Re: Another poorly coached game
posted at 1/4/2014 2:05 PM EST
Actually, pretty well coached, but very poorly played, as individual skills are also necessary to execute a game plan.
The team kept turnovers down and had few empty possessions. They rebounded well, except for a few critical moments, and played physically, the customary exception being Jeff Green.
The problem continues to be that this is a collection of limited skill, complementary players, not one of whom can create, produce, summon up, or in any way manufacture his own offense.
No, not even Crawford. He occasionally does it, but is mostly a study in wasted motion.
One look at Tyreke Evans last night, going wherever the heck he wanted to go says it all. All night he was like a hot knife through butter with a banked layup at the end. That weapon is at least one of the elements missing from this team, but the fact that no Celtic can even approach doing what he can do is revealing. There is not, nor has been for a while, a player like that on the roster.
For years it was left to the hands of Paul Pierce, but no backups were ever put in place. Green was thought to be the heir apparent, but it has since become even more fully apparent that Green has nearly NO ability to create a shot. His reputation is built on swooping slashes down an uncontested lane for a dunk, dunks in transition, and uncontested threes. Most of his highlight shots have been designed for him during timeouts.. Last night nearly all of his contested forays to the basket ended in a. offensive foul b. confusion c. stumbles and flinches. He did draw free throws on one, but mostly the end up empty.
In any event, compared to the acrobatic, nose for the basket Evans, Jeff Green looks like a robot. And he is/was thought to be the shotmaker for the club.
It woud help a lot if the backup PG Pressey could shoot at all, but that's not happening. It would help if Bradley could create something other than a pull-up jumper, but we see over and over that he just can't do it. Lee's a straightline driver like Green.
Brooks is the only guy with that slippery, slithery game Evans showcased last night. I expect to see him on the floor a lot more because the team needs baskets made out of nothing. Crawford was producing them earlier in the year but no one else seems able to.