posted at 11/3/2013 2:14 AM EST
In response to Fierce34's comment:
Here's an article from the Globe via celticsblog.com.
The Bucks found a liability. They picked on rookie Vitor Faverani, using experienced Zaza Pachulia to score at will, and Stevens made no adjustments to force the Bucks to shoot from the perimeter.
Come on, man! Never get your news second-hand. That's like letting someone else chew your steak for you.
This quote is so egregiously wrong, it literally, could not be farther from the truth.
Washburn must have looked at the box score and presumed that Pachulia had done his damage against Faverani. But he watched the game, too, right? Didn't he? If you actually watched the game,you, too,had to see that what he wrote was just totally wrong. And a check of the play-by-play would validate your eye-ball test.
And that's exactly the case.
The fact of the matter is that Pachulia scored a total of 4 points when Faverani was on the floor. On Pachulia's first basket, Faverani had just blocked his shot twice, recovered the second one but made a careless outlet. It was tipped to Henson who attacked the basket. Faverani again altered that shot, but Pachulia, unguarded by any retreating Celtics, tipped in the miss.
Pachulia's second and last basket "picking on" Faverani came at the 7:00 minute mark in the 4Q when Wolters completely beat Bradley for a sure layup and Faverani covered for him leaving Wolters to dump off for the Pachulia lay-in.
And that was it. The entire extent of Pachulia "picking on" Faverani, of Pachulia "scoring at will," was a tip-in hoop on a Henson altered shot after Za Za had already been stuffed twice by Faverani, and one hoop on a dump down when Faverani left him to pick up Wolters, Bradley's man.
The data indicate that Pachulia, in fact, never scored at all when defended by Faverani. The data indicate that, in fact, Faverani destroyed the Bucks bigs.
Oh, and Pachulia's other sixteen points? I'd ask Sullinger. He's the guy who played a genuinely terrible game, and, yeah, was "picked on."