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Celtics Morning Joe: What kind of offense will the Celtics run?

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 2, 2013 at 5:00 AM




When you look at the current Celtics on paper. The first thought is that this team will get a portion of their points running. I would agree with that. Rondo is one of the best players in the NBA in transition. Another way the Celtics get easy points is by Rondo, and Bradley playing All-NBA style defense. In years past the Celtics were a predictable team on offense, but it still worked. We knew that Ray was cutting, and we know that KG was setting up pick and pop plays, or pick-and-rolls. We also knew that Paul Pierce would the ball in isolation situations, which sometimes I hated. Pierce was also good at spotting up behind the three-point line during transition, and Rondo would find him almost every time. Another factor about the Celtics offense in years past was Rondo holding the ball for almost 20 seconds of the shot clock.


I think that can be blamed on Doc. The plays that the Celtics ran were basic. The Celtics should have always scored more, but they didn't. I think the Celtics will be coached with a great deal of detail in mind. I don't see them running and shooting the ball 8 seconds into the shot clock like a certain Lakers coach I know.. The Celtics will  thrive with Rondo and Bradley in the backcourt playing All-NBA defense. That's the running game that the Celtics need to play. Rondo can play either way. He's a master in the open court, and he's crafty running the show in the halfcourt.


I think an aspect of the offense that may go up is offensive rebounding. The Celtics had no part in that category because Doc had his reasons. He wanted his guys to get back on defense, and to allow the other team to rebound. The Celtics didn't want any part of that. The Celtics offense is a mystery like Rondo's return.I know I posted these quotes a couple of days ago, but I thought It worked for this post.


CSNNE.com: What style of play do you envision for this Celtics team, and will that be the same or different from the style you are accustomed to coaching? 

STEVENS: "I don't think style of play is defined by coaches. I think it's defined by who the players are. You try to fit with your players to the best of their abilities at both ends of the floor, while at the same time provide a framework for which we can all work together.
"What I would like to do and what I see as a really positive thing with this group, is playing in transition with a lot of spacing. We have bigs that can really shoot the basketball. We have guards that are very athletic that can get into the paint. We got a couple of wings that can run the floor and do things in transition that are really high level. And then we got guys that can score off spacing, that can score off cutting and score off the bounce."

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Reply paul
8:00 AM on September 2, 2013 
KNow it alls love to talk about how important it is for Stevens to 'install his system'. I think Stevens is telling us that the system adapts to the players at least as much as the players adapt to the system. It's good to see that attitude in the coach. It's so crazy; the same people who seem to want to cram the coach's system down the players' throats rant endlessly about how much we need a "superstar" - not only are they disregarding the near-superstar player we already have (and no, I don't mean Jeff Green, though he's good), but they seem to be disregarding their own theories about the primacy of 'the system' and the coach! It sounds like Stevens is willing to step outside his own comfort zone based on the talents of the players he has. In Rondo, we have one of the best transition players in basketball, and around him we seem to have a team that probably can run well. But I thijnk about the way guys like Daniels and Wilcox knew how to look for Rondo on the Run, and I wonder if the guys we have now can and will do that, particularly Green. I've tried to like Green, despite the awful trade that wasn't his fault, but it hasn't seemed like he really is that eager to play off Rondo. It's like having Durant and Westbrook where Durant doesn't want Westbrook to have the ball, rather than vice versa!
Reply C'slife
1:17 PM on September 2, 2013 
I think Green took a page from his old teammates. If Green and Rondo don't work out this season. I think Danny should deal Green when his value is still high, and hopefully it stats high.
Reply paul
4:39 PM on September 2, 2013 
That's how I see it too. There was a kind of clique, with Pierce at its center, and that guy from Dallas, which encouraged Rondo's young teammates to think that they didn't necessarily have to figure out how to really work with him. I don't mean that Pierce was being nasty. More that he couldn't let go of being a separate power center on the team. Hopefully Stevens will allow no such thing, and hopefully Danny will move anyone who doesn't fully work with Rondo. Rondo to Green could be very dynamic, but those two guys have to make a real decision to get in sync with each other.
Reply C'slife
7:38 PM on September 2, 2013 
paul says...
That's how I see it too. There was a kind of clique, with Pierce at its center, and that guy from Dallas, which encouraged Rondo's young teammates to think that they didn't necessarily have to figure out how to really work with him. I don't mean that Pierce was being nasty. More that he couldn't let go of being a separate power center on the team. Hopefully Stevens will allow no such thing, and hopefully Danny will move anyone who doesn't fully work with Rondo. Rondo to Green could be very dynamic, but those two guys have to make a real decision to get in sync with each other.


Rondo is the guy to build around. Green has earned a fanbase, because of his dunks, his potential, and he's more bubbly out in the world, even though Rondo is that kind of guys as well.
Reply paul
11:10 PM on September 2, 2013 
I think Green's Big East history has something to do with it too