Better…but…

…still a ways away.  Talking Boston Celtics of course.  Finally got themselves a playoff win in the Brad Stevens era after 6 losses to start out.

So now they are down 2 games to 1 to the Atlanta Hawks.  With Game 4 also in Boston.  Does that mean they are back in the series?  I’m not sure about that.

Losing a 20 point lead is concerning.  They actually have lost decent double-digit leads more often than you want from a team over the Stevens tenure, but at least this one didn’t result in a loss.  Loved how they came out of the gate strong.  But then fizzled for a couple of quarters.  Good to see they finished strong though as well.

I think it goes without saying that one of these games they need to play a whole 48 minutes.  Cliche, I know.  But haven’t seen that this series.

They are also going to need more than Isaiah Thomas offensively.  That also goes without saying.  But he scored 38% of their points last night.  And had a mere 1 assist.  The Celtics are a better team when he is scoring a smidge less and distributing quite a bit more.  Again, not rocket science here.

But who is going to help?  Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk will likely be out again.  I don’t know where the hell Jae Crowder has gone offensively.  Ok, on the telecast they mention quite a bit that he is playing “at less than 1oo%”.  Side note:  Jae, please stop telling people this over and over.  Which is what the telecast said he has been doing.  Not cool.  But anyway, his defense still appears to be pretty good.  Apparently Paul Millsap has said as much.  So why can’t he shoot anymore?

Does anyone expect Jonas Jerebko to repeat his Game 3 performance?  I sure as heck don’t!  Pleasant surprise last night, no question.  But did miss plenty of open shots himself.  They are still rolling R.J. Hunter out there for a few minutes a game.  One rebound and then a coast to coast basket off of it in 7 minutes.  May as well have not been on the court the rest of the time.  Evan Turner will give you some solid overall play, but maybe not any kind of offensive explosion.

I think you get the point.

Also worth considering is this potential Isaiah suspension.  Sure looks as if the Hawks have a case.  The game almost got wildly out of control at a few points last night, with the flagrant fouls and rough play and all.  But somehow it didn’t blow up to that point.  The Thomas/Dennis Schroder stuff looked like it could have a few times specifically.  And in the several times I looked at the replay this morning, it looked like Isaiah knew what he was doing when he bashed Schroder upside the head.  Not that it was a knockout blow, mind you.  Looked like a typical punch thrown by a NBA player.  Pugilists, they are not.  Regardless, it did look pretty intentional to me.  The C’s and Thomas should be a little worried about this one.  A shove is one thing.  Any kind of blow to the head is completely another.

And if IT gets a suspension?  Do I really need to say it?  No Thomas = no chance.

On the Hawks side, does anyone think they’ll only get 8 points from Al Horford again?  Maybe Crowder has done a good job on Millsap defensively and that is why Millsap hasn’t done much.  But who was guarding Horford where he only got 8?  Jerebko?  Fat chance that will happen again in Game 4.

I suppose you never know what you will get from Schroder, Kyle Korver or Kent Bazemore from game to game.  These dudes were all “on” last night.  So maybe they are all “off” next game.  Who knows?

In any event, I think we have to wait to see what happens with Isaiah before making a judgement about Game 4.  If he is in the lineup, I absolutely believe they can even up this series tomorrow.  Maybe Jerebko doesn’t repeat his performance.  But maybe Jared Sullinger gets a chance and he delivers.  Or someone else.  As usual, the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts with these Celts, especially when you throw in some of that home cookin’…but if no Isaiah?  It’s probably c-ya next year basically…

 

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About mpdenton

I am a passionate and life long fan of the local teams...and by local I mean New England. I remember the days of Ray Bourque, Larry Bird, Steve Grogan and Wade Boggs...meaning I have lived the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene. With all this pent up Boston sports emotion, I clearly have a lot to say about the local teams and sometimes about sports in general. Maybe even the Revolution... I appreciate you reading my blog and hope you enjoy my rants.

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