|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 7, 2013 at 6:30 AM|
Paul Pierce rebounding like a pro
The Celtics are riding high on a five game winning streak. During the winning streak Paul Pierce has averaged 10 rebounds, and he had a high of 13 boards against Miami. Paul averages 6.1 boards a game through 47 games. The Celtics are 5-2 when Pierce grabs 10 or more rebounds. Pierce has definitely picked up the rebounding slack without Rondo.
The Celtics forced 15 turnovers, and they scored 10 fast break points, and they scored 28 points off of turnovers. The Celtics gave up 34 points in the third, and they trailed Toronto by ten heading into the 4th. The Celtics picked up the defensive intensity in the 4th allowing just 16 points. Overall the Celtics allowed 41% from the field, and 22% from three point land. The Raptors out rebounded the Celtics 43-41. I was a bit surprised by that number since Pierce, and KG both had 10 boards. The Celtics had a respectable 4 steals. They average 8.7 a game for third best in the NBA so they were below their season average. The Celtics had five blocks. They bested their season average of 4.1 blocks. The Celtics had defensive flaws, but they picked it up at the right time.
As I pointed out in the last 'Celtics by the Numbers'. The Celtics take less shots without Rondo. Case, and point Wednesday night the Celtics attempted just 73 shots. The Raptors took 9 more shots than the Celtics. The Celtics took 7 fewer field goal attempts. The Celtics had a solid 13 turnovers off of 21 assists. The Celtics still rank in the top five with 23.2 assists per game. The Celtics assist leader was Pierce with 6. The shooting percentages were fair. They ended the game shooting 47% from the field, and a miserable 21% from three. The Celtics for awhile were a negative 10 to Toronto's 10 attempts. They ended the game shooting 30 free throws missing just five. They ended up shooting four more free throws than the Raptors. All five Celtic starters scored in double figures. KG was the leading scorer with a season high 27 points. The bench picked up the slack in the second half after they scored just 7 points in the first half they ended with 24 points with Barbosa leading the way with 14 points.
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