I know that loss hurts, but at least it gave us this:
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Celtics Blog | Jay King | February 9, 2012
Okay, I’m the first to go off on a rant in frustration: My biggest beef is that the C’s didn’t practice yesterday so doc could watch his son play at Duke. I admire his family man attitude; however, it’s time to retire when family comes before team. The Lakers practiced yesterday, which might explain why they could execute a half court offense and the C’s can’t even get a shot off at the end of regulation. I love Garnett but he missed a wide open jumper that would have put them up by four with about 27 seconds in regulation. So many missed opportunites to win this game. But why does every quarter (or game) end up with Pierce dribbling the ball around before having to force something up? Can’t they run a frigging play? The real turning point, however, was the string of turnovers in the third quarter, which allowed a Laker 14-4 run to end the quarter, swinging all the momentum their way after the C’s were starting to pull away. I’m pulling my hair out, and worse, I’m in L.A. where I have to hear these Faker fans bragging how great they are. The C’s are the better team but they were outcoached.
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That makes me mad too. I’m sick of Doc being off to watch his kid play. I appreciate the family closeness, but we were obviously not ready for this game. We didn’t have much of a game plan, did we? Basically it seemed to be get pounded silly inside by the Lakers and then try to hit Js all night long on the other end.
I agree…where is the focus? And I am sick to death of Doc chumming up with all the opposition players while standing on the sidelines. He is the only Celtic coach that I can remember ever tried to be ‘friends’ with an opponent and therefore that makes him soft in his execution and drive to stomp on the throats of the other team. Ergo, killed on the boards again and no mention of such other than “we’re not running”. More later, as I have to go puke again at giving away a win needlessly because of stupid play, lame rebounding, and 5 total FTs in the whole game with ZERO in the 2nd half and OT. F**king PATHETIC effort in many respects and it all starts with Doc. Hey Doc, the Lakers are not our friends!!! Go Cs…
Rondo was yakking it up on the sidelines in the first half. Couldn’t help but wonder why his mind wasn’t on the game a little more.
It’s bad enough that I feel that we really should have won this game, that we managed to almost win despite being absolutely crushed inside all night long, despite seeming to be out of focus, and appearing not to have much of a gameplan. What really hurts me is that I’m ashamed of being a Rondo fan tonight.
I think Rondo is potentially a very special player, a great player, a unique player. I thought that he played very well for much of tonight’s game, and it was his aggressive play that gave us a good lead in the third quarter. So what did the Lakers do? They hit him with the Rondo Sag. And what did Rondo do? He let them take him out of the ballgame. We lost the game right there.
When Rondo sees them sagging off him, he has to attack it. There are many ways to do this, the most obvious being to hit the shot over the sag. You have to at least TRY Rondo. Maybe it doesn’t work, but to simply allow the offense to stagnate is the one option you should NEVER go for.
Guys, I’m also frustrated by the “getting crushed on the boards” however they are truly outmatched by Bynum and Gasol in size. That said, they have to beat the Lakers by playing smarter, playing harder, knocking down the open J’s that weren’t falling tonight and STOP turning the F—ng BALL OVER! with stupid passes. They threw this one away tonight and YEAH they were not prepared; it was obvious. GO DUKE! And yeah, I’m also pissed at how they were chumming up with the Lakers tonight. Where’s the fire???!!! I’m not going to say it; but we could’ve used Perkins tonight; okay, I said it.
Of course they needed Perk. They’ve BADLY needed him ever since The Trade.
But we were starting to reformulate ourselves as an energy team. But tonight we had little energy, and no game plan. How are we going to beat a strong inside team with just Js?
We do not need Perk…here’s why…his recent stats last 5 games – Rebs 20 (average of 4 per 25 mins per game he’s averaging) – 18 pts or 3.5 pts – 14 TOs and 17 PFs…he SUCKS and is not the solution. The solution is not giving inside control to the opposing players by not boxing out. Repeat this over and over next time you watch the Cs let guys like Bynum and Gasol rack up 31 rebs because they constantly have inside position because NOT ONE CELTIC BOXED OUT OR EVEN ATTEMPTED TO BOX THEM OUT. Get over Perk he’s done and worthless and is going to end up a bench player because Ibaka is a better force in the middle. Go Cs…
I wouldn’t say he sucks, but the way Perk is spoken about is like he is an All Star.
Hang on, I ain’t finished. Not damn good enough Boston. Remember the time when the C’s crushed the Lakers by 39? Since then it seems that the C’s let the Lakers do whatever they want. The Celtics are a team which are known for it’s defense, yet it has faltered upon D in the most important games. A little bit of rough play would not go astray. And if guys get put on the shelf, so be it. Nobody in LA had a problem with taking Perkins out of action in the 2010 finals. Who gives a damn about these LAL b—–s. I think it’s about time BC take a page outta the New York Knicks book from the early nineties when they were beating down the Bulls or maybe the Bad Boy Pistons when they were beating down the whole league back in 89-90. For f–k sake Boston, show some damn toughness. If you lose games now, fine, just remember to man up and batten down the hatches when the playoffs come round. What can I say, the Garden is fast becoming the House Of Pain. Pain for every team that dare’s enter from this day forward. That’s the mindset, now execute the plan not only at home but on the road as well. Forget the loss and make the league FEAR the 17 time champions.
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