|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM|
The Celtics let this game slip through the cracks. The Celtics had a 70-63 lead towards the end of the third quarter, and the Knicks never looked back after they took a 72-70 lead in the 4th. KG would tie the game at 72-72, but the Knicks wouldn't let go of this game. The Celtics hung around, but in the final minutes the Celtics couldn't score. Throughout the game Bradley was effective cutting off of screens, and being Bradley. By being Avery Bradley he had 4 turnovers as well, and those turnovers shouldn't have happened. He lobbed some poor post entry passes to Pierce, and the Knicks defense saw those passes a mile away.
In the 4th quarter much of the turnovers happened when Paul Pierce over dribbled in the post, and you know where I'm going with this. Paul Pierce was having such a great game, but sometimes when he's faced with a deficit he tries to carry the Celtics alone, and it can't work every time, and how this team is built without Rondo. Moving the ball is the identity of this team.
The 20 turnovers on the road did the Celtics in more then any other stat in the box score. The Celtics held their own on the glass as both teams had 40 rebounds. One of the biggest stats of the game came down to offensive execution. The Celtics had 15 assists at halftime, and in the second half they only had 3 assists. The Celtics need to take care of the ball, and it's been a trend this year without Rondo. Paul Pierce needs to avoid double teams in awkward spots. In the first half Pierce found Bradley and others many times off of double teams, but those double teams came when Pierce had his spot. When Pierce got himself trapped in the second half it was trouble right away.
The Celtics showed us that they can win if they put together a better game on the offensive end, or at least they need to watch the first half over and over again. They have it right there.