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The Good,the Bad,and the Ugly: Game 5 vs the 76ers

Posted by shawn cassidy on November 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

The Good

:D KG has to be the best thing going  on right now for the Celtics. Currently Garnett is working 30 minutes a game. He's scoring 15 points a game, and 9 rebounds with 2 blocks. We've brought it up already, but KG is  in a good spot right now, and it's hard to imagine where the Celtics would be without him.

The Good

:D Jason Terry had 13 points, and two big three's Friday night against the 76ers. The past two games for Terry have been  a rebirth of some kind. The Celtics are getting offense from the bench now, and it needs to continue night in, and night out.

:D Speaking of the bench. Wilcox is showing signs of last years version. He had 6 points in 12 minutes. The only thing that I can jab Wilcox about is his rebounding. He had none. Wilcox ran the floor, and he's a solid free throw shooter.

:D Okay, when the Celtics lose this season. The blame is squarely put on Rondo. He had a top notch game. Rondo tallied 20 assists,and he scored 14 points. That's a good game by all accounts. But the Celtics are losing, and Rondo's defense has been less than stellar. He's active on the defensive end, but the expectations are so high, and he needs to reach them.

The Bad

:|  The defense as a whole is off. But guarding the three-point line has been a major concern so far this season. It's a trend that went through the preseason, and it was a trend from the Eastern Conference Finals. The 76ers made seven three's last night, but they made 53% from three which is the problem. The Celtics are not getting up on the three-point shooter. Their not making it back in time to contest the three. It's just bad, bad, bad.

:D The Celtics missed 9 freebies Friday night. They made 71% from the line, and overall they shot 22-of-31. Pierce went into last nights game as one of the best free-throw shooters in the league. Pierce was shooting 90%, but after his 6-of-9 performance that number will take a hit. Rondo missed two of his four freebies. And it appears that Rondo has defaulted back to his old ways from the foul line. The Celtics may have won the game if they made another 6 foul shots.

The Ugly

:/ Jeff Green has become a player stuck inside his head again. Just when you think he's going to turn the corner. He reverts back to a passive player that just makes mistakes. Terry has performed well in the past two games, but not we need both doing the same. It continues to sadden me that Green hasn't played like the guy we seen in the preseason. Should Green start at the power forward spot? Green, and Bass have the same rebounding rates so far this per minutes played. I just don't know what will help Green.

:( The defense is the issue with the team,and I won't try to repeat myself. But it seems like the breakdown is more than inside. The Celtics are giving up a lot inside the paint. The 56 allowed Friday night is eye opening. Transition defense could be the  biggest problem. It's causing many of the points in the paint. The defense is allowing 101 points per game. That's 25th in the league. The Celtics usually are at the top spot, or within in the top three. Right now the Celtics are allowing around 12 points more a game than last seasons tally. The Celtics defense needs a jolt of caffeine. Rondo needs to get a shipment of red bulls. 

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Reply paul
11:06 AM on November 10, 2012 
It really is amazing to consider that Rondo's numbers would have had us ecstatic in past years, but now they just aren't enough. He MUST lead that defense. He must. He just must. He has to stop saving energy on the defensive end. If you need a rest, Rondo, call for a couple of minutes on the bench.

It's exciting to consider, too, what Rondo's play will be like if he picks up his game, as he surely will! Yeah, he may be back in the MVP conversation pretty quick if that happens. My goodness, he's averaging 14 assists per game now as it is!