“I was impressed with the way they moved the ball”, said Milano forward Robbie Hummel, who spent the last two seasons with the Timberwolves. That’s just under a 55-win pace according to my calculator! Ainge traded for David Lee and signed Amir Johnson. Jordan Mickey and R.J. Hunter also made the most of their minutes on the court. “He impacts the game in lots of ways and the best thing he did tonight was make life tough on Jaycee Carroll”. While the time difference between Europe and the United States could provide for a few getting used to for the Celtics players, it apparently has allowed David Lee to channel his 2009 self. The Celtics got killed on the glass in their series against the Cavs, and these two should help shore up that weakness.
All of Boston’s guards will have their hands full against Real Madrid which features a pair of former National Basketball Association players in Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez. The Celtics took Smart at pick No. 6, while players like Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh were still on the board. If you put a gun to my head, I’d probably say it’s Isaiah Thomas. The fact that they could shoot so well and still come out on top rebounding-wise, is a good omen for this team.
When Thomas arrived, Marcus Smart was the starting point guard for the Celtics. The third-seeded Spaniard picked up his game considerably following his first-round victory over the 230th-ranked Chinese wild card Wu Di, during which he was broken four times. The Celtics were fine with waiting on Smart to mature, but the team was pleasantly surprised with his quick development after his first season in a Celtics’ uniform. For now, his shot profile is more important.
The big man has plenty to prove this season, but many fans wondered when he would get that chance early on in Italy.
In addition to strong individual play from forwards and guards, ball movement has been a critical aspect of Boston’s interior scoring.
At the end of the day, this team didn’t change much from what they were last season. “We told our team we are going to bottle up every sense of frustration, every sense of anger, every sense of knowing what we didn’t accomplish tonight”, Catchings said after the 77-71 loss to the Lynx on Tuesday night evened the best-of-five series at one game apiece. After the team got rid of Rajon Rondo, Smart was called upon a lot to be the main floor general for the Celtics.
AUBURN HILLS – Paul George knocked down 24 of his 32 points in the first half, including 20 in just the first quarter alone and the Indiana Pacers held off the Detroit Pistons for a 115-112 preseason victory on Tuesday night. Last season, a career-low 35.8 percent of his 3-point attempts came from the corner and his percentage dipped to 35.2 percent overall.
The Celtics have an incredible amount of depth, but hardly any standouts. Celtics knew coming in, this was a team not meant to be taken easy.