Post-game Reactions

Toronto Raptors 88 Final
Recap | Box Score
112 Boston Celtics
Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +4
In a game where Good-Shooter-Bass would have put up a 20 spot, Bad-Shooter-Bass finished with 11. The effort was definitely there and he gets a healthy bump for completely crossing up ValanCHEWnas.
Paul Pierce, SF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 9-11 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +6
…and on the 7th day, Paul Pierce rested…at least, it felt that way. After making the wise decision to sit out last night’s debacle, Pierce came out firing. In 24 minutes, Pierce scored 15 points, dished out 4 assists, cleaned up 4 boards, and entered the top 20 in most points scored in NBA history. Pierce then dropped the mic and waited for Gino.
Kevin Garnett, C 20 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +11
In 20 minutes, KG stuffed the stat sheet and FINALLY had an efficient shooting night. In the process, he passed “the logo” Jerry West and now ranks 15th in all time points scored. He celebrated by throwing down a turn-back-the-clock alley-oop and nearly threw his back out dancing to the Bee Gees.
Avery Bradley, PG 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +13
After the game, Doc Rivers likened Avery Bradley to Scottie Pippen. That is an over-statement. Luckily, we can still praise him for the good work he does. He didn’t shoot particularly well, but he treated fans to his patented pressurized pocket pick.
Courtney Lee, SG 39 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +18
Lee played a whopping 39 minutes tonight. That is a TON. You would hope for more production out of Lee given the amount of clock ticks, but there is plenty of things Lee does outside of points, boards, assists, and steals. Lee serves as a steadying influence when sent out there with the second unit, which will be invaluable come playoff time.
D.J. White, PF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2
It’s hard to impress in 3 minutes of garbage time.
Shavlik Randolph, PF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2
See “DJ White.”
Jeff Green, PF 31 MIN | 7-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +23
It’s hard to evaluate this game for Green considering the competition and the time in which that competition was actually competing. I’m very happy that Green was competing continuously, which was a sharp departure from how he played against Charlotte.
Chris Wilcox, PF 12 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +6
You take this game from Wilcox every time if you could.
Jordan Crawford, SG 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +18
I’m still waiting for Crawford to have a game where he really hurts the C’s. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how willing of a passer he has been. Hopefully he keeps it up as his scoring ability is undeniable.
Terrence Williams, SG 5 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | 0
It’s clear that Williams is still adjusting to the idea of being a point guard. He had two turnovers in five minutes. His signing is the quintessential “move for next season.”
Jason Terry, SG 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +17
A rare game where Terry played the role of distributor. Let’s see this type of production against good teams.
Doc Rivers
Rivers was not only able to motivate his players after last night’s suckfest, but he was also able to limit minutes on a SEGABABA. Bravo!

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  1. Rudy Gay is terrible, huh?
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  • check12check

    I liked the grades for the most part. Even though i like CL's grade, i have to disagree with complaints about production. none of the numbers really wow you, but 4 REB 4 AST 3 STL is pretty solid all around, he shot 50% on an appropriate number of attempts for him, and really it's been his D that is making the bigger impact. You have to love it when you have the pittbulls out there to make life miserable for guards (well, I guess guards not named kemba walker or russell westbrook.).

    LOVE the first line of PP's grade. seriously though, anytime Pierce gets to the line 11 times, it's going to be a good night.

    can we shed our 10-day contract bigs? clearly they are not going to be able to do anything but be bodies for garbage minutes. I like Wilcox, but I think we need someone else who can put together solid minutes for the off-nights or mismatches we all know happen with CW.

    I already mentioned this in another post on this blog, but congrats the big ticket and the captain for their movement up in the all time points standings.

    • The Cardinal

      The 10 day guys are there for end of the bench depth – nothing more. If you get rid of these two, who ya gonna sign except two more end of benchers? If the C's though there was anyone out there who might be able to make a real impact, I'm sure they would go after them.

      Also to be fair to the 10 day guys – how well can you expect them to play since barring injury, they've been told they are never going to have the opportunity for meaningful minutes and they know that their prime directive is "just don't stink it up too badly when you're in the game?" The jury is still out on Shavik, but DJ moves well and is comfortable playing at NBA speed and I'll go out on a limb and predict he'll be around next season.

  • Nikica

    What is that SEGABABA? :-)))

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  • swissflix

    As much as i am happy for Jeff Green's development lately, i must say i did not like his game last night. Sure, he scored 20 points, but i just got the feeling watching the tentative jeff again. His jumper was not falling and in general he should have been more aggressive. His defense was also questionable at times. It was only the Raptors, after all. But maybe i am being too harsh on him.

    • NZNICK33

      I guess some people are always gonna be hating on Jeff Green. He could play a perfect game and someone would still make a negative remark.

      • check12check

        I actually thought he was aggressive without being wreckless.

  • Dean

    ^same exact thoughts i had, he definitely seemed tentative, as if he's lost a bit of that confidence he had gained

  • CG12

    That people would choose this game to criticize Green is truly baffling. He gets up 14 shots, easily the most on the team, and goes 5-of-5 from the line and he isn't being aggressive enough? What the heck do you want from him? 20 shots in a crappy blow-out? It is always going to be something of an issue with Green to get him to be as assertive as everyone on the entire planet apparently would like him to be, but he has been straight balling for a solid month and a half. 15 points, 4 boards (blah), 2-3 blocks and steals, 1 3-pointer, 1 highlight jam/take to the hoop, and some pretty solid man-to-man D. I will take that all day, every day, and expect that he will get even better over the next year or two as he gets more and more of the scoring alpha dog role.

    • swissflix

      Well, usually i would agree with you very much. In fact, i liked Green in the game vs the pacers better, even though he was missing a lot of shots. But he was putting his stamp on the game, making good passes, bringing the ball up. Against the Raptors however, i thought he should have tried do to more of that . i do not want him to take more shots, i want him to take shots with more determination.

    • Rav

      Those last-month-and-a-half numbers are good, and definitely an improvement over his previous. Still short of 9 million dollars' worth, though. If he can take it any further, then maybe. But then again those were the kind of numbers he put up in OKC.

    • Anthony

      As the #1 JGreen supporter on CH, I like to say, I think people are forgetting that he's coming off heart surgery just 14 months ago. The production that he giving, all things considered, is remarkable enough. Maybe the Phoenix game threw everyone off thinking he can duplicate that on a nightly basis.

      I like to know what everyone thinks should be the #s he produces to warrant his $8.38 salary this year as well as other players (non-rookies contracts only) that are actually making their money's worth.

      • Swissflix

        5-7 rebounds, more consistency, 16-18 points a game. Not because of his paycheck, but because of his skills. And a left hand dribbling. And yes, i am a jgreen fan!

        • Anthony

          Isn't it a little unreasonable to ask someone coming off heart surgery to put up career #s? In addition to the fact that he plays just shy of 26 mins a game. His highest per game averages are 16.5 pts and 6.7 reb per game playing nearly 37 mins.

          What you basically want is for him to play like Pierce, who is always the first options, paid doubled the salary, captain of the team, and first ballot hall of famer. J-Smoove puts those #s and thinks he deserves a max contract.

          There are exactly 20 players that average 18 or more points and 36 players that average 7 or more rebounds per game in the entire league.

          We obviously want the Celts to win and JGreen to succeed within that but I think you're expectations are a bit above what is reality.

          • Swissflix

            Well, i do not know. If he is still recovering, why is he out there then. And the rebounding issue clearly has nothing to do with this. 17 and maybe 6 aren't exactly the truth' numbers. In terms of numbers, what would you expect?

          • Anthony

            Obviously I can't speak for JGreen but according to written articles regarding his surgery, his progress has been better than anticipated. He was suppose to still suffer from random fatigue even a year after surgery. I can only assume he wanted to get back as quickly as possible and play himself back into game shape.

            Pierce is averaging 18.6 pts and 6.4 reb on 34 mins. Lastly, Jamal Crawford has the highest per game scoring avg of a 6th man at 16.9 and he plays 30mins. JR Smith is a shade below that at 16.7 and he plays over 33mins.

            My expectations of JGreen are closer to 14 pts, 5reb on roughly 28-30 mins, He has basically exceeded that in the past 2 months. You also have to take into account his assists, steals, blocks and his pretty solid man to man defense.

  • CG12

    The Raptors really suck. I can see why no one wants Kyle Lowry, even though he has been a very productive NBA player for stretches – he irritates everyone, without distinguishing between his own team and other teams. Scrappy D, forced shots, very high energy, always talking. I thought Bassy Telfair looked pretty good before he got tossed. He still has that nice handle and seems to be more comfortable as an NBA player. Very solid back-up PG. Gay is just terrible. He is not really terrible, but you sure don't want him as your lead guy, and probably not as your second guy. He is actually a lot like Jeff Green (sorry Jeff), but does virtually everything worse. The only thing he does better is rebound. DeRozan – not good. Landry Fields – I don't even need to go there. About the only redeeming thing about this team is that Valancuinas and Terrance Ross both look like guys who can mature into real NBA contributors. But that's about it.

    • Rav

      In truth he's better than Jeff Green at most things, but not to the tune of $7 million better (Gay's getting paid $16+ million this year).

      But Gay and Green are pretty similar players – not tall enough to defend at PF, can't shoot well enough to be good SFs on offense; don't really rebound enough etc.

  • NZNICK33

    I might get vilified for this but how about giving Eddy Curry a shot?

    He actually looked to have his head on straight when he was with the Spurs & Mavs.

    I would much rather give him a go than Shavlik. He's just terrible. At the very least Curry might learn a thing or two about being a pro from KG & PP.

  • Jonathan

    He would be ineligible for the playoffs. Deadline was March 1st