Re: 7 Days of Rest & Recuperation
posted at 4/12/2011 7:18 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 7 Days of Rest & Recuperation
[QUOTE]That idea has some merit (Paul at 2 and Green at 3), but it ain't going to happen to start games. That's like......trading Perkins! It disrupts a team built on chemistry and love for each other and knowing where they'll all be on Defense. Doc just won't give up the pony that got him there - Rondo, Ray, Paul, and KG. I bet money he won't do it. The way for him to do it without disruption is in the substitution pattern. First, get Ray some shots early in the game. Then, Mid way through the first quarter, move paul to 2 and bring in Green at 3. Run that way until mid-second quarter when Ray comes back. This way, he doesn't disrupt his starting lineup and anger KG and Paul over Ray's not starting for a guy who just got there and doesn't know the defensive rotations. I can see them already upset over at Danny over the Perk thing and then Doc takes out Ray. talk about a mutiny!!! Let Jeff play a lot more minutes, but not to start the game. One man's opinion.
Posted by Celtsfan4life[/QUOTE]
Thoughtful answer but there is a reason that Ray averages 37 minutes per night and Jeff Green has barely made any impact at all. green plays with no confidence most of the time, save the losing effort Monday.
Secondly, Ray's struggles of late have more to do with Rondo's struggles in the last month and with the team's struggles to move the ball effectively, and with getting appropriate touches in the appropriate places. Couple that with the massive amount of minutes he has played with the considerable number of minutes he has logged with a near dysfunctional second unit and his recent struggles begin to come into context.
In no way do I consider Jeff Green to be a more effective player than Ray, and the idea of starting Green over Ray strikes me as, as ludicrous and wrong headed an idea as I've heard all season.
All these guys needed a rest, none more so than Ray and Rondo, who together lead the team in minutes played, one 25 years old the other 35, and averaged around 37 and 37.5 minutes a game up until this week.
The rest they're getting this week is huge, and the additional rest a sweep would bring would be even better.