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Celtics Morning Joe: Game five is for KG

Posted by shawn cassidy on May 21, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Everything has fallen into  the catastrophe if I recall. Are the Celtics having trouble getting out of their bubble? Is it building back up from the rubble of game four? When you pick off the rubble piece, by piece. We find every single mistake annoying, and unnerving.  In the past three Celtics wins KG's has been the focus of the offense.

 It may feel like Armageddon, beheaded serpents of twisted tongues, the usual euphemisms, ladders on the rungs which bleed out of the reality of things, with utmost finality, fatality. The reality is that the Celtics need to stick with one formula. They seem to always change who they are from game to game. The Celtics formula has been vibrant with Rondo, and KG leading the way, with Pierce as the third option. If you look ahead, isn't that the formula that will be needed in the next series if the Celtics  play Miami. In the past three wins. KG has averaged nearly 30 a game, and 12 boards a game.

Was it Kevin's fault that he didn't get it going in game four? From what I saw, I felt like they didn't establish Garnett early enough in the game. Garnett finished 3-of-12 shooting with 9 points and 11 rebounds in game four.

C's want KG to be more aggressive

Rivers pointed out that Garnett's touches didn't dip as much as his shots, but those touches need to translate to shots when the Celtics see Garnett as their biggest mismatch in this series.

"I think we counted nine times where he was trying to be a passer instead of a scorer. So we've got to get him back, mentally, to attacking," Rivers said. "They didn’t trap as much as you thought. We've just got to continue to force feed him and keep him aggressive. But we also have to get into our stuff quicker, like we did in the first half. Kevin didn’t touch the ball a lot, but we had an 18-point lead, so something was going well."

Garnett got tagged with a third-quarter technical foul, and he suggested Sunday that the game changed around that point.

"I wasn’t really in a rhythm to be honest, but for the most part, I thought we were playing fine as a team," Garnett said. "I thought ball movement was fluid and then the momentum shifted after they gave techs and all that different stuff happened. I felt like the flow just changed from there on."

I didn't watch the game over,and over again like Doc, but it seemed to me that his touches did drop. What about the  location of KG getting the ball? KG has a history of deferring, but it seems different this year with Kevin. I think the Celtics need him to be the KG from game 6 of the Hawks series, and the KG from games 1, and 3 from this series. I expect Doc to make KG the focus again.

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Reply paul
8:08 AM on May 21, 2012 
Doc is delusional, and so is KG, and I'm sick of it. Can they never ever admit to fault? In that first half, the Celtics constantly took FOREVER to get into their offense. And don't blame it on Rondo. When Dooling came in for Rondo, he did the same, only more so. It made me sick last night to watch the Clippers and Spurs. You know, neither team walked the ball up and then pounded the ball up above the arc, while waiting for one of Doc's supposedly brilliant sets to unfold, setting up a lame, out-of-rhythm jump shot. Yes, those shots were falling for the Cs, but you knew that would come to an end sooner or later.

The bottom line is that we need a COMBO offense. It was amazing last night to see Parker and Paul running their offenses with authority. I LOVE the fact that we have all the great sets we have. We can still have them. BUT WE HAVE TO ROOT EVERYTHING IN THE AGGRESSION THAT RONDO CAN BRING. I swear to God, he is a better player than either Paul or Parker, brilliant as they are, but the difference is that those teams allow their point guards to run the show. Our team does that every so often, and then everyone sings Rondo's praises, and talks about how he is the engine that runs the team, then the next game we are back to the straight jacket of our sets, and getting ray going, or getting paul going, orgetting brandon going. Now it's getting KG going. Yes, we need to get KG going, but first we need to get Rondo going.
Reply Franklin
8:35 AM on May 21, 2012 
They just need to go back to the basics. They run more at home,and hopefully the home crowd is rocking.
Reply paul
9:29 AM on May 21, 2012 
Franklin says...
They just need to go back to the basics. They run more at home,and hopefully the home crowd is rocking.

But what are the basics?
Reply Celticslifer
10:07 AM on May 21, 2012 
Paul, your very angry with the guys right now. I think were lucky to even be atbthis point. The Bulls would have eaten us alive right now.
Reply Franklin
10:15 AM on May 21, 2012 
The basics are playing off of defensive execution,as Rondo,and the guys say. Let Rondo become the decison maker again.