Re: The Rondo Issue.
posted at 3/10/2011 8:57 PM EST
One of the things that causes some of the "negativity" on this board is that the Celtics are starting to have some moments of "faltering" that worries people. Everyone was so excited about the early year play and excited as it looked like we were the best team in the league. Since that time:
o Shaq has gotten hurt; JON has had to have surgery, Perk and Semih have been traded
o our defense doesn't look as good
o BBD, West, Wafer have been hurt
o we have a host of new players
o Lakers (our arch enemy) and Chicago (our possible challenger) are now both looking good as the season comes to an end.
So, in all of this uncertainty, we were happy about the play of the Big 4 stabilizing things. But, with blown leads and Rondo's play, that stability is looking shaky now, as well. This causes a lot of us to analyze what's wrong and what's changed. Rondo catches it the most as his game has deteriorated the most (Ray's still hitting, Paul is still playing well, other than one game KG has been steady). Danny's trades and his getting rid of big men is questioned. So, the negativity is really just "worry" and analysis and questioning because this year above all years - we expected a Championship.
Some take the criticism much further than others (ACIE's criticism of Rondo). But in the end, we're all nervous that what we saw a great championship team in the beginning with an all star guard leading the league in assists and pushing the ball. Now we see a team that's not at the top of its game. I think the team will be fine, but its no longer CLEAR that all will be ok. There's evidence that maybe it won't.
I don't consider the posts overly negative. Posters are MUCH more reasonable this year than last year when they wanted to "fire Doc", trade Rondo, trade Ray, they're too old, this team has no heart, and the rest of the over the top posts.