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Your Morning Dump… Where we’re all a little concerned

RedsArmyAdmin December 29, 2011 Uncategorized 9 Comments

Doc not happy at Hornets gameEvery 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.

  • O’Neal has played 60 minutes in three games and scored just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting. He grabbed six rebounds against the Hornets, which tripled his season total to nine.
  • Since playing 37 minutes against the Knicks, Garnett has scored just 22 points and hasn’t been to the free throw line once.
  • Keyon Dooling played 23 minutes and didn’t record a single assist. He has just three in 58 minutes and the Celtics offense goes from stagnant to disorganized whenever Rondo isn’t on the court.
  • The Hornets shot 15 free throws in the first half, while the Celtics didn’t get to the line until the 4:04 mark of the second quarter. Howl about the officiating all you want, and the Celtics have been on the wrong end of some controversial calls, but they have been sending teams to the line at an alarming rate and that speaks to tired legs and poor rotations.

WEEI: Bad trends and worrisome signs for Celtics

I know.  I'm the guy who was all Mr. Optimism yesterday.  But there's something about a crappy loss to a crappy team that wipes that optimistic smile off your face. 

It's like walking out of the house all happy, having bug fly down your throat as you sing your favorite song out loud and slipping in a giant pile of dog crap skipping off to work.  At some point, you gotta wonder if it's not REALLY your day. 

But this won't be a full-on reevaluation of this team because, as I said yesterday, this team is not quite whole.  But it's whole enough to know two things:

Jermaine O'Neal, despite being the MVP of training camp, has a tank that teetering on "E".  If this jalopy is going to make it the whole trip, we're going to have to park it some days and coast down whatever hills we can find.  And considering Jermaine's offensive "production," and considering Greg Stiemsma's impact last night, it's time to start looking at some other guys pitching in at that 5 spot.  

Kevin Garnett has no legs left.  I know we all saw a decline coming, but he's aged a lot over the lockout.  He's got no lift and he's got no quickness.  And while we may see some wild bursts of energy from this dying sun, it's obvious this will be the norm.  It's time for Doc to stop riding this horse for any more than 25 minutes a game.  MAYBE 30. 

I'll leave it at that for now.  I'll get into it more in Taking Stock later today.  And if this continues after Pierce and Pietrus are in full swing, then we'll need a wholesale reevaluation. 

Related links:  Globe:  O'Neal can't find his game   

On Page 2:  E'Twaun Moore has passed Avery Bradley on the depth chart

I actually feel bad for Avery because I think the kid is honestly working hard and really trying.  He's just not ready.  He might need some D-League time, because right now he's not getting it.  He's tentative and ineffective. 

E'Twaun Moore… now's your time to shine.  You've got crappy teams coming up, a team that needs to rest its starters, and a window pre-Pierce/Pietrus to make an impact.  No pressure.

Related links:  Herald:  Pair of rookies at head of class   

The rest of the links: 

Globe: Listless and winless  |  Mike Gorman talks Celtics  |  CSNNE:  Daniels "Glad" injury happened  |  Token Celtics defense nonexistent so far  |  Celtics fall to 0-3 after blowout loss to Hornets  |  ESPN Boston:  Observations from 0-3 C's loss  |  Windhorst:  Rondo a "franchise player"  |  Ricky Davis joins Red Claws  |  WEEI:  Slow Celtics stung by Hornets  |  Herald:  Celtics lost on the road  |  

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    As I said before this season we needed to sign DELONTE WEST because AB sucks and when we signed Dooling I knew he was chucker at 40% now we have has bens and never will be’s in the backcourt. MP will help if his knee holds up. as for the 5 i’d start greg, not wilcox and bring JO off the bench. Also Sasha can shoot! Q cannot shoot but plays solid D. I’m still not super worried about this season. I just can’t get over how many people on this site drank the AB cool aid.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    How we went from moral victories to an out and out disgustingly awful loss was that Rondo seems to have given up or something. I worry about that hit he took from Carmelo.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    Celtics fans, led by the media, have proven that they are eager to drink any koolaide Lyin’ Danny and Smarm Master Doc dish out. How about the kookaide that JO was in great form?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/karibisha Karibisha

    Thinking Chris Paul may not have been even able to save this team if that trade went down. Rajon, well he may ended up liking playing with a younger Hornet team. Rondo wasting his prime playing with old guys who are running on empty.
    The Celtics may dig themselves yet another hole, not winning enough games to even get to the playoffs. Time for another overhaul for some younger legs sooner than later. OJ Needs to do everyone a favour and retire and KG well he’s put on hold for now.
    How many back to backs this season??? Wow we only started. What does Danny do now???

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    he is in great form if played in a an over 40 rec league!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    we all know the Answer could be “the ANSWER”, Kevin Pittsnogle, Cenk Akyol, or Gerald Green.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/tcsherwood KY Celts fan

    Given up? We’ve played three games, and in two of them he was stellar. Last night was the second of a back-to-back, traveling, and after playing the two most fast-paced and athletic teams in the league. Keep in mind we still haven’t had a home game yet. The kid hasn’t given up, he’s worn out from having to carry this team. If it weren’t for Ray Allen, Rondo would be the only offensive force on this team.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157060540b970b Orb

    Which is a worse early season sign?
    When the ESPN Celtics “highlight” refers to Siemsma as “the Russian” and I have to wikipedia him to make sure that’s not true?
    Or that I’m hoping a guy that neither me or ESPN knows where he comes from becomes our starting center in the next game?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    In the past the veteran core had a habit of playing up to their competition and down to the weak sisters of the NBA. Even though they fell behind in the previous two losses they never quit and could have won either game despite no PP. So the lack of effort last night is what’s most troubling. Sure the track record on back-to-backs is horrible, but at this early stage they played with zero urgency especially on the defensive end. When you’re out rebounded 48-37 it cuts down on RR in transition and without PP this team does not have a scorer who can create his own shot in the half court.
    Daniels, Bass and Doolling will be solid for us, but Doc cannot run the offense through them. Doc is too good a coach not to figure this out, and the schedule is soft enough over the next week for this team to gel and gain some confidence. Let’s not wrtie this team’s obituary just yet or talk wild trades or benching JO for Steamer, but … it’s good to see E’Twaun will be given a small window to show his offense because AB is certainly a bust.