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In The House Of Baby: Celtics 116, Magic 110

 
Boston Celtics 116 Final
Recap | Box Score
110 Orlando Magic
Kevin Garnett, PF 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | +10
Exactly how does Garnett keep coming up with these kinds of performances? In 36 grueling minutes, he turned in an efficient 24-10, with most of his damage coming early in the first, late in the fourth and throughout OT. He got up in the air for some tough alley-oops (both catches and finishes), looked spry all game and made life difficult for Glen Davis. So, it was a big night, but he’ll need a lot of ice after this one.
Brandon Bass, PF 35 MIN | 5-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +11
A bad shooting night but his aggression paid off in a dozen big rebounds and a lot of pounding under both baskets. Unlike certain other tweeners on this team, he’s learning to be effective even when he doesn’t score.
Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 23 PTS | +4
His third quarter burst makes his overall night look better than it was. Forced a bunch of shots when he couldn’t get south of the foul line. But he’s not much younger than Garnett and he went for 37 minutes. Enough with the late-game ISO, though. That’s so 2006.
Rajon Rondo, PG 42 MIN | 7-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 16 AST | 15 PTS | +9
Rather than focus on a couple of blunders (the egregious airball, passing up a sure layup for a shot at a cheap assist), I’m choosing to look at the considerable good in his performance tonight: a 16-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, a near triple double and, for the most part, an attack mentality carried over from the Thunder win on Friday night.
Jason Terry, SG 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +16
A real struggle for Jet tonight. His three steals were offset by his three turnovers and the abuse laid on him by the bigger guys he had to guard (particularly Afflalo). On offense, he never got into a groove, missing 4 out of 6 shots.
Jeff Green, PF 20 MIN | 0-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | -3
Back in the summer, Green’s agent David Falk implied a lot of interest in his client from teams around the league. Let’s hope he wasn’t just chirping, because Green’s few decent games have been completely undercut by disasters like tonight and patience is running appropriately thin. Missed all nine shots despite a few point blank looks (he’s really struggling to finish contested shots) and, as seems typical when his offense isn’t working, was either late or missed a number of coverages on defense. A waste of 20 minutes.
Jared Sullinger, PF 19 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6
A dynamic makes-his-presence-felt 19 minutes for Sullinger, who looks more comfortable with each passing game. He’s not perfect, though. The offensive rebounding is a joy, the pick and roll defense is most certainly not.
Chris Wilcox, PF 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2
Needs to play with more force. He was the first big off the bench but that’s going to change if he can’t find more consistency game-to-game.
Courtney Lee, SG 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -6
Finding his niche as a defender and opportunistic scorer. You’d like more production out of him, but he’ll never wow you with numbers.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 11 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -3
First half scoring was crucial. Scares nobody with his defense.
  • Phil

    KG was amazing tonight. Just as the game was starting to slip away in the fourth quarter, the Cs went to KG over and over again, and the Magic had no answer. It's really not even worth noting, which just makes it more impressive. For all the talk about Rondo coming into the year, this teams goes as KG goes.

    I really liked Rondo's game as well, but hopefully a few plays (the terrible wasted open layup and a few late game shots where the Magic just let him score,) will lead to him looking for his offense more. It adds a dimension to this team when Rondo looks for offense going to the hoop.

    Overall I thought the Cs played well, they just let up a little against a team that got hot at the wrong time. It happens, and they got the win, so nothing to be upset about. They've got a few days off too, so minutes aren't a big concern.

  • C's fan from Taiwan

    I still have faith in Green,he's the keyman to us to fought Heat.
    Beside,he's the one of two player that we can expect to growing on this team.
    Hope he and Sully get better and better.

    • celticsfan

      jeff green is a sham

  • CelticsBIG3

    "Enough with the late-game ISO, though. That’s so 2006." So true; stalest play in Doc's playbook. Pierce looked genuinely foolish pump-faking away for 3 or 4 seconds before taking a desperate shot over Afflalo. Not too disappointing as Pierce hits the big shots when we need them for the most part. As for Jeff Green, he's on Twitter tonight whining;

    "Jeff Green ‏@unclejeffgreen
    Great win tonight…rough game for myself but hey ya have them some nice, what's more important is we won…#YUUPPP #haterseverywhere lol"

    You have them some *nights*??!? Just about every night this season. Play harder and don't screw off on defensive rotations when the rest of your game isn't going your way. Keep collecting your ridiculously overpriced paychecks though.

    • Phil

      I think everyone wishes they would find something else to run in those clock running out situations, that said, I actually thought Pierce's shot last night was a pretty good one. It was over a big and good defender, but he got around him, and it was only a ~15 footer falling to the side. We've seen some hideous fallaway 20 footers over big guys. I'd count on Pierce making that shot he took last night at an acceptable rate.

      • CelticsBIG3

        I guess I agree that it's not as bad as one's taken in the past, but its too easy to prepare for. I bet if you ask coaches in the NBA who on the Celtics in the last 10 years is taking that shot in that situation they all know its Pierce; you don't have to even be a coach in the NBA to answer that question. Christ mix it up a little; have Pierce run the ISO as a decoy and dish it off to someone, do ANYTHING different with it.

        • smalltownID

          You mean, dish it off to someone like Baby? Oh, the memories.

          • CelticsBIG3

            Ah no, how about Garnett who was cooking at that point, or that guy Jason Terry we picked up for the exact reasoning of his ability to score in crunch time.

  • Sophomore

    A few years ago, Simmons started calling the late-game Pierce ISO the clogged-toilet offense. I can't improve on that. It's even worse now. Doc, please make it stop.

    If Jeff Green wants to draw a nine-million dollar paycheck, he needs to develop a thicker skin.

    • CelticsBIG3

      They're COULDN'T have been any other teams that were "interested" in picking up Green this off season as stated by his agent several times over the summer. This was surely chatter to entice Ainge in to cashing in on Green. Hopefully I can eat my words later this season, but for now, Green sucks.

      • Phil

        @Sophomore – Contracts in the NBA are fully guaranteed. If Green wants to draw a 9m dollar paycheck, he doesn't have to do anything for the next 4 years. It's even a player option in year 4!

        I still can't wrap my mind around the contract; I understand signing Green (there was no one else they could sign with his cap space) and I even understand locking him up for a few years when his value was low. What's unbelievable is that they signed him for 4 years at the same salary he was getting for 1 year before he missed the whole season with a heart condition! There were reports all along that Green wanted to be here, and he had no leverage, and Ainge still ended up massively overpaying for him. Kudos to David Falk for cashing in for his client, but it's really gonna hurt the Cs offseason the next three years.

  • High Rollers

    Ryan DeGama…. understandably back to extremely guarded optimism.

  • High Rollers

    Jeff Green is like a Chia Pet. The C's will get out of him what they put in. The team gets this, even if most of America hasn't seen it just yet. If you're looking for precedents… you might see one Avery Bradley… or even one Rajon Rondo.

    Meanwhile Ticket says the C's are a defensive minded crew that can score, as long as Doc's around. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  • jpbl1976

    I hope that in a few years, we can look back Jeff Green's game tonight and laugh because he's since evolved into a solid rebounder and a reliable scorer…

    … except that we've been telling ourselves this for a while now. More often than not, he can't seem finish anything near the basket and he gets too down on himself and misses his defensive assignments when he can't get going on offense. More than anyone on this team, Green needs to put together a lengthy stream of solid games and realize that he can contribute in other ways like rebounding and creating for others.

    Right now, he's just hurting the team. I have more faith in Kris Joseph. Maybe we should send Green down to the D League…

  • I_Love_Green

    This defense is hard to watch. We'd be so much better if it improved just a little.

    GET IT TOGETHER AND PLAY SOME CELTIC DEFENSE ALREADY DAMNIT

    • janos

      hi Green
      is concern me too but for gear 1 this team Orlandos no need; are you think is hard go to championships gear when play heat? is my concen as well

  • NZNICK33

    The biggest problem with this micro-analysis is that we really do miss the forest for the trees.
    I really do think it's going to take at least half a season before we know what we have with this Celtics team.
    Frustration is understandable but knee-jerk reactions are not going to benefit anyone.

    Basically every season since the championship in 2008 has featured several stages of development (going from good to bad and vice versa), so it stands to reason that the team we see now will perform much differently later in the season even with the same personnel.

    • CG12

      Couldn't agree more. You can see bits of positive progress, but it is clearly going to take some time and work to get everybody fully integrated. The D is having moments where you can see the real Celtics defense, but there are also some pretty wobbly moments, mostly from the bench. It apparently took only two days for fans to forget Green's huge game against OKC. Sure, he had a tough game against the Magic, but I will take those looks any day. Just because they didn't go down doesn't mean they weren't good shots. I've also seen people harshing on Green's post game, which is surprising to me. Green's post game is very nice, and he has had a lot of success working in the post against smaller 3s. I thought he got hacked several times last night with no whistles. The refs were pretty tough – Sullinger gets called for looking at someone the wrong way, Baby is allowed to slide under guys to take charges, etc.

  • Koo

    I think we can trade Green for Hickson…anyone can see eye to eye with me?he is a better rebounder…he is more aggressive on both ends and he is more athletic.Plus he can play multiple position and he does it better that green.

    • Phil

      Celtics fans would trade Green for a lot of people; I think Hickson's terrible, but I'd still make that trade. What you have to ask is why would Portland ever take that deal? Jeff Green has negative value right now. You have to give something up just to get someone else to take him.

  • The Cardinal

    While Green is an athlete, he hasn't demonstrated that he is a "ball player" – yet. When his offense ain't clicking, he pouts and becomes a liability on defense, so he's still got room to mature.

    Green can be a valuable second teamer this season provided:
    1) Doc takes the pressure off, and stops trying to make him a "go to" guy, 2) try to mold him into a Leon Powe/Tony Allen-type energy guy who gets his offense through hustle, back door cuts and rebound points.

    Green may or may not ever become the player Danny envisioned , but he's here, he's capable of contributing , and if that contribution is in the form of an offensive support player rather than a primary focus, then so be it – we gotta use what he brings in a manner that's best for the team.

  • janos

    A- rondos? on game this, and thunders? shake head disagree NO but ok on to more impres web manger then me i gueses. i am hope verybodys have good time off family suppers and recharge battary on season nba celtics…A- time for web mangers to

  • Mateo

    I agree cg12. Im pretty sure green had a great game against OKC.. Even dunked in their faces and showed some aggression finally. People are quick to bash him but you gotta think of it this way. When most players miss a month or two because of injuries they usually lag when finally getting back into play again.. Look at rose before he tore his acl last year. His gameplay was garbage when he first returned from injury and progresively got better until he injured himself again.. Digest that and now increase that to a FULL season missed because of HEART surgery and im pretty sure that should put jeff greens progress into progressive. He is going to be a stud! Calling it right now

    • Phil

      Um, not to be the bearer of bad news, but this is what he's done for his entire six year NBA career. He's always mixed consistently underwhelming performance with the occasional flash of talent. Once we get a few months into the season and Wilcox is performing well, the excuses will go back to Green not being a big enough focal point of the offense, or he's not aggressive enough, or he's not mean enough, or he just needs time to gel. He's just so 'talented' that he has to come around.

      This is the Jeff Green experience; making excuses for him while he gives you less than he should. Only 314 games (plus postseason) to go!

  • LARRY BIRD

    i have to agree…..CELTICS GET LIKE LARRY BIRD!! IF YOU CANT GET OFF THE DAMN FLOOR!!!!

  • LARRY BIRD

    really get green off and get perkins,big baby(davis),get larry out of retirment and play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LARRY BIRD

    no joke

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