Re: 4th Q meltdowns
posted at 2/26/2011 2:28 PM EST
In Response to 4th Q meltdowns
[QUOTE]Regarding THE trade, I'm of the mind, what's done is done, now let's sit back and see how it turns out. However, I have a question for those who insist that if Perk had not fallen to injury in last season's 6th game, we would have persevered and won the championship. The Celtics had the lead in the 4th Q and let it slip away in the waning minutes. But this was at a juncture when Perk was customarily on the bench anyway. So is it reasonable to assume that if Perk had been available, would Doc in that situation, late in the 4th Q have deviated from his regular game plan and inserted Perk with 3 or 4 minutes left in the game? It just seems to me that if Perk is such an important part of the big-man defensive scheme, because surely he is not an offensive weapon, than he should be on the court when it gets to be crunch time. That being said, I am not discounting the role that he played or that element that he brought to the team. I, too, was a big Perk fan, but perhaps the scope of his role has been exaggerated by his departure. Time will tell, but I'm still quite optimistic as to the team's chances in the playoffs.
Posted by dustcover[/QUOTE]
And the legend grows........ based on what I have seen, heard, and read the Cs just traded Hakeem / Kareem / the Admiral / Howard / Patrick for a dozen stale doughnuts and an overrated 5th pick from several years ago.
People believe two things - one that you posited, i.e. losing Perk cost them the title and when in their dark moments they can accept that is not the case they revert to the second thing they believe - the refs and David Stern wanted the Lakers to win. What those same people cannot even comprehend is that if Bynum had been healthy, there would have been no game 6 or 7.
I worked for a company where when someone was fired management's line was "so and so is now seeking other opportunities", the sports equivalent is "they don't ask him to do that" as if being a complete player is a bad thing. So Rondo gets tagged with the "pass first point guard" and Perk gets tagged "the best low post defender in the league". Both of which are qualifiers that basically point out the 800 pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to talk about.
The Cs played offense 3 against 5 and it was suggested that it was not in the job description for Rondo and Perk to score. Hmmm, the 20th scoring offense in the league is fine if two of the starters have glaring weaknesses but "it is not their job" or "they don't ask them to do that".
They don't ask them to do it because.... drum roll please..... THEY CAN'T.
Neither Rondo nor Perk standing waist deep in the ocean can hit the ocean with the ball. So somehow when the Bulls, Lakers, Heat hold them to less than 90 and in the case of the Bulls less than 80, the problem is the defnse not the offense. People love to talk about how the Cs have a distinct advantage at the point vs. the Heat - ummmm Rondo does not have a distinct advantage against LeBron.
Let's face it, the Cs just traded Dampier for a young Big Z and oh by the way got the first guy off the bench to spell Pierce and Allen and score a lot more points.
Against Denver Rondo stepped up and dropped 5 on the Nuggets - 5 points.
Going forward Krstic will be knocking down jumpers, making all his freebies, and not complaining about every foul. He will be a fixture in the offense as will Green.
The 4th quarter meltdowns will see Rondo on the bench with a towel over his head and West running the team which will have either Shaq or Krstic on the floor with Pierce, KG, and Allen with Baby and Green being the 4th quarter subs. And oooppppps... there will be no more 4th quarter meltdowns.
I cannot wait for the idiots who will want to retire Perk's number. And I believe I have read over and over again how Perk was on the team when they won #17. As if had there been any number of other centers on that team including Krstic, they would not have won that title. A complete joke.