I'm more worried if we are playing like this in Apr or May of next yr. However, I expect the team to right itself sooner than later.
I'm honestly surprised by people who expected this team to be playing as a cohesive unit this early in the season.
This is an almost entirely new team, with different roles and new priorities.
We also haven't even got one of our key players back yet, who will add a very important dimension to this lineup, and solidify others' roles.
Before this season even started I had it in my mind to not expect too much until after the break, but that we should be tightened up appropriately by April.
There's just a bit too much over-expectation going on here, and folks need to take a deep breath and a step back from the edge.
There's a long way to go, and a lot to be done ... let's give the competent coach who brought us the O'Brien the benefit of the doubt.
Believe it or not we're getting there, and even tonight's game had some positive moments.
We've been here many times before, folks, and the mortar is hardening.
I appreciate your faith.
But the "they have a bunch of new guys, it's going to take time!" argument is getting tired.
Plenty of other teams made very serious changes to their rosters, including changing out key players.
The Celtics have been playing with 4 of the same players in the starting lineup as last year, and the same three core guys -- Rondo, Pierce, Garnett. Jeff Green is not an entirely new piece, nor is Chris Wilcox. Bass should know his role.
Slotting Courtney Lee into Avery Bradley's role until Bradley returned and having the starting 5 operate in pretty much exactly the same way should not have been that difficult.
Jason Terry is way too talented for it to be so difficult to find a role for him. Guys like Jamal Crawford, Carl Landry, OJ Mayo -- all quick-offense types, like Terry, who settled into their new surroundings pretty much immediately.
So talking about this team like it's a bunch of new guys who have never seen each other before is overstating things.
Other teams with new guys playing major roles have already figured out how to put together 30-40 minutes of solid basketball more nights than not. It's not taking them the majority of the season to do it.
Actually, it's not faith, it'a just common sense.
Jeff played very little before, with a largely different lineup and rotation ... same with Chris. Bass, with the new players, has a different role, but I agree that he's been a bit disapponting as yet.
The loss of Bradley, and in turn his re-insertion into the lineup, did and will make a huge impact on solidifying the rotation and expected roles of the new guys.
There are other teams in the NBA who have added new players, certainly, but few that have changed things up as drastically and are playing with fluidity and chemistry.
"It takes time" only gets old if you have some unrealistic expectations, cuz this game ain't easy, and it will take more time, especially with Avery's return.
Twenty-four games is very little time in NBA terms, and I think things will look much differently at the halfway point.
I guess we'll find out one way or another, but my glass is still half-full at this point.