Re: GET OFF KG's BACK!!!
posted at 1/17/2012 3:28 PM EST
RallyC, whoa, buddy. Don't come down so hard on folks. Your initial post was thought provoking and had a lot of good points. Its ok for Antiqueman to disagree.
1. I agree with you that the C's are hurt by the lack of practice time. More than purely athletic teams, we depend on timing both on offense and defense. We do less one on one ("WE DO IT TOGETHER" as Doc says) than other teams. That comes from practice so we may be more hurt than others here.
2. With that said, other teams are affected significantly. They see more injuries and timing of their offense is off, as well. They all have new players as well. I watched the Lakers and Mavs last night. The first quarter was something like 15 to 15. Shooting and offense was horrendous. They both looked awful. I've seen so many games like that this year due to the shortened season. So, the C's are not the only ones affected. And, while I think KG is in shape, he's just older, slower, and can't jump as high. Happens to everyone. Paul, however, was likely out of shape when camp started and that made his injury situation worse. We cannot just excuse him for that.
3. I don't think Doc can play most of the young kids too much and brings them along properly with the exception of Moore and Steimsma. Both should play more minutes in my opinion and a faster team playing with Rondo in the middle of games is a good thing. I acknowledge Doc sees them in practice so he knows best, but I happen to disagree with his judgement right now on how much to play the younger guys. I believe he will play them more as the season progresses. Clearly, however, we all have to admit that JON is just not cutting it and as good a shape as Ray is in, he's not quick nor is he a good defender. So, giving him rest and playing Moore looks like a good move....and it develops Moore. I do NOT agree that Ray should not start (nor do I agree with those who suggest Pierce and KG should not start). We may arrive there at some point, but only if the team has stayed on this path and has no chance at the playoffs by say late February.
Many people (announcers, writers, etc) have given up on the Cs as too old. I doubt they win any championship, but I think with time, they will continue to improve and make the playoffs. Not sure we won't see more than a 1st or 2nd round exit, but I do believe this team will surprise us because they've looked bad before and shown tremendous heart in digging deep to play better.
Whatever happens, I'll always love these guys for the highlights they've given us, the great season wins, and the championship they delivered in their first year. But for a few injuries, I believe they would have had at least 1 more championship, as well. This, however, is their last harrah. KG cannot carry the team as often as he used to (primarily defensively) and he has no "cover man" at center to help him. So, as the ONLY good defensive big on the floor lots of times, he gets beat. Was a time he could pull that off but not now. I admit that even though I just love what the guy gave us.
KG should NOT be traded in my opinion. He should retire a Celtic and be remembered as a great Celtic, even if his skills have declined.