Originally written on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 10/31/12
KG is all washed up. Rondo is a cancer and needs to be traded. Leondro Barbosa is the best 4th quarter player in the history of the game. Ray Allen will make the Celtics rue the day they let him go. LeBron James needs to drink more Gatorade if the Heat hope to make it back to the finals. All these ridiculous headlines need is a “why” in front of them and a slideshow. Then they would fit right in on the Bleacher Report. In an undying quest to not give in to the 24 hour news cycle, where ******** content isn’t as much of an issue as making sure that people click through on your article, why don’t we try to look at the Celtics from a perspective that doesn’t involve rash judgments and ridiculous theories? Instead, let’s give basketball knowledge and an understanding of the trends of the league, and its players, a try. Isn’t that a novel idea? For instance, Leondro Barbosa went bonkers last night on the reigning NBA champions (most of it with LeBron off the court). Does that suddenly make him anything more than a role player that the Celtics will need if they are going to make it through the grueling 82 game schedule and hopeful playoff run? No, but it probably means that he finally got himself in to shape and can seriously help the Celtics with depth in the backcourt. There are a lot of knee jerk reactions that could be taken from watching the Celtics basically hand Miami the game last night, and I do mean literally hand it to them (the C’s doubled Miami’s turnovers (16 to eight) and looked completely out of sync all night on both ends of the court). While you should avoid the complete overreaction, there is nothing wrong with talking about what went wrong. Jason Terry and Jeff Green looked completely lost, Jared Sullinger couldn’t get on the court, KG looked old, Ray Allen’s ankle suddenly seemed magically healed, there was no answer for LeBron and Wade; the list could go on and on. But I don’t see a point in doing that. I would much rather focus on some things that I don’t want Celtics fans to forget over what may be another up an down season where most will write the Celtics off and say that the window has closed. Rajon Rondo is the right player for this team I don’t care what anybody says or how many technical fouls he gets – he is the best point guard for this team and one of the best in the league. The close line he layed on Wade last night was a mixture of frustration and retaliation, and honestly I have no problem with it. Send a message to the Heat that we aren’t going to take your whining and hooking. Just because the refs didn’t call it, doesn’t mean that Wade didn’t neck rake him out of the way while driving to the basket for a lay up earlier in the game. Rondo can be mercurial to say the least, but he knows what it takes to win and, more importantly, what it takes to beat the Heat. This is Rondo’s team now, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Doc Rivers is going to make this work There were stretches of the game last night where it seemed like half the players on the court had no idea where to be or what to do. Most likely, that was because half of the players on the court weren’t there last season. The Celtics have a lot of new faces that’s for sure, but I can’t think of a coach that I would rather have. Doc is going to get these guys to play together as a team. The same way he’s done since he got here. First, and last, he will preach defense to them. Forcing the players to buy in, or simply phasing them out of the rotation. The depth the Celtics have will allow them to come up with multiple rotations of players, allowing Rondo the opportunity to run to his hearts content. Still, up tempo basketball is only effective if you stop the other team from scoring. Otherwise you get in to a high scoring affair and that is not Celtics basketball. Once the new players carve out roles on this team things will start to be a little more cohesive. I highly doubt that you will see three players standing in the same corner the way we did last night. The “bunch” offense doesn’t tend to work after biddy basketball. Every team in the NBA has a run in them I believe this will one day be on my gravestone when I die. Seriously, I say this ad neasuem to anyone who will listen. The NBA, more so than any other professional sports league, is all about getting hot at the right time. Whether that’s in a game, or over the course of a season, it only takes one good stretch. It’s how the Celtics went from 2 games below .500 at the All Star break last year to within one half of going to the NBA finals. Consequently, it’s also how the Heat – and Lebron – went from choke artists to NBA champions. ****, the Celtics almost came back last night. In a game that the they had no business being in, Boston was one missed Rondo jumper from being down 4 with 1:30 left. So whenever it seems that the Celtics are out of it, or that they aren’t one of the elite teams in the NBA, I want you to remember what I’m telling you here. Every NBA team has a run in them.    
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