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Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2012, 07:38:51 PM »

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No.  I don't think Ainge was tricked, but the ocational fan was.

Lots of fans point to the Celtics heroic playoff run where we took the Heat to 7 games before lossing the series. 

It is important to the ocational fan to understand the following:

1. DRose got injured during the Philly/Chicago series.

2. The ocational fan seems to forget that the Sixers - a
   much lesser team - took the Cs to 7 games.

3.  Cs made a galant effort against Miami, but it always
    felt like when Miami wanted - they shifted to a gear
    our crew couldn't reach.....almost like toying with
    us.
   
In the end, they(Miami) won the last two games going
away.  Not even close....

..so, in short, DAinge wasn't fooled into believing, but the ocational fan was probably fooled by the Celtics deep run.

Maybe with ABradley would have been different, maybe not.  We'll never really know...

what is ocational????  You mean occasional?

we have discussed this ad nauseum here. we played much better against the heat than the sixers. we outplayed the heat in 4 straight games(2 through 5).

no spin will change that. Did we lose the series anyway? yes. Do we need to improve? yes. 

Injuries are part of the game man. You think when the magic beat us in 2009 their fans and players discredited it because KG was out? You think the Lakers discredited their title because they beat the magic who beat us without KG? Of course not. You think the heat discredited beating us last year because allen, Kg and PP were playing hurt? What about the year before when rondo played with one arm? Using your analogy no team can ever get full credit for what they do because they most probably beat a team with a good player playing hurt or out at some point in time.

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2012, 08:46:41 PM »

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Nope.

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2012, 10:50:59 PM »

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Deep playoff runs are never a bad thing, even our 2002 one.
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Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2012, 09:14:21 AM »

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Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?

Now I'll be one of the first to admit that a deep Celtics playoff run is one of the best/fun events in sports. But did it cost us in the long run?

Would we have been better off getting knocked out early and possibly starting a rebuilding process instead of loading up again?

Did last years run trick Ainge into thinking the window was still open?

There was no "trick" in last year's playoffs.  Some will argue that we got lucky because ATL didn't have Horford and the Bulls didn't have Rose.  OK - well we didn't have KG in 2009, so the teams in the EC Finals that year must not have been good teams, right?

Our team was playing .700 basketball in the second half of the season last year, and was putting up historic defensive numbers.  We were legitimately a championship contender.  After AB went down the team shifted back to a less dynamic threat but we still were dangerous.

Taking Miami to the 4th quarter of a Game 7 on their home court...when they were the HANDS DOWN favorite to win the title, proved without a doubt the team still had it.

We will be fine.  Just get to the playoffs, higher than a 7 or 8 seed.

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2012, 10:00:06 AM »

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When you have a shot at a championship, you have to go for it.  Blowing up last year's team would have been a mistake.

Let's say we started rebuilding.  What's the realistic long-term goal?  To be back in the same position as last year's team (competing for a trip to the Finals) within five years?


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Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2012, 11:27:01 AM »

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They ended up a little better than I thought they would, mostly because of injuries to the most important players of our opponents at just the right time.

We were, and still are, around the 8th-10th best team in the league, stuck in nowhere land, on a downward trend.

So, the playoff run might not have been a bad thing per se, but it probably warped people´s perception of this team´s true capabilities.
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Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2012, 11:38:06 AM »

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They ended up a little better than I thought they would, mostly because of injuries to the most important players of our opponents at just the right time.

We were, and still are, around the 8th-10th best team in the league, stuck in nowhere land, on a downward trend.

So, the playoff run might not have been a bad thing per se, but it probably warped people´s perception of this team´s true capabilities.

lets not forget, at this point last year the team was in WORSE position than we are now...fans were calling kg/pierce done and for us to blow up the team

once KG was moved to center/Bradley started in allens place we went on a 70% win streak to close the season...and became true contendors.

which is why I see no reason to panic right now. lets see how the team looks by all-star break. once bradley comes back and we move Terry back to the bench this team may look different

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2012, 12:17:01 PM »

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They ended up a little better than I thought they would, mostly because of injuries to the most important players of our opponents at just the right time.

We were, and still are, around the 8th-10th best team in the league, stuck in nowhere land, on a downward trend.

So, the playoff run might not have been a bad thing per se, but it probably warped people´s perception of this team´s true capabilities.

lets not forget, at this point last year the team was in WORSE position than we are now...fans were calling kg/pierce done and for us to blow up the team

once KG was moved to center/Bradley started in allens place we went on a 70% win streak to close the season...and became true contendors.

which is why I see no reason to panic right now. lets see how the team looks by all-star break. once bradley comes back and we move Terry back to the bench this team may look different

You know, I´ve tried to begin this post several times with a different start, but there´s just no point in arguing that we somehow became "true contenders". It would take me at least 2 hours to explain all the different angles as to why this is a nonsensical narrative (partly due to the fact that english isn´t my first language), considering that all the "arguments" would undoubtedly come up, and I´ve been through this before.

We were as much a contender as the Detroit Pistons in 2010. Being streaky is the mark of an once great team (much like it is for extremely talented, young teams). In the end, quality trumps chemistry, energy and experience.

If the stars align, then yes, we could actually win a championship. The same is true for ten other teams in the league. Banking on that is like calling a lottery ticket a financial investment, though.

The difference between us and the Atlanta Hawks or Philadelphia 76ers is, that we simply don´t have the time to fool around, as our best players are all past their expiration date. All we effectively do is to waste our best chance to keep an inevitable(!) rebuild as short as possible.
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Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2012, 12:31:24 PM »

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They ended up a little better than I thought they would, mostly because of injuries to the most important players of our opponents at just the right time.

We were, and still are, around the 8th-10th best team in the league, stuck in nowhere land, on a downward trend.

So, the playoff run might not have been a bad thing per se, but it probably warped people´s perception of this team´s true capabilities.

lets not forget, at this point last year the team was in WORSE position than we are now...fans were calling kg/pierce done and for us to blow up the team

once KG was moved to center/Bradley started in allens place we went on a 70% win streak to close the season...and became true contendors.

which is why I see no reason to panic right now. lets see how the team looks by all-star break. once bradley comes back and we move Terry back to the bench this team may look different

You know, I´ve tried to begin this post several times with a different start, but there´s just no point in arguing that we somehow became "true contenders". It would take me at least 2 hours to explain all the different angles as to why this is a nonsensical narrative (partly due to the fact that english isn´t my first language), considering that all the "arguments" would undoubtedly come up, and I´ve been through this before.

We were as much a contender as the Detroit Pistons in 2010. Being streaky is the mark of an once great team (much like it is for extremely talented, young teams).
In the end, quality trumps chemistry, energy and experience.


If the stars align, then yes, we could actually win a championship. The same is true for ten other teams in the league. Banking on that is like calling a lottery ticket a financial investment, though.

The difference between us and the Atlanta Hawks or Philadelphia 76ers is, that we simply don´t have the time to fool around, as our best players are all past their expiration date. All we effectively do is to waste our best chance to keep an inevitable(!) rebuild as short as possible.

I don't think it was streaky.

I think was Avery Bradley emerging as a fourth impact player for the team. Something that Rondo, Garnett and Pierce badly needed. It was that extra weapon that took the team from good playoff team (4th-6th seed; maybe win a round, maybe not) to a title contender (2nd in East to Miami). It was that extra weapon that gave them that consistency.

I thought Avery played at a level contemporary with a top 10 shooting guard in the league during those final months of the season (in addition to Pierce, KG and Rondo being top 5 players at their respective positions). Avery was a huge difference maker with his impact defensively and highly efficient role player level offense.

Emmm ... For me, it wasn't about inconsistency but the addition of an extra weapon that helped bring them to that next level.

Whether Avery will be able to maintain that individual performance / impact, I am optimistic but we'll have to wait and see. We'll know more about the team then. One way or the other.

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2012, 01:15:53 PM »

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ya, streaky isnt the right word I would use to describe our team last year..

the first half, yes we were a sub .500 team....but winning 70% of our games to end the season and playing some of the best defense of the big 3 era is not streaky....in the end injuries/age just got to us.

if we go on another 60-70% win streak once bradley comes back, I think we would be contenders then as well.

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2012, 07:32:21 AM »

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ya, streaky isnt the right word I would use to describe our team last year..

the first half, yes we were a sub .500 team....but winning 70% of our games to end the season and playing some of the best defense of the big 3 era is not streaky....in the end injuries/age just got to us.

if we go on another 60-70% win streak once bradley comes back, I think we would be contenders then as well.

That statement is good to pick out, because it´s one of the arguments I meant that I don´t want to get into.

No, it wasn´t just us being streaky, it´s never just one thing.
And we didn´t just win because AB was an "impact player" all of a sudden. If anything, Doc´s stroke of genius to change our set-up completely mid-way through the season played as much of a role as the turn-around of individual players for one last hurrah after hitting rock bottom. Teams had to figure us out once again, an advantage that quickly vanished once we were locked into a 7 game series with a good team. It might sound cliche, but most of the game is still played in the head.

Exactly one year ago, everyone and their mother called Bradley a bust. Then he played a few months, was injured, now he´s the saviour. You´re in for a rude awakening.
That even a smart guy like Who considers AB a solution to our problems after only 4 months of NBA play is all you need to know...and I like Bradley as much as the next guy.
You remember Rodney Stuckey? He was the saviour for that 2010 Pistons team.
Isn´t it funny that now that all the excuses of last season are null and void, AB´s absence is the best we got?

I also don´t want to get into all the other reasons why bringing up a percentage win record for the closing games of a shortened season is also nonsensical.

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in the end injuries/age just got to us.

Yeah, who would´ve thought?

It´s almost as if regular season wins don´t matter at all. Oh wait, they don´t.

In my opinion, that is exactly the kind of twisted narrative that leads to this assertion that "we still got it". Age isn´t going away. Injuries are more likely to get to us than other teams. Other teams lost their star players at just the right time, we lost only bench players, yet it´s apparently a viable argument to say we still got it because we made it to the ECF, and even worse, to extrapolate our luck last season into this season.

These discussions are a textbook example of how even well-managed teams find themselves in the middle of a 10-year-rebuild plan all of a sudden. You can´t be a bit over the hill, just like you can´t be a bit pregnant.
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Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2012, 08:26:17 AM »

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Yes.  And I don't think Danny was really, deep-down, deluded--but Wyc might have been.

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2012, 09:06:20 AM »

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Casperian, one of those so called "genius" changes was putting Bradley in the starting lineup...the stats SHOW that with him in the lineup the team posted scary defensive numbers.

 Why is it whenever someone mentions avery bradley people on this board are so quick to brush away his excellent play last season...and continue to harp why he wont help us?

Rondo, Doc and Kevin Garnett think they will be a different team with bradley...why should I believe some posters on this site over them?

Bradley IS an elite defender: Fact

whether his offense returns to the level it was last year we will see...but his defense will NEVER fault him.

and really thats all we are needing with him.

Re: Was the deep playoff run last year a bad thing overall?
« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2012, 09:55:52 AM »

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These discussions are a textbook example of how even well-managed teams find themselves in the middle of a 10-year-rebuild plan all of a sudden. You can´t be a bit over the hill, just like you can´t be a bit pregnant.
Don't feel like quoting the whole thing, but I agree with your take Casperian.  I don't fault Danny for giving it his best shot to reload with limited assets at his disposal.  We did, after all, nearly eliminate the Heat last year, so it's not like it was imprudent to give it one last go.  In hind sight (or at least present sight), it appears that we just don't have the horses to be legitimate contenders right now.  Sure, Bradley will make us better, but IMO doesn't get us by real contenders.  The main problem, as it was always bound to be, is that you go as far as your superstars take you.  Sure, it's great to have excellent complimentary pieces, and they can be difference makers, but still you need superstars performing like superstars.  Two of our three superstars are well past their primes.  Sure, they each can still have flashback games.  That's the way it goes with aging players.  But they don't bring superstar level games night in and night out.  Not even close.  Terry, to me, is much less than advertised (and well beyond his prime, too).  Green is nowhere near a 9M player.  Lee is perhaps less than I expected, but I do like his defense, and I think his offense can come around.  He may be somewhat overpaid, but not, on the whole a terrible signing.  Plus, he's not beyond his prime.

Mainly, we've got a lot invested in players way beyond their primes, and we should expect diminishing returns each succeeding year.  So, though last year's team made a great run, I don't find it at all shocking that they would not be having that kind of success this year.  Sure, our aging guys are not shot yet, but neither are they dominant like they once were.  So, to the original question by the OP, though the deep playoff run was great fun, and really gratifying, looking at the long term ramifications, it delayed our inevitable rebuild some.  Like I said, though, I don't fault Danny for giving it another go, as close as we came to knocking off the Heat.

He's got a month and a half to figure out whether he thinks this window is still open, or closed for good with PP and KG as main cogs.  If he feels it's closed for good with what's left of our Big 3, then every move he takes should be with an eye toward building our NEXT real window of contention, which would likely involve moves that would displease KG and PP.  I think if Danny doesn't see dramatic improvement over the next month to month and a half, the rebuild will begin, and at that point, my guess is that KG and PP will want no part of being part of a rebuilding process.  They may actually request to be moved, and I could see KG (and possibly PP) retiring (and leaving money on the table) if he/they are not going to play for a contender.

 

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