1) Ray was a more than capable defender until the last couple of years. And I repeatedly noted his slippage in this area.
Originally Posted by 69centers
2) If Terry doesn't demonstrate an ability to stay in front of his man, the Celtics are unlikely to make the playoffs.
3) Terry entered the game last night and was torched immediately. Conley gets an assist off penetration when he blew right by Terry. Conley went backdoor for a layup then hit a 3 on Terry for a quick 5 points. On a succeeding possession he was back doored again with only a poor pass to Conley preventing another layup.
When matched on Tony Allen he stood and watched from the #1 rebound position as his man came from the 3 point arc and slammed home a follow. Never even tried to jump for the rebound. Just stood there as Allen blew by and over him. On rotations he was "in the neighborhood" but never stepped in on help to take a charge, give a foul or anything constructive... he stood and watched.
This from a veteran player who knows his team is struggling on the defensive end. Yeah, I just exude confidence he is going to flip a switch and become an average defender when and if the Celtics make the playoffs. Sorry, not buying this at all.
Meanwhile, Doc plays Lee for 4:17 seconds in his first stretch. He was 2-2 from the floor with both baskets coming on drives to the basket and left with a solid +4.
This is that stretch where Terry played almost 13 minutes and the C's went from being up 1 after the first quarter to being down 9 at halftime. If you get a chance, rewatch the game with particular attention to how it changed when Bradley went out and Terry came in during the first half. Then tell me again how Lee's defense at that point would not have been better than Terry's offense. Terry was 1-2 during that stretch, if I recall correctly, but got lit up by Conley. When he left the game the C's were down 6. His man was largely responsible for the difference. And it's been like this every damn game.
Last edited by Opalmerr; 01-03-2013 at 07:12 AM.
Lee / Terry
Bradley /Crawford / Williams
Pierce / Green
Bass / Wilcox / White
KG / Randolph / Melo
Injured: Rondo, Sullinger
Draft wish list: Gorgui Dieng