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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics might be bored already

RedsArmyAdmin November 22, 2010 Uncategorized 13 Comments

 

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.

It's just our mentality, man.  It's mental.  You've got the game plan, guys know what to do night in, night out… it's mental from this point on.  I mean, the last two teams… I know we're a better team than those two teams.  I know we are.  It just mentally coming out  and just going out there and having the right mindset.  And I don't think we're having the right mindset coming into these games against opponents we're supposed to beat.  - Paul Pierce

We just gotta get better defensively.  We proved we can do it in sports.  And sometimes your team gets bored with the season.  That happens with a veteran team and that can happen now. – Doc Rivers

CSNNE: Rivers: Celtics may be "bored"

Bored? 

Already? 

The season just freakin' started!

Do I need to go into this rant already?  The one where fans fill the arena for a reason?  The one where fans pay good money to come see you guys play.  The one where the money those fans pay directly ends up in your multi-millionaire pockets so can live the lives you lead?  

Do you guys think that money magically appears in Wyc Grousbeck's bank account?  You think 18,000 people just waltz in there for free?  

I expected letdowns during the season.  I told myself not to get upset over those letdowns.  But I expected them later.  I expected the guys to come out hot… THEN get bored in January and February… then start turning it on again before the playoffs.  I was prepared to accept that. 

I'm not, however, prepared to accept "bored" November losses to an Oklahoma City team at home without its two best players… and a bad Toronto team missing half its roster to a trade.

The season just started fellas.  And I don't give a damn about bad officiating because the refs didn't put you in those situations.  You did.  You sleep-walked through those games and put yourself into a spot where bad calls could hurt you.

And the kicker here is that you guys, because of your boredom, end up playing MORE basketball.  Instead of coming out and crushing a team you're supposed to crush and taking the fourth quarter off… you coast, and coast, and coast… and next thing you know you play 38 minutes instead of 28.  

So your "bad mentality" and boredom just leads you to play more of what you're bored with.

Wake the hell up, Celtics and recognize what you're doing.  Unless you want the fans to tune out too.  You just had a record high rating for a meaningless game against Washington… what kind of attention would a record low rating get?  A wake-up trade from Danny (remember Eddie House, anyone)?  A wake-up call visit from Wyc?  

You're pulling the bored act too soon… and we don't like it.

On page 2:  KG's just as pissed as I am

“So what, man,” Garnett said of Doc Rivers’ postgame assessment that his team has become a “streaky” defensive one. “We have to play some ‘D.’ These teams we’re playing are very high caliber offensively. We know what they are. We know on paper they might not be whatever, but as far as talent, we have to respect that. I don’t even know (the reason). It’s a new group and we’ll fix it.

“(Things will change) when we decide to play defense. When we put together some multi-stops, we’re able to fuel some offense, but we have to contain. We have to play the whole game like that. We have to start with the relentlessness that we finished the game with.”

Herald: Back-to-Back beatings

When Kevin Garnett is angry, things will change.  

I get that there are going to be lapses during games.  It would be nice if there weren't, but there always are. What I hate are the 34 minutes of crap followed by 8 minutes amazing when everyone wakes the hell up. 

I mean…. a 38 point second quarter?  That's quite ridiculous.  

KG will let his voice be heard.  I have faith in him being able to turn things around. 

The rest of the links

Herald:  Nate Robinson fills in capably  |  Globe: Raptors snatch one away  |  Losses expose veteran traits  |  Robinson got off to a quick start  |  ESPN Boston:  Tip your cap  |  Five from afar  |  WEEI:  Down and out in Toronto  |  Bad trend continues for Celtics  |  CSNNE:  defense tries to flip the switch too late  |  Robinson plays his game in place of Rondo  

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  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com jtshoopsblog

    LOL, Celtics lose to the Raps and all of a sudden everyone is worried. maybe it’s Celtics fans that need an upside the head.

  • Bas Rutten Jr.

    Who’s worried?

  • Double P Reppin the B

    I think a lot of fans are. We don’t want this up and down season AGAIN. If you don’t remember last year we at least got through til January as the #1 seed and were playing great. If they are bored already we could be struggling all year long

  • thetitleisours

    Time to dig deeper in the bench to add a little energy and reduce the starters minutes.
    Wasn’t that what Wafer was for? ;)

  • NineSevenEight

    It’s not worrying at all, it’s frustration. These “GIMME” games are the kind that a team should be stockpiling early in the season so that, come playoff time, they aren’t regretting letting these type of losses affect playoff seeding.
    Memo for tonight’s game:
    DRIVE TO THE HOLE AND MAKE SOME DAMN FREE THROWS!

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

    Yeah, let’s be clear about this… this isn’t about being worried. If that’s what you think this is… you need to re-read what this is saying.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/scottpriest Scott Priest

    “These teams we’re playing are very high caliber offensively”? KG, you’ve seen that Raptor roster right?

  • Ringo

    Well, if that´s their way of saying they need more pressure from their fans…I´m ok with that.

  • Joseph 17-16 (it’s just a matter of time)

    Has it ever occurred to you “fans” that the Suckdics just aren’t that good.

  • Lee in Oregon

    KG is pissed? I would be too if I just made Amir Johnson look like a damn all-star. I wonder how pissed he’ll be if Josh Smith abuses him tonite.
    I know it’s only November. They might not need home-court advantage to get out of the East, but they’re certainly not doing themselves any favors if they make the finals.

  • ShawnCVD

    This ass is a baiter. Pay him no mind. This site is for hardcore C’s fans, the story of the moment is recent losses to mediocre teams. Nate did show he can run this team especially when it plays some proper defense.

  • ShawnCVD

    6 minutes and 5 points away from losing it all to a team that just wasn’t/isn’t that good. A team that wasn’t/isn’t that good won in LA last year during the post season, the only opponent to do so. Hate a team fine. Show a little respect or your team’s accomplishment’s are diminished.
    The fans in Toronto are on cloud nine right now for beating a title contending Celtics team yesterday. An undermanned Thunder squad is thrilled to beat the odds.
    BTW the Lakers have been a classic “just show up” team in recent years so go troll somewhere that doesn’t know the sport….

  • http://profile.typepad.com/farmersluis Farmersluis

    This was a well written post. I especially liked what you said about the players having to play more minutes when they half-ass it. I realize the season is a grind, but come on! OKC and Toronto should never feel like they have a fighting chance against the Celtics!