Re: Need more scoring off the bench
posted at 1/18/2011 10:01 PM EST
In Response to Re: Need more scoring off the bench
[QUOTE]BiasLewis, are you talking about the same bench that we are talking about? Are you really serious or you just want to spark an argument? How many time have our bench bailed us out this season? How many times have our bench had a good lead, and only for the starters to blow it? How many times have the starters started so sluggishly and Doc had to insert the bench to give the team some energy? I could go on and on and on and on. If you don't know we have the best bench, you are not watching the Celtics. Time Will Only Tell
Posted by ChiefEddie1028[/QUOTE]
Chief, I love our bench (and will explain why below) but to be honest, Bias is right about our bench giving up leads a lot this year and NOT increasing many leads this year. Our bench has NOT produced a lot of scoring so they aren't delivering as you seem to hint that they are. They did it well in the first 15 to 20 games but then it declined after our injuries started.
Here's why I think that happened:
1. Most of the year, our key bench players have played outside their role (BBD and Nate have had to start and Nate has played out of position at back up PG).
2. When our bench has had to play so many minutes, some (BBD in particular) have gotten tired and couldn't bring the energy they bring when playing backup minutes, only.
3. Our bench has NOT had much of a chance to play together. So far, we've had Delonte out due to suspension and then injury; JON's situation is well documented; as mentioned some of them had to play as starters.
4. Nate has NOT been shooting well since early in the season (many reasons).
So, our bench hasn't exactly been playing so great and they have not looked like the best bench in the league. BUT, I think they will if we can ever get the team healthy (or at least West and Perk healthy, forget JON).
Now, come playoff time, the rotation will shorten and the strength of our bench will become more important because those players will be playing more minutes WITH THE STARTERS and they'll do even better. As with the end of the Orlando game yesterday, BBD will be playing with 4 starters or BBD and West will be playing with KG, Ray, and PP and they'll look really good as they don't have to be the best of our 5 players on the floor....they just have to augment 3 allstars.
Through all of this, they come through in the 4th qtr (especially BBD). We don't blow many folks out since our injuries started, but we win by close margins because overall, the Celtics are just a great great team.
So, in the playoffs, I think folks will see our bench is better than folks like the Heat, Lakers, or Chicago. We are definitely deeper than those teams. The only exception to this may be the Spurs. Their top 3 off the bench don't present much of a drop from the top 5 (Bonner, Neal, and George Hill are top notch players if you haven't noticed).
Just one fan's opinion.