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I still like this Celtics team.

April 10, 2010
Congrats to Rondo for winning the annual Red Auerbach Award.

Congrats to Rondo for winning the annual Red Auerbach Award.

Nobody beats the Wiz… Nobody.



While my life seems somewhat more fulfilled because I have been able to tie in a Seinfeld reference to his irreverent blog, it’s an unfortunate time to have this experience. Coming off the heels of a silly loss to the super-sad Knickerbockers, the Celts played a solid game against the Bosh-less Raptors only to drop this last game against the Wizards.

Looking at last night’s box score, the starters shot as disgustingly as it looked on TV:

Terrible.

Terrible.

Between KG, Pierce and Ray Ray, they put up a combined for 11 out of 35. In mathematical talk, that translates to NOT GOOD.

While I want to just fully erase this game from my memory, I’m not entirely sure it will be possible. With only 3 games left on the schedule and a week before the playoffs, this loss is a bit unsettling. While the defensive intensity was a bit lackluster in the NYK game, at least they came to play in the 4th… Kind of.

Last night, though, was just ugly.

I still like this team. I like their make-up. I like their offense that they try to run. I like their defense that they try to run. I like their philosophy. I like that this team is gritty. I like that the core of this team has already been in the playoffs. I like that the core of this team has already won a title. I like that this team has age (maybe too much of it) infused with some unbridled youth. I like the trade we made with NateRob coming into town. I like that Shelden has been such a high value for this team’s bench. I like that Glen Davis is turning a corner. I like that Finley has fit in seamlessly. I like that Tony Allen is playing the best ball of his career and being rewarded with a spot in the rotation for the playoffs. I like our starting five and the way they trust and play with each other. I like that Rondo is being given more opportunities to create instead of leaving the ball in the dribbling-happy hands of Pierce and Ray. I like that this team has shown flashes of brilliance (first 3 quarters of the CLV game, anyone?) despite it’s inability to play through an entire game. I like our coach.

Doc being Doc.

Doc being Doc.

I still really like this team. I cannot assert myself into the psyches of the players, but I am imploring Doc to. Look, this isn’t a jab into the coach. What I appreciate the most about Doc is that he is a player’s coach. He listens to his players unlike other coaches that say they listen to players but don’t: think about how many last second plays are drawn up for guys that the team wants to take the final shot. Doc has the humility to defer to his players in the heat of a moment when the game is on the line; this is the very definition of a player’s coach.

In last night’s post-game PC, Doc took the blame for the loss against the Wiz. Doc gave the guys a day off from practice yesterday and canceled the shoot-around prior to last night’s tip off. Doc says he took the rhythm right from them. While that may have thrown off some timing, this team is too good to let a struggling team like the Wizards walk all over them. Canceling a practice and a shoot-around doesn’t make you look like you don’t give a crap while playing on the floor. There’s just never any excuse for that.

I know that Doc is loyal to his rotation: whatever he has in mind, he is going with. Doc is loyal to his starters. Doc is a headstrong coach with some headstrong players to manage. But he’s got a week to fix the issues of energy and effort before the playoffs. Perhaps doing nothing and letting the players figure it out for themselves will be the right call. Maybe a state of the union will be the trick. Perhaps a mix of both strategies.

Whatever it is, I do feel bad for Doc. Doc’s handling of the rotations will be under scrutiny by us all during the playoffs. If the Celtcs can win, we won’t give credit to Doc but instead the players. If the Celtics lose, we’ll pound Doc away with a massive sledgehammer. It’s a terrible position to be in.

My suggestion then, if you’re reading this Doc, is to make sure the team wins. Find a way, please.

C’s Kicksies

Nothing flashy, nothing fancy. Just plenty of nice little shoes for you to drool over.
(my apologies for the quality of images from the TOR game; not sure why the res. was so terrible from Yahoo).

Nick Young wearing some Nike Kobe V ids.

Nick Young posting a shot in some Nike Zoom Kobe V IDs while Finley guards him in what looks to be the Silvery Anniversary edition of the Jordan XIIs. Pierce in the back looking on in his signature Nike Air Legacy home editions.

Rondo has now fallen back to his Nike Air Foamposite Lites: these were the same shoes he wore during last year's playoffs during his breakout stretch.

Rondo has now fallen back to his Nike Air Foamposite Lites: these were the same shoes he wore during last year's playoffs during his breakout stretch. James Singleton attempting to block Rondo in his Nike Air Huarache.

Rondo accepting his Red Auerbach Award in his Nike Air Foamposite PEs.

Rondo accepting his Red Auerbach Award in his Nike Air Foamposite PEs.

Andray Blatche helping to light up the Celts in his Nike Air Huarache.

Andray Blatche helping to light up the Celts in his Nike Air Huarache. Fabricio Oberto trying to get out of the way in his Nike Zoom Blue ID.

Rondo drives to the hoop in his Jordan XII Silver Anniversary "Rising Sun."

Rondo drives to the hoop in his Jordan XII Silver Anniversary "Rising Sun."

Ray Ray in his picture-perfect shooting form with Jordan Icons PEs.

Ray Ray in his picture-perfect shooting form with Jordan Icons PEs. Demar Derozen defends in Nike Zoom Kobe V IDs.

Lots of good stuff here: Pierce in his Nike Air Legacy Away PEs and Rondo in the Jordan XIIs. KG playing support in his Adidas Supernatural Commanders.

Lots of good stuff here: Pierce in his Nike Air Legacy Away PEs and Rondo in the Jordan XIIs. KG playing support in his Adidas Supernatural Commanders.

Yup. Ray still in his Jordan Icons PEs. And yup: they still look fresh!

Yup. Ray still in his Jordan Icons PEs. And yup: they still look fresh! Chris Duhon is wearing a beautiful colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe V ID. Danilo Gallinari's shoes match his face: smugly (smug + ugly). Not sure what they're called, but I think it might be Reebok Smuglys.

David Lee celebrates a late game push in the Nike Air Blue Chip. Ray and Rondo show their disgust in the Jordan Icons PE and Nike Air Foamposite PE, respectively.

David Lee celebrates a late game push in the Nike Air Blue Chip. Ray and Rondo show their disgust in the Jordan Icons PE and Nike Air Foamposite PE, respectively.

Pierce defends in his signature Nike Air Legacy, away edition.

Pierce defends in his signature Nike Air Legacy, away edition. Gallinari still wearing Reebon Smuglys.

NateRob sporting Jordan XIIIs and JR Giddens wearing basic Hyperizers.

NateRob sporting Jordan XIIIs and JR Giddens wearing basic Hyperizers.

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