|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM|
I feel real good about the roster. But year after year I worry about size. Are the Celtics big enough? Will they improve on the glass. All these concerns have been expressed on here this off season. But how do the Celtics compare to some other teams? Do they have the size that they need to win a championship? Is Bass capable of rebounding at a higher clip than six boards a game? In the past couple of days we spoke about Doc's unwillingness to change some of his defensive theories, and ideals to fix the rebounding issue.
We still have no idea on whom starts at center. Will Bass go back to the bench? Will KG move to power forward once again? These questions will be answered soon enough. But it keeps all of us wondering, and that's what we get in the slow days of summer.
If you scan some of the best teams. They're bigger than the Celtics in some ways. The Lakers for example have the two bigs that can take care of the Celtics. Gasol, and Howard of course. But who do they have on the bench? They have Jordan Hill, and Jamison. Two solid bigs off the bench. The Celtics have KG,and Bass. Plus Wilcox, and Collins. Collins is not great by any means, but he can hang with Howard. Than you have Green who can move to power forward when the Celtics need to play small ball. The Celtics also have the two rookies. Sullinger should see more time on the floor among the two. So is it enough? I'd have to say yes. In the East anyway. Only the Lakers, and Thunder have any raw force up front that strikes any fear inside me. Even the Thunder's bigs can be contained if the Celtics use a balanced attack. Plus those are worries that could arise in the finals.
Some fans may worry about Bynum in Philly, but their should be nothing to worry about. Philly does have a gang of bigs that could strike some fear into the Celtics. But we shouldn't worry about Kwame Brown, right? I still look back to game seven in 2010. With Perk we win hands down, but we still had the game in the bag without him. The lack of offensive rebounding by the Celtics cost them the game, and the lack of stopping the Lakers from offensive rebounding cost them the game. They lost on the offensive glass 23-8.
But who was the second best rebounder in-game seven? Kobe had 15 for the game, and Bynum only had 6. Gasol had his monster 18 boards. The wings couldn't hold down Kobe. Look at the Heat from this past season. They won the title with small ball, and without any great bigs. Bosh played the center role, and James played a lot of power forward. The Celtics will have to make teams play what they want. The Celtics will need to dictate that. Even the Mavs from 2011 were kind of thin up front. Dirk is no big time rebounder, and outside of Chandler. The Mavs had some quality back-ups that gave Tyson a breather.
The questions will be answered. But what do you think. Do the Celtics have enough big guys?
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