Re: Jermaine O'Neal vs. Perkins: Celtic playoff stats
posted at 4/24/2011 9:46 PM EDT
Hate to burst the bubble of some of the guys here. Shaq is not coming back and even if he is, he is not going to give you anything on the defensive end other than a big body. He won't take charges and he is too stubborn for that. he won't rotate on defense like other guys we have. teams will put Shaq in pick and roll all day and make him pay. As much as the media and fans are in love with Shaq, I just cannot see Shaq making the difference in any series except the Lakers or if the Magic somehow makes it to the ECF and we make it there (6 fouls on Bynum or Howard). If we are expecting an athletic Shaq to play 20+ minutes and be the intimidator at the rim, sorry, those days are long gone. Shaq will have his moments or two but he will get into quick foul trouble because of his size and ( im)mobility and will end up on the bench. we can use Shaq to get quick fouls on the offensive end and maybe get to a penalty situation early in the clock and that was one thing Celtics were doing during the start of the season. I had high hopes during the start but after watching this soap-opera with Shaq and his injury. I think this is KG circa 2008 written all over it.
other than that JON is perfect for this team. He is an upgrade over Perk pending two things. One, he plays his role as a junkyard dog (rebound, blocks,charges..etc) which, I thought he was not in Miami. Second he stays healthy. I think on those two counts he is living up to the end of the bargain up to this point. If JON stays healthy and develops chemistry with the starters he is going to be awesome. He is another big who can knock down 8-10ft shots and that helps Rondo as the defense now has to play 4 guys actually and help out and this gives Rondo driving lanes.
this team can go deep into the playoffs, with BIg 4, Baby, JON, Green,Delonte and Kristic (thrown in as another big body). I saw some good things out of Kristic today, he had couple of blocks.
I remember the dialogue from the movie "Dodge ball". I can easily picture Doc saying to Kristic and the bench before the game today.
They are too good and you suck. Our only chance is for yOu have to get angry". "You have to be angry. you have to be mean". "can some one play some defense, its like watching a bunch of re....ds trying to hump a door knob out there"
Maybe our bench needs the Patches 'o 'Houlihan treatment before the Miami series.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZX2ZLq2z9Q&feature=related