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Your Morning Dump… A positive spin to the Celtics season

Chuck - Red's Army February 22, 2012 Uncategorized 15 Comments

Reportcard

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.

In a condensed season, an experienced team like the Celtics just wants to survive the regular season and get a decent seed in the playoffs. And though it hasn’t been pretty (they’ve cracked the 100-point mark just five times), the Celtics have survived thus far.

They actually won six of the eight games Rondo missed, and they’ve benefitted from an easy and home-heavy schedule early on. After a 5-9 start, they won nine out of 10 games to put some fear in the rest of the Eastern Conference, but have since flattened out. And in reality, they may just be a .500 team.

Offensively, they’re below average. As usual, turnovers are an issue. And they no longer get to line as much as they used to. In a related point, the Celtics no longer own the paint. After outscoring their opponents by 5.2 points in the paint per game over the previous seasons, they’re getting outscored by 4.4 this season.

Allen and Garnett are free agents this summer and the big three era may be over sooner than that if Danny Ainge gets an itchy trigger finger around the trade deadline. The cracks have been showing for a while now, and for Ainge, surviving may not be enough.

NBA.com

My initial reaction after reading this rosy team report card was… “When did John start working for NBA.com?”

John Schumann is spot on with most of his analysis. I don’t quite understand how he can give the reserves a B-, and then give Doc Rivers credit for working with a shallow bench. 

I’ve give the Celtics a C. Even with all the injuries, there are a handful of losses that should be wins.

On Page 2, Charles Oakley takes a shot at Kevin Garnett.

“Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but he’s not a tough guy,” Oakley said. “He’s one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He’s a complimentary player and went to Paul Pierce’s team and won a championship. I wouldn’t consider him a top 10 tough guy.”

“He’s just like Garnett,” Oakley said. “They holler and complain. If Kendrick Perkins would play basketball, Oklahoma City would win a championship the next three or four years . . . [He brings] Nothing [to the table]. That’s why he got dunked on and he got mad about someone tweeting about it. 

“You’re a power forward, you don’t let guys dunk on you. I played 18, 19 years I got dunked on three times, you’re limited on offense do something on defense, get a rebound make some free throws.”

CSNNE

Oakley is right on one account, Kevin Garnett is not a top 10 tough guy. But he’s a future Hall of Famer and one of the best defenders the league has ever seen. Guys who spent their careers as role players, should refrain from attacking legends.

Somebody get Oakley some more fiber. I think he’s binding up.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Celtics feeling the pain of injuries | WEEI – What if the Celtics don’t make a move? | As Celtics falter, Danny’s test begins | CSNNE – Did Rondo miss his All-Star opportunity? | Herald – Kevin Garnett returns at right time 

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

    Schumann’s been part the NBA’ s hoop time blog for few years and regularly tweets up Stats Cube, which is a pretty sound measuring tool.
    I agree that C is more apt of a grade.

  • paul

    Right. Notice how Doc always gets worship. Nothing is EVER Doc’s fault.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011570538811970b RAS

    Charles Oakley is a fucking idiot

  • Quest

    Scary thought but the Cavaliers are only one and half games behind Celtics for the Eastern 8th seed place right now, And its not looking good for a Celtic win against OKC tonight either. Man Ihope these guys can get healthy and turn things around after all star weekend. Time is ticking.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mattwilding Matt Wilding

    Given Oakley’s extensive ring collection and complete loyalty and longevity to one team in his career, I can totally see how he’s in a position to make criticisms like this.

  • KY Celts fan

    We’re right at .500, therefore we have to be a C team. Maybe C+ given our defense and consideration for injuries.
    As for Charles Oakley, puh-lease. Dunked on only 3 or 4 times in his career? Just because you move at the last second to avoid embarrassment doesn’t mean you weren’t dunked on. The guy was a one time All-Star and one time All Defense First Team. That puts his career accomplishments just ahead of Jamaal Magloire. Congratulations, Charles.

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

    I think KG is weak I wouldn’t sweat him, Charles on the other hand is a Bada$$, is KG the better player by far yes. but always thought he a little over rated, HOF yes, busts his butt yes. top 5 PF ever no sorry…..Well maybe number 5

  • NorthernGreen

    Paul is absolutely right! If Doc utilized his bench better they could have the confidence to be able to compete at a higher level. He wouldn’t get stuck playing zone for an extended period of time and give the opponent a chance to figure things out. The big three are getting old. Doc got old to me a while back!

  • andrew

    Oakley played in a time where you were still aloud to be a tough guy and shove people around and fight. The NBA has changed and does not allow that ind of “tough guy” stuff anymore. KG is as tough as the NBA allows him to be on the court.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    I think all the preening about tough guys is wasted in most sports. These men are over 6 foot 4,220+ pounds and scream like a 3 yr old when going for a layup and ‘get fouled’. No tough guy screams like that, period. So yes, KG nor Perk are as ‘tough’ as they would want you to think and I don’t think anyone else in the league is. But who cares? What are they going to do, hard foul you? Throw the ball at a ref?
    I think tough is taking charges, diving for balls, busting hump, and performing well in pain.

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

    with this payroll and a sub .500 record you’re fucked up. KG makes 250k per game- i need production and consistency g’damn it! adjusted grade: D

  • Jerry Sondler

    You give that Frontcourt a “B”?!?
    The same frontcourt could not grab a rebound even if the opposition got stuck in traffic on the way to the arena? The same frontcourt that cannot score a hoop in the paint?
    Frontcourt–D
    Backcourt–C+
    Defense–B+
    Bench–B
    Coaching–C
    Overall Grade–C-

  • Lee in Oregon

    Outside of his relentless ability to collect on bets, Oakley was only a decent forward. KG and Barkley are both guaranteed HOFers -5 years after they retire. Oak-tree can get there too, with a creit card or cash, if he has any left.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/vandelay28 Lakerhater

    Spot on Bantam. Its hard to say who is the worst but I have to go with LeBron who screams and acts like he was mamed by Earl Boykins in the paint. Honorable mention to Carlos Boozer who has now developed into screaming out on uncovered jumpers. One of these days he’s going to f-up and do it while he’s on the free throw line.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Ha, this really strikes a chord with me. Every time I hear ‘LBJ would truck people, he’s a freigh train’, ‘LBJ would be a nasty TE’, I think not so much. Yes, he is physically a monster but the whines, the whimpers when going to the hole are embarrassing. It’s a step above Euro Soccer, but a small step. Dive for balls, take charges, stop whining about crap on Twitter.. that’s a sign of toughness.