Your Morning Dump... Where an ugly win is better than an ugly loss

Your Morning Dump... Where an ugly win is better than an ugly loss

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Your Morning Dump... Where an ugly win is better than an ugly loss

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The Celtics never really slammed the door shut on the Kings, and needed to sweat out a final-second possession that could have tied the game. Fittingly, Horford turned away the Kings for the last time, stripping Cousins before he could attempt a 3-pointer. With that, the home team closed out a 97-92 win, avoiding a second straight bad home loss.

Boston’s offense never really clicked after the first quarter, and defensive rebounding continues to be the issue that never dies. The bench combined for just 12 points, but the starters — especially Horford, who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists and six blocks, and two steals — contributed enough that it didn’t matter.

MassLive

For those of you who missed the game, let me sizzle it for you: There were two good things about the Celtics last night:

  1. Al
  2. Horford

The rest of the game, apart from a bit of the first few minutes, was the sort of thing that would make a reasonable person long for a power outage or a condensation induced game delay.

Twitter user “HebertofNH” summed it up thusly:

And therein is the difficulty with these Celtics–who frustrated us with subpar play for a nice long stretch last season as well.

This is a team of young players, high draft picks and cast-offs that overachieves, and is pretty darn rootable when it does.

But when it doesn’t overachieve. Boy, it looks every bit as bad as you might expect it to be. When the whole isn’t greater than sum of its parts, the Celtics can perpetrate some pretty heinous basketball. And the last two games have been a study in that sort of thing. Eesh. But at least Boston got a split out of them.

Page 2: Where Horford had himself a historic evening

According to basketball-reference.com, he became the first NBA player on record that has ever tallied at least 26 points, four 3-pointers, six blocks and two steals in one game.

And he did all of this against one of the best centers in the league in Cousins.

Boston Celtics

A somewhat more intelligible stat:

With his six blocks Friday night, Horford moved ahead of Anthony Davis for the league lead in blocks per game (2.9 BPG).

So, yeah, C’s can’t rebound worth a hoot, but at least Horford is putting a Celtic stamp on shots before they get to the rim.

NOTE: Horford, due to that nasty concussion, isn’t the league’s official blocks leader because he hasn’t appeared in enough games.

Page 3: Where Avery Bradley’s rebounding is also pretty remarkable

In the NBA’s seven decades, there have been exactly three players listed at 6-foot-2 or shorter who have averaged seven rebounds per game for a whole season: West (3x), Greer and Van Lier. The last of these five seasons, Van Lier’s, happened in the 1970-71 season. Forty-six years later, here’s Avery!

Boston.com

As the article subsequently points out, it doesn’t seem likely that Bradley will be able to sustain this level of rebounding. On the other hand, Ainge is not aiming to win a title this year, so he’s not going to overpay to solve the C’s rebounding woes in a midseason trade. It remains to be seen if anyone else is going to step up their rebounding game–or if Stevens is going to change the C’s rebounding strategy.

Bonus: Q&A With IT

Isaiah Thomas spent the Celtics’ flight to Philly indulging in a midnight AMA via twitter.

A few highlights:

 

 

 

 

Finally: CSNNE trolls a professional troll

I like my game production crew to forsake everything for the team.

The rest of the links:

MassLive: Boston Celtics trade rumors 2016: DeMarcus Cousins trade to Celtics or anyone else reportedly ‘very much unrealistic’ | Boston Celtics notes: Brad Stevens provides example why DeMarcus Cousins is a ‘handful’ to guard

Boston Herald: Al Horford hosts block party in Celtics’ win against Sacramento Kings | Celtics Notebook: Isaiah Thomas presses for more crunch time

NESN: Al Horford Was A Force For Celtics On Offense And Defense Vs. Kings

Boston Globe: Horford, Celtics hold off Kings

Boston.com: Al Horford scores 26 to lead Celtics over Kings, 97-92

ESPN Boston: Quiet Al Horford has his loudest night in a Celtics uniform

CSNNE: Crowder on Cousins’ style: ‘Step up to the test or you get run over’ | Horford’s strong play propels C’s to 97-92 win over Kings

Providence Journal: Celtics Journal: C’s not shy about shooting 3s | Celtics 97, Kings 92: Horford leads the way at both ends of court

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