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The Good,the Bad,and the Ugly: Game 2 of the season against the Heat

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 28, 2011 at 4:25 AM

After every game we pick the good,and we decide what's bad,and we talk about the down right ugly.

The Good

Keyon Dooling can score off the bench(18 points-4/6 from three-point land),and the bench can score for the Celtics. Pierce called last year's bench immature,and this year's bench  professional. I can't agree more with that. The big three off the bench scored 40 points,and when Pietrus joins the unit will see even more production. The Celtics also lost Wilcox  for the game,and he only played 9 minutes,and he had a solid first game against the Knicks. It makes you think if we had Green.

Another good thing from the Heat games is Ray Allen can still shot you into a game,or keep you into a game. Ray can be crucial when the Celtics have a dry spell. Ray sunk 6 three-pointers,and he finished with 28 points.

The Bad

Bradley gave the Celtics four minutes,and he still proves he's not ready for the NBA. He forced it in the Knicks game,and Doc didn't even let him do it last night. Some more bad would be JO not adding anything to last nights game. His impact wasn't felt at all in his 22 minutes last night. The Celtics don't need 2001 O'neal,but 6 points,and maybe 4-5 rebounds a night. Not nothing like last night.

The Ugly

The Celtics turned the ball over 24 times. When you do that against the Heat you will lose. You will lose to must teams actually,but it's 99.9% a loss if you turn the ball over to the Heat.

Some more ugly has to come from the refs. They didn't cost the Celtics the game,but the calls were bad.Dick Bavetta called Jermaine O'Neal for a foul when Chris Bosh simply mishandled a pass.  Bass was called for a key offensive foul that led to a 4-point swing when Cole was nowhere near set.  The officiating was not good. Bavetta is not able to ref anymore,and I hate to say it,but your too old Dick.

Norris Cole can not go off again,and I don't think he will.

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Reply paul
7:11 AM on December 28, 2011 
I think Cole is for real. And that points to a problem you didn't mention: Rondo doesn't take care of his guy on defense. That hurt us a lot last night, especially with the lack of steals by Rondo. Usually he makes up for it in steals.

That said, I think Rondo's game is missing from your 'good' list. It seems pretty clear that he struggled on defense. That said, he carried the team for much of the night, with help from Allen, Dooling and Bass, and for the most part, he is doing exactly what the team and fans have been demanding. If any other player had had the near triple double Rondo had last night, we'd call it a monster game. But Rondo does it and no one even notices it. Second in scoring, FIRST IN REBOUNDING, and first in assists. I think he had the most assists of the night across the NBA. He continues to be aggressive, continues to get to the line and hit his shots from the line, continues to pull the team out of its early doldrums, keeping us in games and getting us into position to win.

The guy is having an MVP season so far!! Isn't that a good thing? But he's got to take better care of his man, take better care of the ball, and PLAY BETTER IN CRUNCH TIME. But this team is confused, disorganized, dazed and confused, with KG and JO not doing very well, and Rondo is carrying it. That was the most important thing we all seemed to agree that we needed to see when the season started.
Reply Trey
12:35 PM on December 28, 2011 
You can't turn the ball over 24 times. It's basketball 101. Rondo has been great,but have the offense under control,and guard your man
Reply paul
2:05 PM on December 28, 2011 
Trey says...
You can't turn the ball over 24 times. It's basketball 101. Rondo has been great,but have the offense under control,and guard your man

Right on. Be aggressive, but not to the point where you are losing the ball constantly, or letting your man go off.
Reply Legs Diamond
7:03 PM on December 28, 2011 
I like the looks of this team. First solid bench in the 5-season "big 3" era. Dooling? Bass? Pietrus? Since when have we had scorers off the bench?