Game 7 Scouting Report

Posted on: November 7th, 2009 by Sebastian Pruiti Comments

Game 7 vs. Boston (6-1)

Projected Starting Lineup

1.   Rajon Rondo | 6'1" | 171 lbs. | 33 MPG | 9.9 PPG | 9.9 APG | 56.9% FG | 0% 3 | 50% FT

Not the best outside shooter, wants to use his speed to get in the lane.  He can hit the floater and can finish in traffic.  He also does a very good job of setting up his teammates once he gets into the lane.  He is  Solid defender who uses his length and speed well.

2.  Ray Allen | 6'5" | 205 lbs. | 34.3 MPG | 15.1 PPG | 2.9 APG | 46.1% FG | 37.5% 3| 85.7% FT

One of the league's best shooters, and if starts hitting his range is 30 feet plus.  Age has slowed him down a bit, so you want to close out hard on him, forcing him to put the ball on the floor.  Average defender.  Run him through a lot of screens in an attempt to tire him so he won't be effective on the offensive end.

3.  Paul Pierce | 6'7" | 235 lbs. | 35 MPG | 19.1 PPG | 5.7 RPG | 50% FG | 51.6% 3 | 85.7% FT

Boston's captain and best player.  Can hit the three, but would much rather pump fake, take one dribble, and hit the pull up jumper.  Not the fastest SF, so you want use your speed against him when on offense.  Clutch.  If the game is close, he is taking the shot.

4.  Kevin Garnett | 6'11" | 273 lbs. | 30 MPG | 13.4 PPG | 7.6 RPG | 50.6% FG | 0% 3 | 54.5% FT

Celtics emotional leader.  DO NOT give him a reason to get fired up...because if he is, all bets are off.  Great from 15 feet in with a terrific back to the basket game.  Must attempt to be physical with him.  On offense we need to try and stretch him out and lure him out of the lane so he can't help on the drive.

5.  Kendrick Perkins | 6'10" | 280 lbs. | 26 MPG | 9.6 PPG | 5.7 RPG | 62.2% FG | 0% 3 | 55% FT

Must keep a body on him and keep him off of the offensive glass.  His offensive game is limited to inside of 10 feet.  On defense, he is a shot blocker.  Pump fake him and get him into foul trouble...he tends to pick up a lot of fouls.

Bench

G.  Marquis Daniels | 6'6" | 200 lbs. | 21.7 MPG | 5.7 PPG | 2.9 APG | 47.1% | 25% 3 | 53.8% FT

Capable scorer, your generic backup PG.  Compliments Rajon Rondo very nicely.  A better shooter than Rondo, but not as quick.  He has eased into this team's backup PG role.

F.  Rasheed Wallace | 6'11" | 230 lbs. | 21.6 MPG | 10.7 PPG | 4.6 RPG | 41.5 FG | 37% 3 | 66.7 FT

Rasheed is probably one of the most talented players in the league, but he is way too passive at times.  He can hit the 3 ball, can hit the midrange jumper, and can play with his back to the basket.  Maybe the only flaw in his game is his handle.  You must make him put the ball on the floor!

G.  Shelden Williams | 6'9" | 250 lbs. | 16.3 MPG | 6.7 PPG |5.4 RPG | 59.1% FG | 0% 3 | 84% FT

Undersized center in college trying to play forward.  Has been hitting the defensive boards pretty well, proving himself to be a pretty nice acquisition.

G.  Eddie House | 6'1" | 175 lbs. | 17.7 MPG | 7.7 PPG | 1.3 APG | 47.6% FG | 46.2% 3 | 100% FT

Shooter.  That is it, close out hard on him, and he won't even drive, he will just pass.  When he catches the ball, it is either straight shoot of the catch, one dribble and shoot, or one dribble and pass.  Knows his limitations and doesn't try to play beyond itself.

G.  Lester Hudson | 6'3" | 190 lbs. | 9 MPG | 3 PPG | 1.3 APG | 60% FG | 100% 3 | 50% FT

Unsigned draft pick who made the Celtics roster after a very strong preseason.  He is showing himself to be a capable shooter, but all of his minutes have come in blowouts, hasn't been in a close game, so if he gets in pressure him.  He may not be able to handle it.

G.  J.R. Giddens | 6'5" | 215 lbs. | 4.5 MPG | .5 PPG | .3 APG | 33.3% FG | 0% FT | 0% FT

Athletic wing.

F.  Brian Scalabrine | 6'9" | 235 lbs. | 4.5 MPG | 2.5 PPG | 0 RPG | 100% FG | 100% 3 | 0% FT

Generic white guy on the bench

F.  Glen Davis | 6'9" | 289 lbs. | No Regular Season Stats

Out.  Fisticuffs.

G./F.  Tony Allen | 6'4" | 213 lbs. | No Regular Season Stats

Out.

G/F.  Bill Walker | No preseason stats

Out.

Offensive Tendencies:

A lot of good options on offense, they have guys who can score from outside, score from inside.  A set they like to run is ISO Pierce at the high post and give it to him and watch him work.  If you see Pierce starting to set up there, deny him hard.  Force him away from his sweet spot.

Defensive Tendencies:

Besides Rondo, speed is an issue.  Must use your quickness to get around the defenders.  

Keys To Victory:

Hope that Boston's best 6 players are having off nights offensively.  Playing in the second night of a back to back, and with some injuries they look to be thin.  Try to get them into foul trouble.