Alternate title: “Garnight, sweet Pierce. May flights of Rondos sing thee to thy Ray.”
PM Funk was PM right. The Celtics are just too old to compete with the Heat on a daily basis. We know they had a great start to the season, as usual, but they lost focus and energy, and the beginning of their fall really pre-dated Perkins’ departure – though that certainly exacerbated the situation.
These playoffs shot home the issues. Defensively the team is still very good, but they commit so much to defense that they hinder their ability to chase defensive rebounds as they over-commit defenders to the strong side of the court. Then difficulty securing boards leads to a lack of transition scoring, which stifles their ability to get easy points and to get to the free throw line, because in the half court, Pierce is no longer viable option to take over for a quarter at a time.
The only indefensible one on one scoring threat left on the team is Garnett, and he’s only reliable one in five games. Let’s not forget that Kevin Garnett has been playing NBA basketball since 1995. He’s the same age as Tim Duncan with an extra 2 years of play under his drawstring. No wonder the knees are going, and the energy and focus are so off and on.
I ramble. I ramble because I love. The Celtics will probably be a very different team next year with no Doc Rivers, no O’Neals, and who knows how many other changes. They’ll always be my favorite dynasty that wasn’t. I tip my drink to you KG and the Little Tickets. Anything is possible.