As I watched the Boston Celtics battle back from a 0-2 series deficit against the Chicago Bulls and back-to-back double digit holes against the Washington Wizards, I’m left to ponder how far this team could have gone had Danny Ainge even made a moderate Nerlens Noel/Taj Gibson type trade deadline upgrade? Some of my other Celtics playoff thoughts thus far…
- Brad Stevens and company are currently ranked 1st in the postseason in 3-point field goals attempted at just over 37 per game, and 5th out of the 8 remaining squads in 3-point % at 36.1%. It’s this writer’s opinion that 3 pointers look awful good when they fall, but the day is coming where they won’t. Live by the 3, but more times than not, die by 3.
- The way I see it, Isaiah and Al Horford are going to consistently get their numbers, so it’s with that said that Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley, who shot a combined 9-29 from 3-point range in the two Bulls losses, are the “x” factors that will ultimately determine the C’s playoff fate.
- As upset as I am seeing Amir Johnson make $12 mill this year for playing less than 10 minutes per game in the postseason, at least this isn’t Dwight Howard or Dwyane Wade at $23 million a piece, who averaged 8 and 15 points per game respectively in their first round playoff losses.
- Would I want Paul George on the Celtics next year? Absolutely, but after seeing the recent Celtics/Bulls series, I’d take Jimmy Butler first.
- As goes Brad Marchand goes the Bruins. In all 4 losses, Marchand was held scoreless and in 3 out of 4 losses, the B’s MVP did not record a single point.
- Considering the Senators scored 1/3 of their total goals against the B’s on the power play, giving them 52 minutes where the B’s were shorthanded proved to be a vital error, particularly in overtime during games 3 and 6.
- I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about Matt Beleskey. Top 10 salary on the team at $3.8 million per year, under contract until 2020, and recorded 0 goals and 0 assists in a total of 8 post season minutes played over 3 games.
- While I think Bruce Cassidy certainly proved himself worthy of removing the “interim” tag from his job title, the whole situation feels very “Jim O’Brien 2000 Celtics” to me.
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