I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

“I got on him, and I rarely do, about the threes,’’ Rivers said of Wallace. “Because even though he was wide open, it’s really tough (emphasis mine-MM). I mean, he was wide open and he took two, but we had just taken two quick ones.”

via Doc to Sheed: Cut the 3s » Boston Celtics Basketball – Celtics news, rumors and analysis – CelticsHub.com.

No, it’s not tough. You do not tell a former All-Star 34% three point shooter not to take open shots. Not Rasheed Wallace. You knew this when you brought him in!

CelticsHub makes the point that he’s got to shoot a higher percentage or not take them, especially the guarded ones, and that’s fine. It’s not going to happen, since, you know, it’s Sheed (have you not being paying attention to everyone who said “Well, he’ll be good, but I mean, he’ll shoot. He’s Sheed!” Did you really not hear that for all the parade planning?).  But telling him NOT to shoot open threes? That’s like telling Ricky Davis not to take contested ones.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.