Thoughts I thought
- Paul Pierce’s return was easily the most important thing these Boston Celtics needed to finally get into the win column. It was clear from the get go that Paul Pierce was trying to be aggressive and prove that he was ready to return. He got to the basket, got himself open for jump shots and played good defense. Even when the play wasn’t going through him, his presence opened up the entire offense because the Pistons had to respect him at all times. This opened up the floor for everyone else on the offense. He finished with only 12 points, but he was much more important than that to the Boston Celtics tonight.
- Okay, okay, I know he airballed a long-three in the second quarter, but Rajon Rondo and his jumper looks so much better this year which has me increasingly excited about his season. No longer is he worried about coming off screens and having no passing lanes because teams are playing him five feet off. Now, he turns the corner, sees an open shot and takes it. When he pulled back and took a three in the first quarter, I was fine with it because he was open and his shooting stroke looks that much better. He’s attempted 7 threes this year and hit 3 of them. It’s not his shot, but slowly but surely, teams are gonna have to defend him on the perimeter and that’s when Rondo will be extremely dangerous.
- Acording to Celtics color commentator Tommy Heinson, Greg Stiemsma is the greatest thing to ever happen to this team. Kid hustles, and plays moderately okay defense, but once again, I don’t think he can be your answer as a back-up big man. When Kevin Garnett’s legs betray him in February and Jermaine O’ Neal’s right leg shrivels up and dies, do you really trust Greg Stiemsma to lock down the middle of the Celtics defense? I didn’t think so.
- Brandon Bass has to be the early favorite for for sixth man of the year. After his 17 point performance tonight, he’s averaging a 15/7 in 28 minutes of play. The only thing left to fix with him is his defense is not up to par as say… Glen Davis’ was last year, but you have KG to teach him the defensive skills when the Celtics finally get to practice. Brandon Bass will continue to have to put these numbers up because, again, Kevin Garnett might lose his knee by February.
Questions I still have
- Good god…is that… IS THAT JERMAINE O’ NEAL’S MUSIC? The better question is whether or not Jermaine O’ Neal can repeat this performance he had tonight down the road. The good news is that he had a 19/7 tonight and lead the team in scoring. Any time Jermaine O’ Neal is leading the team in scoring it either means they are doing extremely well or getting blown out by 20 with no in between. Tonight, because they got enough of an effort from everyone else, it was a good thing. The bad news is that Jermaine O’ Neal put up these numbers against the dynamic duo of Greg Monroe and the corpse of Ben Wallace. Basically, his match-up was pretty favorable from him tonight and if he didn’t have a good game I was going to have major questions about him. Still, nice performance from him tonight. Don’t want to be too negative.
- How will the Celtics perform this weekend? Celtics get tomorrow night off (likely to fly to Washington) then play Washington on Sunday night and then fly back to Boston for a game on Monday night. First of all I would like to thank the NBA scheduling committee for being complete ass holes and making us go down the I-95 corridor for less than 24 hours before sending us back home instead of letting us play Sunday at home and than sending us to D.C for a Monday game. That’s neither here nor there, but god forbid the Celtics get to sleep in their own bed this week. I’m more concerned with the flying and the hotel sleeping and the back to back. The Celtics are notoriously awful in back to backs and the Washington Wizards aren’t exactly tops in the league. I would like to see a good effort both nights and come back 3-3, but sorry for having my doubts.