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Taking Stock: Celtics – Pistons

Taking stock

After every game, we'll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player's overall value.


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Rajon Rondo:  You just can't lose your cool like that.  Maybe Rondo's frustrated with the way things have been going… maybe he's pissed off at someone in particular… but this is a meltdown that can't happen.  And yes, I saw Greg Monroe land on his head.  That doesn't excuse this incident.


Paul Pierce: The best statistical night of the group, but he still had 5 turnovers. And he's struggling to find that next gear.  I'm starting to think the lockout schedule madness is catching up to him.


Chris Wilcox: 14 points and 6 boards looks like a decent game, but, as I said earlier today, his inability to set effective picks for Ray Allen is killing this offense when he starts.



ermaine O'Neal: 

He had a decent first quarter then faded. I'm not sure we can expect a more consistent effort out of him.

Ray Allen:  He's more dependent than ever on the screens that aren't being set for him.  13 points, 6 reb. and 4 assists still means he made the most of the situation.   



Sideways_double_arrowKeyon Dooling: Talk about a guy struggling to find his place.  He looked lost for most of his 14 minutes.

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Mickael Pietrus:  20 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound.  Without 2 key players and looking for a spark from the bench, this is about as terrible as it gets. 

Sideways_double_arrow JaJuan Johnson:  The Celtics needed him last night but he had 3 fouls in 11 minutes.  The learning curve is still big for him.

Sideways_double_arrowGreg Stiemsma:  Well, he got a dunk… his first one of the season.  So that's gotta mean something, right?

Sideways_double_arrowAvery Bradley:  When Avery's 7 points leads all bench scorers, it's a problem. 3 fouls in 14 minutes hurt.

Sideways_double_arrowE'Twaun Moore, Sasha Pavlovic, Marquis Daniels:  Still baffled by Quis, and I want to know why E'Twaun has lost all his PT.



Doc Rivers:  I don't know what he's supposed to do.  Maybe he needs more Gregg Popovich in him… wave the white flag early and let the kids play in these crappy games.


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There are few positives to take out of this game.  Even without KG and Bass, the Celtics should be able to pull together a more fluid game.  And with the back-to-back in Dallas tonight, I'm not sure I would have played the starters quite as much considering the effort.