|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 12, 2013 at 2:30 AM|
The Celtics lack a leader with the absence of Rondo.Jeff Green? Jeff Green who. Bradley he's trying his best, and his defensive mindset his been where you think it should be. Which player is to blame for the C's struggles? Maybe Jeff Green.
Stevens will continue to mess with the lineups, but pretty soon he has to figure out a starting unit. The Celtics had their butts handed to them against Philly, and that's something to worry about. This is the preseason, and without Rondo, and with a new coach. The struggles are expected.
Wallace has emerged as a leader so far this season. He's putting up some solid numbers in limited time in the preseason. I would love to see him start at two guard. Stevens has been less happy go lucky after this loss. He's yet win in the NBA, even if it's a preseason game. You know he hates losing, so he's hungry for his first win.
"We started the game off like, like we were cool and we were supposed to win this game," said Celtics forward Gerald Wallace. "And they were just going to hand us the game and they came out and hit us dead in the mouth."
Boston head coach Brad Stevens knows his players did not put forth their best effort on Friday. But that grouping did not include Wallace, whose 3-pointer in the fourth quarter brought the Celtics within five points, which was the closest they would get for the remainder of the game.
"He's doing a great job leading in that regard," Stevens said of Wallace who had nine points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench. "And we have a lot of guys that are doing good things, but we have a lot to improve on."
Said Wallace: "We just have to get everybody playing with the same effort. We didn't start the game playing with effort; we didn't start the game playing together. We were five individuals out there playing against a Philadelphia team, they jumped on us quick. They ran the ball right down our throats. We started looking at one another, trying to figure out what was going on. And the whole time they were continuing to run at us, just attack us."
"If you look at it, we haven't started (games) great," said Stevens whose team has trailed at the half in each of their three preseason games. "I don't know if it's four out six halves now but it's certainly most of the halves ... we need to start better."
And it doesn't get any easier for the Celtics as they gear up for their first set of back-to-back games with a Saturday night matchup against the New York Knicks in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Regardless of whether it's a second game of a back-to-back, Wallace anticipates Saturday's game to be a tough one.
"We played a Philadelphia team that isn't quite as good as New York," Wallace said. "If we continue to play like this, we're going to get embarrassed every night. Teams like New York and Miami and guys like that who been together for a while, who've had guys play together for a while, they're going to embarrass us every night and I'm not trying to get embarrassed. We have to figure out how we can do this as a team, bring everybody together, be on the same page and start building something."