11/8 - Celtics @ Suns *9pm start*

Deathofthebambino

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Celtics scored 35 points in the first 24 minutes.

They scored 81 points in the last 29 minutes.

I want to see a lot more of the latter. Just keep Terry and his agent on the bench, and we'll be fine.
 

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I will say interesting that last year’s autumn squad was the lineup that got it done. Kyrie, Jaylen, Tatum, Mook, Horford. Same lineup that came back against GS at home. That might be their best lineup right now but obviously going to need Hayward to be a viable option in crunch time at some point.
 

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I had to miss a lot of this--what was it? Did they finally just start hitting the open looks they've seemed to get, but not hit, all year?
 

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I had to miss a lot of this--what was it? Did they finally just start hitting the open looks they've seemed to get, but not hit, all year?
At the end of the 4th they stopped missing and Phoenix lost all confidence.. and Kyrie made some great layups, threes and passes.
 

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I had to miss a lot of this--what was it? Did they finally just start hitting the open looks they've seemed to get, but not hit, all year?
They finally started driving and getting shots in the paint(look at the free throws tonight), and that opened up a lot of wide open 3s.
 

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I had to miss a lot of this--what was it? Did they finally just start hitting the open looks they've seemed to get, but not hit, all year?
No they chucked bricks for most of this game. 2nd half was better to start, then the bench came in and Rozier was a Supermassive Black Hole. Baynes had stone hands. Smart was dumb as hell and may have concussed himself on a flop.Tatum got benched for a bit. JB played better in the 2nd. Then Kyrie Irving did Kyrie Irving type things against a team that doesn't play D. And Kyrie even added D to his arsenal and was stealing and rebounding all over the place.
 

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I had to miss a lot of this--what was it? Did they finally just start hitting the open looks they've seemed to get, but not hit, all year?
Not really. It's Kyrie's world, and we're all just living in it. He took over, and MaMo made a buzzer beater 3, on a perfect feed from Kyrie to send it to overtime.
 

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Well, if you have a superstar, let him win some games while the others figure shit out.
 

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Wow, haven't read through this thread but Cs had no business winning this game. They played terriblt - from shooting something like 20% in the first half to missed bunnies and missed FTs and many TOs on stupid passes. Good thing they figured out PHO plays no defense.

Brad really changed up his rotations in the 2nd half. Almost as if he was pissed off at the defense the Cs were playing and said I'm only going to play guys who can guard. I will be interested if any of these rotation changes carry on to the next few games.
 

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In addition to Kyrie's incandescent performance, I will add that the Celtics D the last three minutes of regulation and the entire OT period was pretty damn good. They had several steals and blocks. Booker got his but at this point, unlike Jamal Murray, he is clearly one of the elite scorers in the NBA.

Again, best win of the season given all of the context. The bad news is they were down 22 points to the Suns. The good news is that they are in the midst of a grueling road trip and they won a gritty game on a big comeback despite sub-par play from anyone not named Irving, Morris or Brown. If they can get Horford, Tatum, Rozier and Hayward right, then they start to roll.
 

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Wow, haven't read through this thread but Cs had no business winning this game. They played terriblt - from shooting something like 20% in the first half to missed bunnies and missed FTs and many TOs on stupid passes. Good thing they figured out PHO plays no defense.

Brad really changed up his rotations in the 2nd half. Almost as if he was pissed off at the defense the Cs were playing and said I'm only going to play guys who can guard. I will be interested if any of these rotation changes carry on to the next few games.
But I read that changing rotations was bad.
 

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But I read that changing rotations was bad.
He was also changing rotations when they were down by 22. It’s one thing to change when things aren’t working but he seems to change things all the time and many times not leave two or even one legit scorer on the floor. He also seems to be set on keeping everyone’s minutes low which means rotating people out even when things are working.

So far this season though he has a number of underperforming players so it’s probabky good to keep trying things... I just think it would be frustrating as a player to not regularly play with one or two teammates to try and get some cohesion.

I also think his love for playing Smart messes with a number of lineups but all of that is purely anecdotal.
 

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I went to bed with them down 15 and woke up to a win.... can't sleep on this team!

Great watching the highlights. Hopefully this can give them the spark that they need. No Kyrie tonight might motivate the rest of the team to be a bit more aggressive in his absence.

ps - remember when people wanted to keep Scary Terry over Kyrie last year?!
 

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File this away in the unlikely to happen again this season department: Irving was the only starter to make a field goal in the first half.
 

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But I read that changing rotations was bad.
Haven't read through the thread so not sure what you are responding to. But IMO Brad's MO is to play a lot of different combinations to see which ones work well so he can file that information away when things really matter.

A couple of my observations. From a basketball perspective, I like starting Smart with Kyrie over JT. Not sure how JT feels about it (I thought JT was passing up shots in the second half - wondering if that was because he was having a poor shooting night or something else). As people have mentioned otherwise, having JT work with the second unit gives him more chances to handle the ball, which I think he is looking for.

Due to technical difficulties, I didn't get to see the first part of the first quarter, but it seemed to me that in the second half, the Cs stopped trying to do difficult, fading away from the basket moves and just took the ball to the hoop. Granted, the fact that PHO's defense didn't seem to offer much resistance to drives helped (I mean they opened with two uncontested layups and a dunk in the second half IIRC). While this is not scientific, what I can tell from ESPN's shot chart is that the Cs took 15 mid-range shots in the first half, and took something like 5 in the second half - looks like none in the 4Q. Hopefully this continues.

It's probably due to the minutes restrictions and that GH is looking to play back-to-backs but GH only played 5:19 minutes in the 4Q (entered at 7:49; left at 2:30) and did not play in OT. The logjam is going to get worse when GH is back playing full minutes.