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Celtics Morning Joe: High expectaions on offense this season

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM


The elephant in the Celtics locker room walked out. Ray Allen is gone, and so is looking for Ray for the entire shot clock to get one stupid three-pointer out of him. The Celtics had their worst offensive seasons in the past five seasons. The bench production dropped, and the C's scoring averaged dropped. The Celtics scored 91.8 a game, and finished 26th in the league. I've been done crying over Ray Allen for sometime now. I still hate his guts though.



The offense should be very different this season. Rondo will have the right players, and I also see Rondo's points per game going up this season. He has one less mouth to feed with Ray gone. Guys like Lee, Bradley,and Green won't cry for shot attempts.The Celtics offense as always, will be enforced by their defense. Their transition points should increase, and with the Celtics stellar backcourt defense.



SI.com:  The good and bad of post play

"All hail Paul Pierce, the only player to rank in the top five in both seasons. The Celtics’ small forward ascended to the top in 2011-12, when he averaged 1.057 points per possession and shot 48 percent from the post. Pierce, 34, posted up a bit more often last season than in 2010-11, suggesting that he has discovered a weapon that will age well. He drew a free throw on 21 percent of his post-up possessions, the highest number in the sample. That old man game."



Let's not get to carried away with Paul holding the ball in the post. I love how Paul has added posting up to his tool box. But the offense should be about getting easy points off the defense, and it should be about Rondo having the ball, and taking it to the hole. Pierce posting up seems like a playoff kind of offensive scheme. The game slows down, and teams play more in half court sets.


So many things to look forward to this season. One of the biggest things I look at is a improved Celtics offense. Built around Rondo's ability to pass, and to make split decisions. And of course like I said, defense will be the key factor behind the Celtics offensive improvement.

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5 Comments

Reply paul
8:50 AM on August 19, 2012 
It's crucial to increase our offensive rebounding. The notion that offensive rebounding is a bad thing is one of those toxic ideas that all the 'way smarter than thou' types around the NBA world have latched onto. It's true that offensive rebounding is not as major a factor as it used to be in the NBA because players are better shooters, and offensive schemes are more sophisticated. That doesn't mean it isn't a factor. How important it can be depends on other factors. This team is built to attack the basket more in transition and in the half court. That means that for us, offensive rebounding is more important. In particular, Rondo is a player who needs offensive rebounders around him.
Reply Greg
9:48 AM on August 19, 2012 
Offensive rebound is bad. Mmmm k! If u guys watch south park. But gosh, freakin start rebounding the ball off the offensive glass. Maybe Doc will change his ways after we have some youth here. They can get back on defense.
Reply paul
10:55 AM on August 19, 2012 
Greg says...
Offensive rebound is bad. Mmmm k! If u guys watch south park. But gosh, freakin start rebounding the ball off the offensive glass. Maybe Doc will change his ways after we have some youth here. They can get back on defense.


That's what I'm hoping too, Greg. The younger guys can get back on D easier, so we can hit the offensive glass a little harder. We don't need to suddenly become totally focused on offensive rebounding. Just a little more will do...
Reply Franklin
11:23 AM on August 19, 2012 
Good call out guys on offensive boards. This team has freakin Rondo, the offensive rebounding point in the game. Utlize that!
Reply paul
12:16 PM on August 19, 2012 
Franklin says...
Good call out guys on offensive boards. This team has freakin Rondo, the offensive rebounding point in the game. Utlize that!


And when Rondo attacks the basket, breaking down the defense, that often leads to offensive rebounds, as Bass has discovered.