Re: I love Doc
posted at 1/13/2012 12:44 PM EST
The Celtic's uninspiring beginning to 2012 certainly has done little to dissuade the NBA's naysayers. However, I'll be the first to admit I gave them NO CHANCE in the 2010 playoffs, instead they finished a few rebounds-whistles away from title 18.
As bad as their record indicates, I refuse to believe they have declined to a sub 500 team over night. The bench is still not fantastic, however Bass and Pietrus are BIG upgrades in my opinion (I wish they could have kept West!). The jury is still out on Wilcox but that seems to be DA's brainfart of the offseason. The need for a big was (and is!) obvious but our ONLY midlevel mini exception blown on an unproven bench warmer? Someone with DA's knowledge-savy has to do better than that.
Regarding their play, yes, they've yet to beat ANYONE even faintly resembling a good team. On the other hand they've all been dignified losses. We were definitely within grasp against the Heat and Mavericks and the Pacers too for that matter. They need to play more consistently. Digging these huge first half defecuts is just not the blueprint for success, especially without the high-flying athleticism that can get a team back in a game in a heart beat.
Regarding specific players, Bass looks good, and so does Ray. KG without hops is hard to watch but I dont see a big change between last year and this year and his numbers have still been decent (even rebounding). And although everyone continues to bash JO, I thought he had a great game against the Pacers: took a couple charges, swatted a couple shots, and his jumper is pretty consistent. As for Rondo, I think he's made good strides forward this year. Sure the two missed free throws against the Pacers were infuriating, but on the whole, his jumper looks much better. My only knock on him is how he wastes last possessions by winding the clock down to nothing in isolations that he can't complete. Pierce, is a total mystery but there's just no way he's °lost it° over the course of the summer. He'll bounce back.
The GLARING problem, and plenty of posters have (Fierce in particular) already spelled this out for us in exhaustive detail, is rebounding, without a doubt this roster's biggest weakness. I don't know how that is solved without player changes and we had the SAME problem last year once hackyShaq went down. If it can be corrected, the Celtics can go deep into the playoffs. If not, they may not even make the playoffs, and that's not easy to swallow.
In the meantime, let us not get too wound up in the wins and losses and just hope they at least remain competitive as we enjoy the farewell tour of the big 3 II era.