Saturday, December 22, 2012
Pierce Forces OT, Bucks Shine
Larry Sanders continued to give the Celtics fits, grabbing a monster double-double of 17 points and 20 boards to go along with his three assists, two blocks, and two steals. Monte Ellis led the way in scoring with 27 for Milwaukee, and Luke Mbah a Moute had a strong night with 20. The Bucks displayed a very versatile attack as Brandon Jennings neared a triple double as well (12 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists). The Bucks have clearly showed they are the better team so far this season, Doc Rivers agrees; "Give the Bucks credit. They've beaten us three times. They're the better team right now."
The Bucks showed everything the Celtics lack. A pair of speedy guards that can get to the hoop (at least till Bradley returns), toughness, and rebounding. Most importantly the Celtics don't have Larry Sanders who kills them every time. Sanders represents what Boston needs to add to their roster. An energetic player that is active around the hoop on both sides of the court and can rebound the hell out of the ball.
Again, Boston can not rely on big nights from Pierce to stay in games all year, they need to find that piece to add, but Rajon Rondo needs to step up and become a scorer to help the cause. The bench was better against the Bucks but not good enough. If the extra production is not coming from the bench it needs to come from Rondo. He finished with six points on eight shots in 45 minutes. Rondo's aggression and ability to score is the key to this teams success, and a stat line like that is not going to cut it. I have said he has to make himself a 25 PPG type player to make this team a playoff contender, and nights like last night only further prove that. We'll find out if he has it in him Christmas day in Brooklyn.