Found November 02, 2012 on
Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.:
On Friday night the Celtics opened up their 2012-2013 season at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. Coming off a loss to the Miami Heat the Celtics looked to crack down on the defensive end and continue to execute on offense. Unfortunately neither of these things happened for the Celtics as they lost to the Bucks 99-88.
The Celtics struggled from the start looking sloppy on offense and struggled on defense falling victim to Milwaukee's pick and roll. The Celtics opened up with a starting lineup of Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, and Kevin Garnett. Of the starters Rajon Rondo played a team high 41 minutes while scoring 14 points and adding 11 assists. The Celtics as a team shot very poor at 44.6% from the field. Paul Pierce shot a measly 3-11 on the night finishing with 11 points and 6 rebounds. The Celtics made it a point to go to Kevin Garnett early in the game and he answered the call. Garnett shot 6-14 finishing with 15 points and 4 rebounds.
The Bucks dominated the game leading by 22 points at one point in the game. Of their starters Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, and Tobias Harris all played extremely well. Jennings set the tone with a double-double scoring a game high 21 points and adding 13 assists. His teammate in the back court, Monta Ellis, only shot 6-20 but managed to finish with 14 points. The biggest surprise of the game was Tobias Harris a second year player who shined going 8-11 for 18 points.
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Doc knew it would take some time for this team to come together on the defensive end. Tonight proved the Celtics still have a long way to go in order to become the defensive team they want to be. The Celtics were able to trim the lead to 15 with 6:11 left to play in the game but never got over the hump. The team attempted to shoot their way back into the game and seemed to force up shots. They also looked out of sync on the break committing numerous turnovers and finished tied with the Bucks for 18.
On a positive note Jeff Green had a bounce back game going 5-9 with eleven points. Rookie Jared Sullinger also contributed positively in 18 minutes of play. He worked hard in the paint grabbing 7 boards, 3 on the offensive end fueling him to 6 points. Finally, Jason Terry played well going 4-6 for 10 points in 15 minutes.
The Celtics travel to Washington tomorrow to face the Wizards. The team looks to avoid it's first 0-3 start since the 06-07 season before the Big Three was formed. In order to do so the team needs to communicate better on defense. They were unable to defend the pick and roll offense tonight getting beat whether they went above or below the screen. Too many times the Bucks came away with an easy lay-up or open jumper and they certainly didn't miss their opportunities.
Tune in tomorrow night as the Celtics take on the Wizards at 7:00pm in the Verizon Center.
[Discuss on CG Forums!]
BEST OF MAXIM
Rajon Rondo isn’t an unnecessarily cheery guy. I’m not saying he doesn’t smile or that he never seems happy, but he doesn’t really ever come across as the kind of person who would help make the locker room a more vibrant place, certainly not after a loss like tonight’s. So when I say “Rondo seems even more depressed and subdued than usual,” please understand it’s...
Last night after the loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Kevin Garnett gave a speech to his teammates that involved a "pack of hyenas" metaphor. Strange to say the least. But this isn't the first time Kevin has said some very strange metaphors. Lets look back on some of his best.
1.) The Green Squirrel
"We had four assists at halftime, that’s not us. That’s like...
Rajon Rondo's one-handed shot-clock beater was named the #3 play of last night by the NBA. Many other entertaining plays are among those in the video above, including a vicious Vinsanity block, a Gerald Green dunk, and a buzzer-beating game-winning 3 pointer by Brandon Jennings.
In his most introspective moments, and really at any other time of day, Kevin Garnett is prone to complex metaphors. He uses them, I think, in an attempt to simplify his own thoughts when relating them to everyone else. So it was little surprise when Garnett referred to a cackling animal when describing how his team needs to behave after Friday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks...
Here are a few videos from Thursday's practice via WEEI's Mike Petraglia. Rajon Rondo tries not to get fined in his interview and Doc reflects on the opening night loss.
It's important to always check Paul Pierce's twitter on Halloween. Sometimes you'll get pics of him and his teammates dressed up and other times you'll get him with his family.
Happy Halloween from the power puff girls the professor and Merida -via @paulpierce34
Follow Celtics Life on twitter: @CelticsLife
The Celtics came out strong in this game and looked like they were going to run away with this game in a blow out. The Celtics sprinted out to a 17-2 start in which the Wizards' only points came on a Kevin Garnett goal tending call, which was actually a clean block. At the end of the first quarter, the Celtics were up 26-12 and led by 7 at the half. The Wizards' second...
Earlier tonight, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo scored one of the luckiest baskets that I've ever seen in NBA history.
In the 4th quarter of the Celtics victory over the Washington Wizards, Rondo was trying to put up a shot with the shot clock winding down.
Watch as Washington's Kevin Seraphin blocks the shot of Rajon but somehow, Rondo tips the ball into the basket:
8 a.m. ET: Whoever it was that showed up Friday at the TD Garden wearing the home uniforms, that team did not resemble the squad that the real Celtics insist they can be.
They are what their record says they are, however, and entering Saturday's game in the nation's capital, the Celtics were 0-2. In front of them was an underwhelming Wizards team dealing with injuries to...
Dwyane Wade recently called out Rajon Rondo and said that he made a “punk play” on him during the season opener between the Heat and Celtics. Well, today at practice Rajon Rondo took his turn to fire back at Wade. Rondo called
“I mean, I don’t think it was a hard foul,” said Rondo. “[Wade] sold it a little bit. That’s basketball. They were up, he drove to the hole...
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Some people are so touchy. Dislocate their
elbow one time or make a series-altering uncalled hack -- or maybe even both --
and they just will not let it go.
Rajon Rondo is not about to forgive Dwyane Wade for some of
the physical plays the Heat guard has leveled on him over the past two years.
That was clear from his comments after practice Thursday, when the...
Herald Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade exchange more barbs Celtics look to fix communication breakdown Globe For Celtics, time to turn talent into a team Kevin Garnett’s return was critical factor in the Celtics’ retooling Celtics Green Glue GuysDowns Among 8 Invited to Red Claws CampWho's the Punk?? Practice Report 11/1 Bucks (0-0) at Celtics (0-1) 11/2
Celtics Life Celtics...
Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 12 assists and the Boston Celtics finally found their way to victory by outlasting the Washington Wizards 89-86 on Saturday. Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points for the Celtics (1-2), who avoided a second straight 0-3 start to the season. Several times Boston appeared in control with double-digit leads, including a 10...
Doc Rivers and the Celtics need to get back to worrying about getting through the regular season
Opening night in the NBA for the Boston Celtics had almost everything. There was Kevin Garnett giving the Ray Allen “I will (bleeping) murder you” face, both the Celtics and the Heat played hard and the game even ended with a hard foul that has both teams riled up and ready to throw...
Talk about a fan base that has been beaten down. I really feel bad for them. Even in the Celtics worst years during that 22 year absence from championships I don't ever recall talking about the Lottery 2 games into the season. As always, there's the refs complaints. That's to be expected because these days, refs blow calls on both sides in just about every game. ...