Boston’s offense is off.
In their last 10 games, Boston’s offense has averaged 104 points per 100 possessions, down from their 106.4 points per 100 for the season (based on the Knickerblogger numbers).
Ray Allen is part of that — he is shooting 44.3 percent in the last 10 games, down from 49.3 percent for the season. From three his percentage has dropped from an insane 45.2 percent to 35.7 percent the last 10. He is taking two fewer shots per game in that stretch.
Allen is not getting the looks early in the game that get him in rhythm and last night in a loss to Indiana was the tipping point, the Boston Globe reports.
Through three quarters, Allen attempted four shots, making three for 8 points. Glen Davis took nine shots through three periods. Rajon Rondo attempted 13, which is understandable because it was one of those rare nights when he attacked the basket with success.
But in the fourth quarter, when the Celtics’ defense began breaking down after a brilliant third quarter, they needed instant offense and called on Allen for four shots in the period. He made one.
In those last 10 games, Paul Pierce has almost as many three-point attempts as Allen. Not good. Pierce is shooting 30.8 percent on those which is why it’s not good.
The Celtics have a habit of forgetting about Allen, letting him grow cold standing on the perimeter ignored, until they get desperate and turn to him. Then the results can be mixed. Get him the rock early and you get points, Allen in rhythm and things open up for everyone else.
The Celtics know this, but this is what happens when good teams slump, they get away from what they know you should do. Expect that to change pretty soon.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.