Re: Shaq Looks to B a Born-Again C.
posted at 10/7/2010 1:36 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Shaq Looks to B a Born-Again C.
[QUOTE]Don't be fooled. Age factor in 82 gruelling games will take the toll. Impressive as you see it, reality will hit when night after nights of travelling & gruelling games. Will they hang around just to get to the playoff (just like last year)? Is that the strategy they will do this year or run neck to neck with Miami and Lakers? I doubt it....I'm only questioning their age not their skills. Old age are prone to injuries.
Posted by CHEisCHE[/QUOTE]
You're a born-again, bona-fide contrarian, Che, cigar and all. LoL
But you raise a good question: will they mail in the regular season again or compete for home court advantage?
From what I've heard Doc say and some of the guys I believe they intend to compete for home court advantage. That's not to say that they will be successful, most likely injuries or the lack of them will determine that.
But as constituted I think they can compete well with all comers. As Tommy said last night, nobody can put five guys on the court that match the C's starting five.
So it comes down to the bench and Doc's minutes management. Doc must definitely do a better job this season than last and he has already stated that Rondo will see fewer minutes and you can only bet that Ray will also. Ray and Rondo lead the team in minutes last season with only a second or two difference, Rondo at 24 and Ray at 34 -- Ray's got to be managed better and he will be more effective.
Delonte will be the big difference maker off the bench along with J.O. and Big Baby, but it's a very deep bench. I was surprised how good Erden looked last night, and I think Doc is pretty high on him and that he impressed a lot of guys in camp.
So, in summary, I think they will compete in the regular season, and if they have a chance to win home court advantage they will go for it. Injuries will be the telling factor but this is true for all teams.
A brilliant mind such as Perk even said on TV that he believes that if the C's had had home court in the finals they would have won.