|Posted by paul on April 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM|
I'm glad that Ray Allen is apparently going to be back tomorrow night. I"m not happy that he is apparently going to start over Avery Bradley.
I think that Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are magic together. I think that Ray Allen would be magic coming off the bench. I think that Avery starting gives us a much more powerful defense when we start games, yet we don't lose offensively. When Bradley starts next to Rondo, Pierce and Rondo seem to attack the basket more freely. Rondo, Pierce, KG and Bass seem to be able to work pick and roll combinations all night long. Rondo seems to control the tempo a lot more. He seems to feel more in control, probing the defense and sometimes manipulating it at will. Rondo and Pierce seem to work off each other better. Bradley seems to be an effective spot up outlet, and a brilliant cutter. He may be the best finisher on the team at this point.
It seems to me that once again Doc has chosen to pander to his aging superstars. It seems to me that Ray Allen could be a powerhouse coming off the bench, giving the second unit an offensive punch that they've lacked, possibly even giving the Celtics a true Sixth Man, something we haven't had for a long time. I could see Ray Allen revitalizing the Sixth Man role and establishing a new legend for himself there.
Once again, it seems to me, Rondo will have to adapt his role as leader to a changing circumstance. I hope Rondo won't stop attacking the basket, often passing from the heart of the paint to a cutter or someone spotted up, such as Ray!