On Tuesday night we witnessed a dismantling of the Celtics by the Hawks. The Celtics, without Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk, shot 17.9% from three point range and 31.8% from the field. While the Hawks are a talented defensive group and should be given credit for holding the Celtics to 7 first quarter points, the Celtics seemed to have beaten themselves. It is certainly hard to win a basketball game when your star player makes only 4 shots the entire game. That is enough dwelling on the past. Were there any positives from Tuesday nights loss?
Terry Rozier seemed to have a decent game, being one of only two players for the Celtics to shoot over 50% from the field that night. He is a good defender and should be utilized more in game three to defend the likes of Jeff Teague and Denis Schroder.
Evan Turner should start. While he played extended minutes off the bench, Turner possesses both the size and versatility to make him a matchup nightmare for Kyle Korver. He is actually a very efficient post player and his versatility allows him to also be able to bring the ball up. This could allow for Isaiah Thomas to play off the ball, allowing him to spot up for more jump shots.
Tyler Zeller can help. While he saw no playing time in game one and limited playing time in the fourth quarter in game two, Zeller has the ability to both run the floor and hit midrange jump shots. As a Celtics fan, I was perplexed to not see Zeller involved in the action as much this year and having his minutes cut in half from last year. Offensively, Zeller is more talented than Amir Johnson and more mobile than Jared Sullinger.