Re: Guarantee: Celtics, Game 3
posted at 4/26/2013 2:42 PM EDT
In response to KenDNP's comment:
Agreed...I see it this way..."Its the Defense "..
It was a great run we had last year. Both for the team's success in the playoffs, falling 1 good quarter short from the NBA Finals, and the streak of luck (blessed) guarantees we had.
Last year though was different. We had an All-star PG Rondo and a clutch 3 point veteran in Ray Allen.
In addition to these losses, what the Celtics have now are Pierce and Garnett both a year older. Plus a Brandon Bass without a Rondo to feed and create for him those open mid-range shots.
But amidst the 2-0 hole and the white flag surrendered by most posters here and majority of Celtics fans elsewhere, this current Celtics team have assets it never had last year, which given the right momentum and timing, can bring the Celtics back into fighting form.
A healthy Avery Bradley. Jeff Green 2.0. Jason Terry. Courtney Lee (Crawford).
These 4 pieces combined, clicking at the right time and moment, can easily offset the players we're missing. The homecourt advantage will provide Pierce and KG an extra year or two of fresh legs and marksmanship.
All is not yet lost. We still have a Game 3. At our home.
Boston wins Game 3.
The ONLY chance we have to win a game and/or the series is to play consistant D...
Unless we put our best D players on the floor, we cannot compete...
They are putting lots of pressure on our guards and we are not responding well to that pressure. Lee can help in both these areas. We have to get out in transition to score regularly.
NY thrives on the half court game. The second half lapses are due to the pressure they put on our guards and PP...Green and PP are exhausted in the second half and are not getting any help on the offensive end..
In order to do this, we must get stops...and that requires Lee and Bradley applying pressure to get steals...They are dictating the tempo of the game to us..
Somehow, we have to turn that around...that will not happen until we put pressure on their guards..only Bradley and Lee can do that...Not PP and Green...
This will actually help Green in the second half, because he thrives in the running game...
Yes, we miss Rondo, but he's on the bench...