Our Twolves play the Celtics tonight in Boston, my former home. I’ll be rooting for the Wolves, of course, but the Celtics are one of my favorite sideshows in the League, given not only that I lived in Boston for two years and followed the team closely, but also that they (still) have KG.
Speaking of KG: Garnett’s role remains in dispute, but still, the Celtics have beaten the Wolves pretty much ever since we dealt KG to Boston.
A bunch of tidbits below the fold:
First, the Celtics are far more mediocre than expected, at least initially, this season. People thought they might contend in the East. But they’re 15th in offense, 17th in defense. Despite having KG, they rebound poorly. Because they have Rajon Rondo, they assist well.
Second, All-Star guard Rajon Rondo is back tonight and apparently not very remorseful, having served a two-game suspension after a tiff with native Minnesotan and current New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humpries.
Third, former Twolves hero/goat player Darko Milicic is already gone from Boston, having worn out his welcome shortly after signing with the Celtics in the offseason. Milicic’s short career arc in Boston sounds familiar. To be sure, teams keep misreading Darko; it isn’t just David Kahn. It’s just that Boston managed to undo their dirty deed more quickly than Kahn/Rambis/Adelman were willing/able.
Fourth, Paul Pierce is still the most critical part of the Celtics’ hopes. He’s the only go-to guy they have, despite the potent components at their disposal like Rondo, KG, and Avery Bradley (when he gets back). Pierce gets to the line at a very nice rate given his usage.
Fifth, KG still has respect from people who matter. Which makes sense: look at his n/off splits: KG’s at a ridiculous +19.
What’s the problem with the Celtics?
A couple obvious things, aside from Darko, stand out:
First: Jeff Green – $39 million, 11 PER. He’s offered almost nothing. Feel-good story, I guess, but still.
Second: Wolves free-agent target Courtney Lee. He’s been even worse, with a PER in single digits (7.44). Yuck.
All that said, there’s a lot of Wolves evolution happening, and we’ve been covering it – Andy G wrote a great wrap of the Wolves’ play last night. Check out his story here. Here’s hoping guys like Josh Howard and Alexey Shved can continue playing well while we await Rubio’s return.
3 responses to “Will the Wolves Ever Beat Boston?”
You know, I think, with the right coach and a defined role, Darko can still put it all together and be a serviceable player in this league.
I kid! I kid!
Oh but some Celtics folks aren’t kidding!
“On so many of his stops around the league, he might have been deservedly labeled as a bust because of circumstance and based on his results on the floor but in Boston, he said the right things and did the right things. He accepted his role and I still think he could have and would have contributed down the road.”
Suuuure he would’ve. Oi, I’d laugh louder if the joke wasn’t on us right before that, and for quite a bit longer.
Exactly. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and in cases such as Darko’s, the newly acquainted have difficulty accepting it. We certainly did here, at least for a good while.