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Posted by GeeZeeCeltics 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!

 

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11 Comments

Reply Greg
3:40 PM on October 31, 2012 
Paul is the cool head at times. I wanted more from KG,and Terry. Green as well. I don't want to give up on him as well. Green will be a force home Friday night.
Reply paul
4:02 PM on October 31, 2012 
Oh my, Greg and GeeZee! Thankyou for the kind recognition!

I'm not giving up on Green. I think what happened last night was really so understandable. The Cs are a very emotional team, and I think they were all pretty freaked out over the championship ceremony and Ray Ray. Conflicted. They love the guy, but now they hate him too. And this team has so much learning to do. With that in mind, we actually did awfully well against a team that is clearly clicking on all cylinders. We looked outclassed, but we most definitely were not.

I was amazed after the game that I wasn't upset. But it just seemed so clear to me that this team is going to be hella good. We'll see a lot on Friday. I do NOOOOOT want to see the classic letdown we saw so much in recent years, especially from Rondo.

And isn't it amazing how much we've come to expect from Rondo? It's quite amazing, really. Just a year ago, we would have been thrilled with 20 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds, even with the 4 turnovers and the less than stellar D on Chalmers. Now we look at a game like that and we find ourselves thinking that Rondo had an ok game. That's how you perceive a championship/MVP level player. Few want to say it, but everyone sees Rondo that way now. He's viewed in the same light that a guy like Lebron is. He's expected to dominate.

I mean, really, 20 -13 -6? !!

It's a good sign that we see it this way. But the other side is that the team really depends on Rondo being great, and every game. Will he come out stronger on Friday and lead the team to a stronger effort, especially on the defensive end? We need his leadership there almost more than on offense.

Great piece, GeeZee.
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
4:18 PM on October 31, 2012 
Thanks, Paul.

Strong points on Rondo, too. Imagine him putting up those kinds of numbers in '08. Remember how Game 6 in the Finals was his big performance? We've come to expect that from him now. It is a testament to how much he has improved. What once was a great game for him is now what we expect from him consistently. Damn, think of what constitutes as a great game now!
Reply paul
4:39 PM on October 31, 2012 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
Thanks, Paul.

Strong points on Rondo, too. Imagine him putting up those kinds of numbers in '08. Remember how Game 6 in the Finals was his big performance? We've come to expect that from him now. It is a testament to how much he has improved. What once was a great game for him is now what we expect from him consistently. Damn, think of what constitutes as a great game now!



That's exactly what I was just thinking about!

Tiny Archibald commented that Rondo could have scored over fifty if he'd wanted to in the ECF last year, game two. I think that gives us an idea that there could be some mindboggling games to be seen from Rondo this season.

But it has to begin with defense. Rondo's got to lead the way there too. It's a lot to ask, but a player that good is relied on in so many ways.
Reply paul
5:08 PM on October 31, 2012 
Another thing that's kind of amazing to consider is that the Heat were constantly double-teaming Rondo, and the Celtics didn't take advantage of it very well, but even so Rondo managed those kinds of numbers. It's really kind of amazing. Granted, some of the numbers came when the Heat seemed to slack off some, but still.
Reply jlil89
12:57 AM on November 1, 2012 
Excellent points guys. I fully agree with everything said here. Back home in Boston against a middle of the road team, we should be able to get right back on track with no distractions in the way.

Let's get the garden ROCKIN!!!
Reply paul
1:33 AM on November 1, 2012 
jlil89 says...
Excellent points guys. I fully agree with everything said here. Back home in Boston against a middle of the road team, we should be able to get right back on track with no distractions in the way.

Let's get the garden ROCKIN!!!


Hopefully the Cs will take a big step!
Reply C'slife
2:08 AM on November 1, 2012 
paul says...
Hopefully the Cs will take a big step!


The backcourt will get a good test. Monta Ellis,and Jennings.
Reply paul
6:06 AM on November 1, 2012 
hopefully, we'll see Rondo and Lee step up defensively
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
6:31 AM on November 1, 2012 
paul says...
hopefully, we'll see Rondo and Lee step up defensively


Lee did a great job on Wade while he wasn't in foul trouble, I thought. He had a few lapses in the team defense department, but those were somewhat frequent for everyone.
Reply paul
7:34 AM on November 1, 2012 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
Lee did a great job on Wade while he wasn't in foul trouble, I thought. He had a few lapses in the team defense department, but those were somewhat frequent for everyone.


I think that's a lot of it - the team not being fully on the same page yet. Also, I think the refs sent a message in the early going to the Cs.