Bob Coozie tells the Celtics to need a point guard


“I hate to bring it back to a point guard but… you don’t have that control.”

Marcus Smart and Dennis Schröder have been the primary point guards for the Celtics this season. (AP Photo/Darren Abbett)

A Celtics icon believes he has the answer to why his former team has been struggling as of late.

Hall of Fame point guard Bob Cousy after the Celtics took a 25-point lead over the Knicks on Thursday said of the Greeley Tribune Globe Dan Shaughnessy That their old team needs more stability on the offense when they have an edge in the late game.

“Something is wrong,” said Cousie. “It’s just school ground. Run up and down and take the first shot that shows. Doesn’t seem like a wise direction.”

“I feel like a stable piece is missing. They usually [expletive] It will be in the fourth quarter when you need to focus on the business.

“I hate to bring it back to a point guard but… you don’t have that control. When we got a 6-8 point lead, I used to take it home. I won’t let us lose the lead. “

As the Celtics’ all-time assistant leader considered the team’s need for point guards, he recognized that the good guys were “hard to come by.”

“He had one in Kyrie” [Irving], but that was a major issue. they potentially had one in cambas [Walker], although Kemba was more of a shooting guard than a point guard,” said Kausi. “You need a penetrating point guard at the point that’s a threat and then he passes [Jayson] Tatums and [Jaylen] Brown.

“I love Marcus Smart, but I don’t love him as a point guard. He thinks he’s the best point guard; he’s not, but he’s still a positive factor.”

Cousy isn’t wrong that the Celtics have had trouble making players visible to others this season. They are ranked 23rd in assists per game this season (22.7), and Smart – who leads the team in assists per game (5.5) – is ranked 24th in assists in the league.

For most of the season, the Celtics have used two of their young stars to launch offense — Tatum in particular. Tatum and Brown lead the team in frontcourt touches respectively, with Tatum also second on the team at the time of possession behind Dennis Schröder.

But Cousy doesn’t believe Tatum and Brown yet have the skills to take effective initiative, especially in times of crisis.

“Right now, at a crisis in the fourth quarter, they’re giving it to Brown and Tatum to make it for themselves another 70 percent of the time, but they don’t have the creation skills that a shrewd point guard would have, so they [expletive] Up it,” said Cousie.

“So we’re last in fourth quarter performance. Tatum and Brown have great skills up to a point, but aren’t necessarily a point defender.

“He has to be a lot better than him. It doesn’t look like we’re going to be hanging banner number 18 any time soon.

The Celtics have been surprisingly poor this season, in late-game conditions. For starters, they settle 2-11 in a game of five points or less. They are second to last in the fourth quarter net rating at -8.7. Their fourth-quarter offensive rating (104) is the fifth-worst in the league and their fourth-quarter assist percentage (52.8) is the fourth-worst in the league, suggesting that the Celtics have been aggressively helping each other. Haven’t done much for It’s late in the games.

In terms of clutch time statistics (which are defined by situations in which the score difference is less than five minutes to five minutes of play), the Celtics have none that rank in the top 40 in assists. Schröder and Smart lead the team with 0.5 assists per clutch timing position.

Tatum is one of the league’s better clutch time scorers, ranked 13th per clutch time position (3.3). But he is shooting just 35.1 percent from the field and 10.5 percent from the 3-point zone. He has more than twice the average turnover (0.5) compared to assist (0.2) in clutch time.

Whether the answer is from the outside or from the inside, Cousy is right that the Celtics’ fourth-quarter play just isn’t cutting it.