One of the question marks going into the preseason was our low post play. How will Perk’s shoulder be? What’s Patrick O’Bryant going to really do for us? Will Glen Davis and Leon Powe continue their surprising progression?
We’ll start finding out about Perk’s shoulder later this week… and Leon is making the most of his early, meaningful minutes.
But POB is proving to be a pretty good pick up. He’s only been here for a couple of weeks, but he’s showing that he can go after rebounds, score occasionally, and… most importantly… play some defense. He says he actually PREFERS to be known as a shot blocker. Not only that… he invokes a philosophy of another fairly decent shot blocker in Celtics history.
“That’s Bill Russell right there,” O’Bryant said. “I read an article on him once and he said anybody can throw a blocked shot seven rows up and scream. But then it’s their ball and maybe an in-bounds play is their best play. If you keep it in play and, as long as the guards know what’s going on, it should fall in their hands.”
As for Glen Davis, he started camp with much higher expectations. Doc already ripped Baby in the press once for not doing the things he’s supposed to do. But Baby listened… took things the right way… and responded.
“As a young player, it can be hard to take criticism,” said Davis. “You know it’s for your benefit, but you still don’t take it the right way sometimes.
“But I have to keep it in my mind to get out of myself, and to be more aware,” he said. “Then my role will come.”
Would it be fair to say there may be a log jam developing on the post? KG, Perk, POB, Powe and Davis. 5 guys. 2 positions. Call me crazy, but I don’t know how that can really last. There are still 3 other starters and THEIR back-ups. Can you REALLY play 11 guys a game?
The answer is no. You can’t have 5 guys occupying 2 positions (especially if the Celtics really want to carry 4 pg’s into the season). Sorry gang. Someone is either going to get more DNP’s than they deserve… or someone is going to go.
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