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Cleveland Cavaliers 97 Final

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91 Boston Celtics
Chris Wilcox, PF 22 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11
I still can’t find a reason to play him over Shavlik Randolph…or DJ White for that matter.
Brandon Bass, PF 39 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -3
My only hope is that Bass’ contributions remain relatively consistent when Garnett comes back. Bass has been a pleasant surprise and his defense looks elite when paired with Wilcox.
Jeff Green, PF 33 MIN | 8-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -7
Foul trouble really limited an other wise solid game for Green. The whistles really affected his aggressiveness and by the time he regained it, it didn’t matter. The C’s had dug themselves a huge hole that they couldn’t climb out of. The only knock I’d put on Green is his failure to be strong with the ball when accepting perimeter passes. He allowed his defender to stick to his body and couldn’t create the necessary separation to accept the ball and make a move.
Avery Bradley, PG 28 MIN | 3-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -8
Once Bradley starts consistently knocking down corner threes, he’ll be deadly. Right now, he’s manageable. He had plenty of opportunities to change the complexion of the game but couldn’t convert.
Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11
Lee’s lack of offensive contribution is especially noticeable one nights when Pierce doesn’t play. Now that Green has solidified himself as a starter, I can’t imagine a scenario where Lee gets his job back.
Shavlik Randolph, PF 13 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +10
For someone who looks severely limited, Randolph is extremely effective. He sets good screens and rolls hard to the bucket. He can finish around the basket and rebounds aggressively. It’s time his role in the rotation is expanded.
Jordan Crawford, SG 29 MIN | 3-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6
14 field goal attempts. The Celtics really could have used more than 3 makes.
Terrence Williams, SG 31 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -13
I wanted to see him drive to the bucket more in the second half but I loved the way rebounded the ball.
Jason Terry, SG 27 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +7
If Terry made three more shots, this would have been one his better games. Instead, his most memorable moments include a three he made after Rivers called a timeout and completely decleating CJ Miles for little reason.
Doc Rivers
Rivers spent a ton of time complaining to officials. It’s not that he didn’t have a point, it’s just that he should have spent his energy doing anything else. Anything else would have been more constructive. It’s also time to give DJ White a chance. Seriously, what does it matter when you get outrebounded 58-42. The “I can’t play White because he doesn’t know the defense” doesn’t really fly when you lose to the Cavaliers.
  • fabzzz

    How did randolph foul out in 13 minutes???

    • GymRat

      Some incredibly poor officiating. I don't usually like that excuse, but in this case it wasn't an excuse. They were seriously retarded and calling the game two different ways for each team.

      Case in point, Thompson spent the whole game mugging everyone who got near him. Randolph gets shoved out from under the basket and out of bounds on the defensive end…but somehow gets called for a foul. Another play Randolph was horse collared by Thompson and he knocks his arm off…tweet! Another bogus whistle.

      Meanwhile on the other end Bass' fingertips grazed a Cav Jersey before he leapt into the air and snagged a crucial board…tweet! Apparently that was too much contact for a Celtic.

      The worst was a loose ball chase down where Green got run over by two Cavs for a no call. It was like a bad 80s movie where the bad guy is cheating and the refs are looking the other way while calling everything against the hero. It was really rather disgusting. It kept the Cavs in the game but the loss was really because nobody in Green could make a wide open shot for most of the second half.

      Once again we live by the jumper…we die by the jumper. And died we did.

      • Anthony

        I've seen a ton of poorly officiated games against the Celts this year. The weird thing is quite a few of them were in the Garden. Usually, I can accept a couple of bad calls favoring the home team but it just seem its been bad at home and worse on the road.

        I thought the JET flagrant fouls was mind-boggling. I mean really?? Look at the size of JET and CJ Miles, both of whom were not going full speed. It was a flop if I've ever seen one. Was it a foul? Sure. Was it a flagrant? No F—ing way.

        The only reason the final fouls and FT disparity wasn't worse was because the ref dish out a couple calls our way at the final minutes, when the game was already decided.

        It'll be extremely frustrating to watch the playoff if this kind of officiating continues.

  • WTF

    So when the players were shooting jumpers and missing them, what did Doc do? Did he tell them to take it to the hole? Did he call plays to post Green, Bass or anyone? Tells you what kind of capability the coach has.

  • check12check

    the biggest concern from this game for me is that bradley left and didn't come back. I know his offense looks unpolished, but his D helps the team A LOT. I hope he is ok.

    can you say enough about how good green has been lately? 23 points on 8 of 13 AND 9 boards!! I will take that from mr. Green every game. He has taken some time to really get going like we need him to, but I love what he has been doing for us lately

  • CG12

    Avery needs to learn to keep his hand out of the cookie jar when guarding quicker point guards. Last night with Irving and in other game this year (Jeff Teague comes to mind), Avery has regularly over-committed, gotten out of position, and allowed the other team's PG to exploit that advantage. Irving got Avery on his hip several times and took it the length of the court for easy buckets or dishes to teammates. Steals are good, but it is more important to control your man, something Avery is usually very good at. TWill did a far better job on Irving because he didn't reach, and can use his size and strength to get through picks more easily.

    • hydrofluoric

      Kyrie shot 4-20.

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