11/5 - Celtics v. Nuggets

benhogan

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concerned? not one iota

but gawd I hate when they lose...can they fly to Phoenix tonight and just play them in the morning?
 

Deathofthebambino

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Meanwhile, Toronto blows out the Lakers last night, and Utah tonight, both on the road, and both without Kawhi.
 

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The Celtics have the second best talent in the league. They should be crushing most teams, and beating good teams, even on the road, or at the worst, losing a one possession game. The great chemistry the team had last season isn't there yet, which is strange, since it's pretty much the exact same team that went on that crazy early season run last season, with Hayward added.
 

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Lockdown second unit spit the bit - no rhythm and no clear scorers when Morris is off his game. Lead evaporated so quickly
Tatum still making lazy plays rather than using his length to get to the cup (did once - was beautiful and then nothing)
Hayward despite 9 boards seemed invisible
Rozier is forcing it. Careless and out of control a lot.

Kyrie looks great though.
And Williams might be pushing for more minutes soon here
 

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This is the 2nd night in a row a big 1Q lead was pissed away in 2Q, not a good trend to continue, and not one that should be traveling with the C's to Phoenix. Road games in the NBA are tough enough, you don't have to make them tougher with lack of focus.
 

benhogan

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Lots of recent positives:
Kyrie's offense is all the way back
Brown getting back into a groove
Tatum taking less contested long 2s
Gordon slowly working his way back
 

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Nuggets have the best home field advantage in sports and Murray went off. They could still have won if they played the whole game like they did in the first quarter, but more encouraging signs than discouraging ones, even in the loss.
 

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Do the numbers exist that we can see how these lineups are doing? Particularly, I think the C's look really bad anytime Brad is pairing up 2 and sometimes even 3 of Kyrie, Smart and Rozier. When 2 of them are on the floor at the same time, it's just not working. Smart and Rozier are constantly running the offense over Kyrie, and when Smart and Rozier are on the floor together, the offense is a fucking disaster.
Yes.

https://stats.nba.com/lineups/advanced/?Season=2018-19&SeasonType=Regular Season&TeamID=1610612738
 

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I was expecting top 5 this season.

The shot selection is better. The passing is okay I guess. The open 3s will fall. The points in the paint and free throws killed them again. That’s the thing they need to address.
 

Deathofthebambino

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That's pretty cool stuff, although someone much better versed that I probably needs to draw conclusions from it. What I do know is that if you break it down to just 2 man lineups, and pick Smart/Rozier together, the numbers are pretty ugly. When you start adding players, the numbers get better depending on who is added. The sample sizes with most are also pretty small, but it'll be interesting to track through the season.

The Celtics have now dropped to 29th in the NBA averaging 19.0 free throw attempts per game. The only team worse is Orlando at 18.8. Celtics opponents are averaging 23.4 attempts per game. Again, these numbers seem to be propped a bit by a couple of big outlier games for the C's, and I suspect, although hope against, the numbers are going to get worse instead of better. This has to change.