Re: Lee and Bradley DEFEND
posted at 1/29/2013 3:24 AM EST
Yes the defense is better. If Pierce and KG were younger I'd be more optimistic but I'm not sure they can assume as much of the ball handling duties at this point in their career.
I'm honestly fed up right now, on both sides. I'm fed up with Rondo lovers who are certain the team will be worse off now, and I'm fed up with Rondo haters who are certain the team will be better.
I know one thing: Rondo's upside is higher, he singlehandely won one game against the Heat last year and almost/should have won another.
But: the team clearly needed a change, and this turns out to be the change. I'm not going to pass any judgements yet. Yes, the team will be better defensively, no doubt about that. We're going to learn a lot about the team and Rondo in the next couple of months.
Personally I don't believe any further backcourt moves will be made, Barbosa can play more minutes too. There isn't a true point guard but Doc will try going through Pierce and KG.
As long as we don't get trapped and punished for taht as Gas says, I see us standing pat at the trade deadline for guards.
Ainge may try for a big but now there are no guards to spare so don't be surprised if Ainge waits it out and treats this season as a debate as to whether Rondo is expendable once he recovers. It will be fascinating that's for sure.
And no, Fab Melo will not be joining us. This team is going to try to win games and stay in the hunt, that's the whole point right now, to prove they can do it. Working in a raw big is not in this year's program...Melo is developiong fine where he is at.