Skip to main content

"Scrappy" D, ball movement, "Average" Al, easy hoops & more on Celtics 95-78 win over Heat

 Here's some revelations from Boston's convincing victory over Miami last night - all from a guy that has seen it all over more than six decades following The Green.

Easy Hoops

Nothing I haven't broached before. The Celtics work too hard for most of their scores. Not last night. A lot of that had to do with Rob Williams. You can call him a "basket hanger", but that's where he gets his offensive boards, tip-ins, follow-up jams and rejections. His four points came from a tip-in of a Tatum miss and a Tatum-to-RWILL jam. And of his 10 rebounds, five were offensive.

RWILL's Defensive Havoc

It pays to have long arms, quickness and leaping ability. Rob Williams has all three qualities, and he gets a lot of deflections, steals, blocks and loose balls. He had two steals last night, and as a defender of Ime Udoka's two-big lineup, I want that experiment to continue.

Dennis Schroder's Change of Pace

DS can walk the ball up court like he is taking a stroll around Boston Common, or he can take off like Hell down court and lay the ball in - as he demonstrated at the 2:10 mark of the third quarter. His line vs. Miami? 14 points - 5 boards - 6 assists - team-high plus/minus of +26.

Payton Pritchard Sightings Remain Scarce

Pritchard logged less than three minutes in Miami. Why? See above paragraph. Schroder has turned into a valued addition, but the downside is that we see little of Payton - for now at least.

Tatum's Rebounding

Read the above as a "double entendre". I love Jayson Tatum's rebounding. He had eight of them last night. But he also rebounded in my estimation. His shooting was off once again (10 points in 3-of-13 FGs), but he didn't persist in going one-on-one to any significant extent. He was into team ball.

"Scrappy" Defense

That what one of the game's announcers call it - "scrappy" defense by Boston. It was time. And it worked. Both Rob Williams and Marcus Smart (of course) went to the floor at the 4:36 mark of the first quarter. The third period saw both Schroder and GWILL hit the wood, with Smart watching in an upright position because there was no more room in the "pig pile". 

Udoka's KC Jones-like cautionary approach to playing 3Smith

Rookie Reggie Lewis only logged 8.3 minutes per game in the 1987-88 season under KC Jones. Jones explained he was going with the vets so as not to give opponents any hint that they could take out his team. Ime Udoka seems to have taken that approach with young Aaron Nesmith. That may change. Coming away last night with 13 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-5 on 3s), 3 rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes of action could alter the trend.

Never "Average" Al Horford Me - I love the Guy

The Celtics lead the NBA in blocks at 7.2 BPG. Never Average Al mans the NBA's top spot in blocks per game, and his other half of my favored 2-big lineup, Rob Williams comes in fourth. Not blessed with incredible athleticism or towering height, Horford manages his blocks with terrific timing. He even played a bit of point guard last night. He is a complete player. That hardly makes him "average".


Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true-and-suspenseful horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - as told by the cops that were there By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.)  Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating- Photo: YouTube   Elm Street  surfaces on six (6) occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts  2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) That kidnapped woman fled to the Gillogly residence on Elm Street after escaping from the armed fugitive, Laplante. 4.) He was arrested and transported to Massachusetts State Police Barracks on Elm Street in Concord . 5.) He was  tried, convicted   and sentenced for the murders at  Superior Court , corner of  Elm Stree t and Gorham Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. 6.) The author, Thomas Lane, lived on Elm Steet, Pepperell, Massachusetts while a police Sgt./Lt. for the town police force. When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the st

In defense of Marcus Smart

 Let me make it clear first of all that I am totally against making a threat of any kind that even hints at harming, or certainly killing, another human being. Marcus Smart was wrong in doing so in the Celtics loss to the tanking Oklahoma City Thunder , and he deserved the one-game suspension. But to be honest, part of me loved that it occurred. . This type of thing can happen when a player gets to a point "beyond frustration" and is having a bad game. Marcus and his teammates have been under-performing generally - were in the process of losing to a pathetic-and-tanking Thunder team - and Smart was having a bad game . And he let loose verbally at the closest target - an NBA official. Wilt Chamberlain did a similar act versus referee, Earl Strom when Wilt was having his usual tortuous time at the free throw line (per Chicago Tribune's Sam Smith): ''He was in one of those 1-for-13s,'' recalls referee Earl Strom. ''Nothing was getting close. S

Did the Celtics Kevin McHale really have a wingspan of 8-feet?

According to many sources, the Celtics Kevin McHale did indeed have an estimated wingspan of 8-feet. One of those sources is Wikipedia, as seen below: Kevin McHale American basketball player DescriptionKevin Edward McHale is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Boston Celtics. He is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and is regarded as one of the best power forwards of all time. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. Wikipedia Born: December 19, 1957 (age 61 years), Hibbing, MN Wingspan: 8′ 0″ Height: 6′ 10″ Spouse: Lynn McHale (m. 1982) NBA draft: 1980, Boston Celtics (Round: 1 / Pick: 3) Hall of fame induction: 1999 Number: 32 (Boston Celtics / Power forward, Center) Kevin was listed at 6'10" tall when he was drafted with the 3rd pick in the 1980 draft. Red Auerbach, in yet another heist, brought in both McHale and center Robert Parish (via trade) prior to the Celtics' 1980-81 Champion