10 Things

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10 things while waiting for guys to heal
by Gant

1) Orlando Game

If I’m Orlando (though I rarely find myself morphing into metro areas)
I’m not feeling too good about that win. Up a gazillion to a team down
two starters and three more rotation players who is also blending in
two new guys, the Magic barely escaped. Do you believe in magic? I do
not. A healthy Celtics team will buzzsaw Orlando.

2) Health

Let’s take an inventory:

Tony Allen: Out for the entire regular season.

Scalabrine: Out until April.

Big Baby: He was on crutches yesterday and is listed day to day.

Garnett: Good news from Marc Spears in the Globe: Kevin Garnett could
return as soon as Sunday in Milwaukee.

Rondo: More good news from Marc Spears: Rondo could return as soon as
Wednesday at Miami.

3) Rondo

You know how so many people have been saying Rajon Rondo is the most
important player on the Celtics? And you know how the heathen
worshippers of false franchises snickered at that statement? Well,
yesterday showed just how critical he is.

Without Rondo the Celtics were lost on both ends. Only when they
shifted to “Ray in Seattle” mode did the Celtics mount their comeback.
But “Ray in Seattle” mode, and for that matter “Paul alone” mode will
only get you so far. For the Celtics to optimize their mojo on both
ends they absolutely NEED Rondo. He pushes the tempo and stymies his
opposite number. Without him the Celtics depend on individual play and
are much less effective.

4) Marbury

If you’re hard on Marbury purely for bad play you’re making a mistake.
He’s struggling on the floor; that’s not a worry. He’ll get his legs
and game back.

The worry about Stephon Marbury was his attitude not his talent,
remember? Also recall how long it took PJ Brown to contribute last
season? Stephon Marbury is on the right path.

5) Minutes

Due to the fickle nature of chance the Celtics have been forced to
play Ray n’ Paul extended minutes. This can’t go on for too much
longer. The team has got to think Health First. If it costs a spot in
the standings so be it.

The fact that Ray n’ Paul have played long minutes in early March does
not matter. It’s what they do over the next five weeks that will
impact the playoffs. They have to get a little more rest. The return
of tall guy and fast guy will help, but in the meantime I haven’t seen
anything from Bill Walker that says he shouldn’t play.

6) Schedule

Remember how brutal the early schedule was with so many games packed
into such a short period of time? Unfortunately the Celtics have a
week like that coming up just when they need it least. They play 5
games in 7 days starting Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks and ending
the following Saturday versus the Memphis Gasol-Donaters.

After that it’s calm seas for the rest of the regular season.

7) When They Have Everybody

You know the line, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” With luck the
Celtics will have to answer the opposite question: When everyone
returns who sits? You have 5 big men, 3 little guys, 3 wings, and Scal
whatever he is; all who have earned minutes. That’s 12. No team plays
12 in the playoffs.

8) Leon

One guy who will play is Leon Powe. Man has he been effective.

9) Pierce Now Third

As you know Paul Pierce has moved into third position on the all time
Celtics scoring list behind only John Havlicek and Larry Bird. This is
an extraordinary accomplishment. Generally stars who play on as many
bad teams as Pierce did, don’t stick around. They move on. That’s a
shame because playing with one team your entire career has a special
lustre. (Nothing was sadder than seeing Robert Parish as a Bull or
Walt Frazier as a Cavalier.)

Congrats to Paul Pierce! May he someday retire a Celtic!

10) Dirty Celtics?

There were vile allegations of “dirty play” by the Celtics after Big
Baby’s gentle handling of Varejao in the Cleveland game. This is SO
terribly untrue. Varejao went right at Baby’s forearm, viciously
attacking with his head. There is nothing uglier than an aggressive
headbutt. Glen Davis to his credit remained calm. He took the hit and
did not retaliate even though his forearm could have been severely
injured.

10 Responses

  1. Ha ha. I actually forgot the Celtics were Robert Parish’s 2ND team. (The Warriors don’t count anyway.)

  2. Please tell me that your tongue is firmly in your cheek on #10.

  3. At any given time, I’m not at liberty to divulge the location of my tongue.

  4. The problem with the Big Baby/Varejao play wasn’t that Davis was playing dirty.

    Clearly, post game photos showed Davis had BOTH of his hands on the ball. It was the completely out of the play position Varejao tried to take before moving towards the hoop. He ran into Big Baby’s chest head first.

    The fact is, it looked awkward and flagrant because Varejao is a big uncoordinated Brazilian lummox who shouldn’t be playing in the NBA in the first place.

    My wife nicknamed him “Aunt Bunny” after the Eddie Murphy skit in Delirious about the BBQ and Aunt Bunny with the hairy lip who falls down the stairs. Every time he gets the ball she yells “Goony Goo Goo” at the TV. I cannot take him seriously out there. Half the time he looks like he should be wearing a Jofa Hockey Helmet and a drool bib….

  5. Nice happy post we have alot to be thankful for and look forward to with this team.

  6. LMAO @ Danno’s Delirious reference hahahaha

  7. Danno is a funny dude..very funny..Let’s hope Rondo and KG are both back by this time next week. KG is not going to be in game-shape right away. People say “Oh well at least he’ll be healthy for the playoffs..” These guys need a good 4,5 games to be tip-top and tight.

  8. 1. We should point out that Orlando was a MUCH better team before Nelson went down. His loss is pretty comparable to our losing Rajon, ya know….
    2. Scal is almost certainly gone for the season. Maybe not, but it would be very dangerous to bring him back. Baby’s gone for no less than 2 weeks, probably 3 (think of all that weight hammering down on one little ankle.) Funny, isn’t it, how Garnett’s injury is the only one nobody saw. Oh well, don’t get me started on that….
    3. It was Doc’s big mistake for starting Marbury. Gabe (or Eddie then Gabe) would have been a much, much better choice. Doc’s very weird sometimes… barely played Gabe even though Marbury was terrible and Gabe knows all our sets. Just weird.
    5. Doc is just weird when it comes to PT for the young guys. I don’t get it. This is probably Doc’s biggest flaw… rotations.
    10. Reminds of when Scal had the temerity to smack Dirk in the elbow with his head. Good thing they gave Scal that foul, teach him a lesson.

  9. Good work Gant I enjoyed reading it. My favorite was #10. LOL – Very creative

  10. Thanks for reading and commenting everyone! I’m greatly enjoying RedsArmy!!

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