The Herald, The Globe, MetroWest Daily, and Projo all have recaps of last night's game. No matter who reports it, it was a very disappointing loss. We played very well to begin the game and then as the Pistons turned on their defense, we wilted. Positives include Al, Perk and Kandi's play in the middle and negatives include Telfair and West's play and Wally's 6 turnovers. The defensive lapses still point back to the coach's failure to coach defense to a team that is very capable of playing it. The failure to get the ball inside to the big men when they are obviously hitting their shots also points to the coach.
The Herald also reports on the Celtics Dancers much vaunted debut. They were politely cheered and their show went off without a hitch. This signals the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
Pierce is calling for his young teammates to grow up quickly and learn what it takes to win and what they are doing to lose. Again, some of that has to fall on the coach. I love Perk's attitude. He is willing to see where he needs to improve and then work hard to do so.
The Patriot Ledger points to some positives in spite of the loss. There were positives in that our bigs are playing better. Rondo looked better than in the opener and seemed to run the team with poise. Perk played very well in only 17 minutes with 8 rebounds and 1 block to go with 4 points and only 2 fouls in just 17 minutes. He colided with Nazr Mohammed's teeth early in the 3rd and played only limited minutes after that but looked very good in the first half.
Projo points to confidence as the key. A win tonight would do wonders for our confidence, but a loss would be devastating. An 0-3 start is unacceptable for a team with the talent that this team has. Makes you wonder how long Doc will be the coach. Orlando was 0-11 when he was fired there. Last year, Miami was off to a sluggish start when Pat Riley took over and they won the title. What a difference a coach can make.