What I liked most (for the last quarter and a half I saw) was the guys seemed to be taking it seriously and putting in full effort. Great effort by Hansbrough, Buycks looked good on D, solid effort by TRoss, Fields being effective, DJ doing what we hoped, JV being solid, DeMar looking like a new player and the whole Raptors Republic crew being very supportive and contained in their comments.
Forgot to ask, was it me or was the crowd a little too amped up for a pre-season game?
Like they thought it might be one of the few games the Celts could win?
What a difference a year can make in the NBA.
Can't wait for the next game.
Basketball is like an addiction.
Let's go raps. #PsychoT
I don't know why, but I never been so pumped for the pre season games. I'm going mental.
Tyler Hansbrough = Toughest, most physical player we've had since Oakley. He's also a pretty skilled player. Love this guy.
It wouldn't surprise me if he beats out Amir for a starting spot.
Why would he become a shot creator? Can't sets be run for him as they are in the starting lineup? Remember that Rip Hamilton-like mid range game? What about post ups versus smaller guys? What about the fact he'd still get his 34+ minutes off the bench like JR Smith does?
What I am actually doing is talking about a way to make him a net positive on the game. As has been debated time and time again, he is not a great scorer, he is average at best, he is below average rebounding and assisting others. The only thing he really does is score. Why not put him on a lethargic second unit against inferior competition that might lead to him being a net positive in areas other than scoring.
Just throwing it out there. I'll mark you down as "nay".
"You donít know the Bruno Caboclo......"Bruno Caboclo
I only saw the first half, but here are my quick hit thoughts:
Gay continues to disappoint. Playing for a new contract? Doesn't look like it. Only one shot attempt at the rim? Passing (for the whole team) was terrible. Gay, while standing still, couldn't hit Lowry coming off a screen and threw it out of bounds. No pressure from the D, so what was the problem? Focus?! Finished with a nice line, 7-11, 17 pts, +13 but didn't look impressive at all in the first half.
I'd like to see Demar crash the boards more. He has great athleticism, no reason for this team to get beat on the boards. JV, Amir, Hansborough inside, with Demar, Lowry and Gay gathering anything long or tipped. We should be a tough team to grab o-boards on.
Hansborough impressed, but was a -6 on the night. Fields and Augustin were the only other Raps to be negative. Not sure what happened (again, only saw the first half).
11 offensive boards, 6 by Hansborough alone, is huge for this team. As we aren't the most efficient offence (see every thread regarding Gay or Derozan), extra possessions will be huge for the team.
Demar's shot selection (based on the shot chart for the game) looks better, with only 4 from outside 15 feet. He missed 3 of the 4, so hopefully that hammers home the importance of getting inside.
Ross only had 2 of his 10 attempts outside the lane. More aggressive?
Lowry with only 4 shot attempts? I expect big things (contract year) from him this year, but 2 shots per half isn't going to cut it. He's our best 3PT shooter in the starting unit and we'll need it.
4 qtr shot attempts were mostly at the rim, with only 2 deep shots. Good aggressive shot selection down the stretch. Too many years has this team settled for jumpers, nice to see.
I was really impressed with the Celtics offensive sets under Brad Stevens. Lots of off-ball movement. Roster is a mess, but I think Stevens is a great hire.
Olynyk looks legit. Great high low passing and fantastic in transition. There will be growing pains, but I liked what I saw (although not as much as the Beantown announcers loved him).
Tommy Heinsohn has earned the right to be a homer after all he did win 8 championships as a Celtic player, 2 as their coach, was rookie of the year (ahead of teammate Bill Russell), was a six time NBA all star, was NBA coach of the year, and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, all as a Boston Celtic.
I have no problem with the homer loving his guys, building some excitement for new players, system, team.
That said, when you praise a guy for cutting off the angle on a drive "great job hustling back and cutting off the drive" when it is 100% clearly a foul (reached across the offensive players body, contact with the shoulder to the ball handler) then you are too much. You can still praise the guy for getting back and the hustle, but call it like it is "Olynyk got away with a foul on the reach there, but you love the hustle getting back in transition from the big guy".
When you find the announcers getting to you, I prefer to mute and use NBA Jam commentary instead. "Boomshakalaka!!!"
Tommy Heinsohn is so over the top in his homer comments that you can't help but be entertained. Don't take him seriously and you'll find it a lot more enjoyable.
Once Gay starts playing Games that actually matter he will be his usual legit self.
First of all, I hate preseason games. I hated them as a coach (lower level of course) and I hate them as a fan. I am afraid that we can not tell all that much about our team from preseason game. Especially not against the Celtics who have so many new players, not to mention the coach.
There was a huge difference between our first unit and our second unit. If our rotation was cut to 8 or 9 players, we would have had much better idea about where we are as a team.
The Celtics have a long history of biased, homer commentary. The late great Johnny Most:
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