Re: Doc is the Key
posted at 3/30/2011 4:45 PM EDT
Good post, Upforglory. Very thoughtful and insightful. I particularly agree with your characterization of the 3 goals Doc has.
I might have a slight disagreement on the importance of home court advantage. In the NBA, unlike college on their neutral sites, I'm always amazed at how refs seem to be influenced by the crowd and how players are so energized by the crowd. The Celts lost last year for a number of reasons (Perk injured, KG not back at 100% and gassed, Sheed's back...although he gave us a lot). BUT, the number of fouls and over the back rebounds just cannot be 100% explained by our failure. There was an impact from the home crowd, the excitement/energy the Lakers got from that crowd, and the refs natural "flow" WITH the crowd. I wonder if that game was in Boston with fans all over them if the refs may not have called as many fouls on us?
I'm not making an excuse for why we lost. We lost because we weren't the better team that day in Game 7. However, when the teams are THAT close as the Lakers and Celts were.....home court advantage may have given then that little edge with energy or refs or something that made the difference in us going home and the Lakers winning a championship.
I think Doc knows this and wanted to eliminate that disadvantage this year. But, its gone now. We can't win HCA so I'd focus on what it takes for the starters to get energized and for just about 4, maybe 5 of the bench players to "get it" Green matters. Baby understands, already. West matters. JON matters as does Krstic. But, Murphy, Sasha, Arroyo, Bradley and perhaps evenWafer will all just be playing spot minutes or not even on the playoff roster. So, I wouldn't spend much time trying to work them into the system.
Net, net, give the Big 3 some rest; get Shaq and JON some work out time for their timing; get Green and Krstic to understand the defense, and that's all.