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Deja Vu

Posted by GeeZeeCeltics on December 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM


We've been here before.


This loss to the Clippers feels like a boiling point. It's hard to say what's going to happen in the immediate future, but it feels mighty similar to last year's "good" loss against OKC right before the All-Star break. After that one, the Celtics went on their inspiring run that was cut short in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals.


Just like last year, there's a lot of people very disappointed with the goings on of the team. Many are requesting a trade for a big man, most notably DeMarcus Cousins. And, just like last year, I don't exactly know what to think. On one hand, I see that this team keeps heavily underachieving. On the other hand, I want to give them the chance to atone for their weak start.


Of course, that 2011-12 team proved every doubter wrong by honoring Ainge's trust in them. There were a lot of rumors last year at the trade deadline, and Ray was even supposedly traded, but, at the end of the day, Danny decided to stay put. It paid back in spades, and has had an impact that stretches beyond just the playoff run. Because of that season, Garnett is still playing and Ainge opted not to blow the team up this summer.


And yet we're back to square one. The team looks old, Rondo and Pierce still can't really find a way to efficiently run the offense and all of them are just disinterested. The vaunted defense is nowhere to be seen. However, we've seen them show glimpses of greatness, times when the team shows us what they're capable of -- very much like the 2011-12 squad did -- but is it enough?


It is a question that we will only be able to answer in retrospect. But I think this team will remain largely as it is, and there's a rational reason behind it all. At the beginning of the season, a lot of fans praised Ainge for putting the Celtics in a position where they had a puncher's chance at a title while also not sacrificing their future. Indeed - down the road we have a locked core of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Courtney Lee (and Bass). Coincidentally, exactly these names (well, sans Rondo) are the ones most often mentioned in trade talks among fans. I don't really thing Ainge would be ready to just throw away his version of the C's future for someone like DeMarcus Cousins, who is a huge risk and could lose it the minute Garnett retires, or even never become mature and just be a toxic influence in the locker room. 


One must keep in mind that this team is not built solely for this year. That is why I think Ainge will stick with this team, probably escorted by angry posts on message boards by Celtics fans around the globe. And yet I find myself agreeing with him, much like last year. The bigger question, though - will the Celtics rise from the dead once more to prove Danny right? Or will they remain a .500 team this time around, prompting great change in the offseason? To be fair, it's impossible to answer that right now. We know they have it in them. We also know they haven't been able to consistently prove it so far.


So what options do we really have? I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't bring myself to count out a team with Kevin Garnett on it. And I won't, because last year it worked out just fine. There's nothing that says it will once more. And yet I believe, because the core of this team has been in those battles and knows what it takes.


And so I continue to blindly believe. I've been called delusional and whatnot for it, but it has worked out for me so far. Very well, even. As they say, if it ain't broken, don't fix it.


The larger question, though - if the Celtics are broken, do they need fixing in the form of a trade? Do we change our course now? Or do we repeat last years leap of faith?


There is only one man who will get to answer that question. Good luck, Danny Ainge.

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8 Comments

Reply Morena
9:57 AM on December 28, 2012 
I'm with you. I still believe.
As you said, those guys have been in battles like this before. Last year it took Rondo untiile the all star break to figure out what the team needed.
A lot of changes were made during the summer and everyone had great expectations for this team, but we knew that they had to learn how to play with eachother. It looks life this is "learning time".
I blindly trust Rondo's intelligence. I'm not talking about his talent here, but about his basketball IQ. I may be naive or stupid, but I won't lose my faith in him.
I just hope it won't take him too long to put everything together.
Reply Franklin
1:26 PM on December 28, 2012 
I believe, but I also think this team needs a minor update. I think Bass is the odd man out. Bass has sucked for a lack of better words. Green has taken his spot. Bass can't guard,or rebound. The Celtics need a guy in the middle.
Reply Greg
3:22 PM on December 28, 2012 
Franklin says...
I believe, but I also think this team needs a minor update. I think Bass is the odd man out. Bass has sucked for a lack of better words. Green has taken his spot. Bass can't guard,or rebound. The Celtics need a guy in the middle.


Its obvious that the Celtics can't play small ball. But that doesn't mean they can't run the ball. As for Bass, I agree with you. His role has changed so many times this season. I'm sure its hard for him to adapt.
Reply paul
5:14 PM on December 28, 2012 
I despise this team right now. That was such a disgusting loss, and the way Rondo played was so disgusting. Makes me sick to think of myself as being a fan of this team right now.
Reply Morena
5:32 PM on December 28, 2012 
paul says...
I despise this team right now. That was such a disgusting loss, and the way Rondo played was so disgusting. Makes me sick to think of myself as being a fan of this team right now.

You have all the reasons to be angry at this team right now, but please, don't give up on them!!
Reply paul
5:22 AM on December 29, 2012 
Morena says...
You have all the reasons to be angry at this team right now, but please, don't give up on them!!


I just keep thinking about the way Chris Paul kept putting pressure on the Cs' defense, even though he was having just as poor a shooting night as Rondo. I still think that Rondo is the more talented pg, but I don't know the value of more talent if it's not used. As I said, though, I put a lot of the blame on the media, and the way they hounded Rondo over the assist streak. They took him out of his game. And Doc, it seemed like Doc listened to the media.
Reply Morena
5:34 AM on December 29, 2012 
paul says...
I just keep thinking about the way Chris Paul kept putting pressure on the Cs' defense, even though he was having just as poor a shooting night as Rondo. I still think that Rondo is the more talented pg, but I don't know the value of more talent if it's not used. As I said, though, I put a lot of the blame on the media, and the way they hounded Rondo over the assist streak. They took him out of his game. And Doc, it seemed like Doc listened to the media.

It looks like the media really like to frustrate Rondo and with that, mess with our team.
It's hard to understand what is happening to the Celtics right now, but I think that last year was a big lesson. Rondo need to sit down for a moment, take a deep breath, and understand what this team need. He was successful with last year team. I'm confident he can do it again.
Reply paul
6:27 AM on December 29, 2012 
Morena says...
It looks like the media really like to frustrate Rondo and with that, mess with our team.
It's hard to understand what is happening to the Celtics right now, but I think that last year was a big lesson. Rondo need to sit down for a moment, take a deep breath, and understand what this team need. He was successful with last year team. I'm confident he can do it again.


You are so right, Morena. Take a deep breath, Rondo, and figure out what leadership this team needs from you. Try to distract yourself from the boobirds and the internecine rivalries.