Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Celtics Morning Joe: Celtics rookie Phil Pressey hitting stride as season ends

Pressey has had a typical rookie season. He's had some stellar games, and not so stellar games. But Pressey has shown growth, and the ability to learn the NBA game. I think some of the buzz has gone down, but Pressey is still showing potential as a strong backup to Rondo.

ESPN Boston

Over 177 minutes of floor time in 13 appearance in March, Pressey was a team-best plus-35 in plus/minus, one of only five players -- all limited-minute reserves -- to finish in the positive. Starting point guard Rajon Rondo was minus-113 over 442 minutes in 12 appearance (while Jeff Green was a team-worst minus-120). Given Boston's lack of success -- the team finished 3-12 for the month -- it's no surprise that the starters were in the negative, but Pressey's number simply reflects positively on the team's performance during his court time.

* Maybe the more encouraging numbers come in Boston's ratings (points scored/allowed per 100 possessions) with Pressey on the court in March. Pressey owned a team-best offensive rating of 109.7, which was nearly nine points higher than the team's average (100.8) for the month. What's more, his defensive rating was 98.7, or 9½ points less than the team's cringe-worthy average (108.2).

The numbers don't lie with this kid. He's confident, and it seems like Rondo has taken Pressey under his wing, and I think it's shown.

In other news, the Warriors are a team that nobody should want to face in the playoffs. If they can have their bigs (Bogut,Lee) healthy. Then I believe they can upset anyone. I feel like their early struggles hurt peoples perceptions of the Warriors. Check this out from the Warriors 123-120 win over Dallas from Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. Pressey pushes the pace. Rondo slows it down too much. Heinie is constantly talking about this, and rightly so.