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Your Morning Dump… The Celtics are morphing into the old Pistons

Chuck - Red's Army May 16, 2011 Uncategorized 5 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 would seem that the big three do in fact have more basketball in them, even at their advanced ages. Pierce had arguably his best season of the era, shooting a career high in true shooting percentage (which accounts for 2’s, 3’s and free throws) while cutting down on his turnovers.

Allen had an insanely hot winter, and while he cooled off down the stretch, that probably owed more to a general malaise that set in over the offense. The concept of Ubuntu may be dated, but offensively the Celtics truly are what they are because of each other. When one of them slumps, it has an effect on all of them, particularly Allen who relies on his teammates for shots, screens and spacing.

Garnett returned to form defensively and on the boards and while his minutes were strategically kept down, he had a ruthlessly efficient season shooting the ball. Garnett was arguably more responsible than anyone for the Celtics regular season success.

If Allen, Pierce and Garnett can duplicate, or come close, to last season’s production and if Rondo comes back and has a monster season, then the Celtics can compete for one more year provided Ainge hits a home run in free agency and Green develops into a sixth man of the year type of player. If any one of those areas comes up short, the Celtics could slide into the dreaded nomad land of being good, but not nearly good enough, somewhere between the Pistons of old or the Magic of current times.

WEEI – Why Ainge is bringing back the Big 3

Bill Simmons Paul Flannery provides a lengthy pros/cons look at the Big 3, Rondo, the bench and free agency.

Raise your hand if you are uncomfortable with all those "ifs."

On Page 2, Danny won't back down from the trade.

"I don't think that the presence of one player standing in the middle of the paint was going to [help] our offense score more, wasn't going to prevent LeBron James from shooting step-back 3-point jump shots with Paul Pierce and Jeff Green draped all over him," Ainge told Comcast SportsNet's Greg Dickerson in a one-on-one interview.

"I mean, we scored zero points with four or five minutes to go in two games. That was not because of who we had playing center. That had a lot more to do with our best players not being able to score."

And please don't tell him the Celtics lost their toughness when they lost Perkins.

"Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. We lose our toughness because we trade one player?" he said. "What do you think Kevin Garnett feels about that? What do you think Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo [feel about that]? Like, we only have one guy that's a tough player, that brings an element of toughness?"

"So [the trade] didn't work. That's just part of the game and part of life, a frustrating part."

But he still thinks the reasoning behind the move was sound.

"If I had to do the trade today, I would have done it."

CSNNE – Ainge: Perkins trade wasn't the reason we lost

I know what you're thinking… another post on the trade? Sorry… but when the season ends, so does a lot of the media coverage.

Ainge can continue with the valid and insightful defense of his trade, but it won't matter. Those opposed have dug in their heels and refuse to give up ground.

You can watch the entire interview tonight at 7 on CSNNE.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Cs taken at face value | Ainge off-season no slam dunk | Fragile chance remains | ESPN – Durant lifts Thunder in Game 7 | Bulls shut down Heat | Heat shrink |

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    video of rondo sonnin some kid in high school http://bit.ly/k7j9dz

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115707360a6970b Coach Bo

    Ainge is, of course, absolutely right about the trade. Perkins changes nothing about the outcome, and the painful truth for OKC is he changed nothing about the outcome in their series, either. Enjoy that stupid contract, Presti.
    The delusional Perkins mancrush crowd will refuse to admit it forever, but they’re full of it – and themselves. The truth is neither team got what they needed from that deal.
    Green is tradeable; Perkins isn’t with that giant price tag. There’s a draft pick we have as well.
    So while we didn’t make out as well as we hoped, Ainge is in a FAR better position post-trade than Presti to divest.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/backeastbev Backeastbev

    I think losing Tom Thibodeau hurt us more than anything. Maybe we can get Taj Gibson to come to the Celtics!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    speaking of the Pistons, the Celtics should rob them of Greg Monroe.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Uhhhhh Ainge doesn’t have Durant, Westbrook, Harden, and Perkins (all under 25) signed long term. He’ll be banking on Free Agents in 1 year to solve his problems, which is a slippery slope. Remember Detroit a few years ago? Winning program on the decline with cap room. They end up with cap crippling contracts for Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon because nobody wanted to play there. The worst position to be in is to have money you have to spend.