Something’s Gotta Give

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Chuck’s been hammering Doc for playing Paul and Ray too much… and rigthly so.  Today, I guess it’s my turn.

I’ll say right up front that Gabe Pruitt and Bill Walker didn’t exactly light it up last night.  I can’t remember how many times a ball hit one of those guys in the hands and was fumbled.  That type of thing is not going to earn you any minutes.

But last night was the perfect time for Doc to live up to his own words from a few weeks ago.

“Even if I play a Billy (Walker) and a Gabe (Pruitt) and we’re struggling with them in, I’ve got to sit and take it because I can’t burn Paul and Ray out. That’s going to be a tough one.

It’s one thing for an idiot blogger to write something about Doc Rivers blasting him for how he’s playing his guys.  I’ve never been closer than 30 rows from an NBA bench and most of that time I’m double fisting beers.  I get it.  But I’m not asking Doc to listen to me or the fans.  I’m asking Doc to listen to himself.  You said that you’d have to sit and take it, but last night you didn’t.  Not only both play more than 40 minutes last night… Pierce is averaging over 41 mpg and Ray is averaging over 37 mpg since February 1.

Enough is enough, Doc.  Something has got to give.  You keep talking a good game about not burning these guys out.  You keep saying being healthy for the playoffs is more important.  But what you say and what you do are completely different things.

Herald:  Hurt C’s come up short Ties that bind |  Globe:  Heat stifle C’s Heat put on a full court pressMagic clinch playoff spot |  SI:  Will prep-to-pros (like KG) age early?


17 Responses

  1. Pierce averages more minutes per game than Lebron. Think about it, young guy, the greatest athlete in NBA rests more than 31 years old PP. Bad feelings about this

  2. Well you can’t really blame Doc Rivers… We did have a chance to win this game multiple times and I guess he kept PP in to see if they can win the game… which didn’t happen. *sighs*

    What a waste of effort, but oh well.

    Is Rondo coming back next game? And when exactly is Garnett coming back?

  3. Doc practically patted himself on the back in the postgame presser for getting Ray and Paul to 40 minutes per game. He said his next challenge is to get them down another 3 minutes.

  4. I understand we had a chance to win the game but since we lost it’s hard to see these kind minutes vein played down the stretch man we were in such a better position last year I really am starting to think we won’t have enough in the tank in the playoffs

  5. Rondo and Davis are both out one more game. I think KG’s first game back will the San Antonio on the 20th

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  7. you can clearly see the effects that playing nearly the whole game has had on pierce, the guy is deteriorating before our eyes because of the minutes he is being forced to play, he has hinted at needing rest about 10 different times now, it is ridiculous

    hopefully paul can get some rest sometime we definitely need him rested for the playoffs he is the only guy we have that can defend lebron and joe johnson

  8. Red, I did not see the game. Does Pruitt and Walker make any more mistakes than Tony Allen usually does in a game?

  9. Paul had a bad game. Never got going. Didn’t make sense to keep playing him if he wasn’t contributing that much anyway. Hoping for a miracle?

    Doc’s flaws have been enumerated before — rotations, use of rookies, overuse of superstars. It should also be pointed out that Doc’s failure to give the rookies more meaningful PT BEFORE all the injuries happened is now costing the team big time… those guys are not nearly as ready to contribute as they should be. Had he brought them up when he should have, he wouldn’t be in such a tight squeeze now.

    And on the subject of Doc, there is another major flaw, that was on display again last night. Doc regularly fails to (a) understand how the refs are calling the game, and then (b) use that understanding to alter the game plan to take maximum advantage of the refs.

    Last night, it was painfully OBVIOUS that the refs were super-sensitive… calling an extremely tight game. So, in the 4th quarter with the game on the line, Wade drives and drives and gets every call. What did the Cs do? They took one outside shot after another (and as it happened, missed most of them). Doc should have told them… NO OUTSIDE SHOOTING unless it’s Ray or Eddie with an OPEN 3. Otherwise, drive, drive, drive… and get to the line. (Walker and probably JR too should both be good at that, if instructed to play that way.) But once again, Doc failed to do this.

    And for anyone questioning why we are talking about Doc… if nobody points out his errors, he will keep making them. And if that happens, what chance does this team have? How many people are even AVAILABLE to criticize and help Doc improve? One? I think what we bloggers say can help… it gets out into the ether… and we should not shy away from saying anything about anybody.

  10. Pruitt didn’t get many minutes… but he fumbled a couple of chances. Walker wasn’t bad… but there were times where he was clearly out of position and a few passes went off his hands.

    I don’t think either helped or hurt their case last night… but I think Doc was looking for someone to really stand out.

  11. Hey, why aren’t you on BSS anymore? I keep on telling El Pres to get you back but he ignores me.

  12. We are pursuing some options that El Pres didn’t like… so he decided to move on.

    What those options are… well… those are still in the works. Hopefully we’ll have some word soon whether it all works out. We enjoyed our time with Barstool.

  13. The Guy who does the Celtics blogging for Barstool now is the biggest jerkoff on the planet.

    It’s just what they deserve. Portnoy is a fucking scumbag, and I hope one of these days all those emails he posts ragging on people who ask him legitimate questions gets him a black eye or a few days in the clink.

  14. I was just reading through the comments in their last post… and they weren’t kind to the new guy.

    Oh well.. we’ll see what the future brings.

  15. excellent blog and point. We’re not gonna have any bullets in the chamber in June if Doc keeps this up. Maybe when KG gets back, Paul takes a couple games off. Or they can get back to winning by 20 and they can all sit the 4th qtr out like old times…

  16. you see what i told you guys about last year, that the celtics had it too easy last year with minimal injuries. it’s easy to win a championship with the injuries your team had last year. with that many stars in a team, it’s easier to win, especially if they stay relatively injury free. you can even argue that the lakers of 2004 were an injury-less malone away from winning the championship. that team simply wasn’t as blessed in the injury department as the celtics were last year. when you have that many stars in a team, injuries can be the one thing that keeps a team from winning a championship. we saw it with the lakers in 2004, and we might see it with the celtics this year.

  17. MJ, those 04 Lakers were all mercenaries. They were big name hired guns like the Yanks and Redskins. That never pans out. The had no cohesion or chemistry and they got absolutely torched by one of the most team-1st oriented squads to come along in years, The Pistons.

    But yes, the path is always easier to tread when you don’t have injuries.

    I still love this team’s chances to repeat.

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