Post-game Reactions

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/0118/bos_g_davis_576.jpgOrlando at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden


Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.8 points/100 possessions (23rd)
100.9 points/100 possessions (17th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.1 points allowed/100 possessions (7th)
 105.3 points allowed/100 possessions (25th)

Probable Magic Starters:
Jameer Nelson (PG), J.J. Redick (SG), Moe Harkless (SF), Andrew Nicholson (PF), and Nikola Vucevic (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Magic Basketball

Thumbnail: It was fantastic to see the Celtics trounce the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday because now they have an even worse opponent coming to TD Garden Friday: the Orlando Magic, a team that is currently on a seven-game losing streak, the longest current one in the league. Orlando is also without Glen Davis, who is one of the only reasons that the team has enjoyed some success this season. In 2012-13, they are 1-16 when he plays fewer than 25 minutes or does not play at all. When Davis has played at least 25 minutes this season, the Magic are 13-15. With a lot of areas in the Celtics’ favor, they are expected to win by double digits for the second consecutive game.

In addition, let us not forget the freedom that Boston’s guards felt without Rajon Rondo. Courtney Lee, Jason Terry, and Leandro Barbosa are much more comfortable when they receive more offensive touches. While the Celtics may struggle to keep their offensive consistency without their floor general in the long run, Avery Bradley and the three other main guards are no slouches. When Rondo has been off the court this season, the statistics actually show that the Celtics have benefitted in scoring, scoring defense, rebounding, and limiting turnovers.

Coming into Friday’s contest, the Celtics this season have played 1,422 minutes with Rondo on the floor and 793 minutes with him off the court. In 2012-13, the Celtics are a shockingly 2.7 points per 100 possessions better on the offensive end without Rondo on the floor. Moreover, the Celtics are an impressive 1.3 points per 100 possessions better on defense with Rondo on the bench this season. The Celtics’ turnover percentage (approximate turnovers per 100 possessions) is 1.4% better without Rondo. The Celtics’ total rebounding percentage is also 2.2% better without Rondo. While no one can definitively say that the Celtics are better without their main point guard, these statistics point to the fact that they are not much worse.

Prediction: Jared Sullinger’s season-ending injury may cost the Celtics a few points and rebounds on Friday, but the Magic cannot make up for the absence of Big Baby. The Celtics win their seventh consecutive game against Orlando.

Celtics 101, Magic 90

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  • Phil725

    Are you sure about that turnover #? I'm seeing Basketball Reference showing the team turning it over 15.2% with Rondo and 16.6 without. Turnovers are my biggest fear about the new PG-less offense. The Kings are league average in forcing turnovers, and they looked to be in the passing lanes a lot last game.

    For tonight, I'm interested to see how the team responds to this latest injury. I've been very high on Sully's impact on the team's energy. I still think they'll pull this one out, but I'm really down with losing Sully.

  • Phil725

    Talk about brick-fest by the starters. I love Bradley, but I really don't want the offense to be AB 18 footers off the dribble.

    Good start by the bench though.

    • Phil725

      More than a good start, they finished the quarter on an 18-5 run. Would be nice to see Terry heat up; good signs early.

  • Phil725

    I'd love to see the 3rd quarter stats for games where the Cs lead at halftime by 10+. I hope Lee's okay after running into that screen wrong, but the Lee/Bradley backcourt really needs broken up today either way. It's not bringing any of the positives it had been, and the offense is faltering because of it.

    …and Lee's staying in the game. So, at least he's not hurt.

  • IBleedGreen

    Orlando's roster is a joke…

  • Switcharoo

    Good game good won. It’s nice to see some of the other players becoming more involved on the floor. Also, Green seems to be improving.

  • KillerGymRat

    I know the Magic were short handed and are terrible, but it's nice to see the team game shine so well.

    Not sure why we have to lose two key players to move the ball like that…but it was really great to see the ball move so fast and everyone being so unselfish. I know the finger gets pointed at Rondo for holding the ball, but that's by Doc's design…so hopefully play like this has him rethink the offense when Rondo is finally back. No more dribbling away 16 seconds to set up an iso please.

    Pierce playing the point forward is just as effective as I thought it would be.

    According to the post game C's are 14 -1 in games were Pierce has a double double.

    Fab Melo makes his debut. I love his size and agility. They are kidding themselves though if they think D-league play is going to help him in the pro game. You could tell his timing is completely off from the slower play, and he isn't used to the strength of NBA bigs. He was a full second late on every swat attempt. If they're serious about developing him he needs to be a fixture in garbage time.

    3 in a row!