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Here at CelticsGreenBlog we hold our players accountable so every so often I'll be handing out report cards talking about how our Celtics are doing. I probably chose a bad night to start.
Incomplete: A part of me wants to give him a low score, he didn't shoot the ball effectively, wasn't a presence with his passing or ball pressure and was making the wrong decisions with his passes. On the other hand the kid has heart, always the smallest player on the court Rondo has a feisty edge to himself and wasn't going to let a Kardashian push his pal Garnett around. I doubt he's going to be suspended but who knows with this new soft version of the NBA. The streak came to an end but knowing Rondo he'll be back on a tear soon enough.
B+: One of the few Celtics that played with a sense of urgency and was able to perform offensively. He recorded another double-double and shot the ball effectively on 7 of 13 shooting. Though he recorded 10 rebounds he was outmuscled by Andray Blatche on some critical possessions that cost us the momentum. Besides the offensive rebounds he was the most effective offensive weapon and needs to continue his stellar post play.
B-: It's been a rough ride on this JET and I'm somewhat puzzled when we're going to see some smooth sailing. He started the night off a little rough and wasn't getting enough touches but he led a charge to cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter. His grade would have been higher but he's still missing the one element to his game the Celtics needed, clutch shooting. In past seasons when the Celtics were making a run there was always that clutch shooter that broke the opponents confidence (cough cough ray allen) but this season I've noticed that missing. Though he hit the clutch shot against the Thunder he has otherwise struggled to hit those big shots and three pointers we saw a lot of in Dallas. Hopefully he comes around sooner than later because this offense could use a potent three point shooter.
C: Hear me out before you scream about the team high 16 points, he was non existent on the boards and only grabbed 2 more rebounds than CJ Watson. If he's going to keep his nickname as the "Muscle" than he better start using his and rebound like he did in Orlando on a consistent basis. He shooting is also very streaky and he tended to drift away from the basket instead of attacking it. With more aggression from Bass will come stronger rebounding numbers by the Celtics so until then his offensive outputs wont be acknowledged.
B-: The Truth needs to accept the truth and minimize his isolation plays. To many times has the Celtics offensive spiraled out of control because of Pierce's isolation plays. Though he can still score on those plays occasionally he needs to focus on finding a new niche in this offense. His three point shooting has been great this year so maybe he can adapt a spot up game to spread the court. A glaring weakness I've noticed in the C's offense is a lack of spot up shooter specifically from distance. We've had Eddie House, James Posey, Delonte West and Judas Shuttlesworth to name a few so if Pierce can bring that to the team it will help us flourish. His rebounding was excellent and much needed while his defense helped Gerald Wallace go 2-10 while throwing up some prayer shots.
D+: I had no idea Barbosa was nicknamed " The Blur" because of how hard he is to watch some games. Coming into the game he was on somewhat of a mini tear scoring in bunches and providing offense for the second unit all of which wasn't anywhere to be found tonight. He struggled to bring the ball up the court let alone score and the press the Nets threw on him forced the Celtics into disarray. His offense will come back but he needs to work on his ball handling or ability to break the press because that sequence needs to be blurred out of the footage.
F+: Hard to give a grade to someone that wasn't there. Sigh maybe we'll play the Thunder for the rest of the year.
C+: His defense on Deron Williams resembled that of Avery Bradley at times and helped revitalize the Celtic crowd. He's showing that he can be trusted on the opposing teams best player which is good. The bad? He's completely forgotten how to shoot. I remember when this guy was killing the C's with those corner threes so what gives now. He tends to hit a couple shots than lose his aggressive approach. Doc needs to figure out a way to help his offense evolve or its a complete waste of a talented player.
R:For rookie and boy did it show tonight. Blatche and Reggie Evans were definitely happy that Sully was down low as they pulled down 12 offensive rebounds. He was just outworked at times and needs to build his motor or big guys will out rebound him in the post
D: He didn't exactly shine and his two turnovers came at terrible moments but he played good defense at times. For a guy thats been riding the bench he didn't look horrific but we definitely could have used more rebounds.
D: He left the game because he wasn't feeling well, I think its because Rondo left and he knew there'd be no more lobs. He ran the floor well and brought some energy but like always he gives up to many offensive rebounds.
Excellent analysis of weaknesses. My only objection is taking Barbosa to task for not breaking the press. Only an exceptional ballhandler can break the press without the help of teammates, and the 2nd unit obviously hasn't worked on this. Spot on about Pierce's limitations, Brandon's "fools' gold" scoring, and the sputtering Jet (although I would have added that his defense makes him a poor starter--better used off the bench).