A few hours ago Zach accurately satirized the amount of doom and gloom with the reactions to the Celtics losing two in a row. I read his piece, chuckled to myself at how sensational writers can get (myself included), and metaphorically nodded in agreement with his “let’s not get ahead of ourselves” attitude.
And then this happened.
Zach is still correct. It’s still early in the season and health for the post-season is what really counts. We have seen what a healthy Celtics team can do to the opposition. Hell, we’ve even seen what a semi-healthy team can do to the Orlando Magic.
And now, whether we like it or not, have to find out what a really sore Celtics team can do to the Phoenix Suns- and perhaps beyond.
What would I do?
Put Garnett on the shelf for the next two games. Doc brought up an excellent point. If Garnett sits out the next two games it maximizes his time to get healthy and rested and minimizes the damage in which his absence will surely result.
Play Rondo 15 minutes total tonight, or none at all. Remember last year in the playoffs when Rondo had to be carried off the court because “his feet hurt”? He’s young, yes, but Rondo plays extremely hard all the time. It’s easy to see how he could have strained his hamstring. A strained hamstring also seriously limits his ability to take over games with his quickness; probably his best asset. In the game against Golden State, he couldn’t stay with his man in the second half, presumably due to his hamstring. Why exacerbate that? Especially if the team is already down Pierce and Garnett.
Play the young guys! You’ll get more of this in a post scheduled to publish at 5pm, which will already be a little out-dated, but the point is still the same: play the young guys.
This is big, and I want to know what YOU think Doc should do.