Don’t know about you, but there is something disconcerting about the revamped and reconfigured Boston Celtics. Depth is supposed to be this team’s strength, and yet we still look paper thin in spots. We were supposed to have younger legs, but we still look a step slow. The return of Kevin Garnett was supposed to signal a continued commitment to team D, but we continue to play defense like something straight out of the old ABA. Size was an issue last season, so Danny Ainge drafted big and signed big, but none of it seems to be working out.
And you know what? We keep hearing that this team isn’t concerned with the start of the season, that the premium is on how it finishes. All well and good, but if you spend a season coasting and drowning in bad habits, do you really expect to flip a switch when it comes to the playoffs? The really good teams spend the entire season concentrating on the fundamentals – rebounding, boxing out, transition D, execution on the offensive end.
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]Our Celtics? We seem to be walking around in a daze, like something straight out of AMC’s The Walking Dead.[/quote]
Where was Jeff Green last night? Come on, man, snap out of it and play some goddamn basketball. You can’t blame the heart thing, because you’ve been playing in a stupor ever since leaving OKC. It’s time to get your head out of your ass and play the game. Period. End of story.
From the looks of things, Green isn’t the only Celtic with heart issues. This kind of play wouldn’t sit well with Larry Bird, and he sure as hell would make sure that something changed in a hurry. KG, if you truly are a culture changer, then pull this team together, close the door and rip their asses for not playing the game the way it needs to be played.
And you aren’t getting off the hook, Paul Pierce. You are the captain. Step up and act like one. You know what Doc wants – you’ve been in the league so long they have to carbon date you to figure out your true age – so it’s on you to have Doc’s back. You need to set the example on the court and insist that your teammates are following the script.
And Doc, come on. Offensive rebounds don’t matter? Really? You value transition D over offensive boards? That’s really your way of saying that you don’t have the size to battle underneath the glass, and that the size you did wasn’t going to get it done for you. I get that. I get all of that. But you need to sit down with Ainge at some point and have a heart-to-heart. Ainge screwed up by trading away Perk, and he’s yet to make things right. We have a collection of same-sized interchangeable parts, but we need some diversity. We need some big.
If not, then we made spend the entire season stuck in neutral.
Call me crazy, but without change this may be as good as it gets.