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Falling into a 16 point hole against one of the better teams is tough to come back from.  When you have numerous offensive possessions when the game is tied or your down 1 and you fail to get over that hump, capitalize and take the lead, well that takes its toll as well.

Here's my recap of the game and why Celtics fans should probably start worrying a bit:
  • Lewis and Pietrus picked up shooting the ball in that first quarter where they left off in Game 7 last year. They were unconscious in that first quarter.  Pietrus is beginning to remind me of Jason Richardson, who's a fairly regular player except when playing the Celtics.  As for Lewis you can see Garnett was having trouble with him in the first half until he clamped down on him in the 4th quarter.  No one else on the Celtics can guard him, which is why Scalabrine got minutes.
  • How many top paid point guards sit on the bench in the 4th quarter?  Ok Tony Parker may have done it a bit in the beginning of his career but Rondo looks so timid out there.  I understand Howard's a shot blocker on Orlando but take it to the hoop.
  • Is Rondo's mouthpiece giving him problems?  Is it me or is that new for him?
  • So much of the offense to me, seems like they're just giving the ball to Pierce and watching him go one on one.  Ray Allen is not having any plays called for him.  He's a future Hall of Famer and he got all of 10 shots.  When they ran some plays for him and he came off picks he scored or took the ball to the basket effectively.  As far as I'm concerned it's inexcusable Rasheed got 16 shots and Ray only 10.
  • Anthony Johnson played arguably the worst 15 minutes of basketball I've ever seen.  I can't believe he was even credited for 3 assists and 4 rebounds.  He looked like he had the mental preparation for a YMCA game.  0 for 3 from the field and 3 turnovers.  He looked about 55 years old out there.
All I can really say at this point is this team is looking like they'll make the 2nd round of the playoffs and that's it.  Unless KG returns to his 2008-09 form (uncertain) I don't see this team making the conference finals right now.  Should Danny do something drastic, and shake up the lineup?  Something similar to Houston back in 1995 when they acquired Clyde Drexler?  I don't know, but 3 home losses already this year, no real injuries that can be used as an excuse, and I don't know what to say.

As dominating as this team looked in their first 6 games they've looked that much older and passive in their past 7.  Was that it for this year?  6 games of flawless basketball?  I need a 10 game win streak to make me feel better.  Hopefully New York on Sunday can be the start of it.

tb727 11/20/2009 10:58:00 PM Edit
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10 Responses so far.

  1. JR says:

    No more home games on Fridays. C's couldn't buy a 3. If Rasheed would pull a Josh Smith and refuse to shoot 3's for a while, he could be really good. Everytime he's in the paint good things happen. Who's our star? Magic have Howard, Cavs Lebron, Lakers Kobe, Nuggets Melo. Who's our star? Maybe the vets are too old and Rondo is too young... Maybe this is just a funk and two weeks from now we'll be the dominant team again.

  2. tb727 says:

    Yep 3rd straight home loss on Friday night on ESPN too....

  3. ThomasJ says:

    The only reason you could justify Eddie playing ahead of Marquis is if he is shooting lights out. Daniels does so much more at both ends.

  4. Karl Dillinger says:

    If they had hit 33 percent of their threes they would have won...It is Rasheed's fault

  5. Karl Dillinger says:

    Sorry I'm just bitter.

  6. ThomasJ says:

    Same goes in regard to Eddie out there ahead of Rondo. I don't like the quick hook, but if Eddie's not hot...

  7. tb727 says:

    Thomas- Daniels has been very solid, especially with his choppy minutes.

    A big part of me thinks this team can only be as great as their stars are. In other words if KG, Pierce and Allen or Rondo can't reach that level, they won't go that far.

    Daniels has played his role perfectly- possibly better than anyone this year on the team (Shelden Williams also)

  8. ThomasJ says:

    tb- you're right about the stars. Daniels and Williams have filled their roles and even if every other role player does his job, they won't get another championship without the stars playing cohesively at their highest level.

    Great Anthony Johnson recap.

    Sheed had taken 78 3's, Ray 50. Those numbers should be more than reversed. There must be regular sets run to get looks for one of the all-time greatest pure shooters.

    Hopefully we are being frustrated by a work in progress that wil end well.

  9. tb727 says:

    Thomas- I hope you're right. The next 3 games are at New York, and then home for Philly and Toronto- it's imperative to win all 3 of those games since after that, they're on the road for the next 4 and they're tough games- Miami, San Antonio and Oklahoma City (and Charlotte).

    Those Wallace and Ray Allen numbers are ridiculous. Sheed is reminding me of Brad Lohaus out there.

    As for Johnson he really looked brutal- Breen and Van Gundy didn't say anything about it but it was certainly one of the most pathetic 15 minutes of basketball I've ever seen. If I were the Magic I'd be wanting Tyrone Lue back lol

  10. JR says:

    Despite my constant irritation with 'Sheed chucking 3's I want to give props to Wallace for coming down with 13 boards last night. He was working hard out there.

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