Re: KG Rapidly Declining
posted at 12/31/2011 6:02 PM EST
In Response to Re: KG Rapidly Declining
[QUOTE] The Celtics of the last few years would have shut New Orleans down over the last few minutes and won the game by tightening their defense. This team won't have that kind of identity this year. What their identity will become? i don't know. But buckle down defense won't be it. They don't have the strength inside to funnel everything into a closed and clogged lane effectively like they used to. KG couldn't take it strong to the hoop on a couple of occasions last night and it spoke loudly. It looked good when he bounce passed it to Pierce for a three but that was as much a bail out as anything.
Posted by passfirst[/QUOTE]
Well, its nice to remember it that way but unfortunately, that's not been the case over the last couple of years. Last year, especially, the C's gave up many leads and lost to weaker teams in the 4th quarter.....especially on the 2nd night of back to backs. We'd go out and beat someone good and then lose on that second night to someone like Golden State or Phoenix.
This team has had the "second night of a back to back" problem for years. That's a fact we cannot deny, Passfirst.
Shepherd - that was a really good post and I agree with almost all of it. The only thing I'd disagree with is why KG was winded last year (and what continues to be wrong with this team). He was winded because we had no quality bigs. Shaq was out. JON was out. Semih got traded. Perk got traded. That left KG, Baby (at his height??) and Krstic (soft). Murphy could not contribute because every time he got into the game, he gave us NOTHING. This is what Danny did to this team. I'm not opening the Perk trade debate.....I'm just stating facts. It may have been good for the franchise long term but near term, we are a small team and that puts way too much pressure on an old and leg weary, skinny guy named KG - who cannot handle that pressure at this stage of his career. He's no longer a superstar.....and he has NO real help underneath. Its a shame when your team has to count on a skinny, 35 year old with a weak knee to be its powerful big man. Just not going to happen.
San Antonio got away with it regular season (like we often did) but both teams were exposed in the playoffs, Shepherd. There's just no replacement for youthful and strong legs.
So, Danny put us in this situation and its his job to get us out. We'll make the playoffs. We'll win some nice games. Our flawed team is better than most other teams. But, until he brings in a big man or Steimsma + JON can do to good teams what they did last night to a weak team.....we are in trouble in the playoffs. Get yourselves prepared, fans, cause this team can't compete with the elite in a seven game series without more height/strength underneath.
I'm prepared just to enjoy them as they are and keep my expectations for the playoffs low.....and hope Danny has some effective grand plan for next year with the picks and the cap room.