BOSTON — Adam Sandler shouldn’t play Othello. Betty White shouldn’t play Shannon Elizabeth’s body double.
But those two wouldn’t be as miscast as Avery Bradley and Jason Terry as full-time NBA point guards.
Against a New York Knicks club not known for its stifling defense, the Rajon Rondo-less Celtics continue to sputter.
Last night New York hammered the C’s 90-76 to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 first round series. The Knicks could finish off Boston here Sunday (1 p.m. tip-off).
Three straight games with 78 points or fewer (76, 71, 78) is mindbogglingly inept. It’s hard to believe they averaged 96.5 points in the regular season.
Not that they aren’t capable players, but Bradley (0 assists in 33 minutes) and Terry (2 assists in 35 minutes) just aren’t point guards.
Not even close. The old saying is point guards are made not born.
All the blame can’t go on the miscast duo. Let’s not forget Danny Ainge chose not to trade for or sign a natural floor general.
Jason Kidd is 40 years old. His prime was so long ago he probably can’t even remember it. Yet he had six assists and no turnovers in 26 minutes. Journeyman Raymond Felton, who isn’t playing like a journeyman in this series, had 10 assists to three turnovers.
All told, Boston had a 14-to-18 assist-to-turnover ratio to New York’s 22-11.
And New York is doing it against Bradley, who is known as a special talent on the defensive end.
When asked about putting Terry in the starting lineup for power forward Brandon Bass, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, said, “We’re 0-3, I might start you.”
Even a sportswriter probably could do better than Boston’s point guards.
Rivers knows the struggling Bradley is miscast.
“All that ballhandling Avery is doing, it’s just too much,” he said.