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The Good,the Bad,and the Ugly: Game 11 of the season against the Pacers

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The Good

I thought Garnett put up a solid game in the second  game of a back-to-back. He put up his highest field goal total of the season with 19. He scored 21 points. His rebounding wasn't impressive, but his defense was sound for most of the game. I think it's fair to say that KG isn't coming back to old form. That doesn't mean it's the end of KG. He will need to undestand what his limits are, and  how he can us his basketball I.Q to be productive. 

The Rookie Moore showed some good things last night. I wouldn't mind seeing some more of  him.

The Bad

The Celtics jumped out to an early lead, and an early lead on the boards. The Celtics in the second half lost control of the game, and they lost control on the glass. The biggest surprise had to be O'neal grabbing 12 rebounds in the game. The Celtics showed some promise, but the end result was another  "L", and the Celtics were out rebounded again.

The Ugly

The Celtics didn't have an offensive flow all night. The offense felt like a bunch of isolation play's for Pierce. That worked early on with Pierce going to the line, but as a game plan I don't like it. This is what I get from the past three seasons of Celtics basketball. When the Celtics force a player to get off. Like a Pierce, or a KG, and Ray. The Celtics will lose that game more times than not. When the Celtics have Rondo attacking on offense, and he's passing the ball at his own pace. The Celtics will win more games. When Rondo is allowed to play like Steve Nash it works in a half court set. Rondo can draw double teams when he takes it to the paint. Then Rondo  can kick it out to Ray, Pierce,and KG. Rondo needs to have the ball plain,and simple,and it's ugly that he doesn't.

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Reply Trey
7:01 PM on January 15, 2012 
It's TRULY ugly that he doesn't have the ball. I never thought of that much when the Celtics force feed one of the big three instead of playing within the team concept as Rondo as the key the player.
Reply paul
9:03 PM on January 15, 2012 
I think the Celtics are becoming laughing stock around the league. I think a lot of folks are seeing now that Rondo has been carrying the Big Three on his back, or at least masking their deficiencies, and now that he can't do it anymore, because they've gone so far downhill, they STILL want everything to be run through them/to them.

And I think Rondo is becoming discouraged.
Reply Tae
4:05 AM on January 16, 2012 
Shawn, on the Ugly yeah it's a tricky situation where agreed they can't force a center of gravity on offense ... What is surprising is how the Big 4 look disjointed with one another, and that may be because of the forced isos.

But having said that, in the Miami series last year the Big 4 were turning the ball over in the end of games because while they were playing unselfishly, we wonder if that over time has come to make them lose a little bit of themselves. So maybe Doc wants to establish the players' individual offensive games so that they maintain their level of confidence.

Luxury the C's have is that worse comes to worse Ray at this stage can bail them out somewhat while Pierce, KG find their games again....

The chemistry is a bigger issue than age at this point.
Reply paul
8:07 AM on January 16, 2012 
I think it's a really good point that Pierce needs to have his ISOs, and that it helps him 'read the game'. And I agree that Rondo doesn't have to always have the ball to affect the game.

But listen, when you see Rondo consistently pulling the ball up in transition and not attacking, or else walking it up slowly, you know something is wrong. When you see him standing around at the top of the circle pretty much for entire quarters, uninvolved in the offense, you know something is wrong. Watch Chicago. I'm not saying we should be exactly like them, but they have figured out who their best player is and they have him handling the ball much of the time, and guess what? The other guys get a lot of offense off what Rose does. It's not that Rondo should be selfish. It's that the old players, especially Pierce, need to learn to play supporting roles. Old dogs need to learn some new tricks.

Let me put it this way; I am sick and tired of seeing pre-game rundowns where they say that 'we need to get Pierce the ball' or some such thing. EVERY pre-game rundown should start with "we need to get Rondo the ball" and go from there. When you take the game out of the hands of your best player, you just deserve to lose.

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