Overview: The Celtics scored 60 of their 106 points in the paint during a 106-87 beatdown of the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 23 points and 12 assists.
– It’s 3:30 in the morning, and I still can’t think of many constructive things to say about this one. The defense was atrocious (there were the aforementioned 60 points in the paint, and 88 of Boston’s 106 came from the paint/the free throw line/the three-point line), but it was Rondo doing the damage. Rondo lives in the paint. No player is better at getting to the teeth of defenses than Rondo, and the Cavs aren’t great at stopping penetration. These things will happen. Some other Celtics pitched in (Marquis Daniels shooting 7-10 is a concern), but mostly it was one of the best guards in the NBA doing what he does best.
– It may be time to put J.J. on a milk carton. 0-4 from the field, two free throw attempts, and zero field goal attempts from the paint. The only good news here is that the Cavs have plenty of time to wait for J.J. Oodles and oodles of time. Hooray?
– Good to see Andy bounce back with a 16/12 and hold Shaq to a 2-5 shooting night. Andy’s post defense against bigger players is becoming Chuck Hayesian. Too bad nobody is helping him on that end.
– More atrocious wing play! Graham being a starter is no longer cute, but it’s not like the other swingmen did better: Moon/Graham/Jawad/Parker went a combined 5-22 from the field.
– Jamison with an awful night. KG is simply a nightmare matchup for him.
– Gibson with 16 on six shots. It’s hard to take much away from a loss to a much better team, but I really think it’s time to make Boobie a 35 mpg player and cut Graham/Parker’s minutes. What’s the worst that can happen?
– Sessions with 14 and 4. He always seems to do well in blowout losses.
– That’s about all I have for tonight. Cavs got blown out by a better team. No real reason to dwell on it. The only long-term storyline is J.J., and he’ll either snap out of this or he won’t. Heat on Thursday. Hopefully the Cavs find some of what they had in the opener before then.