Feb 06 2014

Jeff Green Explodes, Celtics Exact Revenge on ET’s Buzzer-Beater

Boston Celtics 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 9-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -5Thad propelled the offense and registered the bulk of his 20pts in the first half, but foul trouble (three before halftime) robbed him of the opportunity to continue his stellar play. Sat for most of the third, and wasn’t really able to get it going in the fourth. The Celtics’ starting frontline amassed 73pts, and Young’s D (or lack thereof) was partly responsible for that.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -7Jeff Green had 30pts through three quarters and finished with 36, his second highest total of the season. That’s roughly all you need to know about ET’s game. Turner failed to score in the first half, but was more aggressive in the third (where he scored 10 of his 12) with Young’s extended absence. Pedestrian, mostly non-existent defense proved too costly.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 34 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -11Second time in the last three outings that Hawes has failed to connect from downtown, after just two such games in all of January. No matter, his continued activity helped to compensate for his outside struggles. Sullinger’s 19-10-5 put a bit of a dampener on the evening for Spence, but an honest showing nonetheless.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -1Malik Rose suggested on the call that Brett Brown needed to give MCW some decent burn and the chance to go head-to-head with Rajon Rondo — a noble cause. The rookie, who was announced early in the game as the winner of the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month (January), was thoroughly outclassed by the Celtics’ leader. It wasn’t hard to decipher who was master and who apprentice, as Carter-Williams was reckless with possession, and Rondo narrowly missed a triple-double.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +8Anderson left early in the game with a “mid-back contusion,” and wasn’t initially expected to return. He was productive in limited spurts, and did manage to make an appearance in the second half. Injury obstructed his path to a friendlier stat line, though.

Lavoy Allen, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +4With Thad’s foul trouble and the defense allowing Green, Bass, and Sullinger anything and everything, ‘Voy was needed for his bench contributions. He stepped up, recording his 2nd double-double in the last four games, and snatching 10 boards for just the third time all season. A handy effort.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -14TW started the game off awry, misguided and disorganized offensively. Trademark poor shot selection beleaguered his game, and it wasn’t really until he bombed a wild, 50-foot buzzer beater to end the third that he got back on track. Steadfastly attacking the rim and getting to the line cushioned his point total late in the game.

By the Numbers

  • 5 – Made threes by Jeff Green before his first miss from deep.
  • 7 – Sixers who scored in double figures. They shared the offensive load, but ultimately, it wasn’t a winning formula.

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Parting Shots

Rajon Rondo thoroughly manipulated and orchestrated the flow of this game, and his 11 assists marked a season high. Rose’s thoughts on the Rondo-MCW matchup were pointed and interesting, and the Celtics’ All-Star certainly threw down the gauntlet.

It’s not every night that Jeff Green is going to catch fire like that. Tonight was just his third 30+ point scoring night on the season, and the third time that he’s drilled at least five three-pointers in a single game. Consider the Sixers to be the recipients (thanks considerably due to their own scattered defensive coverage) of an anomaly evening from a notoriously inconsistent scorer.

After Arnett Moultrie earned his first minutes of the season last night for Delaware, there was a hint of positive chatter in the Sixers’ broadcast, and (conditioning permitting) it seems like he may be ready to return sooner rather than later.

Next up, the Sixers will host the severely depleted Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.