His FG% is fine. His points are ok. His overall game is...disappointing!?!?!? It's odd, but Allen, though he's scoring a bit, seems to be off his game. It is no time to trade him, but is it time for Doc to ask him to assert himself (if that is even a plausible scenario)? Against Philly tonight, he drove well, but he shot (seemingly, 1-6 from 3) poorly, and perhaps this is because in the current offensive sets he is shooting mainly threes and long twos. His 3P% is at a career low! He is older than ever (duh!) and the first thing to go on a bball player is their legs (true for most athletes)! So why not have Jesus drive more to the basket?
This is when I breath a heavy sigh to myself. My one complaint with the Celts this season, and it was also a big issue last season, is that the Celts' offensive sets are TOO PREDICTABLE. Dribble up, pass out to the big man on the wing, set a pick...whatever... it's basically an Isolation play with a pick thrown in. Too much dribbling and forcing of passes. [When Rondo froze at the end of the Magic game. It was because a defender took away his pass to the wing, and he had no idea what to do with the ball!!!] Frustrating! If the ball handler drives, he either gets an open layup or he throws it back out to the 3-line, where a big forces a 18-24 foot shot. Too predictable and not overly effective. Playoff teams will eat this up! AGH! Rondo, Jesus and the Truth, the primary ball handlers must take the ball to the hoop more often!
One more tidbit (a plea): SHEED - STOP SHOOTING 3'S. You're 6'11. Take the ball inside and absorb a foul! It takes the same amount of laziness as shooting a 3, just catch it closer to the basket!!!!!!!!!!
One last tidbit (a letter): Doc, please give Sheldon and Lester more minutes before Big Baby (sorry, GLEN) returns. Sheldon is a burgeoning beast down low, a real hustler, and the Celts can use him more often than not (remember, we no longer have POWE). And, from what I've seen so far, he's as offensively capable as Daniels or Sheed. And, unlike Sheed, he rebounds, hustles, and takes shots from within 12 feet. And Lester, well, let's just say we don't have much youth on this team, so let's see what we have early on. He's a shooter. Our defense is lapsing with age and we need to score points to win. He can, possibly, spark us off the bench. A younger, more explosive, and dynamic Eddie House. Give Lester a chance. Take a look at what Collison and Thornton have done for the Hornets.