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Charlotte Bobcats 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 32 MIN | 2-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -5
Garnett had an ugly shooting night highlighted by a heinously bad miss on a layup. He still defended well and was aggressive on the boards but also over-reacted badly on Gerald Henderson’s flagrant foul call. I wish Garnett respected players who doled out hard fouls, like he does. Unfortunately, Garnett doesn’t respect anyone during the game. Whatever gets him going, I s’pose.
Brandon Bass, PF 17 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +4
Bass is becoming more and more of a bit player, and I love it. He is absolutely perfect for this team when he is on. He hits open jumpers and makes good, strong defensive rotations and close-outs. It’s hard to ask any more from him.
Paul Pierce, SF 32 MIN | 6-16 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +13
Pierce’s offense hit a bit of a snag when he started missing every time he touched the ball. He, however, bounced back nicely with a lead-stretching three in the fourth quarter. It certainly wasn’t Pierce’s best overall game, but I liked the way he was assertive against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, likely teaching him NBA-life-lessons on his way to the basket.
Rajon Rondo, PG 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +11
Rondo had a few head-scratching assists tonight. Not because of questionable decision-making, but because after the ball was scored you were still left wondering how it got to the man who scored. Rondo was also aggressive on the boards. This team has a tendency to not fully secure rebounds and Rondo, when motivated, cleans up the glass nicely. I had to take points off of Rondo’s grade for the times in which he Ole’d on defense and didn’t care to close out on shooters.
Avery Bradley, PG 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +15
Bradley continues to show no sign of slowing down. He began the game by pestering Kemba Walker and finished the game lighting it up from the corners. As I described in the previous post, Bradley could have, at worst, a 15 year career by just being a 3 and D guy.
Jared Sullinger, PF 22 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +4
His standards are starting to rise, which is both unfortunate and fortunate for him. Unfortunate because his CelticsHub grades suffer when he puts up 8 and 5. Fortunate because he’s settling nicely into his role and playing within himself and the team. I think (note: not confirmed) that he would rather have the win than the good grades if given the choice.
Jeff Green, PF 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +8
This may have been Jeff Green’s best game, and I say that full well knowing that he’s scored more and and dunked harder in previous games. Tonight may have been the first game where he didn’t look tentative when handling the ball on the perimeter and shot every outside jumper with confidence. This could have been due in large part to the opponent but only time will really tell.
Jason Collins, C 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +8
I love Jason Collins in games like these. He plays hard and the opponent is bad enough that he doesn’t get the chance to have an impact on the game.
Courtney Lee, SG 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +3
I loved Lee’s ball pressure tonight. He seems to be feeding off of Bradley’s defensive energy and he seems to be enjoying his time as Rondo’s primary backup.
Jason Terry, SG 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8
Sure, Terry didn’t score, but he still played hard. That definitely counts for something on this team and in this league.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2
How about that scoop shot from the elbow! Huh?!
Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers did a good job of calming his players down and getting them to re-focus after the Bobcats made a little run in the 3rd quarter and cut it to two.
  • Mark

    Rondo with an A minus for suspect reasons IMO. Lets start calling out Lee and Bradley when they play El Matador like they did Friday defending Harden. Rondo is the reason the C’s won tonight.

  • someguyinsac

    Staff Sergeant Sean Germain gets an A+++ in my book tonight, what he did for a fellow soldier was awesome.

    • janos

      hi sac

      • someguyinsac

        Hi Janos! Will all the excitement about the Kings possibly being sold and moving to Seattle, any talk about trading Cousins or anyone else for that matter, has been moved to the way, way, way back burner for now. Still keeping my ear to the ground on it, just in case trade talk bubbles back up again.

  • check12check

    ^ agreed. actually, he gets an extra + from me because I used to live in Fairfield Maine too.

    I also agree that this was Green's best game. I have been really excited lately about the idea that he is going to put it together and start performing like most everyone knows he is capable of. to quote Tommy in regard to green from tonights telecast, "he has the tools." He did look a little disinterested when he first came in, but he cut that out quickly.

    I think pierce and KG need to be docked a little bit on the grading tonight. Really for both of them it just comes down to shooting. Pierce 6-16…37.5% and 5-8 from the line. he still had a good game, (loved the 6 assists) but since the site uses players usual performance as part of their grades shouldn't we say pierce was below average tonight? give him a B- really.

    probably do the same for KG. i know his focus is the D, but he is still a major contributor on the offense too and 2-11 shooting isn't really going to get it done.

    On an other note…i loved the block party the celtics were having tonight

  • Phil725

    So how about that Avery Bradley guy? Spacing on offense is a complex topic in general, what isn't complex is that if a guy is consistently nailing corner 3s, not only do you not hurt it, you also add a weapon that correlates with winning just as much as anything else. For a supposed defense only guy, he should be able to contribute on that side of the ball consistently, and he carried them in the first half of this game.

    I thought Sully had a great game; his stats don't wow you, but that's what he put up after racking up three fouls in five minutes in the first half. He was able to come in in the second half, stay on the court and have the impact he's had lately. It's hard to tell against the Bobcats offense, but I thought it was his best defensive game. He was rotating in time to block and alter shots from the weak side, and just continues to look like he belongs. I've seen nothing to go against the idea that he's foul trouble away from being the team's de facto starting 4 every night.

    How about Jason Collins too! A three point play, 4 rebounds, 2 assists in 8 minutes. Bring the noise! He's looked like a capable 5th big lately; at least he's not killing the team on both ends of the floor anymore.

    Overall, the team's mental state continues to confound me; I have 100% confidence in them showing up when their backs are against the wall, and yet, they have 0 killer instinct. If someone's down on the ground, they're gonna grab a snack while they get up and get their bearings. It's easy to confuse a bad shooting night with more than that though, and there's no questioning the effort of the Bradley/Sully/Lee group (or as they were called two weeks ago, trade bait,) night in and night out. Those guys bring it, and it's having a big time effect on the team.

    • Josh_5

      Pierce and Rondo are notorious for having that "snack" against bad teams. KG's 2-11 timing was terrible but your man crush, Sully and Green stepped up. It also feels weird to be complimenting Jason Collins on a game, but he earned it last nite.

      • Phil725

        Pierce and Rondo are definitely a big part of it; they're the leaders after all. I find it hard to ever blame KG given how much effort he always gives, but it's also harder and harder for him to lead by example as his minutes get cut. I understand Pierce letting up some, I probably even prefer it given how much of a burden has been forced on him and how he'll be needed come playoff time. Rondo's the obvious one that should pick up the slack, but I'm also very familiar with Rondo's game by now. I thought/think that the whole 'this is Rondo's team' thing was an effort to motivate him to go hard for 82 games, but it just hasn't happened. He coasts just as often (if not more,) than he always has.

        As long as they're still winning, I guess it's fine. It definitely alters the betting approach you should take in perceived blowout games though. You can't always count on a Bismack Biyombo foul as the clock's being dribbled out to cover.

        Edit – And taking any opportunity I can to praise Bradley, I think he's helped here just as much as anywhere else. Pierce/Rondo may be too entrenched to go hard every game, but the bench guys have definitely taken his lead and are now playing as hard as they can. Just having one guy as the spark plug can have a big difference. That's been a very encouraging development, because I expect the old guys to be there at the end too.

    • janos

      overals very good week -end boston bradys

  • LOYO

    PP and Rondo get the same grade? C'mon, Rondo was dominating the game and had a triple-double whereas Pierce didn't shoot well and took some really unnecessary 3-point shots.

    • GowGow

      Absolutely right. Rondo gets no love from CelticsHub.

    • janos

      this is persist and frustrate problems this guys web manger. is the joke

  • GowGow

    Triple double should be an automatic A+.

    • CelticsBIG3

      His defense is pretty weak though. If Bradley can't encourage him to try harder on the defensive end and KG is unable to get it out of him, who can?

    • Josh_5

      Not when your Rondo. He gets them too easily, so he needs to be held to a little higher standard.

      • Phil725

        Totally agree with this. It seems unbelievable in a league that includes Lebron, but Rondo is the player with the game by far most likely to earn a triple double. The problem is that a triple double itself is just three arbitrary numbers that don't really mean anything, and that part of that 'game' is that Rondo often chases that last rebound during garbage time (I know Lebron has come up 1 rebound or assist short of a triple double at least three times this year.)

        Rondo's so likely to get 10 assists and he's such a good rebounder that triple doubles alone aren't a great indicator of how he played. There are games like last night where I thought he did play very well offensively, but there's also games like the Atlanta one last week where I thought his impact was grossly overstated by the resulting triple double.

    • janos

      yes very true for rondos one time, all times

  • CG12

    After watching the last few games and thinking about it, I have come to a conclusion – I am officially in on Jeff Green. He has incredible tools, he seems like he is bright and has the right kind of disposition, and I think it is just a question of getting his game to mature a little bit. On a team like the Celtics that can happen. Let's not forget that this is his first full season with the C's, and that really does matter. His defense is coming around – a guy like Green should be a defensive monster on a team with the culture and attitude of the Celtics. I know that there will continue to be ups and downs and probably some frustration with his apparent passivity at times, but I am glad he is going to be with the C's for the next few years. He may not completely earn his contract, but he is going to do good things for this squad.

    • janos

      he is play better no doubts i think he is get the confidance from see excite things happen is all very good times nba celtics now

    • Anthony

      I've been a JGreen believer since the trade tho I was discouraged by the huge contract and the team's poor start this season. The guy has obvious skills and athleticism. As of now, he does a lot of things well but doesn't do anything great. He can post, has mid-range, take his man off the dribble, 3pt shot, solid free throws, decent defender, etc. Maybe DA gave him the big contract as motivation to be great at some of the things I mentioned. Most fans will come around if he continues to attack the rim and come up with highlights like he has lately.

  • janos

    hi brayden is janos
    what else i can say? this team play specials now. win close game good team and beats up bad team this is mark of championS!!! are you watch game at bar? a+ rondos for all fan that watch game no beers and with sound

  • KGisPRICELESS

    I like the comment that KG doesn't respect anybody. Finally, somebody gets it. KG has no respect for himself or others. That's why he whines and complains and talks sh*t to everybody else.

    • Josh_5

      U mad bro?

    • IBleedGreen

      your mama tastes like honey nut cheeriors

  • emg

    emg predicts Rondo gets triple double and plays defense against Austin Rivers tomorrow.

    • Phil725

      Have you seen Rivers' numbers this year? Predicting Rondo's gonna play defense against him is like predicting he'll get 5 or more assists.

      • emg

        I'm saying I think Rondo has deep father issues / anger – the way he used to rage against Doc and how he now trusts Doc means that I bet on some unconscious level he's threatened by Doc being proud of his own (real) son. So I think it's not a normal case of a mismatch of levels, I'm just putting it out there that I think there will be extra aggression to Rondo's game. (or he will fall apart weirdly)

  • janos

    thank you i appeciate that

  • hydrofluoric

    Didn't watch the game, but KG played 32 minutes against the Bobcats and had a negative +/-… that doesn't scream 'great game for Doc!' to me…

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