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Posted on: March 2, 2009 6:56 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2009 8:04 pm
 

Celtics Weekly: Long Road Ahead for Scuffling C's


After going a marginal 3-3 over their last 6, Bostons find themselves stumbling into a stretch of games which sees them matched up against 3 of the top 5 teams in the Eastern Conference. With Kevin Garnett remaining out of the lineup for this entire period of play, there are several guys who the Celtics are going to turn to to stem the tide and keep them in the hunt for homecourt throughout the playoffs:

Marbury may be the focal point, but he is just one of a handfull of guys that needs to play solid basketball in order for the Celtics to succeedStephon Marbury: The guy can play, but the guy is clearly rusty. After not seeing any NBA action in over a year Marbury came out guns ablazing against Indiana, scoring 8 points off the bench, including 6 big ones in the final period. Yesterday against the Pistons, however, Marbury showed just exactly what an exented hiatis from the game can do to a guy, shooting 0-3 from the floor and having his pocket picked twice as he was walking up the court by the undrafted, career bench-warmer Will Bynum. The Celtics picked this guy up because he was a scorer that could run the point and compliment Eddie House off the bench. Therefore, what the Celtics need out of him is one thing: points. Marbury needs to go out and shoot and drive until he starts drawing double teams that open up House behind the arc or Leon Powe down low.

Glenn "Big Baby" Davis: This guy is a shorter, rounder Kevin Garnett on offense...but with less court vision. Davis has shown his ability to step back and hit the mid-range jumper the Big Ticket is so fond of, but what Baby is unable to do is dish like KG. If Davis can somehow get his passing game going by dishing out to Ray Allen or hitting a cutting Rajon Rondo, then his value on offense is going to skyrocket. Defensively he gives you all of the effort his 6-9 frame can give...and although hustle makes up for some of his inadequacies, let's face it, he is going to have to play out of his mind to even come close to filling KG's shoes on the defensive end of the floor.

Mikki Moore: The Celtics' new big man could also be the biggest question mark on the roster right now. What kind of player do we really have here? Did another P.J. Brown just fall into our laps? Or is this guy going to be soft inside like Patrick O'Bryant? After seeing him in action I'm just not sure. His tenure in the league certainly suggests that he is capable of playing ball, but his propencity for settling for jumpers instead of taking to the rack is a little scary. If Mikki Moore can establish himself as the guy down low to compliment Leon Powe off the bench, so Powe can drop back and play the 4, then the C's bench is going to be dynomite.

 

 

Posted on: January 7, 2009 1:30 pm
 

Celtics Weekly: Positive Spin on recent 2-5

I know, I know. Since breaking the longest franchise winning streak the Celtics are only 2 up and a stunning 5 down. However, I am here to offer all of the Boston fans, who I know are beside themselves right now, a little positive food for thought. Here are a few reasons why there shouldn't be Basketball panic in Bean Town:

1) 29-7 is an amazing record. If you were asked before the season if you would be happy with the Celtics winning 29 of their first 36 games, I'm sure every one of you would say "yes!". When you're the defending champs, everyone comes out gunning for you, and to tell you the truth, I'm surprised the Celts didn't go on a losing streak long before this.

2) The other top teams are sliding as well. Although not on as grand a scale, the Cavs and Magic, who are the C's top competitors in the East, have hit their own rough patches. Orlando has lost 2 of their last 5 (Detroit, Toronto) and the Cavs have dropped 2 of 3, one of those loses coming at the hands of the lowly Washington Wizards who the Celtics spanked a week ago by 25. This just goes to show that good teams can lose.

3) There is only one thing consistantly going wrong for Boston: 3-point offense and defense. Over the last 5 games the Celtics have been at or around their season averages in rebounds, assists, steals, points in the paint, turnovers, and pretty much everyone other offensive and defensive stat except for 3-point percentage. Compare these stats to their season averages of 36.3% (offensive) and 32.9 (defensive):

1/28 @ Sacramento: Celtics 6-18 (33%), Kings 4-18 (22%) WIN

12/30 @ Portland: Celtics 3-14 (21%), Trail Blazers 6-15 (40%) LOSS

1/2 vs. Washington: Celtics 12-20 (60%), Wizards 2-12 (16%) WIN

1/4 @ New York: Celtics 6-25 (23%), Knicks 9-22 (40%) LOSS

1/6 @ Charlotte: Celtics 6-23 (26%), Bobcats 7-16 (43%) LOSS

When 3-point field goal percentage is down, look no further than Ray Allen, who is shooting well below is season average during the last two weeks. The C's struggled when Allen slumped last season as well, but one of the NBA's all-time best shooters will turn it around, and so will Boston. The three-point defense is also a product of Allen's shooting woes because when the C's don't hit shots, their opponents get leads, and when you have leads you can wait for the open shot more patiently and find guys that are open behind the arc. The most important thing is, when you only have one thing that is broken, your team is not hard to fix.

 
 
 
 
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