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No offense, no win ,Celtics still can't beat quality team Suns79 Celtics 71

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The ball was sticking all night, and without Rondo running the point why should we be surprised. Nobody wanted to shot the ball.  They over passed the ball, and they dribbled to much. The Celtics didn't pay attention to Ray all night he was 4/8 from the field , but they failed to find him more. Pierce, and KG played like they had sand in their shoes all night. Pierce had a solid stretch in the first quarter he finished with 12 points 5/14 from the field. KG was 5/13 from the field for 10 points.

The bright spot of the night was Bradley against the Suns guards. He was also solid from the field 5/9 for the game. The Celtics gave up timely three's that stopped the Celtics momentum. The Celtics were down 11 at the half, and in the third quarter they took a three point lead 55-52. The Suns woud finish the third on a 8-0 run. The Celtics looked like a team without purpose on offense. They had a solid defensive game, but again without Rondo this team doesn't make the playoffs. That to me seems like an MVP to me.


Gortat played like an all-star in the first quarter scoing 14 points. Gortat ended the game with 24. The Celtics again pounded on the boards 44-32. 


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Reply paul
10:06 PM on January 20, 2012 
I'm seeing a lot of despair. I don't get it. Our D is still strong. That's the most important thing. I'd like to see Rondo and Bradley get lockers side by side, so Rondo can learn to D up more and Bradley can learn more O!
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
10:10 PM on January 20, 2012 
Pierce is forcing and not playing within the flow of the game, much unlike last season. It's what causes turning away from Rajon and it's what causes crappy offense.
Reply paul
10:22 PM on January 20, 2012 
I don't blame the turning away from Rondo all on Pierce. It's been blazingly obvious for a long time that Doc and the Big Three will never get over seeing Rondo as their kid brother. Anyone who has had older brothers, I suspect, is all too familiar with the dysfunctional dynamic being played out by the Cs. I swear, Magic Johnson was feeling sorry for Rondo halfway through a game where it was blazingly obvious that he was the best player, but that the team just doesn't see it, even though they occasionally say it.

I don't feel at all hopeless. This team is still strong on D. The problem is with the near total lack of adjustment to the change of the guard.
Reply Franklin
10:23 PM on January 20, 2012 
Pierce it forced all night. Daniels had an awful ten minutes out there to.
Reply Celtsrule
10:27 PM on January 20, 2012 
Rondo! Celtics need to give the offense a make over, starts with Rondo shooting.
Reply paul
10:30 PM on January 20, 2012 
I don't understand why the Celtics act like it's a terrible fate to have Rondo as your best player. I think it's a darned good place to be.
Reply paul
10:34 PM on January 20, 2012 
I swear I can't believe the despair I am seeing around the Celtics internet. My goodness, people, we still have a strong D, we still have one of the best players in the league to build around, we still have a more dependable bench than we've had for a while. Even our center position, which sucks horribly, is better than it might have been with Stiemsma.

What we lack is synergy.
Reply Franklin
10:47 PM on January 20, 2012 
I feel good about us because of the defense.
Reply paul
11:13 PM on January 20, 2012 
Franklin says...
I feel good about us because of the defense.


When you have defense, you have a lot.
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
8:58 AM on January 21, 2012 
paul says...
I swear I can't believe the despair I am seeing around the Celtics internet. My goodness, people, we still have a strong D, we still have one of the best players in the league to build around, we still have a more dependable bench than we've had for a while. Even our center position, which sucks horribly, is better than it might have been with Stiemsma.

What we lack is synergy.


All of this. We just need chemistry on offense and we jump right back in the elite teams, IMO.
Reply paul
10:38 AM on January 21, 2012 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
All of this. We just need chemistry on offense and we jump right back in the elite teams, IMO.


But then again, for us to have chemistry on offense, folks need to be willing to recognize what seems to be increasingly blindingly obvious to much of the basketball world: that the best player on this team, by far, is Rondo, and Doc and the Big Three need to start adjusting the offense with that in mind.

Really, this should have been going on over the past two years. Why have Doc and the Big Three been so stubborn? And what will change that now?

I keep thinking about the family dynamic they've had going on, and the way Rondo has been stuck in the 'kid brother' role. For goodness sake, last night Bradley got about as many shots as Rondo usually gets, even though Rondo is a much better offensive player than Bradley, by only several lightyears! To me, that's one measure of how blind the Big Three are about Rondo, and about Rondo specifically, because they've become so deeply habituated to him being the 'kid brother'. Even Avery Bradley gets more respect from them as an offensive performer.

Sometimes people just can't see what's right in front of them. And it's hard to know how to change that.

Funny thing; coming into this season, I was hoping that Rondo would be scoring pretty much exactly as he is doing now, about 15 points a game. There are two things I didn't expect. I didn't expect him to be SO MUCH BETTER. Even if he's not shooting the J that much better, statistically, or FTS, one can plainly see that he has been working hard on his shooting and that his form is sooo much better. And then there is the amazing way he has been taking over games when he plays aggressively. It's been nothing short of a revelation.

The other thing that has happened has been the way the Big Three have gone down hill. Unlike a lot of fans, I realized long ago that the Big Three were going downhill, and I've argued for a while that Rondo's play was masking their decline. But even so, I didn't expect their decline to accelerate so fast.

So now I think that we need Rondo scoring close to 2O a game, and I think he can do it. In fact, I think he needs to do it. There is a kind of player who just needs to lead. Larry was one of those. I think Rondo is another. And it's not selfish, because their game is all about making other people better.

And you can see it on the floor. When Rondo goes on the attack, he draws defenders like flies to honey. See, that's the mark of a great player. If the Big Three take advantage of that, they will have more great scoring opportunities than they can wave a towel at. There is a lot of synergy to be had, but it starts with tapping the great, shining barrel of greatness we have. This Rondo kid is coming alive. He can really be the engine that makes us great again.

I don't believe the Big Three are done. I just think they have to recognize that some changes need to happen. It's not a bad thing!! It could be a very good thing!!
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
12:54 PM on January 21, 2012 
Absolutely. It's logical that the Big 3 can't do it themselves any longer, and they shouldn't be asked to. They need to rediscover themselves and find a way to contribute around Rondo, letting him dictate, and they will experience their second youth!