|Posted by paul on November 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM|
I guess what bothers me about this team isn't that we are losing. I know that every season is a work in progress. I know this team will keep tryng to find their stride, and as long as they do that, there is hope. Tonight, at least they rose to the occasion after a really crappy first half, and made a game of it. They lost by six points a game that was threatening to turn into a blowout all night. Can't hate that.
I guess what bothers me is that it just seems like Doc and Rondo and the rest came into this season with no ideas. None. No ideas. I guess they decided to do the same as they did last year, only with Terry instead of Allen, and Lee instead of Bradley. For six years now there does not seem to have been any attempt to adjust the way this team plays to the players it has, or to do anything creative or imaginative. We'll just run the same offense we've been running. We'll run the same defense we've been running. And we'll watch it get worse every year, but we won't change a thing. We have resident 'geniuses' galore, but don't ask us to actually have any ideas.
Two key things have changed. We had the best shooter in the game. Our offense was built around him. He's gone now. Why is our offense still built around him?
We used to have one of the most formidable defensive back lines in the league, with Perkins and Garnett. Now Perk is gone and Garnett is much older. The strength of our defense is in the front line, in our guards, but we still play as though it was in the back line. Why do we do this? We should pressure the guards and try to shorten the shot clock for the other team, lengthen the floor, and make it hard as possible for them to attack the paint. But instead we play D as if we still had Perkins and KG in his prime back there.
Rondo keeps saying that the players need to believe in the scheme. I guess he's calling for blind faith. Maybe the players realize that the scheme doesn't believe in them. Flogging them harder into it may not help the situation. Why are we continuing to flog a scheme that peaked in 2008, now six years ago?
Of course it doesn't help any that Green has turned out to be a major disappointment, and that Lee has been a disappointment. A lot depended on those two guys. But it might not be all their fault. As I see it, both those guys need to be in an uptempo game. In general, this team needs to be an energy team. In 2008, we were an execution-oriented, precision-obsessed veteran team. We can't be that team now. We don't have the tools we had then, and some of the ones we did have don't work quite as well, and we have new tools that we are barely using. In transition, why don't we push the ball more consistently? Why don't we develope plays and schemes for transition, as the Johnson Lakers used to do? Why don't we talk to each other, so that when we play "random", we can do it with more ingenuity? Where is all the creative genius we've heard so much about? In the half-court, why don't we use the two-man game between KG and Rondo more? Last year that was our bread and butter, and it still works this year. Why don't we play off Rondo penetration more? Most teams with a penetrating guard seem to work their offense off that, and we have a guard who can do it arguably better than anyone. We seem to do an awful lot of perimeter shooting.
But the main thing is that our offense really has to come from our defense. That's been a truism in the past, but it's just the truth now. And the key to our offense has to be aggressive play by our guards. And Rondo has to lead the way there.