The Celtics tried to combat the superior size of the Brooklyn Nets with speed and quickness and got burned for it. The tandem of Brook Lopez backing down all challengers and Kevin Garnett hitting midrange jumpers worked perfectly against the smaller Celtics front line. The C’s have enough tape on Garnett to know how to stop him but unfortunately it’s all been moved to the Media Relations department in preparation for the most epic of all montage videos (expect Coldplay, Paula Cole, and Bee Gees as all part of the musical accompaniment). Had Brad Stevens properly scouted Lopez he would have assigned assistant coach Rajon Rondo the duty of drawing him pictures of Wolverine. It’s the best way to render Lopez powerless.
Luckily, the Celtics will get a chance to revamp their strategy for when they Nets come to town. They will have the time to devise a way to keep Lopez from playing like that one 6′ tall kid on your fifth grade travel team. They need to make Lopez play like that same kid only in his junior year of High School. You know, when he never grew again while simultaneously not developing any guard skills. Given Stevens recent flirtation with playing small really hitting the honey moon stage, the C’s will likely be seeing a lot Junior High Lopez.
If only the Celtics had a 7 footer with some bulk and similarly bad hair….
Okay so they have two, count ’em, TWO guys that fit that description. Kelly Olynyk is still nursing a bum ankle and Vitor Faverani has fallen so out of favor he only played 4 minutes against a team with three seven foot tall rotation players. Remember when Michael Pina wrote this about Faverani a month ago? My, my have times changed. To be fair to Stevens, Faverani was a pukey -12 in those 4 minutes. It’s hard to fault Stevens for leaving Faverni on the bench in timeout. Still, the Celtics smaller big guys weren’t fairing any better against Lopez. It would have been nice to have the ability to show some resistance against the slowest back down in the game.
Now that the Celtics are back home, I’ll hopefully get a chance to ask Stevens about Faverani’s decrease in playing time. They are playing another formidable front line tonight after all.