It’s not easy, being green

26 05 2008

Which Celtics are going to turn up?
The heroes in white?
Or the guys who suck in green?

Hard to tell what has happened to the Celtics this post-season. The regular season juggernaut pretty much ground to a halt on the road and after the loss to the Pistons in Game 2 it looked bad for the Green Machine. Although the game got a little tight in the 4th quarter the reality is that the Cs closed out this game in the 1st quarter and always had it in their keeping. Staring out the game you would have thought the Celtics were playing at home as they showed a decisiveness and ability sadly lacking in road games so far this post-season. Even though I would love to get carried away, proclaim that the beast has been slain, the monkey removed and the Cs on their way to a championship, but there were worrying signs in this game.

  1. Rajon Rondo never looked comfortable running the game from the point (5 turnovers, 0 steals) and a number of players seemed to catch his sloppiness, including….
  2. Paul Pierce who matched the 5 turnovers. Pierce had a quiet night all round taking just 6 shots for the game.
  3. In all, the turnover/steal ratio was 2.5-1 which in most games against the Pistons would be fatal. The Pistons, however, must have gotten lost on the way to the stadium because they looked strangely out of sorts for the most part.
  4. Ray Ray hit 5/16 from the field keeping his playoff average at 13.3ppg at just 38.9%.
  5. Not a lot off the bench, with the exception of James Posey. Doc basically played with a 7-man rotation with a few minutes thrown at Davis and Cassell. The naysayers have been naysaying all season that the Boston bench isn’t long enough… they might just be right.

Game 4 tips off tonight and I don’t expect the Pistons to be quite so flat this time round. For the Cs to win this game and/or the season here’s what needs to happen.

  1. Rondo needs to find his mojo. He has to slow down a step, look after the ball, set the tempo and keep it cool. He has to stop looking like a middle- schooler running with the varsity and get back to where he was in the regular season.
  2. As great a season as KG has had, and as great a player as he is, he isn’t Kobe. He isn’t going to get this done by himself, and he needs some of the other guys to step it up a notch. Paul Pierce must be raring to go after a very quiet night by his standards. Look for Pierce to get more looks and get closer to the 20ppg he is averaging throughout the playoffs which KG and the Cs need to see.
  3. Take care of the rock dammit!
  4. Will the real Ray Allen please stand up! Who do you go to in the final second of a game when you need a basket to win it? Ray Allen because Ray Allen is clutch. Or at least he was….. Ray Ray has to come to play, has to start hitting over 40% and has to be in the high teens, low 20s. If you get a chance have a look at the shot Ray Ray put in with around 4 ticks left in the 4th qtr. He might not be at his best at the moment, but this is an instance of pure shooters ability. The Cs need to see that when it counts.
  5. Play the bench Doc, and then the bench has to play.

Both teams now know that they can win on the other team’s floor, but I think we’re going to see the Roger Ramjet (how many of you identified him?) version of the Celtics tonight (rather than the Slimers) and I see them going back to Beantown up 3 – 1.

Game on!

No secret to anyone who’s spent any time here that sometime-commenter/writer Rob is a big fan of the Boston Celtics. This piece was his offering on Boston…

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11 responses

26 05 2008
withmalice

Some good points there (if the Celtics can actually implement ’em!)… but my gut feeling’s that the Pistons are woken up yet again, and they take care of bidness at the Palace.
But that’s back on an even field, and that favours Boston. They’ll be heading back to the Garden 2-2, and that’s better than the outlook was post game 2.

Tayshaun turns up and has a pretty good game… and Detroit take game 4, by about 10.

26 05 2008
fouledout

so rob wrote this piece?

26 05 2008
brumbygg9

Rob did… Don would never offer useful suggestions to the boys in green!

26 05 2008
withmalice

Lies!

I do want to see a return to the good ol’ days of green ‘n’ gold on the hardwood!

But yes, Rob wrote it, I asked him to. And he chose the first two pics too!
There’s a good Rob. Good Rob. Good.

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27 05 2008
withmalice

I hope that I’m proven wrong… but I feel the Pistons have this in hand.

27 05 2008
brumbygg9

Not looking too promising at the moment:

Big 3 – 5/22 from the field (18/18 from the charity stripe)
Team shooting .308 from the field
13-2 turnover to steal ratio (Pierce has coughed it up 4 times)

Hard to see a way out of it……

27 05 2008
fouledout

well rob, they lost this one.. but i gotta say, the slimer picture is great! haha!

27 05 2008
withmalice

Actually Fouledout!, if you met Rob, you’d see that the resemblance is uncanny! Only Rob’s just a really, really pale pink.
I kid, I kid…
Kinda.

19 points. That’s a 25 point turn-around, on the same court.
Thing is, in these playoffs? No surprise…
For both these teams, it’s all about WHICH Boston & WHICH Detroit turn up…

27 05 2008
fouledout

it’s not easy being green especially if your’e a slimy ghost..
boston’s big 3 played like ghosts against the pistons.. the 3 of them combined for 11-38 shooting.. haha!

27 05 2008
brumbygg9

1: Rondo needs to find his mojo – 2 of 8 shooting; 4 points; 2 turnovers; no mojo

2: As great a season as KG has had, and as great a player as he is, he isn’t going to get this done by himself, and he needs some of the other guys to step it up a notch. Paul Pierce must be raring to go after a very quiet night by his standards. Look for Pierce to get more looks and get closer to the 20ppg he is averaging throughout the playoffs which KG and the Cs need to see – KG 6 of 16; Pierce 3 of 14 (0 of 3 from 3pt range) isn’t going to get it done

3: Take care of the rock dammit! 14 turnovers…. that’s not going to get it done either

4: Will the real Ray Allen please stand up! 2 of 8 shooting… is that the real Ray Allen, coz that ain’t going to get it done

5: Play the bench Doc, and then the bench has to play – Doc shared the minutes out a little, but take away Posey’s 11 points and the bench contibuted 7 points on 1 of 8 from the field…. you just know that ain’t going to get it done……

A poor effort by the Cs, but full credit to the Pistons who came out to play and took control early. Game 5? I don’t want to call it just yet…..

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