May 4, 2010

Celtics Cavs Analysis

Filed under: Uncategorized — wwinston @ 9:14 am

As we predicted on Friday, this will be a tough series for  the Cavs. It actually looks now like the Celtics might be in the drivers seat. You don’t need numbers to tell you that Rondo has ben superb. With Rondo in the Celtics are +19 points in 87 minutes. With Rondo out they are -9 points in 9 minutes. Also the lineup of Rondo with 4 bench players (Sheed, Tony, Big Baby and Finley) was amazing +8 points in 6 minutes. When you can rest 4  starters and pick up points, you are doing something right!

  I see only one solution for the Cavs. Let’s see if they can figure out what they need  to do.

9 Comments »

  1. So is the solution to stop Rondo just like the Lakers solutions was to stop Westbrook? Or at least slow him down?

    Comment by Cory — May 4, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  2. The solution is to put LEBRON JAMES on Rondo at the start of the first and third quarters and if/whenever they need to slow down Rondo in crunch time. This allows James to still concentrate on getting his teammates involved early in each half, and Lebron’s length should really frustrate Rondo. Rondo may be slightly quicker but James could make up for that with his height, length and shot blocking ability. Also, if the Celtics run screen rolls to free up other shooters (who normally get to shoot over Mo Williams) the Cavs can now switch Lebron onto the screener. Not to mention Lebron would be free to roam off of Rondo for defensive help since Rondo isn’t as good a shooter. Of course that means LBJ comes off of Pierce but I think a big lineup of Shaq on Perkins, Varejao on Garnett, Jamison on Pierce, Mo Williams on Ray Allen, and Lebron on Rondo could help keep the others in check as well. Plus, as I said Lebron now becomes a great help defender for key stretches of the game.

    Comment by Brian — May 4, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

  3. sounds like a good idea

    Comment by wwinston — May 4, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

  4. sounds like a good idea.

    Comment by wwinston — May 4, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

  5. Which means Paul Pierce is now free to iso on anyone else. I love your idea too!

    Comment by Merciless — May 4, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  6. Pierce can iso up on Jamison or Hickson all he wants. Two things would happen with Pierce iso’d under this situation.

    1 – He runs into the trees in the paint since Shaq and Varejao would be down there
    2 – Lebron helps off of a non-shooter (Rondo) to double team Pierce

    Also, I’m not talking about Pierce being able to run free for long stretches of the game, just the first few minutes of each half and any other time Rondo gets going with his drives into the paint. So you give up a couple Pierce jumpers to keep Rondo from penetrating and finding even more wide open guys. Clearly, Rondo has been the problem in the first two games of the series, and I’d rather cut the head off the snake early and force Pierce to play like he did in 2008.

    Comment by Brian — May 5, 2010 @ 9:49 am

  7. no simple solution here. Rondo and Ray Allen have no match on the Cavs. They can’t just throw the bigs out on the wing because obviously KG, Perk, and Truth are too good to slow down 1 on 1. Individual focus is exactly how the Cavs will lose. The Celtics are a team foremost, remember ‘ubuntu’? Unfortunately the Cavs lack the cohesiveness of a true team to put for an holistic stance against a great team like the Boston Celtics. everyone forgets basketball is still a team sport. Just having LBJ on your team is not guarantee to get past round 2 of playoffs.

    Comment by vanjulio — May 6, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  8. I had wrong bigger, stronger, lengthier player on Rondo but right idea. Thank God Mike Brown got it right.

    Comment by Brian — May 8, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  9. Awesome philosophy. I like it. Thanks for posting

    Comment by MikiiWhy2 — May 11, 2010 @ 6:47 am

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