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Too Giddy for Giddens?


If you were to ask me, I would tell you to keep TA on the bench and give J.R. a run.

With the news that Marquis Daniels’ wrist injury has become just to hard to handle, it’s clear someone has to step in and play his minutes- and more importantly Paul, Ray, and Rondo’s minutes.  Coincidentally, at the same time Marquis is going down, TA is coming back but, as always, I have a few thoughts on that.

First of all, it’s not like Tony Allen can come in right away and contribute like a sixth man anyway.  He’s coming off an injury (surprise) and he has shown in the past that he starts off slow in these situations.

On the flip side, J.R. had been getting more run earlier in the games lately- maybe due to Doc predicting that Daniels would be missing some time- and while in there, he’s played decently enough.  I have previously wrote that J.R. is offensively ineffective, but that is a bit of a misstatement.  J.R. doesn’t take bad shots and he doesn’t turn the ball over.  Why?  Because once he gets the ball, he passes it to another teammate and when he has an open shot he’ll pump fake, ball fake, hesitate, or pretty much do anything else to dissuade himself from taking it.  It’s almost as if he’s taken everything he’s been taught to do on offense from “triple-threat position” to some of the more complex plays the C’s run and made them all part of a checklist in his head.  A checklist he must complete before he does anything with the ball.

While I’m not a psychologist (although I have been known to enjoy a good armchair), I believe his stints in the D-League, the fact that he was a first round pick, the attempts to resurrect his image after his incidents at Kansas and subsequent exodus, and him playing on a team that flat out didn’t need him for two years has really hurt J.R. psyche.

This stretch the C’s will have play without Daniels, however, could be what J.R. needs to become an actual player in the league.  There is no chance that J.R. can become a star, starter, or even seventh man off the bench, but could he develop into a guy that plays six minutes a game?  I think so.

What Giddens’ shows in being over-disciplined on offensive, equally mirrors his play on defense.  Defense, fortunately for J.R., is something that almost necessitates being overly disciplined.  The only knocks against J.R.’s defensive game that I can see include his lack of playing time and he seems to be a little late when fighting over picks.  The only casualty to his lack of playing time for the defensive end is chemistry.  When you play competitive basketball, it’s imperative to know with whom you are playing.  Giddens’ will almost have to intrinsically know when to switch and switch back on screens, who his help D is should he go for a steal, and where he needs to rotate to based on personnel.  It’s obvious he’s had great mentors in guys like KG, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce and a great coach in Tom Thibodeou- still, having great people around you can only take you so far.

J.R.’s got to come the rest of the way on his own, and this might be his last shot.  Daniels won’t be out forever.  Bill Walker may come back and prove his effectiveness.  Who knows?  Tony might come back and be that player we all thought he would be (I doubt it, but I’d be the first one to kiss his feet after the things I’ve wrote about him).

What do you folks think?  Pierce can’t play all those minutes.  If the C’s are trying to get Daniels healthy for the rest of the season and playoffs, then shouldn’t preserving Pierce also be on their mind?

Other Options:

Obviously TA and Bill Walker are the other options here.  The best thing about TA is that he has shown that he can bring the ball up the floor, which is unfortunately extremely valuable to this team.  This is also something Walker and Giddens can’t do (at least as far as I’ve seen).

Walker is currently tearing up the D-League right now, scoring in double-figures for each of the first five games and has shown an improved three point shot.  But how would his defense be on this team?

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    no more offense needed on this team. and rondo should be able to play 40 minutes throughout the playoffs so i don’t see the ‘ball up the court’ issue as critical.

    i’m a broken record at this point….but they need a SG stopper. ray isn’t that guy and truth can’t be pushed into doing it on both ends night in & night out. will marquis or someone else step up? ….or will they need to trade? …only the shadow knows…..

  • Tom

    What if Tony Allen is the backup point guard. Are we going to average 40 turnovers a game?

    I am off the JR bandwagon. From what I can see, he seems to lack the basketball IQ that Marquis Daniels has. He seems to be a ball chaser on defense rather than knowing where to be at the right time. On offense he is just flat out terrible.

    With all that said, I would like to see a small line up of House/Rondo/Lester at the guards and Scal at SF in small stretch to see what they can do.

  • DeVelaine

    Someone remind me why we still have TA in the first place. I’ve seen nothing but bad play from him in all the time I’ve seen him on the court.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    J.R. just isn’t an NBA player. And we have TA because no one else will take him.

  • Brendan Jackson


    What you guys have said is all true. That being said, who are the Celtics going to play? I think at this point, they have to play Giddens. Who else would you guys put in? Go big and put Scal at the three?

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  • http://vittoridezen.wordpress.com Vic De Zen

    I’d really, really love for Bill Walker to get a shot here.

  • Tom

    The problem with our bench is that none of them can create their own shots, I guess the best we can do is have Sheed in the low post.

  • http://Aol.com Matt


    When’s Glenn comming back?? How longs daniels out??
    Scal can give us minutes at sf. Hudson could spell rondo at point. We are stuck with TA and giddens is only usefull on defense.
    So what do we do now if daniels is out for an extended period of time. We pray for a speedy recovery.

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