4/19 vs. CHI

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Shouldn't Tatum have pulled up for a 3 there? The odds were stacked against Boston anyway.
 

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Tatum very out of sync offensively. Brad should have taken him off the ball earlier, once he saw how many defenders the Bulls were throwing at him.
 

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I can’t even call this a bad loss. There comes a point where you can’t overcome having to play a bunch of non-NBA players serious minutes and tonight was that point.
 

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Looks like it might just be one of those 'if they get healthy then watch out' seasons where they never actually get healthy.
 

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I can’t even call this a bad loss. There comes a point where you can’t overcome having to play a bunch of non-NBA players serious minutes and tonight was that point.
I don’t disagree, but felt like a lot of bad turnovers from actual NBA players at a lot of key moments.
 

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I can’t even call this a bad loss. There comes a point where you can’t overcome having to play a bunch of non-NBA players serious minutes and tonight was that point.
We had the luxury for a bit of forgetting how bad it is to have guys like Grant/Semi/Nesmith on the floor at the same time.

The botched 3 on 1 where Grant’s soul left his body was the play of the game.

That said, Tatum threw away like 5 or 6 possessions in the 4th that could have been the difference too, including ignoring a wide open PP to throw a terrible entry pass to Jaylen that was picked off.
 

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I don’t disagree, but felt like a lot of bad turnovers from actual NBA players at a lot of key moments.
Yeah I agree. Tatum was kind of out of control down the stretch, but what is he going to do? He was getting blitzed and him trying to do to much is still better than someone like Grant trying to do anything.
 

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Could see this coming from a mile away
C's were up 10 (maybe more) in the first half and then stopped defending. Also, their continued inability to come up with their share of 50//50 balls has been leading to a ton of second-chance points for opponents.
 

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I can’t even call this a bad loss. There comes a point where you can’t overcome having to play a bunch of non-NBA players serious minutes and tonight was that point.
The bench points were 29-26 Bulls. Considering that 4 of the Cs top 7 were out, not too bad.

This game was lost because Tatum was 3-17 with 5 turnovers.
 

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Yeah I agree. Tatum was kind of out of control down the stretch, but what is he going to do? He was getting blitzed and him trying to do to much is still better than someone like Grant trying to do anything.
On the best version of the team he can pass out of the double to one of Smart/Kemba/Brown/Fournier. Tonight he could kick it out to Semi and Grant who either missed wide open looks or dribbled to nowhere because they are shockingly untalented.

I’d probably avoid passing out of doubles too in a situation like tonight.
 

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C's can't really complain about what they got from Pritchard and Waters. Both were excellent. Grant was horseshit.
 

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C's were up 10 (maybe more) in the first half and then stopped defending. Also, their continued inability to come up with their share of 50//50 balls has been leading to a ton of second-chance points for opponents.
On offense these plays are invariably leading to open threes while the defense runs around trying to make up for not getting the loose ball.
 

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C's were up 10 (maybe more) in the first half and then stopped defending. Also, their continued inability to come up with their share of 50//50 balls has been leading to a ton of second-chance points.
It was the island of misfit toys tonight. Not much length or athleticism out there for much of the game so I’m not surprised about the struggle with 50/50 balls and rebounds for much of the game. Tonight just highlighted how this team is a thin hair away from being a first round exit. I think they can make noise in the playoffs if healthy but one key injury and this team is screwed. Too much complete and utter garbage on this bench.
 

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The best part of that game was hearing Danny’s takes. Much respect. He was not impressed by the effort but a really measured demeanor. Loved his “I did not enjoy this game” to Scal at the end.
 

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C's can't really complain about what they got from Pritchard and Waters. Both were excellent. Grant was horseshit.
I’d say both PP and Waters should have gotten more looks in second half of the fourth. I’d rather have PP put one up from three feet behind the arc than Williams from, well, anywhere.
 

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The best part of that game was hearing Danny’s takes. Much respect. He was not impressed by the effort but a really measured demeanor. Loved his “I did not enjoy this game” to Scal at the end.
Very Brian Cashman-like. Doesn’t flip his shit even as he parcels out honest takes
 

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I get the Grant hate but the story of this game other than lazy defense was Tatum 3-17 and 5 turnovers. That’s it. The triple double was meaningless compared to the rest of that line
 

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It was the island of misfit toys tonight. Not much length or athleticism out there for much of the game so I’m not surprised about the struggle with 50/50 balls and rebounds for much of the game. Tonight just highlighted how this team is a thin hair away from being a first round exit. I think they can make noise in the playoffs if healthy but one key injury and this team is screwed. Too much complete and utter garbage on this bench.
Most good teams are one key injury away from an early exit.
 

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This would have been a nice one to steal. Lost opportunity. What's worse is that all the teams Boston is battling in the East seem to be playing well.
 

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It's tough to win in the NBA without 4 of your top 6-7 players, regardless of your opponent.
Agree there. Even tougher for the Celtics than most teams because after their top 8-9, the talent level falls completely off a cliff.

Watching that game I'm sure would be painful for Danny, the fact that he had to announce it was just insult to injury.

Being forced to grumble through Grant, Nesmith, Semi, and Langford trying to play NBA offense.... brutal.
 

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Most good teams are one key injury away from an early exit.
True, but when the next man up is Semi or Grant you’re in serious trouble. They need to be 100% healthy to even have a puncher’s chance of making noise. They can’t absorb one injury to their top 6.
 

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Agree there. Even tougher for the Celtics than most teams because after their top 8-9, the talent level falls completely off a cliff.

Watching that game I'm sure would be painful for Danny, the fact that he had to announce it was just insult to injury.

Being forced to grumble through Grant, Nesmith, Semi, and Langford try to play NBA offense.... brutal.
Nesmith's awkward 3-pointer might have sailed out of bounds if the backboard hadn't been in the way.
 

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Not to mention that his latest lottery pick, Nesmith, put up an awkward 3-pointer that couldn't have missed much more badly.
In my best Brad Pitt-as-Billy Beane voice: “If he’s such a good shooter, then why doesn’t he shoot good?”

Nesmith works hard, and right now that’s about it
 

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True, but when the next man up is Semi or Grant you’re in serious trouble. They need to be 100% healthy to even have a puncher’s chance of making noise. They can’t absorb one injury to their top 6.
The next men up are only Grant and Semi when, quite literally, over half (!) the top-7 rotation is out. There isn't any team that has the deep bench to survive that (without a remaining superstar going fully nuclear).