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Clutch play pays off for veteran C's

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Even without Rondo the Celtics can fall back on three veterans, and the duo of KG, and Pierce mainly. In times of need, and when the walls seem like there closing in. They seem to battle with the best of them, and they come out of the fire more times than not. In my opinion. The Celtics lost their best clutch player during the KG era. Ray Allen was huge, and not so far behind was Pierce. Kevin has had his fair share as well, and now both carry the torch with Rondo out. Rajon was becoming more  of a clutch player. He was a student of the game watching the Big Three through the years.

"I just wanted to hold it until the last possible second," Pierce said. "It was only like a 2- or 3-second differential in the shot clock and the game clock. I figure let it wind all the way down, we get a shot off -- worst comes to worst, a long rebound. By the time they get the rebound, it'll probably be like 1 or 2 seconds left, and at that point, we felt like it would be difficult for them to get a shot off."

The offensive load is on Pierce. He needs to be the passer, and the scorer, and the go to guy down the stretch. The good news is that he's comfortable with that role.

ESPN Boston

Without point guard Rajon Rondo to settle the team, Rivers was asked if he liked how his team stepped up in a crucial spot, despite enduring a 6½-minute stretch without a field goal (and a rash of turnovers) that allowed the Clippers to make it a game again.

"I really don't know the answer to that -- if you want to say, 'Yes,' I'm all for it. I'll take that as an answer," Rivers said. "It's tough because I was so upset that we allowed [the comeback], but then we did gather ourselves. I'll probably have a better feel about it after I watch the game again."

It's become who they are, and something that they haven't been able to shake for years. They build a lead to watch it fall. Honestly the Clippers were not losing this game by 20 plus points. They're to good for that. The Celtics made their run, and the Clippers did in the 4th. What Doc should focus on is the turnovers, and the defensive breakdowns. Di the Clippers defense cause the 6 minute drought? Doc will need to look at the tape. 

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Reply paul
7:49 AM on February 4, 2013 
Funny how Pierce isn't throwing the ball out of bounds on final plays these days. Funny thing.
Reply Morena
8:10 AM on February 4, 2013 
paul says...
Funny how Pierce isn't throwing the ball out of bounds on final plays these days. Funny thing.

I was thinking the exact same thing!! Suddenly, our last option "give the ball to Pierce" is still working.
Reply paul
10:24 PM on February 4, 2013 
Isn't that just AMAZING, Morena?

Anyone who has played team sports in any serious way, imo, knows how easy it is for a team to get rid of someone they don't like. They know how to throw the pass so it's just beyond you, how to bobble the ball to make it look like you threw a bad pass, how to not move without the ball when you are looking for someone to pass too, etc.. They can make it nearly impossible to succeed, and if you start pushing because there is a lot of pressure on you to succeed, they can make it almost certain that you will have an injury.

Think about that play where Pierce got trapped on the baseline to lose us the Chicago game. Pierce made it look like Rondo threw him a bad pass, but in fact, Garnett was wide open just steps away from Pierce. As soon as he drew the double team, he should have kicked the ball to KG, but he just stood there and waited to get tied up. Ok, sure, maybe Pierce had a brain fart. But that makes two out of the three last Celtics losses that he blew with such massive brain farts, and now look at him! Gee whiz. Wudda hero. Miraculously he's ALL BETTER NOW!!!

These guys wanted to get rid of Rondo, and they succeeded, in my view. Rondo, though, could have prevented this by playing better defense,and pushing the ball more on offense. Then again, there's only so much you can do when your teammates aren't responding to you when you are supposed to be their leader. Maybe he would have pushed the ball more if the other folks on the team worked with him better. Notice that the Cs suddenly seem to be running more? Funny how Wilcox was the only player who actually ran with Rondo consistently when Rondo was still around. Funny, huh? Weird. And isn't it funny that they all seem to suddenly be able to move without the ball? And also, note how suddenly they hit shots when they spot up? IT'S A MIRACLE.

Like I said, sports teams are like junior high school forever. At least that's what I experienced, and that's what it looks like to me. Folks are being very naive, willfully so, in my opinion. It's like in junior high, when a kid is being bullied, and the teachers never ever see it. See no evil.
Reply Morena
2:49 AM on February 5, 2013 
I noticed too that Wilcox was the only player that run the floor when Rondo was there.
And Rondo, as a pass-first point guard just love to see people move without the ball and hit the right guy at the right moment.
I wander what Rondo will do now. As you said, six or seven guys were just waiting for him to get out of the way.
As he is so stubborn, I'd love to see him work even harder for his comeback to show everybody how important he is and what he can really do on both side of the floor!!

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