Last year I had a large thread where I admitted I hadn't been watching the team every night. I felt like I was watching sitting ducks and couldn't get into it. I was waiting for the deadline. I knew the team was poised to make a trade. We had to. We were playing .500 ball and were going to probably lose Ray for nothing if we didn't. ALso, we didn't have a single interesting young player on the team to root for... I was bored to death (Bradley didn't start his streak until late March).
I was completely shocked when the deadline came and went without a move. SHOCKED. Later, I came to find out that Ainge did in fact trade Ray to Memphis for OJ Mayo, but the deal fell through. Additionally, he had tried trading Pierce to the Nets for a lotto pick, but Pierce killed the deal and the Nets settled for Gerald Wallace (although I've heard that reported differently by some).
Luckily, KG took a couple games off to have a personal "leave of absence", came back with a switch flipped, Boston started streaking, we got lucky draws the first two rounds of the playoffs and made a nice little run. It became a pretty successful season all things considered.
This year, once again I have to admit I haven't been catching every game. It's partially, because I'm working late. I do catch as many games as I can. But like last year, there are a handful of games I've skipped simply because It's tough to get too invested in a team that I expect will look dramatically different by February.
At no point has this roster made sense. It seemed to me we were acquiring assets to make a run at a legit big. Rondo plays 43 minutes per game in the playoffs... that leaves about 53 minutes total for the interchangeable Jason Terry, Avery Bradley, LeAndro Barbosa and Courtney Lee to split when stuff starts to matter. That makes no sense. Paul Pierce plays close to 40 minutes a game in the playoffs... and yet we're paying Jeff Green (who is only effective as a SF) starters money... why?... so he can play 9 minutes off the bench when stuff starts to matter? That makes no sense. We have a glut of mediocre bigs surrounding a 36 year old. Bass and Sully are solid bench players. Beyond that it's bottom of the barrel scraps that you can find on most D-League rosters and waiver wires. MAYBE Wilcox is the exception there, but not really. We're not so surprisingly starting Jason Collins now. I'm not shocked. The roster is excessively overloaded with undersized guards and severely lacking in quality bigs. That doesn't make sense.
I've been saying this roster was flawed since the offseason. But really I've been saying this roster was flawed since March 2011 when Shaq hobbled off the court. I really can't see us going past the deadline without making a move... and for that reason it's tough to get too emotionally invested in the ups and downs of this team's early struggles. I just can't see us NOT making a move. So as Jan 15th is approaching and the deadline not far after... I'm starting to really get excited about the possibilities of fixing this roster. I hope we can pull it off. One big 4-for-1 deal could really pop things into place and start defining roles.
I'm crossing my fingers we don't get left empty handed like last year (which turned out alright anyways)... I was 99% confident a trade was going to happen last deadline and I clearly was wrong. I'm 99% confident a trade will happen at this deadline too. I can't wait to see what it is!