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2 loves of the Celtics

Posted by Jeff Melhorn on February 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

It can be broken pretty neatly, the present and the future. I will be going over these things in detail and I hope this article finds you in one or the other category.

The present. I could just talk about Rajon and how well he has performed. I wanted to talk about how his shot from the foul line to the top of the key has improved. The arc of his shot is higher and now has a higher probability of it going in. He is passing less on wide open shots. He still is passing too much on occasion but, I cannot just put it on him. This is a problem with most of the Celtics. It really is ingrained in their brains to pass, pass, pass. The reason to pass is to pull the defense out of position to create an open look for another player. This is where I think the Celtics need a little refresher on when to shoot. It happens more often than not, unless that Celtics name is Ray Allen. Ray knows an open shot and has no fear. Love it Ray, keep shooting. This also brings me to my other love. The Future.

There sitting on the bench right now and they’re finally getting some run in NBA games. Yes I am talking about the Purdue boys, Etwann and JaJuan and Bradley. I really like there games and where they could be in as little as next year.

I know Etwann has been buried behind PP, Ray, Air France even Quisy. With Rajon back it’s cutting into his floor time as well. I am not worried about him and I am sure he learned quite a bit overseas about being ready to play when his number is called. I have a feeling he is going to catch some team unaware in the playoffs with a couple quick 3’s.

Jajuan is what he is at this point. A thin big in the NBA. I will say that I don’t believe that Jajuan needs to put on a ton of weight. I think 10-15 pounds of muscle on his frame is enough to make sure he doesn’t get bullied under the rim. If you disagree, please watch the Memphis game again. He covered Marc Gasol and he wasn’t pushed around. In fact he was quite good against Gasol and rarely gave position to him even when Gasol drove to the hoop. He has great speed and athleticism. He constantly beating his man up the court and finding position(too much weight and toss these 2 in the trash). He grabs those rebounds and puts them back up safely. Unlike another big the Celtics culled into one of the better defensive centers of the league. THERE IS NO SLOW GATHER. Man what a relief. Jajuan has a great jump shot and his timing on defense is pretty spot on. A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t tell you any of this. Just like Rajon and Big Al, Doc is making his rookies work for playing time. I could really see Wilcox starting and Bass 1st big off the bench, then JJJ and fill with the steamer. I really like JO, but if he cannot produce in the areas of need for this team, then why play the guy?

AB is a bit of an enigma. Willing to press full court, AB’s speed and athleticism is world class. He does have a nice 15 foot jump shot and can get into other players heads with his pressure and overall pest qualities. He does seem sometimes to go faster than he should and his game gets out of rhythm. I think with more floor time this will go away. I still don’t see him as a better option than Dooling. That is why as much as I like the kid I cannot understand why people are/were willing to trade Rajon for any 5 the Celtics could find in a trade. AB has great talents, but no one on this team is as talented as Rajon. I like his upside and I cannot wait till Doc lets AB and Rajon play together and press the whole time. That game will be awesome. Happy Valentine’s day everyone.

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Reply Franklin
11:57 AM on February 14, 2012 
I agree that trading Rondo is dumb. But I think you play Bradley over Dooling. Dooling hasn't played enough defense for me to love him. I think we don't need his scoring anymore off the bench when we have Bass, and Pietrus. Both players who play outside of the paint. I think Dooling should be pushed back down the line. But good post Jeff.
Reply paul
1:35 PM on February 14, 2012 
I think Jermaine is an ideal backup center, and Bradley is an ideal backup pg.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Reply Celticslifer
1:49 PM on February 14, 2012 
Bradley,and Rondo pressing would be awesome,
Reply paul
2:30 PM on February 14, 2012 
I'd love to see Rondo and Bradley too. I don't get it why people are not wanting to give Bradley love. He's a weak player in some ways, but he has one tremendous strength, and HE TURNED OUR SEASON AROUND!