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Boston Celtics 83 Final
Recap
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101 Golden State Warriors
Kevin Garnett, PF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -25
Ended up with short duty when it became clear this one was a fait accompli, which is french for ‘no chance to win this game’. Even so, GS’s relentless energy kept him from finding an offensive rhythm and forced him to be a passer — and an ineffective rebounder.
Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 4-20 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -27
With Rondo out, Pierce had no choice but to keep shooting even after it was clear he was lucky to draw iron on some of those first quarter shots. The misses are hardly cause for ongoing concern but it was a terrifying look into an alternate universe where Pierce doesn’t have an elite PG getting him open looks and delivering the ball where he likes it.
Jason Collins, C 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -7
There’s something farcical about starting Collins. It’s like dating a girl you know you’ll never marry and who you’re always on the verge of dumping, if only you could find someone even remotely decent to take her place. Except here the girl is seven-feet tall and can’t rebound to save her life.
Jason Terry, SG 40 MIN | 6-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -18
We need to talk about Jason. It will happen soon. And it will be unpleasant.
Courtney Lee, SG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -11
Came to play. Shot a decent percentage. Went long minutes. Got beat on defense a few times (feels like you can go around him more easily than you can shoot over him) but competed all night long.
Jarvis Varnado, PF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -2
A shout out to Jarvis for his five uneventful minutes. Given the kinds of “events” the other guys on the roster delivered tonight, it was a borderline triumph.
Jared Sullinger, PF 25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | 0
The kid just gets after it, you know? Another efficient scoring night, a good haul on the rebounding front and some real hustle on both ends. If he were two inches taller, we’d be doing backflips over his potential.
Brandon Bass, PF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -5
Much livelier than in recent games. More effective, too. Ideally, your second big off the bench. Or maybe your third. I’m running out of ways to say Brandon Bass is mediocre.
Jeff Green, PF 34 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +5
Appreciate the periodic effort on offense but remember the defensive breakdowns, the 2-11 shooting and the 6 points in 34 minutes. Put aside the blather about him being an important backup SF to defend LeBron in the playoffs. There are other defensive-minded small forwards that don’t suck up this kind of cap space. His value is roughly equivalent to how easily the Celtics can trade him.
Kris Joseph, SF 5 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0
Marginalia.
  • Phil

    Does it make me a homer if I don't read very much into this game? The Cs were playing without their best player, and when teams play on the road against a good team that's playing well without their best player, they tend to lose.

    Everyone except the potential trade pieces looked bad tonight, but again that has a huge amount to do with Rondo. The summary for Pierce put it perfectly, and it stands true for KG as well; without an elite PG getting them the ball, they're much different (and less effective) players. I don't read into this result because I don't really care what this team is without Rondo. If they don't have him later for any reason, may as well pack it in regardless.

    At least Sullinger keeps looking good. I'm to the point now that I want to see Rondo/Bradley/Pierce/Sully/KG starting and playing big time minutes.

    And I got a laugh out of calling Varnado's performance a triumph, that was the kind of night it was. Perfect comparison for Collins too.

    • Phil

      I find it a little humorous that I'm getting down votes for being positive now :P

      I know other people want to ride the daily roller coaster, but did anyone really expect all the 35+ year olds to show up and compete hard for 82 games + postseason? I'm sorry, but I just think that's unrealistic. They're gonna ramp it up a little late, slide into the postseason seeded somewhere from 4-6, and go from there. We've seen this like 4 years in a row now, why is it surprising? It was this or blow it up; there was no 'go for the 1 seed' option.

      Other people are equating it with not caring, I just think it's a physical limitation. Maybe that's why it seems like I'm letting the team off easy. If they're still doing this in the second half of the year with a healthy team, then we have a real problem. I don't want Pierce and KG going all out in December.

  • james patrick

    Can we all agree that Jeff Green needs to go?!

  • Morpheus

    Where and who is going to take that toxic contract off our hands, im talking about JG. Can we just all agree that Danny’s plan backfired instead. He thought that paying Green a ridiculous amount of cash for “potential” would motivate him. Now Jeff is laughing in Danny’s face….u suckaaa

    • CelticsBIG3

      Jeff seems to spend more time screwing around on Twitter than he does preparing for games. @UncleJeffGreen sucks.

  • sightline

    The teams seems to have lost the passion that made them greaT. I don't know how but Doc has to get them motivated again.

    • The Cardinal

      I wish it were something so simple but basically the C's have a bunch of mediocre parts around the ore of Rondo and a year older KG and PP, and we are simply not very good. Rondo is the only top 20 player on the team, and we don't have another player on this roster who has the potential to become one (yes, that includes Bradley).

      In today's NBA, you need a couple of real horses to get to the finals and that's why chatter about a potential trade for Cousins, etc… keeps on keeping on. PP and KG are no longer those horses, and Rondo simply gets the shoot beat out of him if he tries to "take over" offensively too much without another horse (and where you saw him last night is what this leads to).

      This team as composed is a 16 – 22 ranked team. Teams with the potential to turn it around do not keep piling up double digit losses while barely squeaking by the Little Sisters of the Poor. This team's likelihood to turn it around as currently composed ranks only slightly ahead of the likelihood that I will win a million dollars in the lottery.

      So far, we have 10 double digit loses out of 15 total, and 6 double digit wins out of 14 total. We've barely beaten Washington, Orlando, Dallas, Philly (once out of three tries), and Milwaukee (only once out of four tries). We've beaten Brooklyn one out of three tries, but were blown away at least once by Milwaukee, Philly, Brooklyn, Miami, Chicago and datgum Detroit, which still ticks me off.

      As a fan, sometimes you have to believe your own eyes, and my eyes do not see us going anywhere with this roster.

  • Switcharoo

    I agree with you James. I’ve been thinking this since the 4th game of the season. The kid sucks period. Definatly not worth the money, I can’t see why Danny thought he was worth 9 mil. The problem now is the cats out of the bag and the Celtics are going to have an awful time trading him away, which translates to we are stuck with this lemon.
    The fact is the only one out of the new picks that can hang with the vets is Sully, he just keeps improving. I could care less about the rest of these clowns , Terry,Lee,Wilcox,Barbosa,Green,Fab, screw ‘em, bag them up and trade away.
    I don’t blame age for there record I blame those guys for failing to capture the spirit of being a Celtic and grasping Docs system; set ‘me adrift.

    • CelticsBIG3

      We should have gotten that "NBA-FAX" report!!! It would have surely turned up that Jeff is a lemon! What are we supposed to do with this bum for the next 3 seasons?!? How did Brandon Bass turn back into a pumpkin so quickly? All questions I have no answers to.

  • Danny

    Never thought id see the day we lost back to back blowouts against the clippers and the warriors damn

  • jay

    I am more concerned now than i was 3 weeks ago. I dont think KG and PP have it in the tank anymore at least not for consecutive nights. Green needs to get off his arse.

  • High Rollers

    This team is like a kid livin’ on Hot Pockets and Mountain Dews from the vending machine right now. Can’t grow like that. Somebody get these guys some sizzlin’ steak and potatoes, stat.

  • Bill

    Said it before, say it again. We have sharpshooters that can't shoot. Every possession is one-done for us, so if we're not holding teams below ~92 points on average, we lose.

    So, we're losing.

    I'd love to see the Cousins thing happen. That kid can play, he just needs some structure to buy into, and we need some more aggression out there. He's got it. That would also address some of the rebounding issues (some).

    That said, I would rather fix the wing problem. If we had 6-9 more ppg out of our wing players we'd have a substantially better record this year. I know that seems like it's asking a lot, but really it's asking JET and Lee to collectively make 3-4 more shots per game. This really is the issue, even when we're playing good defense we don't score after getting the stop. I've seen too many games this season where the Cs actually put together 4 or 5 great sequences defensively, and we don't put any points on the board even with Rondo putting dimes on people's hands.

    If you go all the way back to the 2008 run, what was the difference? We couldn't rebound then either, but Posey and Allen would put the dagger in your throat in transition after getting a stop.

  • I Bleed Green

    I'm sounding the alarm after this one for sure. In the words of Pop "I want some nasty". Some games the shots just don't drop…but that doesn't mean you can't tighten the screws on D and fight for every ball and at least keep it competitve. They played most of the game down 15 or more and only seemed to get back in striking distance when GS got bored…after which they'd score 5 or more straight to extend the lead again.

    GS shot 56% for the game, most of which where uncontested jumpers. The Clips shot 50% + as well. The rebounding is constantly talked about as a concern, but what I've been seeing as the biggest problem is the inability to close out on shooters. Teams are tearing the C's apart from behind the arc which is opening up lanes for easy layups and putbacks.

    Rondo or no Rondo, there's no excuse for poor D and a lackluster effort…which is all I've been seeing for most of the season. Save for Sully (who is looking more and more like the steal of the draft) and KG, I just don't see any fire out there. There's still enough of a season to turn it around, but my optimism is waning…fast.

    Sorry KG, you deserved soooo much better of a send off then this.

  • DaDiVill

    Can we just copy the move made by the Nets FIRE Doc Rivers! it isn't working anymore, we need a fresh voice in the locker room.

  • http://www.ignitemybutt.com/ Ignite Stream Energy

    I'm still hoping Wilcox is still working his way back to full game-ready condition. That his best is yet to come.

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