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Recap: C's win 93-76 over Nets

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 26, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I hope all of you had a great time watching the game today on this Christmas day. The Celtics showed some life today, and they gave us something to be happy about. The Celtics controled everything after the first quarter. They put up a 34 point second quarter, and the rest was history today. The Nets went on a few runs. They moved within in 7 or 8 points in the third quarter, but the Celtics pulled ahead once again.


The Celtics held the Nets to 40.6 percent shooting and 35 percent from three-point territory. The defense was on the money, and so was Rondo today. This was the type of game that's needed by Rondo.Rondo he held Williams to 4-of-14 shooting, and he was active on the glass with 6 rebounds, and Rajon had 3 steals.

It was a team effort today. We didn't need Pierce to score 40 today. We had Green with 15 points, and Sully with 16 points off the bench. Rondo had 19 points, and oddly Pierce and KG scored 8 apiece.


I'll have more on the game late tonight, and in the morning. Enjoy your families, and enjoy the holidays everyone. I'm thankful to everyone who comes to this little site.

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9 Comments

Reply paul
4:34 PM on December 25, 2012 
There were a lot of good things about this game, but the way the Cs just about handed the game back in the third quarter was atrocious. A better team than the Nets are right now would have taken them up on that offer.
Reply Jesse
5:20 PM on December 25, 2012 
I was only able to listen on league pass but it sounded like and by looking at the box score that the Celtics had a different approach. I had been wondering what it may be like if Rondo played a similar roll to what Avery Bradley does just to shake things up and have Rajon play a little more without the ball, not sure if that was the case but I sure enjoyed the win.
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
5:33 PM on December 25, 2012 
I liked what I saw. The key thing is to build on this. Obviously we can't ask them to roll off a super win right off a few bumps on the road. Baby steps. Let's see how they fare against the hot Clippers.
Reply paul
5:55 PM on December 25, 2012 
Jesse says...
I was only able to listen on league pass but it sounded like and by looking at the box score that the Celtics had a different approach. I had been wondering what it may be like if Rondo played a similar roll to what Avery Bradley does just to shake things up and have Rajon play a little more without the ball, not sure if that was the case but I sure enjoyed the win.


It worked well, I thought, and some guy said at Celtics Blog, when Rondo handled the ball, got the D bent up, got it to Pierce, who bent the D up some more, and then the pass to someone open. When Pierce tried to dominate the offense, we sucked. It was like Rondo drawing a double team, Pierce drawing a double team, and by that time the D was lost and confused.
Reply paul
5:59 PM on December 25, 2012 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
I liked what I saw. The key thing is to build on this. Obviously we can't ask them to roll off a super win right off a few bumps on the road. Baby steps. Let's see how they fare against the hot Clippers.


I thought you could really see the difference that Collins made on D. KG was free to play very aggressive D on the perimeter, and that in turn turned Rondo into a ridiculously effective ball hawk. He got credit for three steals, but he seemed to be deflecting the ball all night. Add Bradley to the mix and we could be seeing some pretty intense defensive pressure on other teams.


But that third quarter was truly atrocious. Thank goodness the Nets were too mired to take advantage, and also, Rondo hit that dagger 3. That was a big play, and it was nice to see because it was such a Larry Bird style play.
Reply paul
6:09 PM on December 25, 2012 
It was nice, too, to see KG getting testy with Wallace when Wallace tried to punk him. And then Sully stepped up and delivered a little reminder that what you dish out can damn well come back to you. I don't want to ever see a repeat of what happened just the other day to Green. Before a guy delivers an elbow to the head of a key player on your team, he ought to have to think twice about what might happened to him next time he is in a scrum. It looks like Sully may have stepped up to be the reminder. The thing is, it doesn't really take a lot to remind folks, but unfortunately some folks are just ugly enough as human beings that they do have to be reminded a little that if you don't want your bell rung, don't go ringing other people's bells...
Reply paul
6:18 PM on December 25, 2012 
Another bothersome thing is that we continue to play at a very sluggish offensive pace a lot of the time. We saw a lot of this in the third quarter, especially. A lot of that appears to be Rondo's fault. He's not walking the ball up the floor like he used to, but he still brings it up so deliberately that the Defense has plenty of time to set itself.
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
6:32 AM on December 26, 2012 
paul says...
Another bothersome thing is that we continue to play at a very sluggish offensive pace a lot of the time. We saw a lot of this in the third quarter, especially. A lot of that appears to be Rondo's fault. He's not walking the ball up the floor like he used to, but he still brings it up so deliberately that the Defense has plenty of time to set itself.


Very big issue indeed. It just seems a stretch of this is inevitable in every game. I don't even know how to cure it. When it happens, it seems to linger for a while and you can't do much about it.
Reply paul
7:26 AM on December 26, 2012 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
Very big issue indeed. It just seems a stretch of this is inevitable in every game. I don't even know how to cure it. When it happens, it seems to linger for a while and you can't do much about it.


Sometimes when Rondo is out, the team actually brings the ball up faster, and Pierce seems to thrive on that at times. I'd say that Rondo has control issues which affect the way he brings the ball up. We hear so much about how intelligent Rondo is and how intelligent the Cs are in general, and it's clear that there is a lot to that, but they don't seem to be intelligent enough to work out some of the quasi-familial tensions that seem to cause problems. Why can't someone get it into Rondo's head that if you are so determined to dictate the pace of the game, then you must take responsibility for playing an aggressive role? You can't just say, I'm going to insist on bringing the ball up at my pace, but then I'm going to throw the ball to Pierce and sit back and watch him do everything. Whose responsibility is it to make sure that the offense is dynamic and aggressive? If it's not Rondo's responsibility, than Rondo shouldn't be handling the ball so much. If it is Rondo's responsibility, then he's got to look at what he does when the offense flatlines. For God's sake, we have two of the most creative offensive players in history in Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. Those two guys just HAVE to take responsibility for figuring out how to work it together and not so much at cross purposes.

But they both seem to be so proud that they aren't willing to admit to mistakes.