defensive rebounding rate) so nothing to complain about there.
Jared Sullinger, PF 30 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +7Overall, not a line that would catch your eye, but with the Sullinger + bench unit providing lackluster results over the first two contests, Doc wisely decided to mix it up. It’s safe to say the rookie probably earned another starting nod in the rematch with the Wiz on Wednesday night after the team jumped out to a 19-2 lead with him in the fold as a starter. While Washington missed all of their shots early on, there were no second chances for the Wizards in large part due to Sullinger’s work on the glass. Hiding his defense with KG on the floor also did wonders for him.
Paul Pierce, SF 35 MIN | 10-22 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 27 PTS | +15A true rhythm player showed just how much of a effect sufficient playing time can have on him. After being saddled with foul trouble for the first half against Milwaukee, he was unable to find the hoop until the fourth quarter in that blowout loss. Last night, it was a different story as PP was aggressive with his shot and on the glass and it paid dividends. Refreshing to see the captain still capable of putting together efficient lines like this when the offense is overly dependent on him.
Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 12 PTS | +15Despite all of the double-doubles, I’m still underwhelmed by the C’s point guard through three games. The defense was much better for portions of last night, but we are still not seeing an aggressive Rondo on the offensive end. Too many passed up layups that are dished out of the paint for my liking. It’s one thing when those jumpers are falling, but when your teammates are bricking them it’s a tough sell. 2 turnovers in 40 minutes is a very nice improvement however.
Courtney Lee, SG 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +10A lot of open looks from 3-point range and nothing to show for it.
Jeff Green, PF 16 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -5This grade feels harsh, but it’s mostly accounting for Green’s performance on the defensive end. As Ryan DeGama put it, if Green is only playing 16 minutes already on the second night of back-to-back, it could be a long season for him. It’s three games in, far too early to jump to conclusions, but the rebounding and defense has to get better for Doc to trust him out there when it counts.
Chris Wilcox, PF 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5Did Darko play himself out of the rotation already? If Chris Wilcox is on the floor for 8 minutes, but has nothing to show for it, is that a good thing? I guess no missed shots, as compared to a air-ball hook shots that Darko threw up Friday night is a net positive.
Brandon Bass, PF 28 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -8The jump shot wasn’t on, and Kevin Seraphin took him to task for a portion of the evening on the defensive end. Check out that assist count though! No pass who?
Jason Terry, SG 17 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -12As Hayes wrote last week, this is going to take awhile to figure out. I’m also praying we don’t have to dig into the CelticsHub archives for Zach’s analysis of shooting guards’ numbers that fall off a cliff at age 35. Let’s revisit that after Game 15.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -12Fewer three’s, more attacking the basket please.
  • Nathan

    Just an idea but i would be really interested in you guys putting a "year average grade:" on the stateline for example say Bass got an A- the first game an A the second and a B- the third game his average grade would be a B+

    • janos

      is good ideas

  • CelticsBIG3

    A grade of B for Jeff Green doesn't seem harsh, it seems too high. All Doc can get out of this guy is a pinned ball on a corner 3 point attempt and 16 minutes? We can talk about his heart surgery til the cow's come home, but the medical staff wouldn't have cleared him to play if that were still an issue.

    • janos

      hi big3

      • CelticsBIG3

        Hey whats up janos

  • CG12

    The C's need to decide what they want Green to be, and put him in position to succeed at that. I don't think anyone envisions him as a spot-up shooter, which is basically what he has been this year. They don't run any plays for him and have yet to post him up. I don't get it. If you have a guy with his tools and give him $9M a year, why wouldn't you give him the rock more? I have not been impressed with his rebounding and defense, but his natural role is as an offensive difference-maker off the bench.

    About the only concern I had about this team going into this year was the fact that the roster was almost too stocked with quality new players, each of whom would have to be worked in. Doc is already going at least 10 deep every game, and that means that the minutes get cut up pretty finely. Chris Wilcox works as a 10-minute player, but I'm not seeing Leandro Barbosa in that same way. Similarly, 16 minutes isn't enough for Green. If you have a Jeff Green, you need to play him and let him get it going.

    • CelticsBIG3

      What really worries me is that ALL of the new guys are being used as "Ray Allens", camping out in the corners and waiting to be spot shooters. Jason Terry has been abysmal so far in that role as well as Jeff Green. Courtney Lee is meant to be a corner spot shooter, as a corner three is probably his best shot, and I feel like he ISN'T being utilized enough in that position. Green is truly the most worrisome of the bunch though; what happened to his strong attacks at the rim? I've seen him chuck up ugly layups, rushed post hooks, and far too many jumpshots. Wake up @unclejeffgreen.

  • CG12

    The defense has looked shaky, as the bench guys need time to get more familiar with one another. It will improve, and I believe it will improve a lot in short order.

    One of the most unfortunate developments on defense is Rondo's continuing shitty pick-and-roll defense. Before everyone starts calling for my head, I am not a Rondo-hater, by any stretch, but I view it as a fact that he hasn't played defense with the same energy with which he plays offense in around 4 or 5 years. And his defense has always been focused on high-visibility plays, steals in particular. His inability, or disinclination, to focus on controlling his man over going for the steal has been putting the Cs bigs in bad spots for years. It continues and looks even worse with big men who are still getting adjusted to the system. At this point, that is just the way it is with Rondo and no one can reasonably expect it to change. One of the many reasons I love Avery Bradley is that, despite the fact that he has otherworldly physical tools like Rondo, he plays sound positional defense and won't sacrifice being in the right spot to make a low-percentage gamble on a steal. When he gets picked, Avery doesn't lazily poke at the ball from behind or just let himself be picked off, he works his ass off to get back to his man and prevent a switch and mismatch.

    • CelticsBIG3

      This is true, Rondo is definitely a shitty P+R defender. Too many gambles, not enough fighting over screens.

  • janos

    Hi Bryan is Janos
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  • swissflix

    to all the Green haters: Gotta run some plays for him if you want him to score….or let him post up.

    • CelticsBIG3

      He also needs to play like he has a package between his legs and not a slit.

    • CelticsBIG3

      And when he did post up, he looked baffled and rushed…. He's tossed up a few God awful baby hooks so far this season that don't have a chance.

      • swissflix

        they haven't run a single play for him. Did not see him get the ball in the post against washington. sure, he's a bad rebounder and still looks overwhelmed on the court…but he is great at scoring, so why not use him for that? Nobody asks Terry to play great D. Green needs to get more minutes and a chance to prove himself. It's in the interest of the all, after all. Pierce's shot selection (at least in the first half) was way more questionable (i am merely talking about shot selection).

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