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Boston Celtics 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Miami Heat
Jeff Green, PF 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | -10
Playing the defacto Paul Pierce role, Green showed up and showed the rim who’s boss. He missed a ton of threes, but I don’t remember any of them being bad shots.
Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -5
Bass is continuing to completely ball out. He’s producing on the offensive end and playing fearless man defense, guarding anyone who comes in his path. I especially like the way he would pick up the ball handler in transition if he was the closest man. Stopping the ball is a major priority against the Heat.
Avery Bradley, PG 34 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -8
Shooting is still a major concern with this kid. It’s getting scarier and scarier to type that.
Courtney Lee, SG 32 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | -10
Hey, Courtney Lee! Where you been all season?!

It’s not likely that he’ll get 16 field gold attempts when the roster is fully healthy, but it was still nice to see him knock them down when given the opportunity. It would have been nicer if he had knocked down a few more corner threes late in the game but c’est la vie.

Jordan Crawford, SG 36 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | -9
Crawford was on a mission to score 40 tonight. He got halfway there. I love watching Crawford in game’s that don’t matter. Watching Crawford in any other situation makes me nervous.
Shavlik Randolph, PF 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4
C’mon Shavy, you’re more savvy than that.
D.J. White, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4
Anyone else want White to play 48 minute today?
Chris Wilcox, PF 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +10
Wilcox was active but was he effective?
Terrence Williams, SG 17 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -2
I wanted Williams to play REALLY well with Pierce and Garnett out. I also wanted to see if he could use his muscle against LeBron James considering they’re both huge dudes. James makes Williams look like a highschooler.
Jason Terry, SG 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 6 PTS | -6
He needs to play better if the C’s have any shot of getting out of the first round.
Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers gets an A for not coaching his team into a situation where the C’s would be fighting for the 8th seed right now and Paul Pierce would tear his achilles tendon in the process.

One Thing We Saw

  1. Full Disclosure: I had to watch this game at a bar (Martyr!) with no sound so overall themes and team defense was hard to evaluate.
  • Jim

    Jason Terry has been an absolute disappointment. If he makes shots like Ray Allen did we win the game. I hope he is not on the team next year. How long do we have to give him to break out of hhis shooting slump?

  • hydrofluoric

    " Doc Rivers gets an A for not coaching his team into a situation where the C’s would be fighting for the 8th seed right now and Paul Pierce would tear his achilles tendon in the process."

    Does he also get an A for playing in the Eastern Conference?

  • GymRat

    Two stat categories stand out – FT attempts and 3pt FG%.

    Despite this being our B team we actually attempted more shots (85 vs 71) and made more shots (41 vs 39). The boards were close (34 vs 37) and we actually dominated in offensive rebounds (9 vs 5). The major difference was they got to the line 28 times versus our meager 13 (though they only converted 19) and they hit 52% from behind the arc to our sad 26% on the exact same amount of attempts (23).

    So we're talking about efficiency and getting to the line. If we shoot a respectable 40% from down town we score an additional 9 pts and even without getting to the line more we win by 1. And if we defended the 3 point line better we pull away.

    It's going to be a rough (and short) post season if this team doesn't take advantage and convert open looks.

    • check12check

      ive noticed just lately that you hit on two of our biggest problems. 1. efficiency from behind the arc. and 2. getting to the line. the second one is the bigger problem. we have frequently lost games simply because we were unable to get to the line. jumpers don't create free throw attempts; drives and post plays do. we are a jump shooting team.

      • GymRat

        I would agree with you expect in this game it (and many as of late) it honestly seems like refs are swallowing their whistles. Both JC and Green attacked the hoop repeatedly and drew contact but with next to know foul calls. Crawford doesn't help his situation by complaining after after drive he makes, but he has a legit point many of the times.

        Bass and T-Will also got roughed up a bit and didn't get whistles. So (at least for this game) I felt we were attacking the rim. But agreed that's an area we need to really improve. Miami makes its living on the line and it helps them win close games.

  • GymRat

    Noticed that my post was deleted (mentioning the exclusion of Shavlik and DJ White along with other comments) as well as CG12's response. Perhaps you had to repost the grades and they fell victim to that.

    I thought T-Will looked really great, and seeing Lee and AB hit was pretty great. Not sure if it was a product of the poor D by Orlando, or just the shots finally dropping, but when this team hits from beyond the arc and plays D to its potential it's a pretty potent combo.

  • http://TrueHoopNetwork Dustin.23

    Give Jason Terry at least a C.

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