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2/82: Celtics-Bucks Grades

 
Milwaukee Bucks 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Boston Celtics
Brandon Bass, PF 35 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +11
For some reason, I can’t remember a single play that Bass was involved in. I mean, I remember some transition points in the first quarter. He was definitely the beneficiary of some sloppy play early on but I couldn’t really give you a ton of specifics. This could have been the quietest 17 point, 9 rebound game of Bass’ career OR I got lost in an imaginary poll I took about who’s hair looks more European, Olynyk or Faverani.
Jeff Green, PF 38 MIN | 4-13 FG | 4-7 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -1
Jeff missed his third (thanks Jay King!) double-double after getting a rebound taken away by the official stat-keeper. Jerk.

For those playing at home, Green is 1-for-2 in his quest to be a 20 point a night scorer.

Gerald Wallace, SF 36 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-7 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | 0
If Wallace made his free throws, he would’ve made that B+ into an A- (I’m sure that’s really weighing on him now). Wallace spoke for a long time after the game, none of which I heard given how softly (and deeply!) he speaks. However, my quote sheet indicates that he was spitting FIRE.

When asked what happened to the C’s big lead, Wallace switched his filter to the off position: “I really don’t understand it. I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats. This was a game we were supposed to win easily, without even the starters playing in the fourth quarter. Instead, we got selfish as a team.”

It sounds bad, huh? Like I said, I couldn’t hear any inflection from where I was standing but luckily I have BRobb sending me audio.

Vitor Faverani, C 37 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 18 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 6 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +1
What can I say about Faverani that EVERY SINGLE Celtics beat writer isn’t feverishly typing right now (seriously, you should hear this. I pity their keyboards)? Maybe some hyperbole: Faverani will be on the short list for Rookie of the Year honors…

…which is exactly how we felt about Sullinger last year. In fairness to Sully, his back injury completely derailed any possibility of being in the running. It’s a long season, but for now enjoy your Favorite-ani.

Avery Bradley, PG 33 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +9
The first three minutes showed everyone how hard Bradley is going to try and earn that lucrative contract he’s seeking next year. As Brian Robb told us earlier, he and the Celtics front office couldn’t agree on a contract extension which will make Bradley a restricted free agent next offseason. If he keeps playing like he did to start (i.e. weak handle, rushed jumpers), he’ll play himself into a nice team friendly deal for the C’s. Win, Win! Unless, you’re Bradley.
Jared Sullinger, PF 10 MIN | 2-6 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -11
Sullinger’s debut could have been more dramatic and impactful but foul trouble limited him to just 10 minutes of action. He did have that sweet impromtu volley ball match with Kelly Olynyk and and the Bucks front court. Like any good volley ball match, it ended with Sully scoring a winner while hitting the deck.
Kelly Olynyk, PF 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -15
If Olynyk stays around the rim this season, his box score will explode. Olynyk has the hands and finish to really clean up his teammate’s misses. Here’s for Stevens allowing the C’s to hit the offensive glass!
Jordan Crawford, SG 12 MIN | 1-1 FG | 5-5 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -9
Crawford is really taking the role of being a facilitator to heart. The Celtics needed a go-to, get-a-bucket type scorer when the going got tough and Crawford either deferred or was on the bench.

I love how Crawford is expanding his game to include ball distribution– however erratic his body movements may be– but this evolution shouldn’t come at the expense of scoring when it’s desperately needed. Dude needs to keep getting buckets!

Courtney Lee, SG 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -20
Lee had his best game in a long time. He started off the game with a missed layup but then used that as motivation to power himself to 13 strong points on 6-of-11 shooting. Eleven field goal attempts seems a bit high for Lee, but when you play as hard as he does on both ends of the floor it’s easily forgivable; especially when he makes six of them.

To Whom It May Concern (okay, namely me): Do not ask Lee about missing layups. He doesn’t like to talk about it.

Kris Humphries, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
It appears as though Jared Sullinger has supplanted Humphries in the rotation. Or maybe Stevens is just trying to figure out his rotation. At any rate, this is a pretty interesting DNP.
  • janos

    when rondos is comeing back am sick this loose all the times

  • http://www.twitter.com lekie

    The cs need to step up n take a page from the sixers this loses suck they had better win the 3rd game….I feel like Ppl shud stop watching the cs until rondo comes back

    • Mark

      I don't think you understand what the Celtics are trying to accomplish this season.

  • hax

    If anyone is following the tanking tracker.
    Celtics 0-2:
    Suns: 2-0
    76'ers: 2-0

    These first two games feel like Stevens straight up out coaches his opposing coach for the first half or so, then the other team adjusts and the game goes downhill.

    • OKCeltic

      Yep. It's a learning process for Stevens also. I have confidence he'll start making the same type of adjustments sooner rather than later.

  • swissflix

    Is there a reason why Sully played only 10 minutes? It cannot have been the fouls. He was out for a long stretch in the second quarter i believe, before he even got into zaza floppulia and those ridiculous calls.
    Could it be they still watch his minutes because of his back? Does anyone know? He does not look that chubby anymore. Actually he looks huge now.

    Except for Faverani a lot of bad weak side help on D. Green has to take some of the blame for that. I miss KG.

    • hax

      This team is really deep. Someone could argue Sullinger-Olynyk-Bass-Humphries should all be the starting PF. Not making excuses, just saying Stevens is loaded with options and Faverani-Bass were playing well. Same with MarShon Brooks not playing a minute yet.

  • jojo27o

    How did KO get a B? He is just plain bad on defense, doesn't box out, and his irrational foul at the end of the third brought Bucks back in the game.

    • hax

      I'm rooting for KO, but I agree that the Celtics win without that free 3 points going into the 4th.

  • Tony

    You "fans" are dumb. The goal for this year's Celtics is not to rack up wins. They are built for the future, not the present. In fact, losing is probably better for their future than winning. They need to see young players develop and veterans boost their trade value. And to get a top pick in the 2014 lottery. That's the goal. Not to win a championship this season. So far so good. Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens are a lot smarter than the commentators on this board. Stop whining and enjoy the young players develop.

    • ElRoz

      Exactly. What in the world are these people saying?! Why would the C's want to win games now? Top get to 35 wins and miss the playoffs AND miss the most talented lottery in years? Dumb.

      They better make sure they have the worst record in the NBA when the season is over.

  • Jim

    You need to have a grade for the new coach. His game management for this game could have been a lot better. I give him a D. I miss Doc already!

  • Jay

    Olynyk has two rebounds in two games. It's going to be hard for him to use his hands and finishing ability around the rim to clean up his teammates misses if he can't grab the board first.

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