Halfway Through 2010-2011, The Celtics Dominate

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Despite a handful of losses against lesser opponents (only six of Boston’s 11 losses are against winning teams), the Boston Celtics have completely dominated the league in the first half of the 2010-2011 series.  The stats almost speak for themselves.  Their defense is as good as it has been since Garnett joined the squad in 2007.  They are first in opponents points per game, third in opponent field goal percentage, and sixth in creating turnovers (4th in generating steals).  Meanwhile, they are first in shooting in the league.  The Celtics are shooting a stunning 49.9% from the field.  On top of that, they are fifth in three point shooting percentage at 38.2%.  It’s no surprise then, that they are third in total assists.  The Celtics efficiency is off the charts.  They have 6 players sporting a PER of at least 17, and two of those, Pierce and Garnett, are over 20.

The Celtics are using crisp passing in their set offense to create open shot attempts for their excellent shooter, Pierce, Allen, and Garnett.  On top of that, Boston usually wins the hustle and slop battle on a nightly basis because of their intensity and familiarity with each other.  Their discipline and shared experience is a huge advantage in an Association that is well known for stars and key pieces jumping ship for money, notoriety, or other reasons.

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4 Responses to “Halfway Through 2010-2011, The Celtics Dominate”

  1. jpalumbo Says:

    Here, here! The great thing is that with Rondo they are even dangerous in the open floor with Pierce and Allen running to the three point line.

  2. High Above Courtside Says:

    Bravo.

    One achilles heel, highlighted in Game 7 last year that bit them in the ass is weakness on the boards, especially the offensive ones. I believe they are last in the league in rebounding.

    As well as Rondo has played there is still a major hole in his game, shooting free throws Red would be rolling in his grave if he saw a great overall point guard who can’t make a free throw. Rondo’s jumper is better—but he’ll never be a great shooter–he makes up for it with D and with his floor vision and ability to get the big three the ball in their shooting position most of the time. But not being able make free throws, especially in the palyoff could end up being a killer.

  3. pmadavi Says:

    The last place rebounding is a bit misleading. Since they shoot so well, it makes sense they have much fewer offensive rebounds. They are 17th in defensive rebounding, which puts them right in the middle of the pack.

  4. High Above Courtside Says:

    They don’t shoot that well I watch every game their lack of o rebounds drives me and Heinsohn crazy

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