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Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?

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Offline tarheelsxxiii

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2013, 04:36:54 PM »
We move the ball better without Rondo. I don't know that we will be any worse than we were.

On the bright side, we will have a nice chunk of time to develop our young'ns this year, now. Run some plays for Green, Sully, Terry, Lee. I don't hate it.

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2013, 04:38:43 PM »
I voted Yes, only to be hard-headed.

But we'd need EVERYONE else on the team to step up, Big Time.

I've said on here before that if an injury/trade of ANY of the Big Three happened, that's it for the season.

I've been wrong before, I hope I'm wrong this time.

Today was a GREAT step in the right direction, though.
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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2013, 04:39:03 PM »
There are no other options. Can we win it all or not?

I say "Yes". Who's with me?!

I am with you. It's not like the team was lighting the world on fire with Rondo this season. Let's see what happens but I agree that this doesn't make the Celtics any less of a team. One player doesn't make a team (except maybe in the NBA ;)

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2013, 04:39:04 PM »
Never were from the beginning and now they are a first round out or second if they find a serviceable point guard.

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2013, 04:41:05 PM »
It is hysterical to read posters who say the team is better without Rondo. Supposedly the guy is in the top 20 for league MVP, yet the Celtics are better without him.  ::)

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2013, 04:44:07 PM »
No NBA team can survive the loss of one of its top 2 or 3 players and still win a title.  Talent wins in the end.


Offline CelticsFanNC

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2013, 04:45:42 PM »
   They wren;t title contenders before the Rondo injury.   They certainly are not now.

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2013, 04:45:58 PM »
Never were from the beginning and now they are a first round out or second if they find a serviceable point guard.

Other than the 6 game streak and isolated games (like today), the C's have not looked championship caliber this year.  But didn't the last 2 years in the reg season either.

But I totally agree that it is nonsense to think they are better without Rajon.  Maybe they'll get some emotion going and catch a few teams off guard without him in the next couple of weeks, but eventually, they can't win without him.   

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2013, 04:49:17 PM »
I love the Cs as much as everyone else here, but let's face reality. No, we are not contenders.

Rondo's injury is a huge blow. Not only will we not contend this year, but we also can't trade Rondo for at least a year. Moreover, he might not be the same player when he recovers.

Again, this is a huge blow (not to mention it sucks for Rondo).
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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2013, 04:50:22 PM »
It is hysterical to read posters who say the team is better without Rondo. Supposedly the guy is in the top 20 for league MVP, yet the Celtics are better without him.  ::)

Not sure that this is true, however I am also not sure that it is "hysterical". I think we will see the rest of the season whether that is accurate or not. No one is saying that Rondo isn't a skilled player and one of the better point guards. It doesn't mean however that with the composition of this team we might be better off with a different point guard. Rondo does many things extremely well, however he exposes us defensively, and has a habit of dribbling out the clock putting us in a bad situation at times. I don't think it is a coincidence that we were better defensively today and that there was a better spread of guys taking shots. I think at worst we didn't take a big dropoff. I wouldn't have minded trading Rondo for a legit center, but that's out the window now...

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2013, 04:50:45 PM »
I'm pretty sure we just beat the defending champs + their ref teammates.
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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2013, 04:51:47 PM »
We haven't been championship contenders since Shaq broke.  We were a feisty also-ran. 

At this point, we're completely mediocre.  Rondo's injury probably will not change that much.  We'll lose some passing, but the offense can be just as effective without him.  We'll just need to adjust the system to be more free-flowing and less Rondo-centralized.  We have the shooters and scorers to make it work just as efficiently.

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2013, 04:52:17 PM »
Yep, it's more difficult though, but since before the season started I said that if someone from our starting unit... well, from our big 3, goes down I'm more comfortable with Rondo going down.

We have a lot of talent in our guard rotation with plenty of people who can put the ball on the floor, and can move the ball. Also we have plenty of defense with Bradley and Lee.

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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2013, 05:15:42 PM »
I'm not counting us out if we can just get to the playoffs which this team can given the east isn't stacked at all....then I'll take us against anybody out east. I am worried about running KG to the ground though bring back Melo sign Kmart somebody to just spot him minutes.


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Re: Are we still CHAMPIONSHIP contenders?
« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2013, 05:23:50 PM »
I'm pretty sure we just beat the defending champs + their ref teammates.

But wait. I thought the regular season didn't matter. I guess today's game is different though because the Celtics won.


 

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