We had the pleasure of chatting with Jim from fellow SBN site Green Bandwagon about the Celtics, their prospects, their GM, and their fans. As usual you can check over there for the questions he asked me.
Blazersedge: We all know Boston is great and the easy answer as to why is to point out Garnett, Allen, and Pierce playing on the same team. But the truth is superstar mixing doesn't always work.
A. What is contributing to the great blend between the three? How is it working so well?
B. What non-Big-Three factors are also contributing to Boston's success?
House - He is a lights out shooter from all angles when he is on, which has not been the case for several games. He is not really a back up point guard, regardless of what people have said. House seems like the kind of role player other guys like to have on the team. For better or worse he will talk to anyone and everyone, seemingly non-stop.
Posey - Versatile defender that has more offensive ability than it initially seems. He's a quality, veteran role player.
Pollard - Sometimes it seems like his feet are cement blocks. But he knows how to play, is generally in the right place, has playoff experience and is another positive presence on the team.
Glen Davis - Everyone who sees him in person guarantees that Big Baby is 6-9...in his dreams. Although the 289 pounds is probably accurate. He gets inconsistent minutes and the fans are not entirely sure why. Outside of the three stars he may have the most developed offensive game and definitely has the most diverse arsenal of low post moves. It's amazing how rarely he jumps. Davis also takes charges, hits the deck for loose balls, rebounds well and provides energy. He's a fan favorite.
Rajon Rondo - He's a little banged up right now and not performing like he did earlier in the season. When you see him in person it is striking how long his arms and big his hands are. Rondo has a ton of twisting shots around the rim and is the only Celtic that can bring the ball up the court and initiate the offense.
Kendrick Perkins - Perkins still has a penchant for foul trouble and leads the league in technical fouls. Lately he has spent a lot of time on the bench as the Celtics play small ball. Overall he has come along way since his rookie year and still has a ways to go. Perk is also a fan favorite. And if you have anything negative to say about him you will probably hear from these guys.
Tony Allen - He is a turnover waiting to happen, coming off a devastating knee injury suffered last January. Celtics fans hold out hope because when healthy he is explosive, plays great man-to-man defense and can get to the rim like few Celtics can. Seems to suffer from focus issues from time to time and allegedly can have a questionable attitude. He is one of the most polarizing players on the whole roster to the fans.
Brian Scalabrine, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt - Realistically you might see Scal. If Powe is in there something is going drastically wrong for one team. I'd be surprised if Pruitt played, even with Rondo hurting.
Blazersedge: Danny Ainge: last year he was among the worst General Managers in the history of forever. Has that perception changed now? Is he really that good or did he happen to stumble into a couple of the greatest acquisitions in history (saving his bacon)? What's the perception of Danny in Beantown?
Blazersedge: This transformation must be causing an amazing amount of whiplash among Celtics fans. For years you're stuck in the ditch on the side of the road, now you're on the Autobahn heading for the Promised Land. What does it feel like?
- Pre Season - Mid November: They'll be better, but how much better?
- Mid November - Mid December: They're awesome. But have they played anyone?
- Following the loss Pistons to the Pistons in Boston: - Ahhhhhhhhh. Can they beat an elite team?
- Following the victory over the Pistons in Detroit: - See you in June.
- 2008: - We need a point guard and another big. What's wrong with Ray Allen? Doc is a terrible coach. What will Ainge do? Hysteria.
Blazersedge: Can you win it all this year? If so, what needs to happen to make that reality?
Blazersedge: How long is the window for this team?
The number of credible, intellegent blogging voices out there never ceases to amaze me. Thanks to Jim and Green Bandwagon.com!