NBA Roundtable

Garnett Suspend For Game Two

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2010 at 10:26 am

RealGM reports

Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics has been suspended without pay for one game for striking the Miami Heat’s Quentin Richardson in the head with an elbow, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Richardson has been fined $25,000 for his role in the altercation.The incident occurred with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth period of the Celtics’ 85-76 victory over the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Saturday at TD Garden.

Garnett will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Celtics face the Heat in Game 2 at TD Garden.

So how does the balance of the tie alter with Garnett in the stands?

Rosters

Miami Heat

Big Men — Haslem + Jermaine + Beasley + Anthony

Perimeter — Wade + Richardson + Wright + Arroyo + Chalmers

Boston Celtics

Big Men — Perkins + Davis + Sheed + Shelden/Scalabrine

Perimeter — Rondo + Pierce + Ray + Tony + Finley

In terms of individual talent, I think both teams are evenly matched overall and both in the paint and out on the perimeter.

Both teams are the equivalent of a .500 team. This is an even contest with Garnett in the lineup.

Other Notes

  • Rasheed Wallace will likely take Garnett’s place in the starting lineup. This is a good decision. He has a huge matchup advantage in the low post when playing the power forward position against Miami. The Heat use two undersized fours, Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley, neither of whom are able to adequately defend a long skilled post scorer like Rasheed Wallace
    • How well Rasheed Wallace takes advantage of this fact should decide his playing time. If he is aggressive, then he should play 28-32 minutes. If he is passive, he should be benched after 10-15 minutes.
  • The Celtics pick and roll defense and team defense from the big men will be a lot weaker without Garnett in the team. Dwyane Wade is going to take advantage of this fact.
  • Rajon Rondo is still getting over the flu … but he is the key to Boston … especially with Garnett out. How well the Celtics offense works will depend on Rondo’s play.
    • The C’s should still be able to play slightly above average defense without Garnett in the lineup … but if Rondo isn’t in top form, there is a good chance Boston’s offense will flat-line. Pierce isn’t capable of shouldering an offense for 48 minutes anymore and they do not have any consistent scoring options (Ray, Perk, Sheed) outside of him.
    • Miami have been playing very good defense over the last few months. Their superior defense play combined with a Boston’s offense misfiring would give them a big advantage.
    • Watch Rondo early in the game. He is the main reason why Boston will or will not have a chance of winning this game.
  • Michael Beasley has a good quickness advantage against all of Boston’s big men (except Scalabrine).
  • Scalabrine is an important player to note because he is the only other big men on Boston’s roster who currently is capable of playing very good team defense + very good pick and roll defense. He can also check Beasley effectively too if his offense becomes an issue.
    • Scalabrine works very well alongside Perkins and those two together gives Boston their best defensive backbone. If Wade gets hot, or if Sheed is passive, then Boston should go to this combination.
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