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    Default 1/4/2013 Game Thread #33: Pacers Vs. Celtics



    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
    Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
    Officials: J. Capers, C. Kirkland, M. Kogut

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    Season Records: (W-L)
    Away: 8-10
    East: 10-7
    Home: 9-6
    East: 8-10
    Upcoming Games:
    Jan 05
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    Jan 10
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    Projected Starting Lineup:

    Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)
    George Hill - right groin strain (day-to-day)

    Avery Bradley - shoulder surgeries (day-to-day)
    Chris Wilcox - sprained UCL, right thumb (out)

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    Brian Robb: The Disturbing Decline of the Celtics Offense

    Itís been a slow disturbing decline for the Celticsí offense over the past four seasons.
    With a core of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and a young Rajon Rondo at the helm,
    the Cís rode those horses to a top-10 NBA offense back in their championship 2007-08
    season. After the team peaked with a high-octane top-6 offense the next year, itís been a
    bit of a freefall as you can see in the chart below, as the teamís core offensive pieces
    aged and despite Danny Aingeís best efforts, there were very few effective
    reinforcements during each subsequent offseasons for a variety of reasons.

    Points per 100 possessions for Celtics offense:
    2007-08: 110.2 (10th)
    2008-09: 110.5 (6th)
    2009-10: 107.7 (15th)
    2010-11: 106.2 (18th)
    2011-12: 100.1 (26th)

    The bottoming out of the offense last year concluded with the Cís mustering just two points
    over the final 5:12 against the Miami Heat in Game 7, an almost fitting end for a team that
    struggled mightily with scoring droughts all year long. The offensive woes were as
    understandable as they were frustrating for the Cís over those past couple years however.

    Countless injuries (Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox) combined with underwhelming talent (Mickael
    Pietrus was the teamís leading scorer off the bench averaging 6.9 points per game in 2011
    -12) led to a burden on the teamís aging core that was incapable of handling on a night in,
    night out basis. Amazingly, the team fought its way to a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference
    Finals despite a bottom of the barrel offense, largely on the back of Rajon Rondoís
    increased aggression but there was no doubt work had to be done this offseason to correct
    the teamís offensive deterioration.

    In fact, when you look at the vast majority of Bostonís moves this offseason, thatís exactly
    the goal Ainge probably had as his first priority. Instead of bringing in defensive-minded
    players with a ďlimitedĒ to put it nicely, offensive upside (Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic,
    Jermaine OíNeal, Greg Steimsma, Pietrus are just a few examples), Ainge loaded up on
    players that had offense as their main asset. Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa, Jeff Green,
    Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass were all signings in which the scoring and/or spacing the
    player would bring the Cís was their biggest weapon. Even more defensive-minded players
    brought in (Courtney Lee) were thought of being consistent two-way players.

    On the surface, this made a lot of sense for Ainge. In giving the teamís core some support
    for the scoring load, it would not only improve the teamís offensive efficiency but take the
    onus off the likes of Pierce, Garnett and even Rondo, who still has not shown he can be
    counted on for significant scoring on a nightly basis when the team needs it.

    For the first month of the season, Aingeís plan was looking good, at least on the
    offensive end. The Cís were middling around the .500 mark record-wise, but sported
    an improved top-10 offensive rating.
    The defense was going through a number of
    somewhat expected growing pains (21st in defensive efficiency) over this same month,
    but that had to be expected to a degree with the variety of new personnel at all positions.
    Schemes needed to be learned, trust needed to be developed between teammates, and a
    commitment needed to be shown to playing ďCeltics defense.Ē

    The offense over the month of November was probably exactly how Ainge envisioned it,
    productivity-wise. The Cís had cut down remarkably on their turnovers (8th in league
    rate), were shooting a high percentage from the field and the arc, and also got to the
    line a top-10 league rate. The offensive rebounding problem remained, as it always will
    with Doc Rivers at the helm, but the Cís were showing signs of having enough firepower
    offensively to keep pace with their high-octane opponents on ďdownĒ defensive nights, a
    luxury they simply did not have in past years.

    Yet, that month of offensive production was short-lived, as for the past six weeks, the
    Cís offense has reversed course, falling the pattern of the teamís last four seasons...into
    an offensive free fall.

    How bad has it become? Since November 28th, (17 games) the Celtics have sported
    the second worst offensive efficiency (97 points per 100 possessions) in the entire
    NBA, second to just the Washington Wizards.
    That means November 28th, (17 games)
    the Celtics have sported the second worst offensive efficiency (97 points per 100
    possessions) in the entire NBA, second to just the Washington Wizards. That means
    theyíve been scoring at a worse rate than offensive juggernauts such as the Cleveland
    Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, and the Charlotte Bobcats for more than half the
    season now. The exact trend...CONTINUE READING AT CELTICS HUB

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