To ALL Doubters... fairweather fans, & Laker fan's with no life who attend this website...
posted at 3/30/2011 3:19 PM EDT
Before you load the revolver and place it your head, calm down and let these following thoughts run through your mind.
The Celtics have lost 7 or their last 12 games. Ok, I get it. Pretty bad stuff. The majority of these games have come to below average teams, and the Celtics have looked anything but playoff ready over that stretch. Just to name a few problems over the past two weeks: Rondo has had pinkie problems...
Krstic is in full blown panic mode and is playing like dog ****..
Jeff Green isn't playing enough..
Ray is gun shy and isn't shooting..
Garnett's legs are fading..
Troy Murphy is, well...Troy Murphy
Big Baby is shooting game tying three point shots in fourth quarters...
And Doc looks like he has been up all night taking care of newly adopted inner city kids...
Besides that, you can't really complain. But here is where you can be optimistic Celtics fans. Despite offensive struggles, the Celtics have held their opponents to under 90 points in 10 out of their last 12 games, Delonte West has been settling in nicely into the second unit, Paul Pierce is playing lights out, the Celtics are STILL only 2 games out of the top spot in the East, and no matter what anyone says (with or without Perkins) they have a better lineup entering the playoffs than they did last year. Compare and contrast my friends. Keep in mind that Marquise Daniels was benched during the entire 2010 playoffs and Rasheed didn't start playing well until the second round. 2009-2010 2010-2011
Ray Allen Ray Allen
Tony Allen Troy Murphy
Marquise Daniels Carlos Arroyo
Glen Davis Glen Davis
Nate Robinson Delonte West
Brian Scalibrine Sasha Pavlocic
Kendrick Perkins Nenad Krstic
Rasheed Wallace Jermaine O'Neal
Michael Finley Jeff Green
Sheldon Williams Shaquille O'Neal
Paul Pierce Paul Pierce
Kevin Garnett Kevin Garnett
J.R. Giddens Von Wafer
Rajon Rondo Rajon Rondo
The proof is there. The team this year has more experience, size, and weapons. The starters of last years team simply ran out of gas because they were relied on for the entire playoffs. Last year, the Celtics had zero bench. Freaking Sheldon Williams and good for nothing Michael Finley were logging minutes during the NBA finals for crying out loud. If everyone is healthy this year (especially the bigs and Rondo), the Celtics are plenty deep.
And think about this too. The Celtics were 34-10 with Shaq in the lineup earlier this year. They were 8-4 with Perkins in the lineup. Rondo was averaging over 15 assists for the first two months of the season playng with Shaq. When Perkins came back, Rondo's assists dropped to nearly 12 assists a game. So lets just relax Celtics fans. The same thing
happened last year, but with a less talented, less experienced, and shallower, team. There isn't any fire yet...
From 0ur friends at the boston jam.