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Assignment for Celtics: Watch Toronto rookie, Scottie Barnes', hightlights

 At least the Celtics/Knicks game was forced toi two overtimes prior to the eventual loss. Last night's 115-83 loss to the Raptors was a drubbing.Here are some synonyms for "drubbing":

beating - thrashing - walloping - thumping - battering - pounding

You get the idea! But do the current crop of Celtics players understand it? The conclusion is tough to miss. The cure for some of the many Celtics shortcomings would be to repeatedly watch the performance and effort from the 4th-overall pick in this year's draft by the name of Scottie Barnes. If you watch the video, pay strict attention to his play at the 3:11 mark of the fourth quarter, with the came well out of reach for Boston.

In that play, Barnes passes up a 3-pointer (unlike what Boston may have done under similar circumstances) - drives the lane - hangs in when the shot misfires - grabs the offensive board - and scores. For the game, Scottie racked up 25 points and 13 rebounds, while only taking 2-of-his-19 shots from 3-point land. He constantly drove into the paint, always seeming to make the right play.

That's it, folks. Not a good start for the New Era Celtics or their rookie head coach, Ime Udoka. We can attribute some of the miscues to the "newness", but the fact remains - this Celtics crop remains a finesse team, lacking mental and physical toughness. That won't fly. I believe an opposing rookie just showed them the right path. 



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