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Celtics Morning Joe: Doc shaking things up?

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 15, 2012 at 5:00 AM

The Celtics have issues, and I have no idea what this team is, and it was the same last season. The Celtics as most of you know went into last seasons All-Star break 15-17 in the lockout shortened season. They found something after the break, and they finished the season 24-10. The Celtics can't do that every season. It's obvious the Celtics are very talented, but that doesn't add up to wins. Good on paper, but the math hasn't added into anything special.

"I've got to do a better job of preparing the team," Rivers told reporters in Houston. "I've got to do a better job of playing the right guys, because everybody shouldn't play every night, the way we're playing. So we've got to figure this out. I've been saying that. This is the first game in a while -- I think we've been trending well, but this was a step backward for us. Just in the way we played. I thought this was a step backwards for us."

I think a lot of the blame should go on Doc. I like how he's holding himself accountable for some of the Celtics issues. The defense isn't the same, and teams are just scoring at will in the paint.  The Celtics allowed another 40 points inside tonight. If you look at many box scores. You'll find that many quarters don't make sense. The Celtics can put on the clamps, and hold the Rockets to just 16 points in the second quarter, but in the third quarter the Rockets explode for 32 points. I hate thinking trade, and I love the core of this team. But Bass seems to be off this season. He had two points last night, and he looks scared out there.

For a starting power forward you would think that Bass would crack double digit rebounds once, and a while. In 22 games this season. Bass has only two games with 10 or more assists. Bass hasn't even reached 9 rebounds in any games. Outside of the two double digit games. Bass has two 8 rebound games. I hate to pick on players, but the Celtics have major issues with interior defense. The points in the paint, and the toughness inside to win isn't there.

"I thought we started out flat beginning of the game, we started off flat in the third quarter," Rivers said. "After the middle of the first quarter, I thought our defense from that point until halftime was fantastic. Against a high-scoring team, I think they had 42 points or something? I mean, that's terrific defense. And then we come out with no energy, flat, to start the third quarter, and even from there, we just never really got back into it. We had some runs, but you never felt like we were going to win the game tonight. Don't know why. Very disappointed in the loss, though."

All of us are disappointed Doc. Once the Celtics allowed the Rockets to go on a run in the early part of the third. I thought exactly what Doc thought. The game was over. These games seem to follow the same script. Once in a while the Celtics will wise up, and win a game they shouldn't win.  But this team lacks something, and I don't understand why when KG, and Rondo run the team. It boils down to a few things, but I always seem to go back to an inside presence along side KG.  The Celtics lack it, and it seems to feed teams inside the paint.

But what if I'm wrong? What if it's more of the backcourt, and the small forwards (Pierce,Green).

"It's a shame because someone's going to look at the stat sheet and they're going to say our bigs got beat up tonight. Our bigs got beat up because our guards and our small forwards and our power forwards couldn't keep the ball in front of them. At some point, it's a one-on-one defense, and that makes the team defense better, and we didn't do a very good job of that."

I've been very disappointed in Rondo's defense, and it's sad that Bradley is expected to save the day. Rondo is the best defensive point in the game, but not he looks average. I think it's safe to say that the entire defensive structure is way off.

In conclusion. Doc seems to have something up his sleeve. How will he change the lineup? No idea, but something needs to change, because I'm tired of the same old song.

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Reply paul
7:29 AM on December 15, 2012 
This summer I said that for us to win a championship, Rondo would have to raise his game generally, but defensively in particular, in particular in the area of on-the-ball D against his opposing pg. So far that really doesn't seem to be happening. Recently, I think Rondo has raised his game some defensively. He's getting more steals and even blocks, and his opposing numbers don't seem to be going off quite as much. So he seems to be doing better. And rotations are happening better, so there's been some team improvement that covers for Rondo's mistakes better. And let's acknowledge that he has the toughest defensive job on the floor, chasing around the key player on the other team all night, often its best player.

But if Rondo doesn't find a way to pressure the ball more as it comes up the floor, and stay in front of his man better, this team won't win a championship. They may not make the playoffs. We simply don't have the powerhouse front line we once had, defensively. The guards have to carry a heavier defensive load on this team, and they aren't doing it, at least not consistently.
Reply Celticslifer
10:18 AM on December 15, 2012 
That Bass guy needs to go, and I like Bass, but with Green back. They both play similar, but Green has more to offer. Green fits the small ball unit, but we need a big lineup.
Reply paul
5:49 PM on December 15, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
That Bass guy needs to go, and I like Bass, but with Green back. They both play similar, but Green has more to offer. Green fits the small ball unit, but we need a big lineup.

I sure would like to see more rebounds from Bass.