JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

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    JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

    Jermaine O’Neal, he of the giant wing-span and the exquisite timing when it comes to swatting those “Get that s_ _ _ outta here” type blocks away, has brought one more intangible to Boston’s starting five – confidence.

    Since emerging as the starting center for the playoffs, JO seems to have given the Celtics a much needed shot of confidence and swagger.  After being all but written off by most, JO has been a huge, albeit under-appreciated and over looked contributor.

    Something almost impossible to quantify statistically, confidence, JO seems to bring that out in the starting unit since his return.  Not surprising, JO clogs up the lane and is a looming presence near the basket to those looking for easy hoops.

    Nice to have a veteran presence in there, a former All-Star, a defensive specialist, who also seems to have gotten his shooting touch back.  Foul him, and he’s good from the line.

    Our center position is looking better and better, and with a week of practice I hope that Nenad Kristic has regained some of his confidence and better understands the offensive and defensive rotations and will perform effectively when he is in there.  We need that from the entire bench.

    And if & when Shaq gets back, the C’s will once again be deep in big men.  A good thing going up against the Heat.


    But it’s Jermaine O’Neal that has cemented the Center position and brought added
    confidence to the Boston starting five.
     
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    Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starters

    Good post Ski.
     
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    In Response to Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starters:
    Good post Ski.
    Posted by mem17


    Agree.  Great post. Jermaine has been awesome.  
     
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    Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

    With you all the way, man
     
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    Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

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    Thanks, guys.

    Question: why can't the sabremetric statistical geniuses come up with a quantifying stat for "Intangibles".

    Because if they can't measure it, it doesn't exist?

    We're the poorer for their idiocy, or to be polite (as I always strive to be) their lack of vision.

    Take JO, for example.
     
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    Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

    JO-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
     
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    JO is 3rd in blocks per game in the playoffs. Better than Pau Gasol's 2.33 bpg or Andrew Bynum's 1.83 bpg.  HAHAHA!!!
    Posted by Fiercest34


    Pau Gasol/Andrew Bynum- 2x NBA World Championship titles (each)

    JO- .........................................

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

     
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    Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

    "There's always a first time for anything!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA that's it? I'll say it again...

    Pau Gasol/Andrew Bynum- 2x NBA World Championship titles (each)

    JO- .........................................

    I don't mind waiting for an answer based on fact!
     
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    JO is a class act.

    That's more than can be said for any Laker.

    Or most Laker fans.
     
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    - JO is a class act. That's more than can be said for any Laker. Or most Laker fans.
    Posted by RajonRondowski


    Lmao. What a retort!
     
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    Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

    Silence is golden, golden!

    Game over! Lmao
     
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    Silence is golden, golden! Game over! Lmao
    Posted by Laker-Nation32


    Silence is due to the fact that people on the east coast are already asleep. Duh! 

    Kinda lame to be attacking when everyone else is asleep, don't ya think?
     
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    Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five

    In Response to Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five:
    - Thanks, guys. Question: why can't the sabremetric statistical geniuses come up with a quantifying stat for "Intangibles". Because if they can't measure it, it doesn't exist? We're the poorer for their idiocy, or to be polite (as I always strive to be) their lack of vision. Take JO, for example.
    Posted by RajonRondowski


    this is where stats like +/- come in.

    it is by no means perfect, but a good start.

    if a player doesn't have good box score stats, but their team wins by a lot when they're playing, they must be doing something right.

    this could be boxing out, setting good screens, spacing the floor.

    for example, JO is +43, good for 7th best in the playoffs, in only 91:37 of playing time.
     
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    In order for Boston to thrive, Jermaine will have to play a monumental role. Don't count on Shaq being around. The stars may be aligning. I bet there weren't many (myself included) who thought he'd be back looking so good. Keep proving me wrong and playing at such a high level Jermaine.
     
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    In Response to Re: JO Brings Confidence to Starting Five : this is where stats like +/- come in. it is by no means perfect, but a good start. if a player doesn't have good box score stats, but their team wins by a lot when they're playing, they must be doing something right. this could be boxing out, setting good screens, spacing the floor. for example, JO is +43, good for 7th best in the playoffs, in only 91:37 of playing time.

    Posted by teh-n00b


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    Good point, I forget about that stat.  You're right it's not perfect but it is better than nothing especially for guys who don't pile up  lot of gaudy stats.

    I think it reflects more how the team plays while you are out there, but if you're fulfilling your role correctly and the team is playing well it will show up in your plus minus.

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    And ONeNation, I think the stars have aligned somewhat for the Celtics.  About time, as the zodiac has been decidedly against them most of the season.

    I look for JO to continue to continue his sellar play against Miami and be an even more mimportant factor in this series.  Stay healthy, JO.
     
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