Re: I admit I am surprised
posted at 11/10/2012 2:05 PM EST
In response to Fiercest34's comment:
In response to prakash's comment:
Boston's problem is very simple. After losing Ray Allen, they don't have a feared spot up shooter. As a result, the defnse is cheating. Couple that with Rondo's reluctant shooting and the lanes are really getting clogged up. I didn't see a lot of the game but I saw the Sixers playing close on defense but really playing for players to drive.
Bradley's loss seems to have affected the defense.
Poor scoring is getting combined with poor transition defense. And some players, aka Green, are either in a funk or don't have it.
The Celts really need some new player to step up. Otherwise, we are in for a long season.
I agree with the part where some players need to step up.
But Rondo played well. He was not perfect, but he played well. I watched the whole game.
Fierce, I am not blaming Rondo. He did play well. Even with the lanes clogged, he was able to drive in, create defensive unbalance and find targets. But Pierce is suffering without the spacing. And others are not moving well enough to get a system going. As Doc used to say, Ray is still Ray and players still stick to him because of his shot making ability.
I am not lamenting Ray's loss. He did what he needed to do. Without one more player really stepping up, the Celts will have a hard time.