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KG OUT: Time to Panic (for real this time?)

 

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 where men are made.  This is where guys can play for the rest of their careers.  This is where Doc can make himself look like a genius or have a very convenient excuse should things implode.
Doing these things does not constitute giving up, giving in, or conceding defeat.  You have 15 guys, and you can’t play three of them.  Play the other 12 and whatever will be, will be.

This is big, and I want to know what YOU think Doc should do.

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    not good news but no stress. playing the kids and bench will help later. rest everyone now as much as necessary.

    this team can win on the road in the playoffs….health over seeding if it comes to that

  • Brendan Jackson

    Correction: Down to 11 players if Baby can’t go tonight, and it seems very likely that he won’t be able to.

  • flashbacks

    rest them let the bench play the game end of the season health is whats important

  • Jay P

    Good post, completely agree. What’s 4 games in the grand scheme of this season? Not a damn thing, and I don’t mind a chance to see the young guys get some playing time.

    I wanna see Hudson out there tonight, I wanna see Walker, I wanna see what kinda head TA has on his shoulders when he’s playing with a young unit.

    Hell maybe house will get hot and put up 40, wouldn’t be the first time. It’ll still be fun to watch, get guys healthy, it’s a long road ahead.

  • nowayout

    I agree, Rest KG and Rondo. If Doc is talking about the picture why risk Rondo at all? Let’s face it, he is irreplacable..You don’t wanna play games with Rondo’s hamstring, he is as crucial as anybody.
    Heck, also think about Ray’s minutes too. His body should not be punished with increased minutes just because PP is out. Cause, then it kind of means you’re borrowing from Ray’s to pay Paul’s, if you know what I mean.
    Give the young guys the challenge, if TA can step up, so can JR, Billy or Lester…but I’m sure Doc will give the extended minutes to Scal, sigh…

  • Idaho

    “Rondo plays extremely hard all the time”

    I don’t know if this makes me want to laugh or throw-up.

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    “Rondo plays extremely hard all the time”

    I don’t know if this makes me want to laugh or throw-up.

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