Re: They Don't Want to Build Around Him
posted at 3/1/2012 11:44 AM EST
In Response to Re: They Don't Want to Build Around Him
[QUOTE]Fierce, PLEASE ANSWER THIS -- "Do you equate "disappearing in the 4th qtr" of a game with"having no points"? Rondo had TWO POINTS in the entire second half so how do you suggest he disappeared in the 4th quarter? Using your criteria he disappeared in the 2nd half. He had more assists and rebounds in the 2nd half than any other Celtic player (I have not verified that but from what I saw he contributed with assists and rebounds). It's not all about scoring. He had 9 assists in the 2nd half and countless rebounds so I would not necessarily say he disappeared. I like your description of Pierce and the Big 3. You are right that they are not as Big a 3 as they are "truly" a Supporting 3 now.
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
Firstly, let , me say as a Septuagenarian, I like it when old players still excel at sports. I play USTA Super Senior tournament tennis in an over 65 league & do well not because of my physical advantage but skill at lobs, drop shops, top spin, slice serves etc. None of these demand any more skill of me than they did 20-30 years ago. Tennis, however, is different and although one can play on a team, it’s doubles with one other player. BB demands more of a team effort from many players to be successful. I agree with Fierce that the Big 3 are on their decline since the 2010 loss to the Lakers---in fact they were on their decline starting with about the end of the 3rd Qtr. when they blew a 13 pt lead and were especially in their decline in the last 2 minutes when they couldn’t buy a basket that could have changed the complexion of the 4 point loss. Yes, there was an egregious difference in foul shots, 41 to 18 I think, and many unfair I still believe to this day but comments were, and with some truth, because we were fatigued, we were grabbing and that is due to age. I still think the Big 3 can play a few years but in more supporting roles and surrounded by younger, and even 10 year younger players. Their experience skills will be beneficial but because their legs are not the same, their hearts are but the body does not follow, our prime need is a Center Banger who can put in the rebound or toss it out to them as they can’t rebound as they use to. I’m not as much on Fierce’s bandwagon to unload Rondo because we are desperate for a PG. Sure it would be nice to have a Rose, Ellis, D. Williams etc. but more important, even keeping Rondo, to get a competent Center. The problem is we can’t without trading Rondo. Yup, he’s had some triple double days & some days he’s a bust not hitting 10-15 footers, foul shots, causing turnovers etc. but this is when you expect other team members to show up. Ray Allen hit seven 3s and 8/11 in game 4 or 5 of 7 game Laker series and broke a record. Would have been better he didn’t and saved 1 or 2 for last qtr in game 7. I mean Kobe shot only 6/24 or 25% yet the rebounding overshadowed his mediocre performance and the team’s 32%.
In short, what I feel is strong rebounding, getting the edge in most games, will beat most jump shooting teams unless they shoot 50% as we can get another 10 shots up and as they say “ even a blind chipmunk can find an acorn occasionally “.