Re: Athletic Celtics vs. Non-Athletic Lakers
posted at 9/18/2012 12:46 PM EDT
In response to Fiercest34's comment:
The Celtics are suddenly athletic.
There have been signs. Moving KG to center and replacing Ray with Avery Bradley means that suddenly the Celtics are quicker and faster than just about everyone else at every position. Rondo is a blur. Bradley is Wade-like in his athleticism (we'll revisit this soon). Garnett is quite possibly the quickest center in the NBA. Bass and Pierce are both sneakily quick as well, and ironically they are now the two positions with the least amount of quickness advantage vs. their opponents.
There are multiple benefits to this new-found quickness. For one thing, the team is able to play faster. The defense is a bit sharper, and we are starting to win more of the hustle plays. Offensively the team can get out on more fast breaks, and even in the half-court the team can do more cutting and diving that leads to easier buckets.
But an unlooked for advantage is that the team is now built to beat the Heat.
RE: But an unlooked for advantage is that the team is now built to beat the Heat.
Have the Heat added any players other than Ray Allen of significance ? We came within 1 Qtr of beating them without Bradley, Wilcox & Green & PP & Allen hurt. But many say we wouldn't have gone 7 games if they had had Chris Bosh and I say it wouldn't have gone 7 if we had the 3 aforementioned missing players.
Howard still mending his back & may not start the season. Who knows, some 13-14 yrs younger than Shaq, he may be as unavailbale to the Lakers as Shaq was to us. Won't be a dry eye in my house (HA!).
I think Philly with Bynum will be tough too & the Knicks who lost 4 in a row to the Heat after they won game 1 could be tough also in our division so yup, let's concentrate on winning our division instead of the Lakers.