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Your Morning Dump… Where KG wants the Celtics to hunt like hyenas

Chuck - Red's Army November 3, 2012 Celtics News, Kevin Garnett, The Morning Dump 13 Comments


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.

“Hyenas. Running in packs means that we help each other,” he (Garnett) said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve built the code on what these great organizations have been built on — and that’s history. And that’s gained not by individual, but by team. And I just spoke upon that with everybody in here, without the coaches and everybody. Just letting all the new guys know what it is to be a [Celtic], reiterating that and letting them understand the severity of putting this jersey on and everything that comes with it. I won’t go into that — it’s none of y’all business — but I had to reiterate it tonight. I thought tonight was the perfect night to do that.”

Courtney Lee, one of Boston’s offseason additions, tried his best to explain where Garnett was going with his animal analogy, noting that the Celtics need to be like a “pack of hyenas, stalking its prey, circling around it, waiting for it to be at its weakest point, and then moving in for the kill, all at once, together.”

Lee added: “Then they get to eat the prey together. It’s all about acting together for the benefit of the team.”

ESPN Boston – Garnett: Hyenas and History

The Celtics should be embarrassed. Not for the 0-2 start, but for the fact KG felt the need to hold a players only meeting this early into the season.

Is it execution, effort or both?

I do know that you can’t blame only the new guys. Paul Pierce played one of the worst games of his career last night.

Rajon Rondo was absolutely torched by Brandon Jennings. Coincidentally, Rondo’s lackluster defensive performance comes one day after Doc intimated Rondo is more important to the offense. Even so, Rondo can’t be a turnstile on the defensive end:

“It starts with me. I have to do a better job on the ball,” he said of the Celtics’ defensive issues. “There’s a lot of things.”

“I’m going to try and set the tone defensively,” he said. “It’s all we can do. I have to bring something more than we’ve been doing. It’s about leadership, but I’m the point guard, too. I’m the first line of defense and I initiate the offense. I have to be better.”

We’re all frustrated. The coaches, players and fans. The Miami loss was acceptable. What we witnessed last night vs Milwaukee was not.

But… take some comfort that KG is on the case.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Celtics lose home opener to Bucks | Celtics show a failure to communicate | ESPN Boston – Daniels preaches practice | No panic, but C’s seeking urgency | Herald – The Buck stomps here | C’s curbing enthusiasm | Pierce and company out of sorts | CSNNE – Lack of urgency bothers Rivers | 5 ways for C’s to become consistent | Garnett: Perfect night to explain what it means to be a “C”

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  • GreenCro

    Well, this came at the right time
    That kind of attitude has to be killed A.S.A.P.
    Such poor effort (D, TOs etc.) is inexcusable
    Nothing to do with new guys and stuff
    It’s not like they are at the end of a long tour
    just hope that this also means KG will finally start producing, pre-season is OVER
    Best from Croatia

  • Jester00

    Jeff Green just takes the life out of the celtics. He just has glazed look of lost everytime he is on the court. Please I hope Tonya Harding doesn’t like him

  • http://msn.com Belinda

    THEY WILL BE FINE, ITS TOO SOON TO PANIC, THEY HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE NEW GUYS, AND THE GUYS HAVE TO LEARN TO WORK IT OUT ON THE FLOOR. JEFF GREEN IS GOING TO BE A ALL STAR ONE DAY, HE’S TRYING TO HARD, HE JUST NEED TO LET THE GAME COME TO HIM, HE DOESN’T HVE TO BE A HERO, HERO BALL ALWAYS MESS A TEAM UP.

  • Larry Legend

    You know what this team does well? They talk. Always talking…instead of talking I have an idea. Shut the hell up and play. Stop thinking and play basketball. Rondo just play. KG play. Pierce play. Terry/Lee play. Jeff effin Green for the love of God get that “scared” look off your face and just PLAY! I’m so tired of hearing the excuses, and the rationale for why it’s happening. Just play! The game of bball is not nearly as hard as the celtics make it look. Goddamn this team is pissing me off…sorry for the rant…actually no I’m not. Let’s go!! Enough!

    • CloneofJester

      Nicely said bravo

    • LA Flake

      Maybe if we all wear a headband like The Jet wants us to…Oh, nevermind.

    • Nora

      I’m so tired of the whining and complaining after a total of 2 games. They have to play better. They know it, you know it. WE ALL KNOW IT!

  • Jester00

    B Jeff green will next be an all star WOW how do say that happen? Unless LeBron melo PP Kidd-gilcrest granger Wallace Deng prince all die and even then he’d have a hard time I’m not down on the team Just Jeff “contract” green….. Kids don’t smoke Crack

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  • screaming jay

    Hyenas always look like they are of short stature when I see them in photos and videos, probably because the animals they are photographed next to are big like lions. I was walking through a store that sold old vintage stuff, and stumbled upon a stuffed hyena…holy hell was that thing big! Would make a german sheperd look like a lap dog.

  • Jayfox

    Wow you guys need to cool off a bit. I think its a little too early to be pissed. I don’t like the way the Celtics are playing either but I think this team will be fine. Remember we went into allstar weekend with a losing record and make it to the ECF with a worst team. I believe this team will be better.

  • CelticsKid34

    yeah people need to chill a little. i mean were not gonna go 0-3 like the lakers…(at least i hope not) they have 4 sure to be hall of famers on their starting linup with one in his prime and kobe still being kobe and they are getting merked. The new players from both teams just need to get used to their teams systems. give it time…

    • Nora

      I agree. Sad how quickly fans have turned on them. Apparently 2 games is all it take for quite a few here. Pretty sad. Yes, C’s have to play better but I am not going to throw a fit over 2 games. I need more time to see what develops.