Can two players completely dictate a team’s defense?
It sure seems that way.
After the Suns stretched the lead in the first quarter, the C’s looked like they just rolled over and died. They didn’t chase the Suns three point shooters, they didn’t attack the glass, and they didn’t do a good job of keeping Steve Nash out of the paint.
Some mind-numbing numbers:
Honestly, what’s the point in recapping this game? An injury ridden team laid an egg. It’s not hard to imagine. Still, like Zach’s preview theorized, I thought the C’s will come out aggressive. I thought they’d come out with a chip on their shoulder and really show their mettle. I thought they’d really have the attitude that they didn’t care who was injured or who’s counting them out.
All of which begs the initial question: Are KG and Paul Pierce the only players that champion defense on this team? Should Perk be a more vocal leader on the defense? When these two guys are down, he’s clearly the C’s best defensive player.
It’s late, it’s New Years Eve morning, and honestly, what’s the point? Last night’s game wasn’t the Celtics. I expect a much better effort at home against Toronto, regardless of who’s out.