Re: Simply Pathetic (vs Houston)
posted at 1/11/2011 1:33 AM EST
In Response to Re: Simply Pathetic (vs Houston)
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Simply Pathetic (vs Houston) : Unfortunately I think you hit on something, but realistically all teams go through something during the long season. What matters is how they come out of it. 12 -15 grown men, most with high opinions of themselves and strong personalities; something is bound to rub someone(s) the wrong way over 9 months. Anyway, Rondo's obession with assist to the point of passing up wide open layups would be laughed at if an opposing player did it. Totally selfish.
Coach says a certain player will not be taking the majority of shots anymore, yet the offense doesn't change and it happens again. Rondo REFUSES to play team defense (and remember going under a screen to D Fish in game 7). Just to many strange things going on for players of this talent level. The lack of fight for the boards may be the most telling statistic because that is just hard work.
Shelden Willams looks like Rodman on the glass compared to this crew. Not sure if it's fatigue or whatever, but I'm sure the head coach and front office have some idea, and will do what's necessary.
Posted by jallen3531[/QUOTE]
I just got done drowning my current team sorrows in watching Game 7 ECF 1981 while i was finishing up work for the night. There are only a few paralells b/t most of the guys on this roster and how they are playing and that 1981 team that fought back from 3-1.
The only main similarity i can find is they wore sneakers and a uniform. I mean really. Tiny Archibald was just fine as a PG for that team that won it all. And he was a shred of his former self. He did what needed to be done, when it needed to be done. Like driving to draw the foul shots and get an in game rest. Rondo will NOT do this to save his life b/c he is fradey cat of shooting freebies. It's the weakest minded thing I've ever seen from a "pro".
And the whole level of effort, hustle, grit, defensive over-achievment- the comparison of 1981 vs. 2011 is stark. Guys like Rick Robey, Bobby Jones (for Phi) and even Steve Mix and the lint that was shaken out of Bird's sneaker after the game is tougher than our entire team, especially our BIGS has been playing. It's pathetic. We're getting walked on by 2/3 of a REALLY BAD team. It happens a lot. BAck then it might have happened once a year in between 20 game win streaks.
KG can not and does not hold all of the keys to this lack of intensity, enthusiasm and effort. I would submit that the vets on this team are probably getting tired of the way rondo runs the offense. NOw that there is no hurryup and easy points in the game (or VERY VERY FEW), what does rondo offer in the half court game? the answer is nothing.
DAvis should not be this tired. Marquis and Ray shoudl never lead the game in rebounds. Where is Clifford Ray? Where is the Davis that filled in admirably in 2009 when KG was hurt? He's in BETTER shape now, so what gives? I can tell you part of what gives- miserable and I mean god-awful lousy half court sets being served up by a PG who is simply won't shoot the ball unless he feels the conditions are 100% correct. All I can figure is that running the clock down in the majority of the half court sets is sapping this team psychologically- I mean NOTHING is easy any more. Whose fault be that?!
If we can get old crusty chauncey, i would get him. and don't care about offending anyone along the way, we're just going the distance of this year doing whatever we can to win it. we need scoring threats at all five positions for the half court game, especially now that all of the hurry up easy points seem to have left rondo's game.