Re: Jeff Green Reminds Me of Derrick McKey
posted at 4/6/2011 11:25 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Jeff Green Reminds Me of Derrick McKey
[QUOTE]Looking back at '08... I think we should have the personel to have the same type of rotations. Rondo plays a little more than he did and makes a little more impact. KG a little less. Other than that our 4 all-stars have the same expectations and roles. Ray, if you remember, couldn't hit a shot and had a bunch of 2-8 point games the 1st two rounds. Baby takes all of Perk's mins, while basically taking Powe and P.J Brown's roles. Kristic takes PJ's mins and Jermaine takes Powe's mins... while basically taking Perk's role. Green takes Posey's mins and role. Just needs to bring that grittiness. We know he has more talent in a similar, but younger and more athletic, body. Delonte takes house's role... not as awesome when he has the hot hand like E House was... but D West does EVERYTHING else better at PG. IMO the '11 Rondo is as much better than '08 Rondo has the current KG version is worse than the '08 defender of the year. Pierce is slightly worse. Ray actually better considering his '08 struggles. As a duo I expect the same production. So would you rather have Brown, Powe, Posey and House or Kristic, Jermaine O'Neal, Baby, Green and Delonte?? I take our current crew. With Shaq as the wild card.
Posted by rameakap[/QUOTE]
It's interesting to compare and contrast like you just did. I'd take it a step further and compare those two teams with the other two from the new Big Three era. My take is that the league as a whole is overrated. With some luck, the Celtics could be looking at a four-peat. Now they are fighting to stave off one-hit wonder status.
KG looked mighty spry last night. But you are correct. This year's KG and even Paul are not as good as they were during the title year. However, basically that year the Celtics were heads and shoulders above every other team. KG and Paul don't have to be that great for us to get #18. They are still very good to go with being hungry, wiser, and persistently unselfish.
Ray has been incredible this year. But his legs are tired from carrying the team. Doc should shut him down a game or two like he did for Rondo. Maybe one of these Wizard games. Ray's 35. Doc's pushing him like he just turned 30.
I always liked Delonte when he was a Celtic. Eddie was a great shooter but one-dimensional. This team is now much stronger at guard than during any other window year. Last night Doc finally went a bit with Paul at the 2 and Green at the 3. So let's see. Rondo, West, Ray, and Paul for guards. Paul and Jeff for sf. KG, Baby, and Green for pf. Jermaine, Krstic, and Shaq for center. That's a very strong ten man rotation. If we face the Lakers, two of those centers could probably play pf. The Lakers edge for bigs could be easily neutralized. Doc really has no excuses not to lead this team to #18. There will be a lot of pressure on Doc. I think he and Ainge will either end up being run out of town as a tandem or neither will ever have to pay for another drink or meal.
I actually think the Celtic team with the best chemistry was the year KG was sidelined. They just didn't have enough talent to overcome his loss. For this year, the margin of error for injuries is now very low. Those ten guys are very good, but the other five on the roster aren't.
I'm going to go out on a limb and predict an even easier time attaining #18 than #17. The latter we had trouble winning on the road until we figured it out against the Pistons. Chicago and Miami have proven nothing. Only Chicago scares me in the East and not even that much. I think they could be this year's Cleveland and get bounced by Orlando in the second round. If we then face Superman in the ECF, I don't think he'll be able to hack us as much as he did last year without Shaq, Jermaine, and Krstic giving it right back to him or his teammates. The only thing I worry about the Magic is their ability to play dirty and hurt Celtics.
I'm predicting Celtics-Lakers for the Finals, with the winner getting bragging rights for who has been the better team over the last four years. I hated the trade.Then I liked it. Then when it looked like Shaq and Krstic were finished, I hated it again. Now that Jermaine is looking good and Shaq and Krstic should be able to contribute in the playoffs, I like it again. I definitely like how Pierce, KG, West, and Rondo have played lately. Hopefully Doc can find a way to recharge Ray and better integrate Green into the rotation. If he can do those two things, I don't think this team can be jinxed.