|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 29, 2012 at 2:45 AM|
The Celtics only gave up two turnovers in the first quarter, and in the second quarter the flood gates opened, and the C's turned the ball over ten times. The problem with the Celtics offense,and for most of the season? Pierce turning the ball over(team-high 6). He's not the same one-on-one player anymore. The blame has been put on Rondo for most of the season, but with Pierce the ball doesn't move once he gets the ball. Pierce does average a career best 5.3 assists, but stats may not tell the full story. Pierce is shooting poorly from the field for the season at .417% compared to last seasons .497% . This season has been Paul's second lowest shooting season of his career.
I think it's to easy to blame the point guard, because the point guard takes care of the ball most of the game. I think people say Rondo dribbles too much, and he does, but why does he? He does because he's running the half court stuff that Doc wants. The Celtics did move the ball with 27 assists off of 33 makes. Rondo was the high man with 11 assists. The ball was sticking even though the number was high.
The rebounding woes continue for the Celtics. The Cavs only out rebounded the Celtics by two 41-39. But it always seems like more. Maybe because the Celtics lost the offensive glass 11-5.
The Celtics did hold the Cavs to 39% shooting, and maybe in the final minute crucial defense as the game was back, and forth. The Celtics once again shoot fewer free throws. The Cavs shot 25 to the Celtics 14. The points in the paint at 22 for the game for the Celtics. Just not going to cut it. The Cavs put in 44 points in the paint.
The C's didn't have the best stats, but they won the game snapping their five-game losing streak.