Re: CUT PP SOME SLACK, HAD THE FLU!
posted at 2/14/2011 1:31 PM EST
In Response to Re: CUT PP SOME SLACK, HAD THE FLU!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: CUT PP SOME SLACK, HAD THE FLU! : RajonRondowski, I am comfortable with the fact that we simply see things differently. I like how Pierce gutted the game out considering he, like so many others, is playing while dealing with some nagging injuries. I also thought the other players stepped up and got the win. Pierce played a very bad game and I'm a NO EXCUSES guy. He matched his season average with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. That's what he normally does. He played "ok" individual defense at times and matador defense other times which is what he normally does. And he gave us nothing in the scoring category. So, where you grade the other aspects of his performance well, to me, he did what he normally does night in and night out. He did not have 10 rebounds and 9 assists. He did what he usually does, 5 boards and 3 assists. I'm just not of the opinion that " he did all the other things " THAT WELL. And this is just for this one game that the thread is, IMO, intended for. I hope he bounces back and/or gets the rest to recover and returns after the All Star break to the Truth that we all know.
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
Well said, my friend.
Petey, I'm just of the opinion that what Paul gave us in his 40 minutes of play, given his condition (he did have the flu as well as other problems) should not be subject to such blistering criticism after a fine team win that included his contributions.
For instance, to say that Paul had an absolutely, terrible, horrible game is a bit of an overstatement and a bit of hyperbole, wouldn't you agree?
The Celtic's defense is a team defense with help, movement, and communication being the keys to it's success. It's not predicated on individual defense, and that is why it is so often successful. Paul did OK in this area, not absolutely terrible and horrible. Nothing terrible or horrible about his 5 rebounds or 3 assists, and one steal, were there? Or do you take that for granted?
Paul shot poorly, but both you and I know that a good shooter always believes that his next shot will drop and that to think otherwise is death to a shooter. It would be nice if players could think, "Oh, I'm not hitting today, so I'll stop shooting for the rest of this game." -- it just doesn't work that way.
I think of our players as human beings not robots or slaves. The human aspect of the game with all the foibles of personality and ego, guts and determination, great plays and stupid mistakes, is just as fascinating to me as the play on the floor. If someone criticised my performance in such a cold, un-understanding kind of way, I would be very hurt and angry as you might very well be yourself.
At some point you'll probably rethink that "no excuses kind of guy" thing. It's not always excuses people are making but rather pointing out the factors that may have played a role in a person's performance.
Doc and Paul's choice would have been to sit Paul down for the game or severely limit his minutes, but I think there is no way we win that game without Paul's 40 minutes of play. Speculation on this would be futile because Paul played and we won showing that Paul's and Doc's decision was the right one. No do-overs.
So, peace, Bro. We can agree to disagree. I can try to be less emotional, try to not lash out, and you can try to temper your criticism and couch it in less blistering, demeaning language.