I didn't have time to get this up yesterday, but JB over on CelticsStuff Live had a piece about Scott Souza that was good. All summer long, Scott kept us informed of what was really going on with the Celtics who were in town, while the main media outlets failed to do so. Scott has had excellent articles with information we aren't getting elsewhere. A big thank you to Scott for continually working to keep us Celtics fans informed.
In Bulpett's Notebook, the theme from all the players is that they have to get stops and play better defense. I am becoming more and more convinced that Doc doesn't know how to coach defense. With all of his 8 or so defensive sets that he has introduced, we still can't defend the pick and roll and as a team are woefully deficient in that area. All of the players and all of the fans know that this is where we need to improve, but does Doc?
“We’ve got all the tools to go out there and win some games, but we’re just not winning,” Telfair said.
So, if we have all the tools and still aren't winning, what does that mean? My guess is that the person using the tools doesn't know how to use them correctly.
MetroWest Daily once again tells us that Green is ready for more playing time.
"I really think he's close to playing," the Celtics coach said last night before tipoff. "He's maturing in front of my eyes. Right now he's not maturing in front of your eyes, but I think soon enough you'll see him. I think he's going to find his way on the court sooner than most think."
Also mentioned in this piece it mentions that Scal is close to returning. Just when we thought it couldn't get worse...
The Globe mentions that attitude and effort was front and center in post game remarks. I have to agree that Washington out hustled us in that game. We really didn't play with much heart. Danny has a very interesting comment in this piece about the team not meshing.
When asked if the team "not meshing" hinted at a possible trade, Ainge said no. He merely wanted to highlight that some players spent little game time together during the exhibition season. Ainge mentioned that the starting lineup in the opener (Paul Pierce, Szczerbiak, Delonte West, Sebastian Telfair, and Kendrick Perkins) played only a few minutes together during preseason because of injuries to Pierce and West.
We really need to define roles for the players and set a rotation. The reason they aren't meshing is because from night to night, they don't get regular minutes and they don't know what their roles are.
The Green Room proposes that we need Delonte back and I couldn't agree more. Delonte was our third best player last year and we desperately need his shooting and leadership on the second team. I am not sure if his slump is the result of not knowing his role and therefore a lack of confidence or if it is his back that is still giving him problems and he isn't telling anyone. Whatever it is, I really hope he gets over it soon.
The Perkolators has a tale of two coaches. Red's theory was always to keep it simple. Obviously, simple works. Doc has at least 8 different defensive sets that he has introduced along with two separate sets of plays for the first and second team. No wonder the kids get confused on what play to run. Maybe we should throw all that out the window and go back to keeping it simple and letting the players play.
Celtics 17 has a piece that suggests that Doc's coaching here may be mirroring his time in Orlando. Our 0 and 3 start is hauntingly reminiscent of the 0 and 11 start that resulted in Doc's firing in Orlando. I sure hope not. As much as I have been frustrated with Doc, I don't want to get off to that bad a start as it would totally demoralize the team that is much better than that type of start.
411.com tells us that Danny has put together one of the most puzzling rosters ever. I don't think it is all that puzzling as Danny has said from the beginning he was trying to gather every chip he could and I wouldn't be surprised to see some of these young players traded for a veteran at some time this season.
Not a good start to the season, that is dedicated to Red. Nothing positive is written in the papers and most message baords are calling for Doc's head. Heck, I'm even looking forward to the college season so I can do some scouting, just in case we land a high pick. We need to turn things around and play a lot better.