Re: Let's compare this team to the 1994 NBA champion Houston Rockets
posted at 3/3/2013 8:11 PM EST
In response to rameakap's comment:
This team would win a championship if it had 1998-2008 Kevin Garnett on it, regardless of PP's age or lack of another rebounding big man. He wasn't quite Hakeem 1991-1995, but over those 10 years KG was 90% as dominant as Hakeem was in his 5 best seasons. But thats what the Rockets had that we don't.
So Kevin is now a shadow of his former self, its not as bad as watching the early 90's Bird/McHale... but it doesn't make you think for one second he has 11-13 games in him where he gets 24+ pts and 13+ boards , which is what we need to get a title. And he'd need to have FOUR of those games vs. the Heat alone... while at the same time PP would likley need FOUR 22-8-5 games. All while the whistles call an even game. Not going to happen. I am 90% sure of it.
And I just don't think our guys have it in them, but sure they will go down fighting, and yes the young guys will have to step it up and carry us to some wins... like CARRY US... like Avery holding Wade to 3-14 and 12 points while scoring 20 (two or three times) and Green dropping 25 on a night LeBron gets his 24-29 while shooting a terrible 8-23. Crawford (and Terry who we forget about) will need to win 1-2 quarters per playoff series by getting white hot, going like 5-8 from the floor, 3-5 on 3's, hitting 2 FT's and dropping 15. Lee will have to play outstanding D every second he is on the floor and make 55% of his wide-open left alone 3's. Williams will have to win quarters by being a beast at both ends who make a J, a dunk, a steal, a block, 2-3 defensive stops and 2-3 great dimes. Wilcox needs to avg 7 boards and have 5-6 playoff games where he gets 11-12.
So many guys will have to come up huge.
Comparing players of different eras is fun but unlikely to yield reliable results. The Dream has always been one of my favorites.
As far as KG is concerned, last year, the Celtics came within one half of game seven of winning against the Heat. The whole team ran of gas without a bench. Bradley went down, so that he could not guard Wade. and we did not have Green to guard Lebron.
KG plays limited minutes in the reguar season so his regular season game to, but when he plays extended minutes in the play-offs, he still looks pretty good, and puts up good stats. Yes, he can no longer guard ones and twos anymore, and there are even a few threes he has trouble guarding; however he is great against fours and fives.
For his time, there was no quicker 5 than the Dream. However, I doubt that he would score in the high twenties against KG. KG is one of the few players ever to really play all five positions, and guard all five positiions. it is also unlikely that the Dream could use his size to out muscle KG. Hakeem was listed at 7'0" and 255 lbs.. KG is 7'1" with greater length, and he now weighs 253 lbs, not 220 like he did as a rookie.
There was no player like the Dream when he played. Shaq and Ewing were traditional centers. KG is not. My view is that the Dream would have a much tougher time againist KG, The Dream was very quick, but KG is also still very quick. While KG is a pass first player and the Drean was the focus of the Rockets offense, KG's abiltiy to draw the Dream out of the paint would open the game for others.
The Celts defense and wide open offense would have made for an intersteing game between the two teams I am not sure who would win, but I would have enjoyed the game..