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I love Ainge but he has never really cared about getting a sniper on his roster unless the guy could do other stuff too, and it always feels like a missing piece on the bench. The closest we’ve had is, like, Eddie House a dozen years ago.
I'm sure the C's hoped Carsen Edwards would become that guy, and maybe he still will, but the lack of bench shooting is a killer in today's NBA.
 

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I love Ainge but he has never really cared about getting a sniper on his roster unless the guy could do other stuff too, and it always feels like a missing piece on the bench. The closest we’ve had is, like, Eddie House a dozen years ago.

And no, a second round pick on Carsen Edwards doesn’t count.
Yeah, House, when we actually won a title...
 

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Game never as close as it was about to be when the refs skullfucked Gordon Hayward. Turning point.
 

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They had trouble with the zone for much of tonight. Eventually they just started splitting the defense and pushing it to the hoop, but Miami hit too many 3's for them to fully come back.
 

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I'm sure the C's hoped Carsen Edwards would become that guy, and maybe he still will, but the lack of bench shooting is a killer in today's NBA.
I disagree. The lack of bench productivity is killer, but it’s not that they can’t shoot. It’s that after Kanter and Smart, the rest of the roster doesn’t contribute anything. If they had a peak Iggy on the bench, no one would be complaining about the quality of the bench and it wouldn’t be because they would shoot better.
 

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I love Ainge but he has never really cared about getting a sniper on his roster unless the guy could do other stuff too, and it always feels like a missing piece on the bench. The closest we’ve had is, like, Eddie House a dozen years ago.

And no, a second round pick on Carsen Edwards doesn’t count.
They were all in on Herro but Miami got there first.
 

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I disagree. The lack of bench productivity is killer, but it’s not that they can’t shoot. It’s that after Kanter and Smart, the rest of the roster doesn’t contribute anything. If they had a peak Iggy on the bench, no one would be complaining about the quality of the bench and it wouldn’t be because they would shoot better.
It's tough to be productive if you can't shoot, no?
 

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They were all in on Herro but Miami got there first.
Yeah, it’s not like these guys just grow on trees but Ainge will never, for example, toss a 1st for a bench guy who might be a rental, on the off-chance the 1st is needed later or might be a valuable pick on a rookie scale guy. Would we be better with say PJ Tucker rather than Grant Williams? Feels like a pretty easy yes.

There’s just too much “idk wtf I’m doing out here” off the bench, and that includes the oldest guy on the team, who seems to think filling in for the starting PG means being a chucker despite shooting like 15% off the dribble.

Edit: We are clearly going to see better before this season is through. But outside of a few spurts they have looked mostly bad. The 3pt defense is downright awful. No urgency, no attempt to run guys off the line and when they do, there’s no attempt to close out the next guy and keep recovering.
 

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Who has the tiebreaker if the C's and Miami end up tied for third in the East? I'm not sure falling to the No. 4 seed would be the end of the world. I don't think the C's would upset Milwaukee in the second round, but I'm not sure they'd get past Toronto either (assuming they beat Philly in the first round).
 

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Who has the tiebreaker if the C's and Miami end up tied for third in the East? I'm not sure falling to the No. 4 seed would be the end of the world. I don't think the C's would upset Milwaukee in the second round, but I'm not sure they'd get past Toronto either (assuming they beat Philly in the first round).
They can't end up tied. Miami is 1.5 back and both teams have 5 games left. The closest they'll come to a tie is with one team .5 game up. There are also other tiebreaker scenario in play in the NBA where there could be "standing ties" with one team playing more games, but with that difference in games played, the team with the a slightly higher winning percentage will get the tiebreaker.
 

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They can't end up tied. Miami is 1.5 back and both teams have 5 games left. The closest they'll come to a tie is with one team .5 game up. There are also other tiebreaker scenario in play in the NBA where there could be "standing ties" with one team playing more games, but with that difference in games played, the team with the a slightly higher winning percentage will get the tiebreaker.
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The 3 seed should be pretty safe. C’s only have one tough game left - against Toronto.
Miami has to play Mil, Indiana twice, OKC and a rejuvenated Phoenix squad.

This felt like a rust game and is probably good for the team to wake up a bit.
1. Good to see Kemba working his way up in minutes. Will obviously need him.
2. Marcus fouling out early is an aberration but giving those extra mins to Wanamaker isn’t the end of the world. Hopefully he is reflective of his brain cramps out there going forward
3. 0-12 from behind the arc between Jaylen, Hayward and Smart is another aberration. But Hayward in particular seemed out of sorts and continues to fall into deferential mode way too frequently especially in moments where the team would really benefit from him stepping up. Frustrating to watch. He’s got some games left to sort it out.
4. Semi was straight up useless out there. Too many missed open shots. What happened to all the Hanlen training? Would so rather see GW or time lord out there instead.
 

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The 3 seed should be pretty safe. C’s only have one tough game left - against Toronto.
Miami has to play Mil, Indiana twice, OKC and a rejuvenated Phoenix squad.

This felt like a rust game and is probably good for the team to wake up a bit.
1. Good to see Kemba working his way up in minutes. Will obviously need him.
2. Marcus fouling out early is an aberration but giving those extra mins to Wanamaker isn’t the end of the world. Hopefully he is reflective of his brain cramps out there going forward
3. 0-12 from behind the arc between Jaylen, Hayward and Smart is another aberration. But Hayward in particular seemed out of sorts and continues to fall into deferential mode way too frequently especially in moments where the team would really benefit from him stepping up. Frustrating to watch. He’s got some games left to sort it out.
4. Semi was straight up useless out there. Too many missed open shots. What happened to all the Hanlen training? Would so rather see GW or time lord out there instead.
The Nets, who have nothing to lose and are playing loose, beat the Bucks yesterday, and Kemba isn't playing tonite, which will be the second game of a back-to-back for Boston. Not sure we can take wins for granted in the bubble.
 

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The 3 seed should be pretty safe. C’s only have one tough game left - against Toronto.
Miami has to play Mil, Indiana twice, OKC and a rejuvenated Phoenix squad.

This felt like a rust game and is probably good for the team to wake up a bit.
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4. Semi was straight up useless out there. Too many missed open shots. What happened to all the Hanlen training? Would so rather see GW or time lord out there instead.
Truly a head -scratcher as to why there were no Williams' appearances.