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Celtics-Pistons Full Grades

Are you tired of hearing about Asik? Thought you might be. Let’s just talk about the game. Full grades after the jump.

 

Detroit Pistons 107 Final
Recap | Box Score
106 Boston Celtics
Brandon Bass, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -2If this was Brandon Bass’ final game as a Celtic, it was about as Brandon Bass-y a game as one could hope for. 11 efficient points, seven rebounds, quiet professionalism. Goodnight, sweet mid-range prince (maybe).
Jared Sullinger, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +13Sullinger somehow managed to find a way to shoot 50 percent from the field despite playing against several massive defenders who mostly stopped him from scoring inside. More importantly, he is quickly becoming the type of player who really wants to take a big shot late in the game (and is also capable of making it). Eight rebounds and four assists aren’t bad either.
Avery Bradley, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +7Bradley, like the rest of the team, was hot in the first quarter and, like the rest of the team, he struggled to put points on the board in the second half.
Jeff Green, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -7Seven rebounds? Good! 13 points on 13 shots? Less good! Zero free throws? No good! Final play? No good whatsoever! Not-as-good Jeff Green showed up tonight.
Jordan Crawford, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 4-15 FG | 8-8 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3I don’t want to name names, but someone who edits for Celtics Hub whose name rhymes with Mayan Cobb tweeted “Do we still have to be in love with Jordan Crawford?” SOMETIMES LOVE IS WORK, MAYAN COBB. Crawford gets a little credit for going 8-for-8 from the free throw line, but otherwise, it was an inefficient game.
Kris Humphries, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | +1For the second game in a row, Kris Humphries was the first man off the bench. Hump was productive (10 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes), but he committed four turnovers, contributing to Boston’s biggest downfall offensively.
Gerald Wallace, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +6On any given possession, Gerald Wallace is probably doing something productive that won’t find its way into a basic box score. His early season whining aside, Crash has been doing good things coming off the bench.
Kelly Olynyk, C Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5Kelly just…isn’t quite there yet.
Vitor Faverani, C Shot Chart 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -9Vitor tried really hard, but against a frontline like Detroit’s, he was doomed to a rough game defensively from the get-go.
Phil Pressey, PG Shot Chart 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3Pressey was mostly invisible, but he dished out three assists and didn’t turn the ball over, which is nothing to sniff at.
Courtney Lee, SG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -9For one brief stretch, Courtney Lee was Boston’s best offensive option, scoring eight consecutive points, as he followed up his extremely professional pre-game comments with a professional performance. Being a solid-but-expendable shooting guard must be pretty tough in this league.
MarShon Brooks, SG Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | In terms of minutes, MarShon Brooks would benefit greatly from the Asik trade. Make of that what you will.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Tommy Heinsohn isn’t just a homer with the players, he’s a homer with his favorite refs as well. CSNNE showed him shaking hands with Tony Brothers before the game after Tommy failed to deliver his usual vitriol when Brothers blew a call. It’s nice to see that everyone is in on the joke with Tommy.
  2. The Celts handed away just two more turnovers than the Pistons (18-16), but Detroit made Boston pay, scoring 30 points off those turnovers to the Celtics’ 18.

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  • CelticsBIG3

    Everyone is scoffing at the potential for losing Bass in this Asik trade. I'll miss him. He's been a huge part of what has made this team fun to watch this year. One thing that will always stick out for me was his monster game against Miami in the 2012 ECF. I don't remember which game it was exactly, but he was beasting that night.

    On the topic of Marshon Brooks getting minutes, that's a little scary. I understand that there is probably rust from not playing in games, but the time he has seen has not been great. Even when he was playing strong offensively when the Nets were still in Jersey, he was always a terribly clueless defensive player. There's a reason he's been relegated to the bench and lets be honest, its not necessarily Courtney Lee.

  • CG12

    Jordan Crawford was pretty painful last night. Wayyyy too many early shot clock jacks for no good reason. We can get a Crawford 25-footer at any time, there is no need to shoot it with 12 seconds left on the shot clock. That's the kind of stuff that got him his shaky reputation.

  • CG12

    From a pure basketball perspective (not taking the salary cap into account) it would be great to see Lee, Wallace, and Humphries stick around. All three are perfect veteran rotation pieces. They play super hard and know what they are doing. Wallace's offense gets ragged on because he doesn't shoot and score much, but he still manages to be helpful on offense by really pushing the ball and creating for others off the bounce. Humphries runs the floor about as hard as any big man out there. Lee has shown he can shoot and score, play D, and also gets up and down the floor. Surround guys like that with difference-makers with elite skills (Rondo's ballhandling and passing, Bradley's 3 and D, Sullinger's old-man-savvy game) and the product looks pretty nice.