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Enemy Chatter: Doug Collins responsible for Game 1 meltdown

Chuck - Red's Army May 14, 2012 Enemy Chatter, Uncategorized 8 Comments

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I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Philadelphia.

And then the last string of plays to the game demonstrated just how lost he was. While Rajon Rondo was displaying his court awareness, Doug wasn't sure how much time was left or that he had a foul to give. All of a sudden there was 3 seconds left and Doug didn't use his timeout. That's bad time management that would make Andy Reid blush.

Doug says things like "I don't know what else I could have done" but that's ridiculous. Doug, you stop giving the ball to Lou Williams and letting him do whatever he wants with it. You don't play Hawes 34 minutes when he's a liability in 2 of the 3 major areas on the court. You don't play Thad when he's been terrible for weeks and he's nursing a sprained ankle. But he did them, and the Sixers lost. I like Collins as a person and as a motivator, but his in-game coaching is seriously lacking.

At the end of the day, it's the players that play. But Lavoy Allen can't box out from the bench, and Lou Williams can't take embarrassingly rushed three pointers if he's riding the pine. You never blame one person for a loss or a win, but as far as majority shares go, this one's on Doug.

Liberty Ballers

And I thought I was critical of Doug Collins in the Dump. It's not my nature to defend opposing coaches, but this is a bit harsh.

The guys at Liberty Ballers rip apart Lou Williams, Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand and Thaddeous Young for wretched performances, but place the final blame on Collins head for playing those guys. Just how far did they want Collins to dip into the bench in a Round 2 playoff series?

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  • KY Celts fan

    off topic, but did anyone else see that Marc Davis gave Reggie Evans a technical for giving a high-five to Blake Griffin?

  • James Eisenman

    I hope Collins listens to these buffoons. I thought Spencer Hawes was killing us. 15 points on 6-12 shooting, 8 rebounds and 3 assists from the guy. What do they want from this guy and who do they have that’s better? What, because he didn’t come out on KG’s jumper? He wouldn’t be the first center not to venture out that far nor will he be the last. Also, Lou Williams takes a lot of shots. He’s one of my biggest fears because Rondo takes a lot of chances. He will probably start hitting again sometime soon and may yet hurt us.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Hawes was doing an excellent Pau Gasol imitation…he was turning every touch in the paint into two points!
    There was no meltdown. Celtics simply executed and played inspired ball down the stretch.
    Each team took and made the exact same number of shots…difference was Boston shot 95% from the FT line to Philly`s 70%. Naturally, Rondo was the only Celtic to miss a FT attempt.

  • Classless

    You can’t blame Collins for Elton Brand. He’s been washed up for awhile now and even at his peak, I’m not sure what he can do with KG. It’s men vs. boys in that matchup. Now if Brand is matched up with Bass, that’s a different story…

  • KY Celts fan

    Hawes has been killing it for several weeks now, especially in that Bulls series. Not sure why this blogger would be pissed about playing him more.

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

    Doug Collins knows basketball but isn’t a great coach. He’s pretty good at building/developing a team (Chicago & Detroit) but not neccessarily the guy who leads them to greatness (Chicago & Detroit). He’s a rah-rah type coach that players get tired of after 2 or 3 years. Having said that, nobody could have done anything about KG this past Saturday, the 6ers played a good game and came close.

  • Alex

    Yes, old news. lol

  • CoachBo

    Those Philly bloggers don’t know shit.