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Discussion in '2018 Celtics Game Threads' started by OnWisc, Feb 27, 2019.
Marcus smart does so many good things but wow is he capable of incredible idiocy out there
I still unequivocally love Marcus Smart but that was so utterly brain dead I can’t even fathom what he was thinking.
Brad doesn't like to coach shot selection. He thinks it messes with players confidence. It's the dumbest Brad Stevens thing.
Jaylen is the only player on this team that Brad has ever disciplined and as a result he’s the only guy who doesn’t regularly take dumbfuck shots every game like the one Smart just blew the game with. Makes ya think.
This isn’t on Smart, bad shot aside, the offense stopped moving when Kyrie came back with 6 min left and he got burned several times on D.
Wasted 13 seconds!!
Why wait so long to foul?????
Let it run down to 12 seconds, then foul. Brulliant
Fucking Lillard Cousy
At least they remembered to foul this time.
Because they’re a dumb team.
I see letting Marcus have a chance at a steal but foul should’ve come earlier.
Boo’d off the court.
4 in a row.
1-10 when scoring 102 or less.
2-6 since the Lakers bullshit
Another brutal loss
Free throws 10 to 20, 5 point loss, makes you think.
It's all Rozier's fault.
As they should be.
They deserved to be. This team is garbage.
If that game didn’t make you sick enough, don’t watch the ending of Heat/Warriors.
Hayward needs more than 3 shots.
The "have two guys stand in the corner and not move" offense needs to end.
Portland was the more active team. The reason we don’t get calls isn’t because the refs hate us or Brad doesn’t speak up enough. Hard to get to the line when most of the offense is jumpshots.
They have one big and he spends most of his time outside the paint. The lead ball handler spends most of his time avoiding contact to find daylight for a shot, often contorting his body in order to do so. The whole offense doesn't move, doesn't put defenders out of position or in unfavorable spots. They aren't built to get to the line.
Notice how the team was wayyyy more active at both ends in the fourth when Kyrie was on the bench. Not making all their shots but a lot more active and energetic especially on defense.
Win Friday or 10 game losing streak is a real possibility.
Bulls beat the Grizzlies, so, there's that.
Couldn't agree more.
But there were a number of egregious misses. Kyrie got flattened by Nurkic once, and Brown obviously held on a breakaway opportunity. I don't usually get into the ref bashing, but the Celtics definitely didn't get any help tonight.
That game was so bad it broke SoSh.
The Smart quick three was bad but they don't even sniff getting that close without him. He was the only player who could defend consistently all game. The Blazers exploited Horford huge tonight by getting him on Lillard who roasted him near the end. The only fix for that is trapping and more help defense. Unfortunately nobody on this team besides Smart and Horford has the ability to rotate consistently. The young guys got abused all night. TimeLord, bless him, was completely destroyed by Nurkic.
Frankly, I am not sure what Stevens can do with this team. Only two of their starter as well as Brown and Baynes can defend consistently. If you can't get your other players to defend well, you are right and proper fucked.
Oh and Stevens was yelling at the officials all night for those who complain about that. This isn't on Brad though he has a hand in it. HRB was right, as much as it pains me to say. The roster construction is flawed.
I think he has a bad ankle. The promise he was showing pre All Star Break has waned and it seems to be injury related.
Smart: “that’s a dumbass shot by me.”
My feeling on this team has taken a 180 intbe last week or so. It’s not getting any better on the floor and it’s even worse off of it. There’s drama every day and constant chaos on the court. Egos have ruined this team.
I’m starting to have cracks in my once solid love for Brad. This team is lost. And I think I’m ready to start blaming their coach.
Brad can be blamed for playing Mamo for the ridiculous minutes he got tonite.. guy was a net negative on both sides of the floor.. and he doesn’t pass.
By “Roster construction,” do we mean “Gordon Hayward?” It’s basically the 2017-18 team plus him.
He really can't do much about making Morris or Irving play better defense. They are who they are. Brown is an improving defender but he still gets caught out of position often and opponents know this. Tatum has taken a step back on defense this year and his offense hasn't progressed either. Lastly, Hayward just doesn't have the quickness yet (or is injured again) to be a consistent defender.
Rotations and playing time complaints are fine but if most of his key rotation players aren't able to defend competently, its not really on him. The young guys have to learn and Ainge has to staff the roster with other guys who are willing to sell out on the defensive end. Stevens had success with guys like that before in Crowder, Turner etc.
The problem is that Morris is one of the guys who can score consistently when he is going good. The other issue for this team is that they really don't have scoring if Irving and Morris are struggling. Jaylen and Tatum are hit and miss, Horford is great in spots but they need early season Morris. Unfortunately, that seems to have been small sample size of above trend success.
Edit: Adding the fact that Brown played 30 minutes to Morris' 29. Hayward got 27 and he was struggling on both ends of the court so he wasn't the answer. I mean, I guess you can make a case that Brown should have taken a few more minutes but again, he wasn't getting great looks either. Unless you want to give more minutes to Ojeleye or Wanamaker in lieu of Mook, which I don't think gets you a better result, I am not sure what Stevens did wrong with the minutes tonight.
The Blazers chased the Celtics off the three point line pretty successfully and the C's couldn't convert on their open looks either. Make or miss...and they missed.
It would, but its never going to happen.
Yeah, the only time they remotely slowed any ball handler down was by sticking Smart on him and picking him up near half court. There's only so much you can do against a guy like Lillard, but every other attempt at defending him was entirely too lax. They submit to screens and switches way too easily (this is an issue going back to last year).
I know that's the defense but in certain matchups it really roasts them. The idea is clear: Everyone is switchable! Wings! But in practice the opponent can easily get their guy on the most favorable matchup. Of course, not every screen setter is a 300 lb behemoth but I think the point stands in general that there are issues in both structure and personnel.
Smart is usually the only guy out there who is actively defending while also playing in the team defense. Everyone else is just thinking switch switch switch and playing like they expect help in every single situation and it yanks the teeth out of the D. That they know they can switch is stopping them from playing as aggressive on D as they could be. My $.02
That play at the end of the 3rd was brutal. Smart chasing Lillard, no one even gives a thought about trying to stop the ball and its too late, and Al is moving the wrong way when he tries to slide over.