Re: It's Time
posted at 1/25/2013 5:11 AM EST
In response to Rajon-Hondo's comment:
I keep saying, start Green and have PP come off the bench!! It will help the team and each players production. PP is a 1st ballot hall of famer and one of the best Celtics ever,and I'm old enough to have seen all but Cousy,I was like 6 when he retired. Having said that, PP can still be a very effective and key core piece to the success of this team,he just can't play 35 minutes a night and still have enough to put the team on his back in the 4th anymore. He's playing like mid April in mid January.
People complain about Greens lack of consistancy , but he has 3 roles at the same position each night depending on who else is on the floor at the time. If Green is on the floor with Pierce and Garnett he is regulated to stand in the corner in a half court set and maybe shoot a last second three and then go cover the best 2-4 on the floor. When just PP or Garnett is the floor he moves to a swing pass in high post where he either swings the ball or is the 2nd drop in angle and maybe again a last second 3 three or drive into a collapsed lane. When Green is with the rest of the second unit he is supposed to be pushing the pace In an uptempo offense and defense. Green is a really good player and is one of the few players that can create his own shot the problem is he always having to change his game every player change it's really hard to get a rythmn to your game. When you consider the fact that this his first full season that has 4 players that were here when he got here, I'd say he's doing pretty good for one year back from major heart surgery 1 year ago a week ago. Green 9.4 pts 3.9Rebs 42% fgp 78.4% ft pct 1.3 TOs . in 22 minutes on a team that is in transition. Perk 24 min 4 pts 6 rebs 1.3 blocks and 2.8 pfs 1.3 TOs at 1-5 million more than Green, while playing with 2 great players in their prime so don't even mention the Perk B.S.
Bass is having an off start be he was like that last year,I was soooooooo wrong about Jason Terry, Lee is starting to come around and we really have no great chips for trade without giving up on the future or this season. I'm thinking some our core players and Doc need to make some adjustments between now and the end of the season. I think this team has underachieved both coach and players but can we improve whether we make a trade or not.Is there room for improvement ? Most definately. We need a tune up not a rebuild that we can't afford. Do I think we have a legit shot in the playoffs ? Yes!!
not without acquiring a big and moving bass. doc's "integration" plans on these young players often move backwards. you're right in what you say about green. not only does the role shape shift but so do the minutes. barbosa = spark plug who never plays but we keep feeding terry minutes = ???!!!
but bass was a custom ruinization job that doc did. right before the season started, there was an article ON BOSTON.COM about how bass was baffled that doc told him not to go into the post anymore. it's not like he went there a lot- but he IS supposed to be a 4, and his post moves, while not aesthetic things of beauty, were NOT bad enough to shut him down on the block!!! the advanced stats back me up there.
so when you starve a big guy out of all post action, what do you think might happen to his game? bass' shooting has gone way down FG% and his FTA per game is WAY DOWN- he feels punplugged from his purpose and he's got a point. this team needs stuff in the post- both from green and bass. and there is not enough of it happening!
but seriously, without a big to help mop up minutes at the 5 and preferably get RID of bass, we have no chance of contending. and pierce will have to start games on the bench- of all the guys he can be the everyman just like he's had to be before years ago in shorter minute duty and come out fine from it, unlike green is struggling with it right now. start green and you'll watch his shooting come up and his rebounding get more respectable.