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Irish Coffee: Celtics’ shooting aim historically high

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In the past 20 seasons, only a handful of teams have shot at least .500 from the field for an entire season. Despite shooting just .378 against the Bulls on Saturday night, the Celtics are still shooting .502 as a team this year, keeping pace with some pretty remarkable company historically.

Here are the teams that have shot better than .500 for an entire season since 1991-92:

There are plenty of conclusions to draw based on that list. Here are a few:

The overwhelming positive for the Celtics is that they’re only allowing their opponents to shoot .437 from the field — better than any of the seven teams on that list. Six of those teams let their opponents shoot better than .450, and only the 1996-97 Jazz came close to this year’s C’s, allowing their opponents to shoot .438 from the field.


We’ve got to pour out a little something for the guys over at Red’s Army [15] for finding a blog that Kevin Garnett supposedly writes [16] for Anta, the Chinese shoe company that Garnett signed with over the summer.

It’s hard to imagine Garnett sitting still long enough to crank out a blog on a computer, but the English-to-Chinese translations certainly sound like him. Here are the highlights from his recent posts:

Garnett’s return from a calf strain could come tonight against the Rockets. Stay tuned for updates.


In a fantastic piece [20], Paul Flannery broke down exactly how Ray Allen‘s constant motion helps the Celtics’ halfourt offense succeed. Allen’s basketball — particularly about shooting — is astounding, and this piece only accentuates that fact. Here are a few highlights:

Side note on Allen: He’s currently made 2,514 career 3-pointers, trailing Reggie Miller [21]‘s all-time NBA record of 2,560 by just 46. At his current rate of 2.1 3-pointers per game, Allen should pass Miller in 22 more games.


Rondo still owns the advantage over Bulls point guard Derrick Rose [23] for the NBA All-Star Game’s second starting guard position behind the Heat’s Dwyane Wade [24].

While former Celtics assistant and current Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau supports Rose’s candidacy, he understands Rondo’s impact. Here’s what he had to say about Rondo in the Chicago Sun-Times [25]:

‘€œRajon is an offense unto himself. I think that he was a very confident player from the first year that I was [with the Celtics], and he’€™s just gotten better and better. He’€™s very smart. He knows how to read defenses. …

‘€œHe’€™ll provide whatever the game needs, whether it is defense or making plays, and he can make something out of nothing. He can look a defense off and create a great shot every time down the floor.’€

Well, I guess that explains why the Celtics are shooting better than .500 as a team for the season.

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee or a future mailbag? Send an e-mail to brohrbach@weei.com [26] or a Twitter message to @brohrbach [27].)