Re: Pavolic is comming! Pavolic is comming!
posted at 3/3/2011 1:41 PM EST
None of these guys from buyouts are going to make a difference (unless Murphy miraculously reverts back to years past before his horrible stats at NJ). Chris Johnson, Murphy, Sasha, etc are all guys who couldn't make it in several other BAD teams. They will be slightly positive or slightly negative for us around the edges, but they won't be important to a championship run.
The REAL key for our championship run is Rondo, KG, Ray, PP, Shaq, BBD, Green, D West, and Krstic, how healthy they are, and how well they play. So, the issue with all these people we're spending so much time talking about in buyout situations and spend so many threads discussing.....are people who will get just a little playing time during the rest of the season and even LESS playing time in the playoffs when the rotations are shortened.
How much is it shortened? In the 2008 championship 6 games, Ray Allen averaged about 42 mins; Pierce about 41; Rondo 25; Garnett about 39; PJ Brown about 20, and Posey about 28, House about 18. These are all approximates from looking up the box scores on ESPN. The other guys (Perk,Davis, Powe, Caselle, and Tony Allen ALL averaged 9 to 2 minutes). They all had a couple of moments in the game, but throughout the series, they didn't have a big impact. Powe had one great game, Cassell had one good game. So, 7 guys got all the minutes. This year, 8 guys will get 90% of all the minutes.
My point - Sasha or no Sasha...he won't matter. Murphy likely won't matter. Chris Johnson likely won't matter. The Key is the starters and the top 3 subs. S, Green, Krstic, Shaq, JON, and D West will matter. Players from buyouts are rejects who may give us 10 good minutes somewhere down the line and that's about all we can expect of them. Let's lower our expectations for these guys.