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C's crash and burn in Philly 103-71

Posted by shawn cassidy on March 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM


The big stat all night was the record for the Celtics on the road in a second night of a back-to-back. It was 0-5, and now it's 0-6. The Celtics are 5-0 at home in the second game of a back-to-back. The Celtics suffered their worst loss of the season. In maybe the first game that had any meaning all season. The Celtics had a chance to take their first lead in the Atlantic, and they failed the test. The Sixers came in losing 8 of their last 10 games, and this was a confidence building win for them.


Tonight all of us witnessed Evan Turner play his best pro game. He had a career high 26 points. The Celtics got out to a sluggish start, and they never got anything going. The Celtics big three shot 9-29 from the field. Ray didn't hit one field goal, he was 0-5. Pierce actually looked strong early, but he faded fast. KG was jump shot happy, and he missed five in a row at one point. KG ended the game with 8 points, and 5 boards.


Rondo wasn't the focus all night. He was active, in my book. But nobody helped him. Doc wanted him to get the ball to KG, and Pierce, and that's what he did. Tommy made a great point during the final minute of the game. The studio crew called out Rondo for being the young guy, and he should lead this team to victory. But Tommy had a good counter on Rondo's side. He said Rondo can run all he wants, but if his teammates are to tired to keep up it doesn't matter. I agree with that, but I think Doc should work on a line-up in a second game of a back-to-back. Bradley looked good tonight,and that's why I say that.Get creative, because how many years now have we seen this trend?


The biggest stat remains rebounding. The Celtics lose the glass again by 19, like last night against Houston. The Celtics had many stand around, and look at the ball moments. I will have more on this game later tonight, an tomorrow, but this was just one of those games.


This was also the worst loss in the big three era.  Prior number was 31 points.

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11 Comments

Reply Franklin
9:30 PM on March 7, 2012 
The guys gave up. Should we blame them? We know what to expect from them right?
Reply paul
9:34 PM on March 7, 2012 
For me the biggest stat was Rondo with very few shots in the first quarter, and way fewer than Bass, Pierce and Garnett. I'm so sick at this point of the Celtics locking Rondo into that 'get everyone else' involved straight jacket, when Rondo is the one player we must most crucially get involved, ESPECIALLY on nights when the rest of the team will be tired.

And we didn't just lose the glass by 19. We lost by a lot more than that when it mattered. Philly had twice as many rebounds as us most of the game.

Doc has no plan, ever, other than make Rondo give the ball up. Where was the plan tonight? Starting Bradley might have been a good idea, and pressing the ball.
Reply paul
9:34 PM on March 7, 2012 
Franklin says...
The guys gave up. Should we blame them? We know what to expect from them right?



What do you mean, Franklin? That they are old and tired?
Reply paul
9:44 PM on March 7, 2012 
The more I think about this game, the more I blame it on Doc. He should have established Rondo's aggressive attacking game early. And I love your idea of pressing with Bradley. I just assumed that the Cs would come out pressing, but I guess they didn't.
Reply paul
9:53 PM on March 7, 2012 
I think too that Doc should not have 'set' the rotation. Stiemsma did get some minutes tonight, but both Stiemsma and JJJ could have helped us earlier tonight, just by virtue of being younger and having some energy. Just sending the oldsters out there to crash and burn wasn't such a great plan.
Reply Franklin
10:14 PM on March 7, 2012 
[paul]



What do you mean, Franklin? That they are old and tired?

I think they have proven at home they can back-to-back games, but after last nights overtime game. The C's were just tired. Old yes, but that doesn't mean their done.
Reply Celticslifer
10:20 PM on March 7, 2012 
Young guys right guys? Not trading for young guys.Using our young guys in a game like this.
Reply shawn cassidy
10:24 PM on March 7, 2012 
paul says...
I think too that Doc should not have 'set' the rotation. Stiemsma did get some minutes tonight, but both Stiemsma and JJJ could have helped us earlier tonight, just by virtue of being younger and having some energy. Just sending the oldsters out there to crash and burn wasn't such a great plan.


Exactly Paul. In a game like this, what do the Celtics have to lose anyways? A unit of Rondo,Bradley,Johnson, either Sasha,or Daniels,and Greg would have energy all over it. Even Bass maybe because he's young himself. These are the games were Green would have mad some kind of difference, or I would hoped so. It was nice seeing him on the bench,in the last two games.
Reply paul
10:37 PM on March 7, 2012 
Franklin says...
[paul]



What do you mean, Franklin? That they are old and tired?

I think they have proven at home they can back-to-back games, but after last nights overtime game. The C's were just tired. Old yes, but that doesn't mean their done.


I hear you. But I don't see how a team that is simply unable to compete on road back to backs can hope to do anything in the playoffs.
Reply paul
10:38 PM on March 7, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
Young guys right guys? Not trading for young guys.Using our young guys in a game like this.


The moment I read that Doc had set the rotation, as he put it, I was concerned. Why is he so obsessed with cramming the young guys down on the bench, even when we desperately need them? This team is an old team. We HAVE to have a deep bench, and we have to use it
Reply paul
10:40 PM on March 7, 2012 
shawn cassidy says...
Exactly Paul. In a game like this, what do the Celtics have to lose anyways? A unit of Rondo,Bradley,Johnson, either Sasha,or Daniels,and Greg would have energy all over it. Even Bass maybe because he's young himself. These are the games were Green would have mad some kind of difference, or I would hoped so. It was nice seeing him on the bench,in the last two games.


Plus, establish Rondo early. I really blame this one on Doc. He went back to his old tricks. Sit on the bench and sit on Rondo.