|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 31, 2013 at 6:35 AM|
Rumors spun around Boston about Danny sending two very young talented players with high character to the Kings for Cousins. Those two players were Bradley, and Sully. On paper it doesn't even make sense to me, and when hearing his comments after the 99-81 loss to Boston. All of us should have no doubt that any trade for Cousins is just a bad move.
Of all the reasons not to package a deal for Cousins, and there are many, the fact he played dumb when asked about the rumored trade isn’t one of them. “I’m sorry,” he said, “I didn’t know that.”
In the span of two minutes during his postgame press conference, Cousins openly questioned his coach and threw the Kings organization under the bus. Do Keith Smart and the Maloof brothers deserve criticism? Absolutely. But after submitting, to put it kindly, a disinterested performance probably isn’t the best time to do so.
Asked about what went wrong in Sacramento’s 99-81 loss to the C’s, Cousins explained: “We made changes that we didn’t really need. That affected the flow of the game. We have a tendency to do that. Sometimes, you’ve got to just keep letting it ride. Sometimes, you’ve got to stick with the original game plan and just let it play through.”
First of all, I don’t even know what that means. Second of all, here’s what went wrong: The Kings allowed 37 points in the second quarter. The Celtics made their first 14 shots and finished 16-of-20 from the field in the frame.
Then again, Smart’s explanation about where it all fell apart wasn’t much better. Why did the Kings coach play his starters for the entire first quarter and then sit all five of them for the first 5:35 of the second?
“It was still relatively early, so I didn’t think it would get away from us like it did,” he said. “We started off slow in the first quarter, so I needed our starters to close the gap a little bit so we didn’t go into the second quarter being down so much. So, I couldn’t take those guys out because we didn’t play catch-up in that first quarter. They wanted to go into the second quarter being down 10, so I had to play those guys and try to get out of the first quarter.”
The Celtics need a big, yes that's a must. The Celtics got great production for the first time in a long time from the returning Chris Wilcox. Can Wilcox, Collins, and most recently Sully hang in there? What about the undersized Bass?
The Celtics need someone, and the big question is how. I honestly like who we have, but another big just seems like a must. The Celtics have four guards who can handle themselves, but the question there is who can run the offense efficient enough? Pierce was great in the past two games, and will that work? The Celtics have roster space, and hopefully the Celtics score someone who's waived, or a current free agent out there.
The Celtics fans fall in love with these young talented high draft picks from years past. The reality of the Cousins, and Beasley's of the world? They have character issues, and that's why they fall, and that's why they don't take the extra step in their careers.