Re: RAY ALLEN....
posted at 4/9/2011 2:04 PM EDT
In Response to Re: RAY ALLEN....
[QUOTE]Better that this bump in the road happens now, let's see what Miami brings to the table tomorrow afternoon. Ray could probably use a few less minutes as he and Paul are really being played too much. Obviously, with West gone last night, Doc really didn't trust Arroyo to be the second guard off the bench. He played short minutes and they were unimpressive. However, here we go again with Doc not playing the players he has on that bench. I was shocked Murph got the minutes he did last night. We had to have him, but, even when the ankle was cleared, we ddn't see him until last night. Why? Give the guy a break, let him play some meaningful minutes and let's see why it was so important to sign him. Maybe signing Leon would have been the answer, nothing to teach, he knew the system, and as of right now is healthy Ray still is am important cog in this offense so it is up to the coaches to come up with an answer.
Posted by RosalieTCeltics[/QUOTE]
A couple years ago you called me a troll for asking whether Ray was hurt or a choker.
I'm not a troll but admit I can come off as one at times.
I now see how wrong I've been to ever ask if Ray Allen chokes. I watched him this year defy the physics of age and carry this team for most of the season. When Ray has faded, it has been the fault of Doc Rivers. I see how well Popavich has preserved Tim Duncan over the years and see that Doc has been the opposite with Ray. The funny thing is Doc has been a genius in keeping down KG's minutes. Maybe the problem was Ray only hurt his ankles and didn't have a knee blow out. If his injury had been more serious, maybe Doc would have protected Ray the same way he has KG.
We need the Ray from earlier in the season and not the Ray we've seen the last month. Doc has treated Wafer the same way he has Murphy, and even Marquis and Tony at times over the last years. So if Ray doesn't snap out of his funk, there will be no viable alternatives. He hasn't really developed Green to go with Pierce as a swing men combination. West is good, but if he plays shooting guard with Rondo, that leaves us kind of small in the backcourt. If the O'Neals aren't up to the task of protecting the paint, Doc will probably go with the short Big Baby extra minutes, and that is a recipe for disaster. It seems too late to get Murphy into the rotation. I'm glad Doc is being careful with Jermaine. I think this team will eventually live or die with Shaq. He might only be a 20 minute player at this point in his career, but we need those 20 minutes.