|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 23, 2013 at 5:45 AM|
I alluded to it in Morning Joe. The defensive end for the Celtics is like home. You can hide away in your house,it's a safe, and comfortable place to be. Your surrounded by things that mean something to you, and your home is somewhere you can be yourself. The Celtics fill comfortable on defense, and it's who they are, it's them being themselves. It's what they always fall back on. As long as KG is in green the Celtics will have a good defensive team, or as long as KG can be a force on the defensive end, and he still is.
Brandon Bass didn't have the greatest offensive game, but then again he didn't get a lot of touches. What he did well was guard Carmelo. Carmelo Anthony had 36 points, but on 13-for-29 shooting. Bass really provided something for the Celtics. I didn't think Bass had it in him to be a good one-on-one defender. The Celtics also limited the Knicks to 85 points, and 40% shooting. The Celtics need to work on guarding the three ball though.Doc was thrilled with Bass, and said he had the perfect game, and maybe he will in game two if the Celtics establish him, or Bass needs to be aggressive.
“I just try to do the best job I can on him,” said Bass. “But we have to do a better job on him, because you’re going to have a bunch of guys guarding him. For myself, I would love to get us extra possessions, because they trap more than us. But we have to continue to get better.”
With Bass showing up on the offensive end, Green must show up on the defensive end like he did on the offensive end in the first game. Green was good when guarding Melo, but Green knows he can go at him a little better.
“I didn’t (do well against him in the first half),” Green said. “He still made shots. He’s a volume shooter. That’s what he does. He’s going to shoot the ball. My job is to make every shot for him tough, but I know he’s going to make shots. When it happens, you just move on. You can’t let it discourage you.
“I know what he’s capable of. I mean, I’ve played against him every year of my career. I know he’s going to be an offensive threat each possession. I know what he can do. It’s no secret, so I just play him hard.”
Green was pulled off of Melo a few times in the game, and it wasn't for poor defense. It was because of foul trouble. Green picked up a few calls when guarding Melo, and Doc moved him off the Knicks go to guy.
“I like the way we picked up ball pressure,” Paul Pierce said. “Melo’s going to hit some tough shots and J.R. (Smith) is going to hit some tough shots. But overall the field goal defense is right where we want it to be. The number of points they scored is where we want the number to be. Overall in the defensive end that’s what we want.
“We say we’re going to hold a team in a seven-game series to 40 percent shooting and 85 points a game, I like our chances.”
I really hope the Celtics ramp the defense up again, and with a few more clamps. The offense hopefully falls in line with the defense, or the Celtics may come home down 0-2.