Re: What are the C's options on JON?
posted at 1/14/2011 1:35 PM EST
In Response to Re: What are the C's options on JON?
Celtsfan4life, You have to look at the schedule. I just posted that I don't think KG should return until Jan. 27th vs Portland. These are all pros. It's not we're expecting the 3rd string C to start game 7 of the Finals. The one thing you're forgetting is FOUL TROUBLE. Ok so you have two guys splitting time for 48 mins. If one of them OR both of them get in foul trouble, how do you make up those other minutes?? We know Semih can play more than 10 mins but both him and Shaq have been in foul trouble most of these games. Losing leads happens in the NBA, you can't substitute just to keep leads. Funny things happne in games that you don't expect. A 14 point lead in the NBA is nothing. It's the last 5 mins that really matter. Can you get stops, rebound and score.
Posted by BiasLewis
Well, my friend, on a lot of points we agree. But most of your points, we disagree. Starting from the bottom, its NOT just the last 5 minutes that matter. Games are VERY often won and lost in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters.....for many reasons. You get so far behind its difficult to come back, you leave a weaker team in the game and THEN anything can happen.....build a lead and they're never in it. Of course more than the last 5 mins really count.
Where I agree is that we could hurt if BOTH are in foul trouble.
However, Petey's point was not about fouls unless I misread comments in this thread as well as others. He said "we need a 3rd string center to spell Shaq and Semih " and he said they would sustain injuries from too many minutes. I just don't agree with that. Semih can play more minutes without danger of injury from stress or without being "worn out".
So what do we do about foul trouble? In that situation, we can and do play small ball. Davis can be center for short periods and has done it well. It has nothing at all to do with game 7 of the finals. Its every day basketball and not only do the Celtics do it and do well, so do the Magic, the Heat, the Knicks, the Spurs, etc. Heck, the Heat, Knicks, Spurs, and Magic don't even play with a back up center - they go to small ball immediately. In the case of the Heat and the Spurs, that's even a part of their scheme....witness Duncan's minutes where they go with two guys 6'9'' (Blair and Bonner) for very long periods.
I just don't agree that we HAVE to have a 3rd string center to survive. We have the tools to survive with 2 centers (not optimal, but not desperate, either) until Perk is back playing well - 2 months if we have to but I don't think it will be that long.
Just my thinking. We can debate it for days but as I said before, its up to Danny to see if he thinks he has to make a desperate pickup. I say get Sheed or ride it out.....no need for another player other than these guys.
And yes, Thank Goodness Shaq signed or we'd really be in trouble. But, that's where Danny was doing his job.