We face a Jazz team tonight that is coming off their first loss of the season against the Nets. Hopefully we can build on our win (as ugly as it was) against the Bobcats and win 2 in a row. Here is what is going on around the Celtics Nation today:
Steve Bulpett reports that in spite of getting their first win, the Celtics have plenty of room for improvement. That seems to be an understatement since our defense definitely needs improvement, our offense needs improvement, our rotations need improvement, our decisionmaking needs improvement, our hustle and intensity needs improvement, and our turnovers need improvement.
The Celtics Notebook shares that in spite of his play in the preseason, Rondo is being shelved in favor of Telfair and West. We are no longer playing the style that fits his strengths (more on that later). In the meantime, he is coming early and staying late to work on his shooting.
In the Globe Notebook Pierce says that we will run when the opportunity arises (more on that later). We have to play smarter, but I don't agree that we need to abandon our running game. We need to cut down on turnovers but we also need to work on defense. We won't win unless we do.
The Globe Blog tells us that Perk is working to make adjustments in hopes of staying out of foul trouble. I still believe that Perk will have a break out season. He will work until he does in spite of not knowing if and when he will get playing time.
The Patriot Ledger reports that Al could have been lost for the year if his appendix had burst. Thankfully they got him to the hospital before it did. Also, Doc has faith in Perk that he can play much better and I agree. Once he figures out how to limit his fouls, he will break out. Dave Cowens had a problem with picking up too many fouls and he worked out pretty good. I am sure Perk will too.
Hopefully we will play better tonight against the Jazz. Our intensity has been very low in the first 4 games. We need to play with more energy, or this could get ugly. Join us on Celtics Green for the play by play as well as the enlightening color commentary from Q. Game time is 7:30.
Game day is here. Hope to pull out a win vs. the Jazz. We need to run, plain and simple. Without Jefferson, we don't have an inside presence, and the Jazz will suffocate our perimeter game. They are going murder us with their halfcourt defense. We gotta get out and run to keep the scoring drought from happening.