It is easy to make excuses or assumptions after the loss last night. It’s rookie fans and analysts that overact from one game, situation, or performance. But sometimes, it just noticing the truth. More often than not, these “overreacters” are right on a topic but not for the right reasons. This all leads me to the one Celtics shining moment last night, Barbosa.
Barbosa has been a very good underrated player for a few years and he showed the Miami his skill set and they kind of talent he has. An overreacter would say he should start or that he needs more minutes. In this case they’d be right, but to assume he’ll do that every night is ridiculous. There is one aspect to his game that the C’s are dying for though.
When you watch Barbosa, he is the only player on Boston’s roster that is PROactive on offense. He doesn’t take what the defense gives, he takes what he wants. Doc has us running as a cohesive, well-oiled machine. We run our sets, we are disciplined, and rarely have poor shot selection. However, the defense can adjust to this and become more effective. To have a player like Barbosa break our set play and attack the rim, I feel, can be a huge asset for Boston. Running an offense is like running a race. You can sprint and get a bunch of points but risk gassing out, TO’s and bad shots, or you can cruise, run your offense, but risk being outran, complacent offense. The key is balance and unpredictability, and Barbosa may be that change of pace.
Sometimes it’s best to simplify the game, and just tell a player, “Look to score every time you touch the ball, pass it only as a last option,” but this can obviously lead into JR Smith or Jamal Crawford, in a bad way. So I’m interested to see how Doc deals with this growing depth and contracting play styles as the season continues.