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5/82: Celtics-Jazz Grades

Utah Jazz 87 Final
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97 Boston Celtics
Brandon Bass, PF 31 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -3

Still loving that 10-16 footer. What a great blown-possession bailout it is, especially on a team that is currently running a dribbling hunchback and an escaped maniac at point guard. Bass’s defense and rebounding remain less than serviceable but whatever, he’s doing his job. He also took over the offense in the fourth quarter, when Jeff Green realized there were people watching him and got shy.

Vitor Faverani, C 6 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Saw some people complaining that Vitor only got six minutes last night. I think it was because Brad Stevens was actually trying to win this game? Enes Kanter was shoving Vitor around like he was made of Nerf. He’s still a nice surprise, but could stand a little conditioning if he really wants to be a permanent rotation guy.

Avery Bradley, PG 30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -1

Why does this guy still have a PG next to his name on every stat sheet? He cannot dribble or pass. He really should not even have the ball in his hands for more than one second. He’s so terrible, Brad Stevens was forced to give Jordan Crawford MORE RESPONSIBILITY. But Bradley actually needs to play alongside a very good passer to optimize his talents, so he still looked a little off last night. Maybe if Pressey sees more time he’ll get better.

Jeff Green, SG 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +10

He took seven shots in the first quarter and six for the rest of the game. Seven, three, two, one, in that order. You’re the NUMBER ONE OFFENSIVE OPTION, weirdo! Where is your confidence? Do we need to call Hitch in here to teach you to dance?

Jordan Crawford, SG 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -8

The Jordan Crawford Point Guard Experience went just well enough to continue another game. Plenty of aborted plays and 30-foot double-covered threes in the early minutes, but he actually can make good passes. He found Olynyk and Sullinger beautifully a couple times late in the game. With this guy, you’re over the moon if he only poops in his hand once per game.

Jared Sullinger, PF 24 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +18

For what it’s worth, Sullinger was +18 last night and +12 in the Memphis loss. Bass was -3 last night and -14 against Memphis. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH. Sullinger, very encouragingly, actually muscled in some interior points against a big Jazz front line. the thing to watch with him going forward

Kelly Olynyk, PF 29 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +10

Shot was off tonight. Who cares? He played solid D against human oaks Favors and Kanter, and got himself open with some slippery tricks for easy layups. The eight boards are also encouraging.

Kris Humphries, PF 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +3

Humphries accidentally wandered out onto the court last night and nobody noticed for six minutes. Brad had to put some fried dough on the bench to lure him back off.

Gerald Wallace, SF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +16

Lots of chatter about Wallace’s effort last night. I saw Wallace take several possessions off after being nudged over. Lots of exaggerated sighing. And when Pressey called a team huddle in the fourth, and someone on the CH Twitter accurately compared Wallace’s reaction to this video.

I’m over it. Sorry. Guy talks about sacrificing stats for a month and then bitches when he has to come off the bench. OVER IT! Maybe he’ll get traded and the team can actually lose in peace.

Phil Pressey, PG 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +8

Go read Mike Pina’s great assessment of why Pressey should be the backup PG going forward. Abstract: Phil Pressey can dribble and pass.

Courtney Lee, SG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +5

Basically the line we have all come to expect from Courtney Lee: single-digit points on very few shots combined with adequate defense. Between this guy and Jeff Green this is becoming a team of Milhouses. If only Jordan Crawford were willing to share a tiny shred of his confidence.

Brad Stevens

Ainge: Brad! Congrats on your first win! Here, step into my office, I’ve got something for you. It’s a trophy. A first-win trophy. Just come in. A little more.
*Mike Zarren pops out from behind Ainge’s office door and chloroforms Stevens*
Ainge: Very good, Mike. How do I look?
*Ainge dons a perfect Brad Stevens disguise*

  • Switcharoo

    Funniest write up on Celticshub yet! Damn man that is had me in tears.

  • Jason

    LOL @ the Jeff Green box.

  • sid

    Bass has been phenomenal on the defensive side for what he's being given. And don't be disrespecting Crawford

  • hax

    Late in the game it looked like Olynyk had a MONSTER offensive board over Kanter/Favors, but he missed the put back lay-up. TD Garden would have exploded if he completed that play.

    Wallace is such a hypocrite. His free throws suddenly look shaq-like, as I commented during the game. It felt like he was trying to lose the game to spite Brad for benching him. We have a lot of guys who can do something off the bench, we can easily drop Gerald's 30 mins/game for guys who can shoot and rebound like Brooks/Humphries.

    Bass is playing really well. It's not just open mid-range jumpers we've seen the last two years when the defense ignores him because we have rondo-pierce-garnett. Just hitting jumpers with guys all over him, and at the clutch moments of the game. Value ++

    Our 4th quarters are a joke. Might as well run Vitor at PG in the 4th just to see if it changes anything.

  • Nice job, Hayes. Hilarious.

    I'm eager to see how CH balances the obvious desire of this franchise to lose and lose big against the natural, human desire to, you know, try your best and win.

  • Jim

    Wow what is deal with the harsh words for Humphries? Give the guy a break until he gets some floor time. He is a better player then you give him credit for.