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Your Morning Dump… Where Paul Pierce isn’t 100% yet

RedsArmyAdmin January 14, 2012 Uncategorized 7 Comments

Paul Pierce burned by Luol Deng

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.

“He’s working through it,” Rivers said. “Listen, Paul’s playing hard. Like I told you, I’m using the minutes for him to try to get him in better shape and better rhythm. Is it the best situation for all of us? No, but we’ve just got to endure through this until he gets right. You can see it. Even early at the game, he had some explosive moves, couldn’t finish, and I can’t imagine how frustrating it is for him. But he’s doing everything right. And he’s doing everything that he possibly can do to get right.”

With praise and support coming from both sides of the court, what does Pierce have to say about this himself?

“I'm not going to say I'm 100 percent,” he said. “I didn't come back 100 percent. I'm getting back in basketball shape, obviously. The heel isn't all the way where I'd like it to be. At some point in the season it will be. It's nothing that I'm worried about right now. I know I have to play better basketball for us, bottom line."

CSNNE: Pierce still struggling with foot injury

Paul Pierce has not been good.  

Ok, so now that I've gotten the obvious out of the way.  Let me expand on that.

Paul Pierce will get better.  I'm starting to get the sense that this might be such a weird season that the Celtics typical M.O. might end up reversing itself.  Instead of typically coming out of the gates strong and then fading, the Celtics might just come out of the gates weak and gain strength as the season goes on as these guys play themselves into game shape.  

Now, of course, the question is to what extent can that happen?  Will they get incrementally better and sneak into the playoffs as a low seed?  Or will they get tremendously better and manage to grab home court in the first round?  

And then there's the other question of how long Rajon Rondo can play this human version of bumper pool in the interim.  Right now the offense is primarily Rajon diving into the lane and trying to draw a foul or 5 picks for Ray Allen to spring him for an open look.  Those are the only two things that are working.   

Doc's quote says a lot, and not just about Pierce.  The Celtics have to use these games to get into better shape.  This is essentially a pre-season that counts… which really sucks to watch.  

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  Taking on water  |  WEEI:  For starters, Pierce, Allen & Garnett need to get it going

On Page 2: KG knows he's got to do better too



 

"We’ll get it, we’ll get it," he said. "We’re a group of guys that are very prideful, not ego driven — hard workers. We come in here, we lace them up, we get in here for however long we're out there. Like I said, man, you don’t win anything in the first month. We learn a lot about ourselves while we’re here too. 

"We're all in here, we understand what it is. We’re all trying to figure this thing out together. These are the dog days, man. These are the days when you're really going to see who’s with you [or] who’s fair-weather."

ESPN Boston: KG: I definitely gotta do better

I really want to believe Kevin Garnett when he says these things.  I'm just torn between my rational "I can only go by what I see" side and my irrational "YOU TELL 'EM KG… WE'RE NOT DEAD YET!!!"

The thing to keep telling ourselves is the normal rules don't apply here.  The normal formula of A+B=C doesn't work in the lockout-shortened maelstrom of an NBA schedule.  The thing is, this is all we know.  We only know how to react under the other rules.  

Kevin Garnett is saying the right things.  I can only hope it eventually results in his body being able to do the right things.

Related links:  Globe:  Garnett a bit icy after the game  |  Herald:  Doc adjusting KG's minutes 

The rest of the links:

CSNNE: Celtics roster shuffle yields familiar result  |  Rose overcomes pain, leads Bulls to victory  |  ESPN Boston: Pietrus: new face, old tricks  |  C's seek quick fix for slow starts  |  Rapid reaction  |  WEEI:  Second half rally leaves Celtics empty  |  Brandon Bass and Jermaine O'Neal will split starting role  |  Is this the beginning of the season, or the beginning of the end?  |  Globe:  Green aren't going yet  |  C's falter again  |  Herald:  Too little, too late for Celtcs  |  Shoes on the other foot  |  MWDN:  Bull dozed at the Garden 

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  • KY Celts fan

    I don’t mind Rondo running into traffic to draw the foul. His shooting has definitely improved and shooting more only makes him better. But can he put his feet underneath once he’s done driving? If he keeps falling to ground every time like he’s doing, he’s gonna eventually break a rib.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011571d4119a970b Lex

    100% of what?
    We don’t really know what 100% of paul pierce gives us anymore at his age.

  • Jerry Sondler

    It might be wise for Celtic fans to “let go” of this shortened {66 game} season…and take more of a long-term view.
    They will not make the playoffs…which means they will have a lottery pick {plus the Clippers pick}, in what experts are predicting to be a good draft.
    Plus, Ainge will have a ton of cap money to spend next summer on free agents. After tasting a championship in 2008, Wyc is not going to allow this team to revert to 2006 for very long, playing before empty seats.
    In the meantime, they should be giving Johnson, Moore, and Bradley huge minutes to see what they can provide in the future.
    Pierce should be given the option to retire as a Celtic, or chase a ring elsewhere. With KG, it already feels as if he`s in the past. Ray can still shoot, but he`s not our future…and that`s where the Celtics should be looking. Privately, I believe they already are.

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

    we’re 10 games into this abridged season. we knew it would be a crazy where anything could happen. and last night i saw a team that beat themselves. trailing by 20 pts in the 2nd quarter (at home) was embarrassing. i am torn on believing in a falsehood the celtics will turn this around. what’s plan B?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Tony Allen is looking pretty smart right about now.
    This team was done as far as competing for a championship last year. Why is everyone’s panties so bunched up? Try and enjoy the last of KG and Ray and hope the future doesn’t suck for as long as the last time they rebuilt (20 years). Thank God we have Danny and not ML Carr.

  • CELTICPRIDEFC

    PP should be benched right away, no questions asked. Not to return, until he is at 100%. KG should definitely join him until he can get healthy and produce. A message for the BIG 3, stop thinking about what could have been and think about what could be. You guys are CHAMPIONS, and that’s more than you can say for Malone, Stockton, Miller, Iverson, Barkley and Ewing, no disrespect intended. Allen has bought the right to retire a Celtic the way he is playing.

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