Re: Ugly Loss: Too many Jumpshots
posted at 5/15/2012 10:57 AM EDT
Petey62: You are right... it's a failure of execution. Still the coach isn't the one failing to execute. I know it's not the popular opinion especially in feverous sport's cities like ours, but I truly feel that coach's get thrown under the bus in professional sports far too often. Former player's talk about that all the time. But radio hosts and coach quarterbacks disagree.
If the player and coach connection isn't working, if player's don't respect a coach, or need a new voice to motivate them, then the easy solution for an organization is to fire the coach. But really, these situations are usually painfully obvious. Just watch a team not making the playoffs 5 years in a row like the Celtics. It's one, almost always smaller contract, versus a bunch of players. BUT - to me that shows a lack of discipline and commitment on the part of the player's too. They have to want it, they have to want to listen to the coach, and then execute. These guys know how it works, just like you and I do - blaming the coach is the EASY way out.
"If Doc is instructing them to "GO TO THE RIM" yet they continue to jack up perimeter jump shots, that's not "execution". And those players don't need to be on the court."
How deep do you think this team really is? Not to mention the guy who was committing this offense the most, Brandon Bass, who had 15 shots in the first half, didn't have a shot in the second half and wasn't on the court.
They aren't going to the rim not because of Doc, it's because Pierce is hurt and can't be effective doing it, he can't get the room - KG is being doubled, Bradley was out the disasterous third quarter, Allen is hurt (and actually still did drive). Rondo... yeah no excuses here.