- Aug 27, 2011
ExactlyTatum is the guy. He’s a tall, athletic shot maker. Kemba has to work extremely hard to get the quality of shots that Tatum can get easily. Same with Brown. But kemba is an all star and a leader on the team and I think he will play better against miami. Lowry and Van Vleet are so good, crafty and annoying...a nightmare to play against.
I feel like Dragic is a much easier matchup for Kemba than those two. Brown and Smart will be occupied with Butler, so I think we will need Kemba to pick up some scoring slack in this series.Tatum is the guy. He’s a tall, athletic shot maker. Kemba has to work extremely hard to get the quality of shots that Tatum can get easily. Same with Brown. But kemba is an all star and a leader on the team and I think he will play better against miami. Lowry and Van Vleet are so good, crafty and annoying...a nightmare to play against.
tatum is the guycould tell he was playing very tentatively towards the end. presumably because his shot wasn’t falling. he was deferring to tatum to be the guy. not the kemba we all remember.
if they’re gunna reach the finals he needs to step it up and start playing more assertively.
Yeah I hate to say it but this is what it seems like to me. He is really not himself. His game is being the fastest on the court and putting pressure on the defense with his speed. There were a couple instances on the break last night where you could see him give it up early instead of attacking.Could it be a lingering knee?
Kemba vs Miami this year
Dec. 5, 112-93 W - 31 minutes, 28 points on 9-17 shooting (6-11 from 3, 4-4 FT), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 turnover, 2 steals, 1 block
Jan. 27, 109-101 W - 38 minutes, 16 points on 5-19 shooting (3-13 from 3, 3-5 FT), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 1 steal
Aug. 5, 112-106 L (without Butler for the Heat) - 27 minutes, 15 points on 4-9 shooting (4-7 from 3, 3-4 FT), 4 assists, 1 turnover, 1 rebound
If Dec. 5 Kemba shows up. I think the Celtics takes this in 6 games.
If Jan. 27 or even Aug. 5/ Toronto Kemba shows up I think the Celtics lose the series and the Heat win in 6 or, at best 7 games.
Hoping something similar to Dec. 5 Kemba shows up.
Tatum averaged 2.3 turnovers per game in the regular season and is averaging 2.5 per game in the playoffs. He made some really bad decisions in crunch time this series, and I think he has another step or two to take as a playmaker. But I wouldn’t call his decision-making worrisome based on small sample size of games against an elite defense.Van Fleet and Lowry drives all guards crazy because they are bulldogs
Kemba will be fine vs Miami
Tatum is a great young player but his untimely TOs and decision making are worrisome
Brown is beyond expectations as is Tice