Last night was another pretty clear example that Garnett and Pierce can no longer carry this team on anything like a consistent basis, even quarter to quarter, let along game to game.
But someone's got to tell them that. They don't seem to understand that's what's happening.
Pierce, for sure, doesn't get it. He's still babbles about 'inconsistency' and 'shots we usually make" after cranking up a series of comeback-destroying heat-checks and spitting up a couple of fumbling, dumb, and just plain clumsy turnovers. His transition defense is mostly comical, and he blithely takes possessions off at the defensive end, does his little hand-clap when his man scores, and then jogs to the other end thinking he'll make up for it by scoring himself.
KG, in the past two games has made 4/5 of the most logic-defying passes you'll ever see by anyone, let alone a HOF player. Bizarre, really, but not more bizarre than when against the Bobcats (!), 1-2 feet from the basket, directly facing the hoop, arms upraised, no one in front of him, the ball came into his hands. I can't even explain what happened next other than to say the ball left, seemed to hit his hands twice on the way out, smacked the backboard somewhere near the top of the square and skidded off part of the back side of the rim. I think. Equally stupefyng was watching Lopez hit him with a drive-reverse move last night in ultra-slow motion (with a tip of the hat to Jason Terry for not moving the 3 inches that would have saved KG from the embarassment.)
I'm not even going to mention Rondo, Green, Lee, or Terry again My point is that if the Big Two still think they're the team-carriers, but they aren't, who's ready to tell them that and that there are times now that they get carried by someone else?
Because it's also going to mean telling Pierce to stop chucking up shots, stop dribbling into a maze of hands and feet, stop coughing up crap passes, to try meeting the balls thrown to him, to get out in front on the break, cut hard, and get back in transition?
Who on this squad is wired that way? More tellingly, in the wake of any trade, who from the outside would be able to enter this locker room/environment and supplant/share the leadership role of the Big Two?
FOOTNOTE: Saying this was Rondo's team was a nice bit of puffery. But saying it will never translate into Rondo being able to control a game by making big shots in key situations. As it stands now this team is a .500 team no matter whose team it is.