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How Did This Game Go To Overtime: C’s 100, Wiz 94

 
Washington Wizards 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 35 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +9
KG gets docked for selfishly sitting out any portion of this game when his team obviously can’t sustain a lead without him. Will Doc be forced to redesign his “5-5-5″ system to make it a “12-12-12-12″?
Jared Sullinger, PF 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -2
Remind me why we’re starting him again? Is it because we think the starting offense is good enough that we can afford to move Bass to the bench? Because the starting offense was not that great last year. I would like to see Bass at the beginning of games again, please.
Paul Pierce, SF 41 MIN | 2-12 FG | 10-12 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -5
A horrible shooting night made swallowable by a bunch of rebounds and five more foul shots than the Wizards got. The answer to whether or not Pierce’s shooting problems in the playoffs are ongoing has shifted from “No?” back to “Yes?”
Rajon Rondo, PG 44 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 18 PTS | +11
One of those intermittent great shooting games from Rondo that make every other game that much more frustrating. He arranged the victory in overtime and gets the soggy, half-deflated game ball for this one.
Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -2
Lee’s performance is not fitting into my preconceived narrative of Ray Allen’s absence not being noticed by the Celtics at all. This is unacceptable. The preconceived narrative must be kept to. Courtney: please consider the preconceived narrative in the future.
Jeff Green, PF 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +2
Green’s already solidifying his role as the eighth man in Doc’s rotation, and Avery Bradley hasn’t even come back yet. When he does return, Green’s rotation spot will equal the number of millions of dollars he’s making this year.
Chris Wilcox, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +8
Managed to basically replicate Jeff Green’s stats in 18 fewer minutes. I’m not sure who’s more impressive in this scenario.
Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +6
Again, he should be starting. Yeah, having him come off the bench gives the team more reserve scoring and Jason Terry more weapons not to pass too. I understand that. But the starting offense could use him, and going with Sullinger may have introduced a defensive chemistry shakeup that the advantages of the move can’t compensate for.
Jason Terry, SG 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +7
True to form, Terry’s going to try and cure his shooting problems by shooting a huge amount more. Whatever works, bud. I still prefer to see him creating than spotting up, and he clearly prefers it too.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Tommy said after the game that the Wizards “are going to be a difficult team this season.” We’d certainly like to believe that after these two games. Maybe the Wizards are just really good! But let’s agree that it’s much more likely that they suck.
  2. Did Chris Wilcox buy himself a few MPG in this one? He looked fantastic: the only guy who could shore up the interior defense with KG out. If we’re looking for somebody whose minutes he can cut into, I propose Jared Sullinger.
  3. Courtney Lee’s shooting numbers have declined in every game this season, even though the competition’s gotten easier and he’s had more time to adjust to the offense. Weird, right?
  • C2k

    The team would be better right now if we kept E'twaun Moore

    • Cameron Diaz

      Probably true, yes. Don't let the 'minus marks' phase you by the way as groupthink is almost always especially pervasive coming off an offseason marked by largely blind enthusiasm.

  • check12check

    I hate to say this because i like Courtney Lee, but if he keeps playing like this once bradley comes back he gets the starting nod, terry and barbosa can come off the bench, and Lee can enjoy the game from the pine

  • CG12

    An emerging issue is that the team's best offensive players nearly all need the ball to be most effective. And they play with a very ball-dominant point guard. Pierce, Terry, Green, and Barbosa are the most explosive scorers, but they all like to work on the ball. Without the ball, they each just park outside the 3-point line and wait for a kickout. Thus far this year Pierce has looked like he has lost 5-10% of his burst, and it really shows when he goes into the patented PP elbow sequence. He is getting stripped a lot. He is pretty much only scoring at the rim and from 3. When JET had his burst in Q4 last night, he and Rondo were working very nicely off of each other, playing a small-guy two-man game. I hope to see more of that. It continues to look like they don't quite know what to do with Uncle Jeff. I would love to see the Cs post him up more regularly, but they just don't seem to want to do that.

    This concern is why guys like CLee, Bass, and Wilcox will be so valuable. They are guys who can make contributions without needing to bounce the air out of the ball. Sully, too.

  • swissflix

    well, some things are really worrisome, but there's also some good stuff here.
    1. vintage KG, forget about all that age catching up talk.
    2. Terry knocking down shots
    3. A good third quarter where some quality defense could be seen.
    4. Rondo taking more shots, hitting jump shots and 3s.
    5. Wilcox is back!! This is really great news – if he and Rondo click like last year, we're in for something!

    watching green getting stripped off the ball and then remaining passively at half court was the worst…
    Now on to Philly. This will be a real test and i really worry about Philly once Bynum gets back.

  • Mitch

    It sure would have been nice to pick up OJ Mayo instead of Lee this off season….

    • swissflix

      Terry kept us in the game….he's gonna be very important and very good. especially in the playoffs.

  • Phil

    It seems to me like the reasoning for Sullinger starting is that Doc feels like Sully/anyone besides KG is a bad idea. I'd tend to agree with him too. The team is already dealing with the whole KG sits: defense collapses thing, and bringing KG out and putting Sullinger in isn't likely to make that any better. Sullinger's definitely looked as unathletic and slow as he was billed as coming out of college, but I still think he'll be able to contribute this year. The flip side of that is that Bass has been the player to most exceed my expectations this year, and that's a good sign.

    The thing with Lee seems to be missing wide open threes for now, and that's not a problem I'm overly worried about. He missed the wide open halftime buzzerbeater, then slumped his head as the ball bounced back to him, so he shot again and it front rimmed as everyone was walking off the court. That's just the way things have gone so far. Just like OJ Mayo won't hit 80% of his threes all year, Lee's not gonna hit 10%.

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  • smalltownID

    No Barbosa grade, HD, get with the program!

  • High Rollers

    As for smart dudes, cerebral dudes, hooking onto one thing that works is where you have to start. Jeff Green, that means you.

  • High Rollers

    Rondo, please hook your boy up.

  • David

    Celtics, please be patient. I believe the Celtics have 9 new players who must learn within a relatively short period of time how to be good on both ends of the floor and how to transition using Doc's methods. If Houston had a somewhat mediocre defensive team last year, then don't expect Courtney to come in immediately and begin playing excellent defense. This is a big adjustment for him, but once he begins to establish himself on defense, his offense will start to flow. Coaches, players, and fans therefore need to exercise some patience at this time. All the new players can expect to accomplish now is to play hard and with great intensity every game until they acquire the Celtics' rhythm. Players like Courtney will begin to produce on offense once they become comfortable on defense, which requires lots of energy if you are wearing a Celtics' uniform.

  • Rav

    I feel our depth chart, when everyone's healthy, should be like this:

    Starting 5:

    1 – Rondo
    2 – Bradley
    3 – Pierce
    4 – Bass
    5 – Garnett

    Bench Unit:

    1- Terry
    2 – Lee (Barbosa in small lineups)
    3 – Green (Lee in small lineups)
    4 – Wilcox (Green in small lineups)
    5- Milicic (Wilcox in small lineups)

    Generally, I think we should be playing a small bench. Milicic is only going get time against the teams with legit big men e.g. Lakers, 76ers. Sullinger should only be getting spot minutes (he should get more playing time than most rookies under Doc, but not too much). Collins makes the active roster, I guess, and Melo and Joseph ride the pine/play with the Red Claws.

    There's really no need for three 7-footers (and that's not including KG!) in today's NBA, especially when they're all extremely mediocre, and don't address the need which this team most needs big men to fill (rebounding). And Jeff Green can play better than he is now, but even his potential peak at this point would be worth no more than $8 million a year.

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