Re: Glaring problems for Celtics
posted at 12/20/2012 6:06 AM EST
the big men are the issue.
in terms of jason terry - in 30 minutes a night he is averaging 11.4 pts per game on 46% shooting and 39% from the three pt line. he's .857 at the line. he's averaging a steal and a couple of assists a game. he's played adequate defense. at times he's been a little careless with the ball. seems to bring a great attitude night in and night out. yes, he's scoring less than he ever has in his career and has a few fewer assists, but he's on a new team where he is anywhere form the 3rd to the fifth option and has been bouncing between starting and coming off the bench. he's outperforming his career averages in fg%; ft %. the guy is 35 years old. what were people expecting? he's not ray allen. he's instant offense on the bench, but he's always had nights when his shot is not going to fall. jason terry is not even a slight problem, let alone one of the issues on this team.
in terms of tommy heinson pooh-pooing the possibility of acquiring a big man. tommy's lucky if he could name 10 big men in the NBA off the top of his head. he has trouble identifying opposing players during the game he's calling, and that's with a stat sheet in front of him, the players out on the court with names on their jerseys, a monitor where he is looking at the same players, a scoreboard in the arena listing them, mike gorman sitting next to him filling in the blanks, and someone in his earpiece feeding him info. what makes anyone think he is privy to anything going on in the front office, or speaks with a single NBA insider. When has he ever mentioned a conversation with a league coach, a player in another uniform, other front office personnel, or other plugged in media personnel. never, that's when. tommy doesn't care enough about his job to investigate trade rumors, the college game, overseas basketball, or even other games the celts aren't participating in. he lietrally has no idea what's going on around the league at any given time. he's about as reliable a source for inside information as anyone posting on this board.
here's a few things wrong with the celtics:
1. big men - no viable big men. need a center and an additional big body. every player at the 4 and 5 is undersized. huge rebounding issues. no low post shot blocker at all. no low post offesnive presence.
2. jeff green - making over 8 per, jeff green is a complete bust
3. running - a team that is seemingly built to run doesn't (i'll give tommy credit for two things - for years he has constantly harped on running, going to the basket, and boxing out and while he says the same exact things no matter who is on the roster he's right on all three counts).
4. defense - due mostly to having no shot blocker and no experienced low post defenders their defensive rotations and transition defense seem to be in disarray. at best there seems to be erratic effort and energy levels game to game.
5. age the celtics two leading offensive players are both past their prime. ther's nothinga nyone can do about this. kg can only play in five minute intervals and they fall apart when he leaves the court.
7. rondo's consistency on O their best player is a phenomenal passer and court general, but is not consistent with his offense. it's nice that he is able to be effective when not even scoring and the outside shot has gotten better, but this team nightly production from him. this team needs him to be superman, attacking the basket relentlessly. they need him to average at least 16-18 pts a game.
8. team continuity the team has just not gelled. part of it maybe part of it is sub-par play from players like Lee and Bass, but those two players seem to give effort every time out. it's the results that are lacking. lee has an odd hitch in his shot and seems to have to have the ball and create on his own as opposed to getting offense in flow. bass is a strange athlete. on the one hand he appears strong and has traditinally had a great jumper from 15 in. there are times when he seems to do a great jump lifting with two feet planted and dunks with authority. and yet he can't seem to elevate in the same way when rebounding or driving and just doesn't seem to be able to truly compete at the four. he also struggles on d at times. whatever the reasons, these two players have just not fitted into the rotation.
9. closing it out - the team hasn't figured out who should take the shot at the end of games. ray is gone so a big part of their end game strategy is gone. pierce is not much more susceptible to turning the ball over with intense defense and has really struggled to even get shots off to close it out. they must come up with a strategy. good teams have dependable go to guys.
10. AB - he's a young, athletic guard who brings energy and great defense to the court. they need the energy and the d.
11. back-up pg - ? it reamins a mystery why this front office is so averse to having a legit back-up pg on the roster.
12. stagnant half court offense - while rondo should dominate the ball it doesn't mean that there shouldn't be ball movement. okay, they don't have any low post options. all the more reason to use movement and cutters to attack the basket. too much standing around. too much settling for end of the clock perimeter shots. they need guys like rondo, lee, and green going to the basket hard to force the action.