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Celtics Weekly: Get Serious On Defense

Posted on: March 18, 2009 9:09 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2009 3:38 pm
 

I can't possibly be the only person watching the Celtics and Heat play right now that is noticing the Celtics have no energy on defense. Boston, both last night against the Bulls and tonight vs. the Wadeless Heat, seem content to sit back and give the opposition open shots in hopes of simply outscoring teams who can put up points as well as anyone in the league.

The stat ESPN just showed is that without Kevin Garnett the Celtics are giving up 99.5 points per game as apposed to 91.6 points per game with the Big Ticket in the lineup.

The fact is that the Celtics aren't missing KG's stats at either end of the floor. When Leon Powe and Glenn Davis played Garnett's minutes they were matching his numbers point for point and board for board. So if Garnett's statistical production is being accounted for, why are the Celtics only 9-6 when he is out of the lineup this season?

Simple Answer: Leadership. You can say all you want about Paul Pierce being the captain of this team, but when the Celtics are out on the floor Garnett is the general. KG is the one who is not only organizing the troops on defense, but moving the ball around on the offensive end of the floor to ensure the C's are getting legitimate production. The Celtics without KG are so unbelievable unpatient when they have the ball it is sickening. They are very reminiscent of my cousin's high school team (his team was 4-20 this season).

I know it isn't in the Celtics' nature to panic, especially with a playoff spot locked up, and I also don't usually take what Mark Jackson says to heart, but he made a comment earlier in the telecast tonight when he said, "I hope the Celtics don't get in the habit of thinking it is okay to lose games". Right now Boston has come out and acknowledged that winning is secondary to being healthy. It makes sense to a point that being healthy for the playoffs is more important that having an amazing regular season record, but if the Celtics stumble their way into the postseason, is it even going to matter if they are heathly? 

 

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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2009 1:41 pm
 

Celtics Weekly: Get Serious On Defense

 The Celtics are a great defensive team. The reason we are giving up a lot of points is not because the Celtics don't have Kevin garnett it's because they have to use there bench and play them half the game because the Celtics don't have a lot of big men. they also have been giving up a lot of points because they are sitting Ray Allen and Paul Pierce out for a little bit. A lot of people have to understand that the celtics are going to be a tough team in the playoffs once they clear out all the injuries bothering them. If we had Kevin Garnett yes, it would have been a different story and yes we would and could make the other team score at leats 91 points per game maybe even less. The point is that every team has to watch out for them come playoff time and even when they're healthy.




Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2009 8:15 pm
 

Celtics Weekly: Get Serious On Defense

 One question: If Garnett's presence is so important to the Celts, why is that he refuses to be on the bench when he is injured? I've heard all of the "he's too intense" stuff but if he helps the team, isn't it worth it? Sorry that's two questions. Just wondering if others have thoughts on why he pulls the disappearing act when injured. 

 

I have never heard Garnett respond to that exact question, but when people have asked him if he would be interested in coaching after he retires he has responded with an emphatic "no". KG has said that he would never be able to handle being on the sideline and not make an impact on the court. I can only imagine that he feels the same way about sitting on the bench while injured.

I've played sports at a relatively high level (and had the misfortune of being injured quite often) and I've always felt that it was important to go to every practice and every game, even if I wasn't physically active. I know that comparing myself to one of the most intense competitors in not just the NBA, but all of sports, isn't exactly ideal, but I guess my point is that I am also a little confused as to his absence.

Ps. Maybe Tom Brady would have a better response...he having first hand experience and all.




Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2009 2:12 pm
 

Celtics Weekly: Get Serious On Defense

Just Garnett's presence last night against the Spurs was important. Even though he only played 15 minutes he set the tone early and, even on the bench, his enthusiasm was contagious. The Celts had been getting in the habit of playing "ole" defense and just trying to outscore the opponents. It clearly wasn't working and, hopefully, getting Garnett back on the floor and on the bench will get the Celts back to playing the same, hardworking defensive style that has proven so effective over the past year and a half.

On the plus side of these injuries, Mikki Moore and Marbury have been able to get extra time as have Powe, Baby, and Walker. Getting this time could prove helpful once playoff time starts.

One question: If Garnett's presence is so important to the Celts, why is that he refuses to be on the bench when he is injured? I've heard all of the "he's too intense" stuff but if he helps the team, isn't it worth it? Sorry that's two questions. Just wondering if others have thoughts on why he pulls the disappearing act when injured. 



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