|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 23, 2012 at 6:05 AM|
The Celtics have played 12 games so far, and they sit at 6-6. What have we figured out? The defense is half of what it use to be. But why is their such a difference this season. KG is here, and Rondo is here. Bradley is out, but Lee is a suitable defender to hold down the fort. The numbers are the worst in this era of Celtics basketball. I discussed that yesterday. Every single defensive stat that the Celtics were on top in, or in the top five last year. They sit near the bottom so far. The Celtics allow 46% from the field. In a nutshell the C's defense is need of some big help. I think Paul in the comments yesterday had suggested that the Celtics defense is still built around Perk as if he was here.
I agree with that,but I also ask the question how did the Celtics survive on the defensive end last year. They had the best defensive numbers last season. I think you can thank Bradley first of all, and what about the tough defensive outings by Dooling, and Pietrus. Are we missing that toughness on defense? Because I don't know if Green has been the defensive player that the Celtics need. Barbosa,and Terry have been great on the offensive end, but what about the defensive end? They've been hot, and cold on defense. We need them to be more consistent as well. I think the Celtics miss the coaching that the defense received with the likes of Tom Thibodeau, and Lawrence Frank. The Celtics need to fix their defense. Do they have the personal to have a good defense? Yes they do.
One of the other major issues is the small ball game Doc has been playing. He seems hell bent to be like the Heat. Were also a team built around shooting three's, and jumpers. The Celtics need to get the ball inside, and outside of Rondo taking it inside. The Celtics need to hit the paint. But I think the offense needs minor tweaking. The bottom line is the defense. They need to worry about stops.
But what if the real problem is Doc? I love Doc, and I think he's a good coach for this team, but does it mean he's always right? Or does it mean he doesn't need help. Celtics Town writer brought up a good point.
But last night was a perfect example of the subtle differences between the two coaches. While Thaigo Splitter scores 23 points off the bench and seems to fit seamlessly into the offense, Celtics fans are forced to watch Courtney Lee score four points with four turnovers in sixteen minutes, or a 2-7 shooting performance from Jeff Green.
It’s not that there is a great talent discrepancy between the two teams; its how the rotation is established, and how egos are managed. Pop ripped into his team recently for their lack-luster play, and yet they still play with a sense of confidence. Rivers and the Celtics higher-ups continue to preach a philosophy of ‘this is a growing process’ while the players that were brought in to bolster bench scoring seem skittish and uncomfortable on both ends of the floor.
I've said for the past couple of seasons that the Celtics need to follow the Spurs model. They've tried, but the issue is that they don't execute it. Splitter scores 23 points within the offense. I believe it's how the rotation is established as well. Doc has the players coach philosophy. But does it always work. Greg seems to know when to play his team . I'm growing a little tired of the growing process myself. Doc needs to work as hard as the players to get this thing going.
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