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.
“I have no idea what he’s thinking about that,” said Glen Davis. “All I know is that he’s still here with us, and he’s still fighting, and he still wants to win. He hasn’t given us any indication that he’s interested in another team. He just wants to win.”
Instead, Howard is so curious about how the Celtics do business, he’s pumped Davis for information.
“He’s always on me to tell him stories about how we won the championship, because he wants to win it,” Davis said. “Things are great with him. He’s allowed me to see what kind of person he is. It’s good, because we believe in the same things. It’s a different culture and a different lifestyle on this team, like being in a foreign country from what I know — a whole new country.”
Dwight Howard is asking about Boston? Is he considering… nevermind. I realize this is the longest of long shots, but desperate times call for desperate blog posts.
The players who helped create the culture he’s inquiring about may not be around next season. But if DH believes Doc Rivers is at the core of that culture.. there I go again, drifting into delirium.
The Globe’s Gary Washburn compiled a list of potential free-agent targets for the Cs. I warn you, the names are not sexy; Jason Thompson, Chris Kaman, Michael Beasley, Ryan Anderson and OJ Mayo.
On Page 2, what’s wrong with the offense.
Turnovers are up across the league, but it’s hard to pin down why they have become such an issue for players who have always been solid with the ball. The Celtics simply aren’t capable of playing through their turnovers like they have in the past. Additionally, the turnovers often lead to easy scores on the other end of the court, putting even more pressure on an overtaxed defense.
This is perhaps the most perplexing of their issues.
“If I had a team that had guys on here that couldn’t play, couldn’t understand how to play this game, that were young and had to learn, I would be troubled,” Allen said. “What’s frustrating about it is, I do have guys that do know how to play and understand the game. I don’t know if we’ve got to simplify it or switch it around just a little bit, but I think we’ve got to stop overthinking it.”
The sentence in bold applies to all of the Celtics woes. They are no longer good enough defensively to overcome the lack of rebounding, interior scoring and turnovers.
There is no margin for error in the fundamentals. The Celtics must execute to near perfection.
On a positive note, Rajon Rondo might play in today’s matinee in Washington.
The rest of the links:
Herald – Celtics stars unable to find shooting touch | ESPN Boston – Key(on) to the city | 2-on-2: Celtics vs Wizards | Ray Allen: We’re not losers | Telegram: Pierce should be allowed to retire a Celtic | Boiler Connection: Duo learning as they adjust to being Boston’s Boiler connection |