When the Celtics lost to Washington Saturday night, much of it was attributed to the absence of Rajon Rondo. Does it bother you that Rondo’s return on Monday night did little to improve the flow of the Celtics’ offense?
The Celtics roster includes three current or former All-Stars - guys who are supposedly able to play the game of basketball at the highest possible level. Does it bother you that, even with all three of these guys on the floor, the Celtics offense still looks like something out of a pickup game?
Does it bother you that, as Tim noted, Ray Allen is lost in the shuffle? He was brought in here as an outside presence, and has been reduced to only that. Tommy had a great observation in the second half – Ray doesn’t get any points in the paint; his entire game is 18 feet and out and it’s tough to hit shots when there’s a guy hanging all over you, knowing your lone role in the offense is to camp out at the 3-point line and launch. The Celts’ coaching staff needs to open it up for Ray – pick and pop, let him take weaker defenders off the dribble; have him move to the rim. He can do it – he’s always been capable. He’s Ray Allen for God’s sake.
Does it bother you that team captain Paul Pierce has “Antoine Walker syndrome?” Defined: trying to take over the game when lacking the skill set to consistently do so. Also known as “getting a big dick about oneself.” Pierce is obviously a better player than Antoine at this stage in his career, but he learned the “climb on my back, guys” routine from one of the all-time great gunners. Evidenced in the first half tonight – he was obviously pumped up to exact revenge on Caron Butler – and after hitting a couple remarkable shots, he started to launch. And clank. The result: wasted possessions – the same wasted possessions we’ve seen from less-talented Celtics teams in the past. Last 5 games, Pierce has chucked up 25 threes and hit six of them. He’s averaging 4.2 turnovers.
Does it bother you that the offense looks this bad?
Does it bother you that the league is figuring out the Celtics?
Does it bother you that the Green have lost 3 of 4?