Today the league should pass out fines and suspensions for the NY Brawl. In reading the articles about this, it is better than a soap opera. George Karl likes Larry Brown, Isaiah fires Larry Brown, George Karl doesn't like Isaiah and Isaiah doesn't like George Karl. George Karl leaves starters in till the end of a blowout to embarrass Isaiah. Isaiah threatens Melo to stay out of the paint. JR Smith gets a very hard foul for venturing into the paint. interesting stuff. If you want to read about it, check out The NY Daily News article.
Back to basketball instead of boxing, the Celtics are much more positive about their season today than they were a month ago. The Herald reports that the 5 game win streak has given the Celtics reason to believe they will make the playoffs once again. Doc says he has always believed in this team. I have believed in them also. We saw flashes of what they could be and it was exciting. They are now putting it together and being more consistent with their effort. I really like this team and like all of our young players.
The Globe reports that it is chemistry and defense that is driving their recent success. I have been saying for years that chemistry is many times underrated in building a contender. Chemistry is very important and together with defense can make a contender of a team without superstars. We saw this with the Pistons most recent championship team. Defense is the most important factor in winning and chemistry is right behind that. We are developing both and if they continue to improve in these two areas, the sky is the limit.
"We're doing what we have to do, and that's defense," said Al Jefferson. "Defense is taking us there. We're just trusting each other on defense, being there for each other. Our confidence is way up. But we're taking it one game at a time because we haven't been here in almost two years. You've got to be focused because teams are trying to knock you off. You can't relax because you've won three games or four or five in a row."
Al has the right idea. We must commit to defense and the team has to build trust in one another. We also can't get over confident and have to stay hungry.
The Worcester Telegram has a good piece citing Joe Johnson and Chauncey Billips along with turnovers as reasons that Iverson is not the answer for Boston. I have been saying these same things also. I don't want to give away any of our young talented players and watch them become all stars. I don't want them to come back to haunt us and beat us long after the player we traded them for is long out of the league or no longer effective. And Iverson in particular isn't a good fit for the Celtics.
Jefferson and Green could be the cornerstones for the future. But it’s too early to tell. Iverson scores a lot of points, would help the Celtics win more games this season, and he’d definitely make things more interesting on and off the court, but his selfish attitude would hurt in the locker room, and he’d be gone after the Celtics paid him $47 million over the next three years. And where would the Celtics be then?