Re: KG to Retire?
posted at 5/20/2011 5:10 PM EDT
In Response to Re: KG to Retire?
[QUOTE]Forgot to say, In the end, I don't think KG is going anywhere. I think KG, Ray, Paul, and Rondo (right or wrong) think that the breaks didn't go their way but that they are not washed up. Superstars never face that reality until its consistently smashed in their faces (Bird, Magic, Favre, etc, etc, etc). I believe that these guys believe that they only lost because of a few bad plays, the trade, and poor bench play. With a better bench and less minutes on them - I bet they think they can still compete/win.
Posted by Celtsfan4life[/QUOTE]
For the past two years, we've seen some disturbing trends. Late in games, late in seasons and late in playoffs, we fade. I remember games in February and March, posters would always say that there are no back-to-backs in the playoffs. In spite of that, we have showed a propensity to fade at the end and lose games. Our bench helped us at times last season and failed us at times. Same for this past season. Rondo wasn't healthy but Delonte provided huge, effective minutes this season in the playoffs.
I just see the one, constant thread is the failure of the Big 3 to finish. It even goes further than that. The Big 3 can no longer sustain their play consistently. How many games did we get great performances from the Big 3 this season? Those games were few and far between.
We say the same thing every year -- with a better bench and less minutes. With each passing year, our bench would need to get THAT much better to compensate for the advancing age of the Big 3 and the minutes threshhold where their play declines. Next season, we will need bench players who can spell Ray, PP and KG for as much time as THEY play.
Would these guys really be effective playing just 25-30 minutes per game? KG played 31 minutes a game this season and ran out of gas in the playoffs. And he missed 11 games during the season.