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Your Morning Dump… Where I overreact to last night’s loss

Chuck - Red's Army October 28, 2010 Uncategorized 13 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The Celtics dominated the first few minutes of the second half, built an 11-point lead, and waited for the LeBron James-less Cavaliers to fold. But in the final 15 minutes of the game, the Celtics’ arrogance came back to haunt them.

The predominantly jump-shooting Cavaliers began finding a rhythm. Daniel Gibson, relegated to a bench player the last two years, knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. And finally, the Celtics lost their composure and eventually the game…

It wasn’t that the Cavaliers were that good, rather the Celtics were outworked, outhustled, and then began barking at officials.

Globe – Not so fast

Well said, Mr. Gary Washburn.

Raise your hand if you are looking forward to another up-and-down regular season? I sure as hell don’t want a repeat of last year.

I get it. It’s all about the playoffs. But if that’s the case, then I don’t want to watch this team give half-ass efforts for six months.

Spare me the “second night of a back-to-back, flying in late, Cleveland was emotionally charged for the home opener” excuse. This team is too damn good to fall apart especially against a lesser team.

On Page 2, we want Semih, we want Semih.

The shooting numbers for Jermaine O’Neal, in a word, suck.

The shooting woes he experienced with the Miami Heat in the playoffs last season have apparently followed him to Boston.

O’Neal has missed four of his five shots from the field with the Celtics this season.

CSNNE – Jermaine O’Neal’s shooting struggles continue

Shooting woes aside, O’Neal was flat out awful on both sides of the ball last night. I’m not exaggerating when I bring up the comparison to Mikki Moore. If his injured wrist is too painful, then let’s play Semih Erden. He cannot look worse.

I’m done ranting. Enjoy your day.

The rest of the links:

Globe – It didn’t take long (techs) | Herald – James-less Cavs win opener | Cavs already showing progress | Cavs owner says he’s past scrutiny | CSNNE – Trapped in Cleveland | Dickerson reopens Cleveland wound | Celtics mentally frustrated | Jermaine O’Neal’s shooting woes | ESPN Boston – New season, old habits | WEEI - Celtics suffer letdown |

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    It’s only game 2 but Chuck is already in mid-season form

  • thetitleisours

    How am I supposed to comment then? ;-)
    “Spare me the “second night of a back-to-back, flying in late, Cleveland was emotionally charged for the home opener” excuse.”

  • BradysSlamPigs

    I saw a lot of forced passes when there were open shots to be taken. If they start taking those shots I think we should see the turnovers go down. I am really not looking forward to 6 months of up and down basketball, last year was enough.

  • steveb

    When Rondo pushes the ball and guys are moving the offense looks great. Last night there were very few of those plays. It was walk the ball up and run set plays in the half court. That should work as well but the Celtics thrive when Rondo forces the action and gets in the paint. Just wasn’t happening last night. 80 more games to go.

  • Skeld

    I think maybe I should just stop watching until the playoffs; it will be better for my long term health.

  • Alex

    I can definitely tell these Celtics are going to take it easy unless the games are against elite teams. A repeat of last year will be shown this year, folks. After watching last night’s game, all I did was shake my head in disbelief.
    You know why I thought it was going to be a repeat of last year? Because we lost a 19 point lead against the Miami Heat and we could have lost that game…
    The Celtics better shape up.

  • BigMck

    That’s fine provided you still read this site.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/spiraea Spiraea

    Why isn’t Doc playing Semih Erden? He’s almost guaranteed to bring more positive play to the position than anything Jermaine O’Neal has done for us

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Guys holy shit lay off Jermaine Oneal, The guy missed the entire preseason and is still slightly nursing an injury and working in a new system coming off the bench. He will take some time to make the adjustment but don’t cry for his head already like jesus it’s been two games what did you expect him to come off the bench guns blazing?

  • TJames

    I agree, J.O. is a good player. He is defensive minded and the offense will come to him. I’ve liked him ever since the Portland Trailblazers. Give the kid a break, he’s a veteran, he’s going to be a big help to us, just wait.

  • Cam

    Why not put Shaq in during that 4th quarter when we cleary weren’t running anyway? Doc said we abandoned our post game and throwing Shaq in there would have certainly established it. Just cause Shaq isn’t a good free throw shooter (like Rondo) doesn’t mean that he can’t play during 4th quarter crunch time every game. His defense has been adequate and we needed some inside out play.

  • Viva

    It’s all because of Rondo’s headband ;-)

  • wayne

    I think Semih has a bad shoulder..which they are trying to give a much rest as possible (unless it becomes totally unavoidable to keep from playing him) so he can get it back properly strong.