|Posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM|
Last night was a mixed bag for me. Obviously I wanted the Celtics to storm out of the gate and blow the doors down in Miami, beating the Heat in convincing fashion. That was the greedy fan in me that wanted to see everything go the best way it could. The game served as a harsh reality check, but it also called back old friend Reason.
My initial reaction was different than Paul’s calm response. I can honestly say that I was disgruntled and a little angry. These guys were talking about beating Miami for a few consecutive months and then followed through with a flop. These are words I dread to say: they played with no energy. Flat. And that almost always spells doom for the Celtics.
But could we have really expected anything different? This is a team that has witnessed a massive overhaul. It will take time for these guys to gel both offensively and even moreso defensively. Even then, we bombed 107 points on a top-tier defensive team. That’s a lot of points. The minor inconvenience we had, though, was that Miami scored even more, which is very uncommon for Boston fans to see. We’re so used to the defense being stifling that it was simply unsettling, to be frank.
Another unusual thing in this game was Garnett’s and Terry’s play. They both had their moments but overall it seemed like they were out of it. To be fair, I think that KG, Jet and Rondo all started the game with too much on their mind. Rondo calmed down later on, but Garnett and Terry couldn’t. It seemed like they kicked it from neutral to 5th gear straight away and were kind of running in sand. But they’re vets and they’ll bounce back from this.
The good news is that all these problems are fixable. What we saw last year had no cure – no scoring punch off the bench, horrendous rebounding. After one game, it seems like this team lacks continuity and defensive cohesiveness, but time and good coaching can fix that. Boston already outrebounded Miami – a welcome sight – but I imagine more minutes to Sullinger could have slightly bumped that upwards. All in all, this team does seem to have problems, but nothing that cannot be resolved.
The jury is still out on Jeff Green, though. I refuse to give up on him one game into the season. What Jeff really needs is a strong bounceback game to give himself confidence. I really wouldn’t want to see him lose it after such a hard battle back. I’ll be keeping an eye out for how he does against Milwaukee on Friday.
Speaking of which, it will be very interesting to see how our team fares against a weaker opponent and with no distractions. As it is the home opener, one can expect the Garden to be rocking. Let’s hope the crowd is the perfect kickstarter for our beloved team in green!