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Chances Are It Won’t Work Out …………… But Then Again Who Knows ?


Chances Are It Won’t Work Out …………… But Then Again Who Knows ?

The one thing that has perplexed me since the trade deadline has been the play of the Boston Celtics and the decision made by the Boston Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge in the trading of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson . Now inasmuch as we’re told that this was done to benefit the overall strength of the Celtics’ roster I think in large part that the trade has been to the detriment of the Celtics that has provided a slump in their fortunes where they’re now the third ranked team within the Eastern Conference sitting behind the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat .

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Though the Boston Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers has stated that this trade was a necessity to give the team depth in strength I do believe that the decision wasn’t a prudent one and it has if anything made the team all the more vulnerable and susceptible in their chances of making it deep into the playoffs much less winning the conference finals or the NBA title itself. The Celitics’ Big Three of Ray Allen , Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in addition to point guard Rajon Rondo have been playing at a level not identifiable with a team that many thought if anything would be viewed as a serious contender for the conference championship as well as the NBA championship. Instead this team has struggled and the fact that Troy Murphy an addition to the Celtics’ roster was seen as an upgrade has me wondering what it is that Ainge was trying to do ! If anything the general manager of this storied franchise must feel that the front office and the ownership of Wyc Grousbeck and his partners who can’t be entirely happy with the current situation but as long as there’s a chance that the team can be thought of as a contender then they may well be satisfied with their predicament.

In the offseason after the playoffs has reached its culmination I do believe that several decisions will have to be made as to the personnel of this team in light of the age of the team’s “Big Three” of Allen , Garnett and Pierce , never mind the roaming mercenary on the team Shaquille O’Neal whose career of late has been one where he’s merely moved for the sake of the money , rather than what he says…… ‘ is the pursuit of a fifth NBA ring , having won four as well as multiple Finals’ MVP’s . O’Neal is no longer the once dominant center within the league and if anything his productivity has slumped over the past few years . Rivers may well feel that his playing a mere twenty to twenty five minutes a game will suffice in the Celtics’ quest for another title.

Last season’s quest where we saw the Celtics fall to the Lost Angeles Lakers </a. in the NBA Finals was one where the team having outplayed the Lakers throughout much of the series they’d would fall apart in game seven where we’d see Ron Artest perhaps play the game of his life and where eventual Finals’ MVP Kobe Bryant would show us why he’s amongst the game’s most accomplished players and has long been considered one of the best players in the game when it matters most , on the NBA’s grandest stage. If that wasn’t enough to show the Celtics and their fans why it is that they can’t afford to be complacent then the 2010 Finals was definitely indicative of that.

This season for the Celtics hasn’t been without controversy for the team with Kevin Garnett leading the way with his flare up with the Pistons’ Charlie Villaneuva in the aftermath of which Garnett would try to negate the response of the press with a rather trite statement concerning remarks made about cancer victims. Garnett has always been something of a lightning rod in terms of his on the court demeanor and often at times his apparent willingness to do whatever it takes to win even if there’s a question as to his sportsmanship.

As an offense the Celtics have struggled and though they’re often viewed as a defensive force it has been here where their struggles have actually manifested itself and much to the dismay of their fans and Rivers’ coaching staff . I’ve no doubt will make the playoffs but I’m not so sure that as of now that they can be viewed as the presumptive favorites to win the conference finals ! As good as the team has been throughout much of the season the loss of Kendrick Perkins may well be too much to bear for this team. You cannot simply alter the chemistry on a team thinking that you can make it better by bringing in players that in terms of their contributions simply have shown that they’ve no real heart. Ainge for his part has been reticent to address the reasons as to the team’s falloff prior to the trade and what it has meant overall.

If the Celtics are to actually make their presence felt over the remainder the regular season and in the postseason , then as of now , they will have to show a great deal more determination . And in terms of leadership then Garnett , Pierce , Allen but Rajon Rondo in particular will have to lead by example if there’s to be any chance of this team simply being in with a remote chance of winning the NBA title . Failure by the quartet to show some form of consistency in terms of their play then you might as well count this team out because they’ve become a mere shadow of what many believed they were capable of achieving .

The Eastern Conference has often been thought of as a conference where the quality of play has been somewhat lacking in quality of its play but if anything with a litany stars now within the conference there’s the feeling that they’re now capable of staying in touch with their counterparts in the Western Conference . Now it comes to the point where we’re going to have to ask the questions as to whether or not the hype created with the Miami Heat ….. will they be good enough to win it all ? Can Derrick Rose assume the mantel of Michael Jordan and lead the Chicago Bulls to unprecedented heights not seen since the Bulls were in their heyday under Jordan in winning six titles during a ten year span. Boston for its part will be looking to add to the legacy of Red Auerbach and Bill Russell the two names synonymous , most associated with success and what the Celtics have been about over the course of their history.

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the Celtics’ present plight and where do you see them in terms of their chances winning an NBA title ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on the Boston Celtics and that of the conference and the NBA postseason as a whole ?

Alan aka tophatal ……………………

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(1) Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves center Darko Milicic (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Minneapolis. Pierce had a team-high 23 points as the Celtics won 85-82 . AP Photo/ Mark Goodson …..

(2) Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn (10) looks to pass around Boston Celtics guard Carlos Arroyo (45) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Paul Battaglia ……….

(3) Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) goes for the loose ball along with teammate Paul Pierce (34) and Minnesota Timberwolves center Anthony Tolliver during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Paul Battaglia ….

(4) LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 19: Shaquille O’Neal of the Boston Celtics with girlfriend Nicole ‘Hoopz’ Alexander sit courtside as they attend NBA All-Star Saturday night presented by State Farm at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images …….

(5) Wyc Grousbeck (right) is seen here with Red Auerbach at the team’s headquarters discussing the Celtics’ team . Auerbach who died last season built the Celtics’ dynasty into one of the NBA’s most beloved and successful franchises . Grousbeck is now the senior managing partner in the Boston Celtics’ ownership group . Paul Myers / Celtic Archives / copyrighted material @ all rights reserved …..

(6) Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge (L), managing partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck (C) and guard Ray Allen celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball championship in Boston June 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar ……………..

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Someone Knocked One Of The Wheels Off My Bus …………..


So  at this particular  time  the argument is being made as to the  supremacy of the  Boston Celtics within the  NBA. Having raced  out  of the starting  gate  posting  an impressive record over the first  29 games (27-2). They’ve  now  fallen to earth with a thud  or  so  some  would  have  us  believe  with  an almighty bang. Now with a record of  29-8 there’s  a rumbling  and everyone  is questioning  the  team’s  resolve.

 

 

The Celtics' Paul Pierce  points to the sidelines having  been fouled by the Rockets' Ron Artest ..........
The Celtics' Paul Pierce points to the sidelines having been fouled by the Rockets' Ron Artest .............

 

 

Paul Pierce(34) points to the sidelines  after he’s fouled by the Houston Rockets'(96) Ron Artest.  The Rockets however  would go on to win the  game 89-85. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Tom  McLendon…………….

 

 

 

 

Well the NBA season isn’t about  a sprint  as it’s really  a  marathon  of  sorts  played  out over a  schedule  of 82 arduous games. They  sap  the  physicality’s and  mentality  of  a  player  and  no doubt  a whole  lot  more. That being  said the  teams that  survive that  then  have the  postseason to look  forward  to.   And  that  in of itself  is filled  with  pitfalls that’ll  test the  coaching staff and  players alike. 

 

 

Garnett  tries  to  defend the  shot of the Rockets Aaron  Brooks .......
Garnett of the Celtics tries to defend the shot by the Rockets' Aaron Brooks .............

 

Kevin Garnett tries to defend a shot by  the Rockets’ Aaron Brooks during  the  game  played at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachussetts. picture appears courtesy of  nbae/getty images/ Brian Babineau …………..

 

 

 

In  the  Eastern Conference  at  present  we’ve seen  three  teams rise  to the top playing  as consistently as one  would deem  it possible.  And as we can all define consistency in  its  many  forms. It begs  the  question is what’s  now happening with the Celtics  really  all that  disturbing ? The  Boston Celtics along  with the  LeBron James’ led Cleveland Cavaliers and  the  Orlando  Magic  have the  best records  in the conference. Each of the teams in question have their  own  array of  stars. But it  can be said that  without their  trio All Stars last season’s triumph  by  the  Celtics  would’ve been  viewed  as nothing  more than afterthought  had it  been  another franchise  defeating the  Los Angeles  Lakers.

 

Yao Ming of the  Rockets  and  the  Celtics'  Glen  Davis pursue a loose ball......... .
Yao Ming of the Rockets and the Celtics' Glen Davis pursue a loose ball ...............

 

Glen Davis chases after a loose ball that’s  also  being pursued by  the Rockets’ Yao Ming. picture appears courtesy  of nbae/getty images/ Brian Babineau …. 

 

 

 

In Kevin Garnett , Ray  Allen  and Paul Pierce  the  team may  well  possess three  future  Hall of  Famers. But that’s a discussion  for another day. I  know  that there are  some  Celtics’ fans  who’ll be of the  opinion  that they   ought to be enshrined  immediately  upon their retirement  merely  because they  brought  a title  to  Boston  after some 25 years  in what was  thought to be the  perpetual  wilderness.  Well now  they’re back and  are  looking to  improve  upon last year’s  triumph. And if  anything  as we all  know it’s  harder to  defend a title the  second   time around  than  it  is  to  win it  the first time. That being said  it’s to be  expected that the team  would  stumble  somewhat this  season.  They’re  no longer viewed  as a  team  whose sum  is greater than  that  of its  parts.  And  if  anything  their foes within the  conference  as well  across the  rest of  the  NBA  have  finally  figured out how  to  pressurize and beat  this  team.

 

 

Yao Ming defends the paint as the Celtics' Paul Pierce drives to the basket  ...............
Yao Ming of the Rockets defends the paint as the Celtics' Paul Pierce drives to the basket ..................

 

Yao Ming of the  Boston Celtics defends the paint as the Celtics’ Paul Pierce drives for the  basket.  picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Brian Babineau …………

 

 

 

 

At the start of the season the  play of their point guard  Rajon  Rondo was  at its  highest. But the player  himself  seems  to be in a  bit  of a lull. The sophomore point guard  appears to have hit  the  proverbial wall.  And if  the rumors are  to  be  believed then  help is  on  the  way  in the  guise of  the  New York  Knickswayward child  Stephon Marbury. Suffice  to say  that  at  this  juncture  I’d somewhat  begin  to  question the  thinking  of  GM Danny Ainge  should he  follow  through with this  deal. Marbury’s  intentions as  a player  and teammate at times  has come into question.  But with  him  being  placed  within an environment  that  has the  likes  of Garnett, Allen and  Pierce  who in unison as  veterans  have made the  team better. I can  only honestly  believe  that  any  temper  tantrum  thrown  by  him  wouldn’t be  taken  on with any respect by the  trio.  Marbury, has always  been  about  him  and  him  only.  And his  desire as he says  to be part of  a team  and  play for a contender while  admirable. In  my  mind  I  find it somewhat  condescending.  Considering  his travels around the  league there has  to  be a reason why  the  player  has yet  to  find  a  place that  he can  really  call home.

 

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