It is a happy Sunday after the Celtics win last night. Danny is defending Doc, Vescey is predicting a trade for Gasol, and there is once again hope among Celtics fans. The team showed heart last night and came from behind to win convincingly and all is well with the world. We now have 3 days off until we face the Nets to savor the win. In the meantime, here is what is going on in the Celtics Nation today.
Bulpett reports that Danny is standing behind Doc and he feels the problem is more the players than the coach. He feels that the players are not playing up to their individual capabilities. He also says that he is still checking the market for a trade but won't rush into anything if it isn't an upgrade for the future. This could fit with Vescey's report today that his sources are reporting that Danny is close to bringing Gasol to Boston.
Shira also reports that Danny is standing behind his coach. She also discusses Green's improvement behind the arc and his desire to become a defensive force for the team.
The Herald and Projo both have reports on the Celtics win last night. Doc, the players and the reporters all realize that it is defense that keyed the win.
“It’s all about our defense,” said Rivers. “When we play defense, we score a lot of points.
Now if they would only remember that and keep doing it.
Scott Souza discusses the fact that Doc is on the hot seat, but likely to finish the year in spite of it. If the Celtics start winning consistently then the calls for Doc's job would go away. The question is, will they win consistently with Doc as the coach? I point to the failure to play Powe, even though he has proved that he can play, as one of Doc's biggest mistakes. We could use his rebounding and toughness inside and he is twice the player Scal is and yet Doc continues to play Scal and sits Powe. But if Doc can get them to play defense on a regular basis, this team is capable of a win streak.
Finally, the Herald Notebook, reports that Pierce cleared up his position on Doc. His silence after the NY game was interpreted as condemning Doc but he said that isn't the case at all. Also in the article, Doc says that it is no fun being booed, but that he understands it. Bulpett also reports in this article that Al got better as the game went on, scoring all 10 of his points in the 4th quarter. Tony Allen is struggling. Whether it is because he is pushing and trying too hard or distracted by his legal problems, everyone is hoping he can figure it out and get back to where he was at the end of last season.