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The Good,the Bad,and the Ugly: Game 12 of the season against the Thunder

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 17, 2012 at 3:20 AM

The Good

:D   I'm happy to see Paul finding his groove. He still looked a step slow, but he looked a step quicker than last week. Pierce saved the Celtics from being blow out.

:D Pietrus showed up scoring 14 off the bench, and shooting 5/9 from the field. He's been doing his part for the Celtics off the bench, and he's also getting into game shape.

:D Rondo nearly had a triple double. 12 points, 9 boards, 9 dishes. His defense wasn't great on Westbrook, but he turned it up in the second half. He did miss some lay-ups, but he was aggressive.

The Bad

:(  The Celtics couldn't guard the three-point bombs. The Thunder had seven made 3's, and against the Thunder you can't give up that many. Durant, and Westbrook made five of the seven 3's. You take away three of those 3's, and the Celtics could win this game.

:|  Ray Allen not getting his shots. Only 7 attemts for the game. Ray has taken a backseat during this Doc Rivers expierment of getting KG,and Pierce going. The formula of Ray,and Rondo worked in the four Celtics wins this season.Please work on it again.

The Ugly

:mad:  I feel like a lot of the turnovers come from every team knowing what the Celtics run. This goes with the Rondo factor of running the offense through him. They would read every KG hand off last night, and every Pierce,and KG pick, and pop play. It was to predictable. Rondo can't shot the ball like Nash, but Rondo can move around the court like Nash. The Celtics have found some power on defense, but thinking of a new offensive plan is a must.

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Reply paul
9:20 AM on January 17, 2012 
I feel like you can always tell, even if you can't see the game, when Rondo is walking the ball up, then standing around the 3point line for the rest of the possession, while the same offense that we've been running for the Big Three for five years lumbers into action. What about Rondo attacking the basket like Rose does far more often, and looking to either score or dish in the paint or shoot it back to Ray Ray or Dooling or PP or Garnett or Pietrus for the long J? That alone has so often been an effective approach for us, and there could be so many variations.

But no. It has to be walking up. Stand around. Run play we've been running for five years with maybe some slight wrinkle. It still kindof works, but not as well. Make no effort whatsoever to get offensive rebound.

The good news is that we are still pretty good on defense. the problem is offense and the most frustrating thing is that WE HAVE A SOLUTION RIGHT THERE IN THE STARTING UNIT!!! It must drive Rondo crazy to see guys like Rose and Westbrook who have carte blanche. If he ever does anything, even if it works he starts hearing immediately that "rondo is doing too much".
Reply Franklin
10:47 AM on January 17, 2012 
It's like a waste of a season for Rondo. You know this is his team next season, but Pierce is still here. Will he take a step back next season?
Reply paul
1:46 PM on January 17, 2012 
Franklin says...
It's like a waste of a season for Rondo. You know this is his team next season, but Pierce is still here. Will he take a step back next season?

And Rondo isn't young anymore. He's entering his prime, but instead of elevating his game, he's developing a lot of bad habits, really not through his fault. He's being prevented from flourishing, from spreading his wings, and his wings are becoming stunted.