Just some random things I saw from the Celtics 107-103 win over the Warriors Friday night:
- Interior defense on the Celtics looks different. But you know this. It's just odd that the perimeter defense looks so different too. Watching Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry run a pick-and-roll with David Lee and carve up the Celtics so easily -- with Kevin Garnett on the floor -- is worrisome . That's probably a bit of an overreaction given the nature of the Warriors offense and their stellar guards. But I just keep imagining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade running that pick-and-roll with Chris Bosh and having a much tougher time trading buckets. Of course, that is if the Heat ever actually run a set offense. Mind you, Ellis dropped 41 points and Lee put up 26 points and 12 rebounds. The Celtics didn't get off easy.
- Jeff Green appears to be filling the role of the departed Tony Allen on offense, being a strong finisher on the wing. However, Green brings the added elements of being able to dribble and hit mid-range jump shots. This is a welcoming development after his first few games. Against the Warriors, he scored 21 points in 28 minutes. That productivity is something to rave about.
- At a certain point, Doc Rivers must be yelling himself hoarse at Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo to shoot the ball. It's bad enough that Rondo will pass up nine out of 10 open opportunities, but he can't let fast break buckets vanish because he's eye-balling a pass that isn't there. While Garnett, who is the epitome of a team player, usually knows when to pull back and shoot, he's giving a little too much up in the last few games to get Nenad Krstic and others involved. In fact, he had a pretty glaring turnover against the Warriors on an offensive rebound he should've put back up, instead passing to an unsuspecting Krstic. There has to be better balance for these guys in this regard.
Despite the negative, there's always a lot of positive to take away in holding off a surging team with the number of injuries and changes having occurred with the Celtics. But for the Warriors, this is another disappointment for a team that can't catch a break. They're 4-6 in their last 10 games. They have a decent coach and a pretty good offensive lineup. But outside of Ellis' ball-hawking ability on the perimeter and Lee on the interior, they lack defensively everywhere. It goes without saying that their 27 wins were a product of them outscoring their opponents. And that is all. The Warriors give up the third most points per game (105.2), ahead of only the 15-win Minnesota Timberwolves and the 12-win Cleveland Cavaliers. Catch my drift.
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