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3/82: Celtics-Pistons Grades

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Brandon Bass, PF 37 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -8
Overpowered by the Detroit frontline, Bass did as good a job of standing his ground on both ends as you could hope for. 37 minutes suggests that he’s going to get consistent long run in Brad Stevens’ rotations. Before he was complementary. This year, he’s central. That doesn’t bode well for the Celtics, but it’s a credit to Bass. He’s a pro.
Jeff Green, PF 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -8
I’m not yet ready to dive into the Jeff Green enigma this season, especially not after he had to deal with a couple of unfavorable matchups tonight. However, does it say anything notable that Boston’s best (?) player only went for 20 minutes and 5 minutes when the team needed offense and shot creation. If it does, it isn’t anything good.
Gerald Wallace, SF 36 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -6
Heavy minutes. But it’s also his second game in three with 5 points or less. Worrying.
Vitor Faverani, C 19 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -7
Didn’t get enough burn or touches for my money.
Avery Bradley, PG 34 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 13 PTS | -15
Bradley looks like he’s going to take a lot of mid-range jumpers out of pick and roll actions while Rajon Rondo is on the shelf. It’s an inefficient shot choice but if he can manage to knock them down at any kind of clip, it’ll open up his driving game, which is a clear weakness in Boston’s halfcourt offense, because Bradley is just not creating enough stuff on the ball. Off the ball, he’s active and effective and the possibility remains he’ll thrive upon RR’s return.
Jared Sullinger, PF 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -2
Lost in the trees.
Kelly Olynyk, PF 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -3
Olynyk tended towards one move too many in both face-up and back-to-the-basket situations and he’s got a nervous jumper right now, but despite this, he’s displaying great instincts on offense, particularly finding openings in the opposing defense while he’s not the focal point of a given set. His length and activity made a difference on the defensive end too. A good night for KO.
Jordan Crawford, SG 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +3
Shy an assertive Jeff Green, Crawford was Boston’s best creator in the half-court. The offense came with a series of questionable passes and shots but he led two key Boston charges when he took over for Bradley. It may not be in Boston, but he could have a future in the league as the first guard off the bench.
MarShon Brooks, SG 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6
Anyone get the sense Brooks isn’t going to find Boston more to his liking than Brooklyn? More than any other player on this roster, he has to be hoping the C’s can find a way to move Courtney Lee.
Courtney Lee, SG 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -5
Lower team expectations seem to suit him well. He’s looked better in the first three games this season than almost all of last season. Admittedly, it’s not a high bar to clear.
Keith Bogans, SG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5
Oh, Keith. At least you have the contract.
  • The Cardinal

    AB and Lee must have benefited from "grading on the curb," because it's a stretch IMHO to give either one more than a C- on the absolute scale.

    There is potential for this team to eventually develop a nice inside/outside half-court game because for once, we have a couple or three bigs who look pretty good in the paint and around the basket. The problem with this is Crawford, Brooks, and Pressey are probably more capable of opening the floor than Bradley and Lee, but in backasswards fashion, the latter are one and two on the current depth chart.

    Bradley may still make a decent two guard, but Lee simply confounds me – he doesn't do any one thing well enough on a consistent basis to see Brooks buried on the end of the bench (or to not give his minutes to Pressey or Crawford when paired with AB). If he was a dependable 3 point shooter, or was an explosive streak shooter, or was a defensive stopper, or was a better-than-average passer, or didn't suffer from the yips on layups and on late clock execution, or just brought energy to the team through his confidence and hustle, then I'd understand the extended playing time a little better. But the beauty of this season is high expectations for the team are non-existent, and Brad and Danny have plenty of time to figure out who's a keeper and who's not.

    • hydrofluoric

      I agree 100% about Lee, but just because Bradley can't play PG doesn't mean he's not worth having on the floor.

      Per Chris Forsberg: "[Bradley's] defense has been as excellent as expected (allowing only 0.621 points per play, according to Synergy). Boston's defensive rating (102.2 points per 100 possessions) drops 10 points when Bradley is on the floor (and rises 20.4 when he's not). "

      • The Cardinal

        I don't mind Bradley so much when he's paired with another ball handler or when he's the only guard on the floor during the first quarter and making an all-out effort to push the ball. When he stops pushing the ball, his offensive liabilities wipe out his defensive excellence.

        I too read Chris' article, and AB's atrocious numbers on offense totally negate anything he brings on defense unless he is being utilized in a very defined role. I do think if Rondo returns and AB moves to the two guard full time, he'll be more effective.

        I'm just not sold on the idea of AB being a building block moving forward (but I'll be happy to be proven wrong). I fall into the camp that is happy he didn't receive an extension because after three or four years, the weakest parts of his game haven't improved one iota and that's sorta/kinda scary given his athleticism. One would think his hunger to improve- given the pedigreed company he's played with in the past season few seasons and the way he was utilized last season – would inspire him to become a better ball handler and passer.

  • CG12

    If Jordan Crawford weren't literally the only guy on this roster (perhaps other than Phil Pressey) capable of some creativity with the ball and running an actual pick-and-roll, I wouldn't need to see him ever again. He has remained true to his reputation as a mouthy chucker who doesn't play D. If you are building for the future, I will save you some time – you don't want Jordan Crawford on your team. The offense is going to be lousy all year, especially in the half court, so I just cannot understand why the team walks it up so much some times. You don't need to all-out sprint to the hoop, but get up into the D as quickly as you reasonably can. The more time you give them to set up, the smaller the creases will be. The team can use all the space it can get.

    • While he is mouthy, the technical he got it with was based solely reputation. He was mad at himself for fumbling a pass away and yelled an expletive at himself. Players yell at themselves in frustration all the time (except for Jeff Green) and don't get hit with a tech.

      Now yelling at Carmelo Anthony about his wife's sexual prowess, that's on him.

      • CG12

        I didn't see the tech. But he has earned that reputation. He is always yapping and mugging. Again – he is perhaps the only guy on the entire roster who can create for other people off the bounce. It is nutty how limited this team is in the ballhandling department. It is no wonder they are running "horns" sets so much – our bigs are much better passers than our guards.

    • The Cardinal

      True dat. Still, we probably have a better chance of winning some of the closer games this season with him mouthin' and chuckin' vs. the offensively passivity and indecisiveness of almost everyone else. But next year? Nah…not unless he undergoes personality and decision-making lobotomy.

      What the heck did he say to earn the tech last night? I know it came as he committed a turnover, but I sorta assumed he was cussing himself and the ref took it the wrong way.