Lots of things to work out defensively, though...but **** happens against the best team in the NBA. Ray was the real killer, but with Avery out with the injury our perimeter defense takes a big hit. If Avery were healthy, Lee likely would have been on Ray a majority of his minutes instead of Terry/Barbosa/small amount of Lee, which would definitely help us
The one thing I didn't see in this game that I'm still waiting on is our low post game. KG can only do so much down there, so throughout the season some other guys are going to have to step up on the block... Some names that come to mind are Rondo, Sullinger and Green. If we can establish a low post early on in games, its going to open up alot of things for us offensively (3pt shots, mainly) and give us some opportunities to play a little more aggressive on the defensive end since we won't be defending fast breaks every time we miss a shot.
Sully, Terry, and Green were disappointments for me last night.
Barbosa did what Terry was supposed to do. Green looked awkward all night. Sully was a complete non factor.
Barbosa was the only player that was a positive +/- last night. He was awesome.
Who cares when who watched a sports game or has started watching the Celtics. This isn't the Miami Heat where most of the "Heat fans" started watching basketball recently.
Discuss things that matter instead of looking up when people were born (little creepy) and discuss the basketball game or the Celtics. This isn't a forum to prove one's fanhood.
Can't really give Sullinger a complete grade, but I agree with the other two. Terry just couldn't get his shot to go down. Green disappointed me but I'm not really surprised he played the way he did last night. He probably had some jitters from not playing a real game in a year and a half. Especially seeing that it was against the defending champions too didn't help it.
But yeah. Rondo had that stupid tech and flagrant but played pretty good other than that, KG was pretty much a non factor on offense (it was clear that the Celtics were even worse on defense when he was off). Green played like total crap, Terry didn't do anything either.
It didn't help that everyone from the heat were hitting 3's, and last second 3's at that.
Oh well, it's going to be a long season, lets not get too worried about one game
Terry had 8 points in his first 11 minutes, and no points in his final 14. I think he needs to get 30 minutes per game, rather than 25. If he consistently gets 30, he will score in double digits every night for us.
The worrisome thing was he would have received even less minutes if Lee wasn't in foul trouble. He wasn't rotated in at what would have been his normal times, especially in the 2nd half.
Green looked very emotional in a pregame interview, so I think he tried too hard or was caught up in the emotions of his first game back. Hopefully, he'll be fine going forward.
"Stats are for losers. The final score is for winners." - Bill Belichick
I can agree with the other two, more so Jeff Green. He is our X-factor vs any teams with size and speed. Terry simply had an off shooting night (we saw plenty of those with Ray Allen also). But Jeff Green needs to be aggressive, especially against second unit players like Rashard Lewis, Haslem and even Battier. I'll give him a pass since it was his first real NBA game in over a year but he's gotta show me aggressiveness going forward.