Re: Analysis of What's wrong with the Celtics
posted at 1/2/2013 10:24 PM EST
this is not likely solvable. but problems include...
1. no low post offensive or defensive presence on the entire team, which effects all aspexts of the game. even with wilcox they are a legitimate center and another big away from really competing on a nightly basis with quality opponents. a trade or maybe even 2 are a must if this team is to have any shot of having a winning record, let alone making any moise in the playoffs. with that said, though the east is weak, they have virtually no shot to beat miami no matter what they do.
2. garnett and pierce have aged before our eyes and their offensive effectiveness has been drastically reduced. garnett simply has to get some of his offense in the low post. at 7 feet tall, he cannot continue to fire up 17-20 foot fallaways with no one under the boards. for his part, pierce must realize he cannot do what he used to anymore and play a more controlled game. he's lost at least a step and can no longer consistently elevate, nor can he handle the ball in space. he needs to get rid of the ball up top and make quicker decisions. he keeps looking around for calls as if he's shocked that he keeps getting his shot blocked or throwing the ball away. it's called age, Paul. reduce your expectations for yourself and settle for playing sound b-ball and scoring 14-16 a night.
3. jeff green has been almost a complete bust. there is no continuity whatsover to his game, no flow to his offense. he now under 3 rebounds per game at 6 "9". Not good enough by a long shot.
best bet if anyone would take him is ship him out. if he stays he needs plays called for him off the bench and must be made to udnerstand that he has to work harder on the boards. much, much too passive.
4. brandon bass is a role player who is not big enough to play consistent minutes at the 4, especially on a team with no bigs. he's fine as an 8th or 9th man. also expendable and could be used as trade bait.
5. the team does not run nearly enough. a player like courtney lee is lost in this system because he is not a knock em down shooter. lee could also be moved. the lack of a run game is on doc and rondo and the team as a whole. it's tough when you have older players who are more comfortable playing with a slower tempo in half court sets, but what they're doiing isn't working.
6. rajon rondo needs to be aggressive every night. he cannot take games off. he cannot get lost on the court for stretches. this team needs him to be superman. not sure he is mentally or physically up to the challenge.
7. jason terry needs to make shots, but he also should not be asked to do things he can't do. he is not a starting 2. he is not a point guard.
8. jason collins does not belong in the NBA and certainly cannot play menaingful minutes for a good tea, see #1.
9. this team needs a back-up pg.
10. this team has missed AB. perhaps he fills the back-up point minutes. see #9.
11. this is a team that needs to play aggressive, gambling team defense. they do have some players who can function well with this style (AB/lee/garnett). they can't match-up size-wise so they need to outwork other teams. when they play this way they are more effective, though again not having a real shot blocking presence is a real issue with this type of d as well because there is no back-line help when gambles don't pay off.
12. this team has no identity. they don't know who and what they are. they don't have a signature style, a go-to guy on offense etc. on paper it seemed like it might be a good mix of youth and veterans, a team with a deep bench who could throw 10-11 players at you a night and wear you down. if they can run a big man in there and if ab can play the point effectively or they get an actual back-up pg in here think they'd be better off playing like the nuggets. throw ten guys out there, most playing between 20-28 minutes and just go hard at people every night. there is enough talent here to be say a 5th seed in the east but the team is all over the place.