|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 4, 2013 at 12:30 AM|
I love the optimism from the coach, and General Manager of the Celtics. They built this team, and they seem willing to stick with the guys. I was for it last season. For a number of reasons. It was a shortened season, and the guys didn't have camp. I've said this a few times already, and I think you guys, and gals get the point.
"I think Doc is probably going to try and tweak the lineup again and do some things different. We'll just try to be patient with this team as long as we can," said the president of basketball operations.
He said the return of Avery Bradley adds a new dimension to the team that could help turn things around, and that once the new starting lineup settles in and players perform to their potential, many of the problems will be corrected.
"This will be the first game coming up against the best defensive team in the league right now in [the] Indiana Pacers where we have our best lineup that played last year, and that was with Rondo and Avery and Brandon and KG and Paul. That lineup hasn't even played one minute together this year, so I'd like to give that a shot."
On the Celtics' struggles at making stops, he added:
"For whatever reason -- I'm not sure if they're incapable or they're not or they can't physically. Time will tell on that. But the reality of it is they haven't. And it's not just the new guys. I don't think our veteran players that have been here have played up to their capabilities yet either. I mean, we went from being the best team in the NBA last year defensively to the 21st best defensive team in the league right now, so that's concerning. But, I do believe that can be fixed with attitude and health and practice time. I really do believe that. Our guys know how to do that."
Like I said love the optimism, and I loved how you put this team together, and I loved how all of thought this team would come out flying, or at least better than this. I think it's telling, and more than just concerning when you drop from number one, and you move to 21 in defensive rankings. Danny mentions health, and frankly this team has dealt with more issues in he past when it comes to health. This has been the healthiest team at this point in years, and my concern is this. What if the injuries to come? The Celtics don't have a cushion in the standings. They could fall further.
I strongly believe that the Celtics need to adjust this roster a bit. I have my list of safe players. The Big three, with Terry, and Avery. Outside of that everyone is fair game. Although I would love to keep Sully. The bench of Bass, Green, and Lee have been to inconsistent, and their not the greatest on the defensive end. Pietrus was a better defender, and so was Daniels last season. Throw in Dooling, and it was a better trio out there protecting the penetration into the paint.
I really want to believe in all of this. I really do, but much like real life. Humans often talk about change, but how many actually do overnight? Or in months? The Celtics have history on their side in a sense. They've turned losing streaks into championship runs in 2010, and a very close attempt in 2012. But this is 2013, and with the duo of KG, and Pierce a year older, and with new players with no urgency, and intangibles. This season is moving in one direction.