Re: If you want to reduce it to one thing, why we lost
posted at 5/16/2012 6:50 AM EDT
In Response to Re: If you want to reduce it to one thing, why we lost
[QUOTE]There's never just one reason a team wins or loses. Best reason we lost was that Philly played a great game and next would be that Bass and Pierce couldn't throw the ball in the ocean.
Posted by Celtsfan4life[/QUOTE]
No, Philly did not play a great game. they played a great SMALL STRETCH of the fourth quarter. Other than that they were as miserable as we were.
But you're right that there is never one reason. We had many.....
I didn't see KG in the post until the fourth quarter...
Pierce was awful, and possibly also awfully hurt. A couple of his jumps to go into a shot or go after a rebound were noticably wobbly and off kilter
Rondo was non-aggressive. EVERY GAME he has angles to the basket where he could drive for a layup or free throws and he generally passes on those opportunities to dispense the ball to others. When it gets down to darn near 100% of the time that he's not shooting at all, Rondo makes our team worse by far because it's very predictable. If Rondo drives it to the hole then he'll suck the defense INTO the lane to some extent- once he blows by his man someone will need to cover the hole = makes it easier for us to get open outside shots.
Basically you have to work inside-out to have a chance at success. The Celts avoided that theory like it was a disease for over 3 quarters of the game.
DOC FAILED to get the ship pointed the right way. fully ONE HALF of this game was played in a stinko malaise of low effort, no intensity, going through the motions. what was at stake? giving away home court advantage! but we played like it was a tired boring west coast trip game that you just decide to mail in. How that can happen in the playoffs is not just an indictment of the players but also the coach.
And i realize that we're injured but you stil lhave to try your hardest. maybe the best place for pierce is in the post for some moves. heck, he even shot a jump hook shot earlier this year that i never knew he had. well go down there and try it- guarantee it'll be easier on your knees than trying to drive into traffic and then jump.
Steamer and Hollins played over 20 minutes combined, and got 2 rebounds. that is horrific. these are too "energy" guys. Hollins'' defense in general really bothers me, he gets lost easier than Bass does. Steamer seems to be more "ON" all the time as far as defense goes, but these 7 footers have to rebound more. muggsy bogues got more rebounds per minute played than these two jamokes did in game 1.
Bass was awful. he's really being exposed. if he doesn't have an open jumper or a point blank put back then he has nothing. he has no post game. his defense is also poor to fair. once you start clanging the J's brandon, go down to the block and try to draw a foul for cripe sakes, instead of firing 6 blanks in a row from range. you're good at the foul line. so go do something to get there. Doc, anyone there to help brandon out? Bueller?
many many many many many reasons why we lost. yes, they are all the same general flavor of under achieving but everyone made you feel like throwing up a little bit differently out there. including doc