Re: Preseason becoming concerning
posted at 10/16/2012 10:11 PM EDT
In response to Petey62's comment:
I don't buy Doc's comment about not being concerned about the score in preseason. I totally buy it as it relates to losing 98-95 to the Knicks in OT. But to lose by 32 in a preseason game at Philly, the score does matter.
The score was indicative of our listless, passive play. Philly did not win by 32 by scoring 45 points in the 4th quarter against players who won't be on the Celtics roster this season. Nobody but Pierce and Bass appeared to play with any aggression. The preseason is about getting looks at players but its also about integrating new players and gaining that chemistry among the rotation players to ensure they're ready for the season. I don't care who you're playing or if its preseason or regular season, losing by 32 should be a cause for concern.
This team displays no chemistry on the offensive or defensive end YET. You'd think that, by now, you'd see flashes of that defensive presence (with KG or without) but it's just not there.
Hopefully, we mailed this one in knowing we had a back-to-back today at home vs the Nets. Maybe we'll see a more inspired, more aggressive team tonight. I'll bet the farm on that.
Petey, I don't understand why people put ANY focus on the score in pre-season. The Atlanta Falcons are one of if not the best teams in the NFL. They lost 3 of 4 pre-season games. The Heat got killed this preseason by the Hawks (not as bad as our loss but it was bad). It means NOTHING.
One key purpose of pre-season is to see those players at the end of the roster and see if they canmake the team, to see how they'll play in critical situations. Doc has done that. Another criticism of many on this Board is that we'll run KG into the ground. Then when he's rested, we complain about the score (and he is our intensity leader no matter WHAT anyone says - forget Rondo who doesn't even play defense!).
I agree with Doc - figure out what works and doesn't. Experiment. Try things. I have seen the record of the Celtics be a good one since the Big 3 arrived. The only issue has been depth since the championship year has been our depth. I believe its smart to play the guys who might be part of the depth and see how they'll play. We know what we have in KG - rest him. We didn't know about Christmas and others.....so I agree with the strategy of evaluating players, not trying to worry about score.