The Celtics real problems are mental, not physical. Gary Washburn posted this quote from Doc Rivers in this morning’s Boston Globe: “We’ve just got to play better and act better and we’ll get there,’’ said Rivers. “I have no doubt about that, but we’re not there right now. It’s all mental.’’ There are certain things, good and bad, that go along with having this type of problem. When a player is injured, you have an amorphous time line as to when that player is coming back (see Shaq). When a team’s problems are mental, there’s no telling when they will get back on track. While this may sound like a bad thing, it’s all about perspective. We don’t know when the Celtics will put it together and the pessimist will say “never” or “not in time” but it’s just as likely that the Celtics will turn the tide tonight against the Timberwolves than any other game.
The Celtics can still win over 55 games this season. For all of their recent struggles and offensive futility, the Celtics still have a great chance of winning over 55 games. They only have to win a slight majority of their remaining schedule to accomplish this feat. It’s a weird day when everyone in Celtics land is consistently frustrated with a team that’s on pace to win over 55 games.
The Kendrick Perkins trade cannot be properly evaluated until after the season is over. Yesterday, I was listening to Dan Shaughnessy’s last show ever on 98.5 the Sports Hub and he brashly condemned the deal of the upteenth time. While just generally talking about Boston sports, Shaughnessy said something like, “and that trade has completely killed their chemistry.” From the outside, that absolutely appears to be the case but it’s entirely speculative. We have no idea what’s going on in the hearts and heads of the Celtics’ players. When Nenad Krstic arrived and was putting up double-doubles the locker room seemed pretty happy.
Leon Powe probably wouldn’t have come to the Celtics had they not gotten Troy Murphy. The other night when the Celtics lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, Powe was a big reason why. While a Powe reunion would make every Boston fan smile, it was very unlikely no matter what happened with Troy Murphy. Powe wanted court time and the Celtics were not prepared to make him part of the playoff rotation. He may have taken some of Glen Davis‘ minutes had he come here and impressed but those are some big “ifs”.