Round 1 Discussion: Celtics - Pacers

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we had 3 questions answered:
1. Celtics winning a game on the road...check, check
2. Hayward taking his game up with the stakes higher...check
3. Jaylen embracing defense-first role w/starting group...check

plus we got more:
4. Rozier picking up full court/physical defense...where was that all season?
5. MaMo going back to his bench/limited min role where he thrived to begin the season.

Celtics/Bucks has all the makings of a 7 game series...coin toss on who wins if Brogdon isn't available or himself.
Kinda feeling like the series could swing on who of Smart/Brogdon can return first.

Also, whether the C's bigs can hit their 3s off the pick-and-pop...we may need Baynes to can a couple from downtown.
 

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Smart isn't likely to be back this round or perhaps even the rest of the playoffs. Stevens was interviewed by Grande on Friday and said Marcus was still moving gingerly. Earlier in the week, the radio guys (sorry I keep referencing them as I know there are no links) were discussing his injury and they made it sound like it was more significant than people generally thought.

To be clear, I hope I am wrong given that Smart's absence will be a bigger issue for Boston during the next round.
 

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Smart isn't likely to be back this round or perhaps even the rest of the playoffs. Stevens was interviewed by Grande on Friday and said Marcus was still moving gingerly. Earlier in the week, the radio guys (sorry I keep referencing them as I know there are no links) were discussing his injury and they made it sound like it was more significant than people generally thought.

To be clear, I hope I am wrong given that Smart's absence will be a bigger issue for Boston during the next round.
Have to think Smart's done for the EC playoffs, at best a Finals appearance?
A shorter rotation isn't the worst thing for the Celtics and maybe put some pep into Jaylen/Rozier's game.
 

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we had 3 questions answered:
1. Celtics winning a game on the road...check, check
2. Hayward taking his game up with the stakes higher...check
3. Jaylen embracing defense-first role w/starting group...check

plus we got more:
4. Rozier picking up full court/physical defense...where was that all season?
5. MaMo going back to his bench/limited min role where he thrived to begin the season.
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1. This was the Pacers and we didn't look impressive in these road wins...….caution is the word here for me.
2. Hayward is getting to where we all wanted him to be in January......patience is the word here.
3. Jaylen get big praise for being so young and handling early season adversity so well......optimism.
4. Regular season is about numbers, playoffs are about wins......newly focused.
5. Slight nitpick but MaMo's minutes haven't changed much based on him starting or coming off the bench this year (28.7 vs 26). He played 30 min in 2 of the 4 Pacer playoff games and probably would have in G2 also if not for his epic, 0-8, performance



Celtics/Bucks has all the makings of a 7 game series...coin toss on who wins if Brogdon isn't available or himself.
Unlike the Pacer series where they didn't have the personnel where Brad didn't have to put much creativity into his lineups and rotations I'm sure we will see changes for us in the Bucks series both to start the game as well as throughout based on matchups.

* Ojeleye started in 2 of our Bucks games this year and played rotation minutes in another.....how much of a role does he play especially when Jaylen/Tatum are in foul trouble?

* I know you hate to hear this but Baynes, especially the way he's been playing lately, doesn't seem to have much of a role in a Bucks series where our wing depth will be much needed vs the Bucks fast pace and perimeter oriented game.
 

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1. This was the Pacers and we didn't look impressive in these road wins...….caution is the word here for me.
2. Hayward is getting to where we all wanted him to be in January......patience is the word here.
3. Jaylen get big praise for being so young and handling early season adversity so well......optimism.
4. Regular season is about numbers, playoffs are about wins......newly focused.
5. Slight nitpick but MaMo's minutes haven't changed much based on him starting or coming off the bench this year (28.7 vs 26). He played 30 min in 2 of the 4 Pacer playoff games and probably would have in G2 also if not for his epic, 0-8, performance




Unlike the Pacer series where they didn't have the personnel where Brad didn't have to put much creativity into his lineups and rotations I'm sure we will see changes for us in the Bucks series both to start the game as well as throughout based on matchups.

* Ojeleye started in 2 of our Bucks games this year and played rotation minutes in another.....how much of a role does he play especially when Jaylen/Tatum are in foul trouble?

* I know you hate to hear this but Baynes, especially the way he's been playing lately, doesn't seem to have much of a role in a Bucks series where our wing depth will be much needed vs the Bucks fast pace and perimeter oriented game.
Yeah, re Baynes, the closing lineup yesterday with Morris in for Baynes and Hayward in for Brown looked like what they’ll need a lot of against Mil. It stressed the D in ways that Baynes lineups simply can’t. In addition, Lopez just doesn’t bang down low on offense, and so presents a great chance to get more shooting on the floor.
 

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Celtics/Bucks has all the makings of a 7 game series...coin toss on who wins if Brogdon isn't available or himself.
The answer, of course, is Marcus Smart, coming out of the tunnel as a stunned Milwaukee bench quivers in their shoes.

edit: I know, covered above, but it'd be fun wouldn't it?