|Posted by Morena on January 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM|
“It’s not a rivalry, but I still don’t like those guys”
Deep down, I think Rondo considers the story with Miami a rivalry; there have been episodes against those guys that go beyond the game, and the fact that they happened during the playoffs just makes everything worse and harder to forget. And that’s why I think whatever is going on with Miami is a rivalry. And that’s why I was really hoping to leave the American Airlines Arena with a win last night.
My hopes vanished right away in the first period: the numbers of that quarter are almost painful to watch. The comparison between the shooting percentage is pitiless: 29% for the Celtics, 63% for Miami. And those 12 minutes cost us the game: off the board we killed them, especially on the offensive end, and the turnovers number was almost even, even if a little bit high.
Humphries was once again the best among the starters: last night he finished with 14 points on an incredible 7for10 shooting, to go with 13 rebounds and even a couple of assists. While everybody else keeps struggling shooting the ball, Hump is red-hot lately: he fought for a starting job and he’s working hard to keep that spot. I honestly didn’t hope to get much out of Humphries; he’s really surprising me and he’s gaining my trust.
Sullinger had a solid game. If you don’t look at his shooting percentage (0for5 from the three point line), he had a pretty good game, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. I wonder if Sully is still struggling with the hand he injured a couple of weeks ago. Before the injury he shot the ball pretty well, and right now I’m not sure we can talk about a slump, because the numbers say that he’s still playing some solid games, but he just can’t put the ball in the basket. Last night he finished with a second-best +5 on the team. Probable his shooting rhythm has been interrupted by that injury and he needs to find that groove again.
Our backcourt is pretty short right now: after Bayless injured his foot the previous game, last night Bradley left the game with a sprained ankle, and it really looks like he’s gonna miss more than a couple of games. We’re gonna miss him, both on offense and defense, and with Rondo that is still working his way back, he needed a solid presence next to him.
Last night we had some good help from more than one guy off the bench: Bass had a pretty solid game, finishing with 15 points and 3 rebounds. I think Bass can be a really precious guy in the second unit: he’s capable of some solid games when he wants to, and we need someone to help us consistently off the bench. Chris Johnson, called up on a 10-days contract surprised a lot of people last night, finishing the game with 11 points on 4for7 shooting and 3 rebounds while playing 24 minutes. Johnson is a guy that can play in the backcourt, and as of right now, we really need someone. I’m really curious to see what he can do and if he will be able to gain some space and a longer contract.
I wander what happened to Vitor: he started the season fighting, and at some point earning, a starting job, and then he slowly faded away. He seemed like a big locker room guy and he showed some numbers, I’d be sad to see him lost somewhere on the bench.
We don’t have time to rest: we’ll take on the Wizard tonight in Washington.
We’ll have to fight through some adversity, but this is one of those games we can win. Let’s go!!