• The C’s spent part of yesterday going over the rudiments of the offense with Stephon Marbury and Mikki Moore, according to the Herald. Leon Powe, Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens stepped in to run plays with the newbies. Afterward, Marbury vowed to get his game together, saying things will be “totally different” once he gets 10 games under his belt:
“Oh, man, I’ll be totally different,” he said. “My mind is sped up right now to learn everything that’s going on. Once I get the system and I start to understand the plays and the defensive sets and what we want out of the offense and the defense – once my game comes around – I think I’ll be way more at ease and my instincts will definitely take over.
“Mentally is the hard part. You’re trying to do all of the things that you normally do. It’s like my mind is thinking that I can do one thing, but my body’s telling me another thing because I’m just not there as far as having enough games under my belt.”
That’s pretty bad, even given the context of his return to game action. If this goes on for another week, the Celtics need to pick up a D-Leaguer. The player the C’s pick up might be minor league material, but minor leaguers won’t miss more than two-thirds of their shots from the field. And they’d manage to get to the line more than zero times in 56 minutes.
Too soon? Too strong? I don’t have the answers, but I agree that Steph in the lane right now looks like a pee-wee kid trying to take it strong against the high-school team. Does he need to get his legs under him, as the saying goes? Probably. Whether he contributes down the line depends on how long that takes, I guess.