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Doc: "this is a make or miss league"

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM



I hated last year when Doc would credit C's losses to the fashion that it's a make or miss league. You'll have games like that. But when your 13-13 that's not the case. The Celtics flat lined because they have no idea who they are. Credit Doc for a good chunk of that. He plays small ball, and maybe big boy basketball for a game or two. This is what Doc said after the Celtics lost in overtime last night 99-94 to the pesky Bucks.


"I always jokingly -- and it’s [actually] the truth -- say it’s a make/miss league and tonight was evident of that," said Rivers. "I mean, we had point-blank looks at the rim all through the game, and one of the best shooters in the NBA in [Jason Terry] and Kevin [Garnett]. So we got these great shots, just couldn’t make them. And I thought as the game went on, you press more and more to make them and we just couldn’t. So, it was one of those games.”



Even though I agree with Doc from last nights game. I don't agree 100%. Yes KG had a poor shooting night, and yes Terry was god awful from the field shooting 1-0f-16. Isn't that like his second game shooting that bad this season? Well, who's counting. The issue is taking the ball into the paint. The Bucks shot way more free throws last night. 36 to Boston's 20. Doc is full of excuses, and maybe more so than the players. Doc has creditability, and I love how Doc coaches at times. Not every second in every game, but he has my respect, and what him as the coach. But when does a coach become to comfortable, and what can he do to fix this team? 

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2 Comments

Reply paul
6:37 AM on December 23, 2012 
A lot of shooting has to do with energy and rhythm. A team can have open looks, but if it doesn't have a bit of the rhythm and energy you get from attacking the basket, then yeah, it becomes a make or miss league, and that's .500 at best. I know it's important to simplify at times, but saying it's a make or miss league as if that actually says anything is, like, waay tooo simplistic...
Reply paul
6:45 AM on December 23, 2012 
Ever watch contra dancing? It's just patterns, and most of them are reasonably simple, but the key to doing it well is finding and feeling the rhythm of it. The two rhythm are even similar. In contra dancing, there is this swing in and swing out, contraction/expansion. Basketball is a bit like that and also like a see saw. The ball see saws from side to side, from inside to outside, with the floor constantly overloading one way or the other. The game is all about those rhythms. Make or miss? That's the icing on the cake. How does the cake taste?