Skip to main content

Five tweaks that get the Celtics back to the Finals - perhaps beyond



With all of the trade rumors taking flight, the NBA news front is looking like Logan Airport.The latest buzz has the Pelicans Jrue Holiday coming to Boston for either Kemba Walker or Gordon Hayward.

But frankly, Danny Ainge does not have to pull of the deal-of-the-decade to get his team back to the Finals. Flash back to the 2018 Eastern Finals when Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Terry Rozier gave the Cleveland Cavaliers all they could handle in the 7-game series. 

Al and Terry are gone, as are Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris, but Daniel Theis and Kemba Walker are now on board. And the present Green Crew battled well in the Eastern Finals once again. Tweak #1 is:

Aron Baynes needs to come back

Baynes is a proven veteran that knows the Celtics system and brings toughness and physicality (see tweak #2). He earned $5.5 million last season and is an unrestricted free agent.

Celtics need more strength, toughness and physicality

The 2019-20 version of the Celtics revealed that they are a very-skilled finesse group. But they can be manhandled, both on offense and defense. Aron helps a lot with that issue, and so does the potential pick-up in tweak #3.

Bring Rajon Rondo back

Since his Boston days, Rondo has improved his outside shooting and his ball-handling and passing skills remain intact. He already has two Title rings to his credit, and coming back to the Celtics as a rotation player and future coach just makes sense. Few players are as mentally-tough as Rondo, and he is almost assured of opting into free agency very soon.

Brad Stevens needs to loosen up his coaching style and substitution patterns

Brad Stevens is a brilliant NBA coach, but he can be predictable. At times, his rather-mechanical substitutions appear to be based on the clock rather than immediate need. And referees being human beings (despite the adverse thoughts of some fans), the quiet, placid courtside manner presented by Stevens may result in a few calls (or no-calls) going against his team. 

Play the kids

Second year man, Rob Williams, has had his share of injuries, but after two seasons in the League, we still don't know if he is a solid NBA talent. The athleticism is unworldly, but it is still up in the air if we are looking at the second-coming of Kedrick Brown or a budding All-Star. Also, is it too early to give up on Carsen Edwards? How about Tremont Waters? Is Tacko Fall too slow and lumbering for Brad's systems? The major question is whether any of the youngsters can contribute significantly in the post-season. Hey, Brad! Play the kids more.  










Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true-and-suspenseful horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - as told by the cops that were there By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.)  Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating- Photo: YouTube   Elm Street  surfaces on four occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts 2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) He was arrested and transported to Massachusetts State Police Barracks on Elm Street in Concord . 3.) He was  tried, convicted   and sentenced for the murders at  Superior Court , corner of  Elm Stree t and Gorham Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the stage is often set for true horror. Such was the case with triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante . As a 16-year old , he quickly transitioned from: Minor thefts and breaking into homes To: Taunting and threatening a father and his two daughters as an unseen

Anna Horford let's fan know Al's value to the Boston Celtics

 Some fans of pro basketball just take the contrary view just to be...well - contrary , with no solid basis for their stand. Such was the case when when Al Horford's sister, Anna Horford, overheard an argument centered around the value of her brother to the Boston Celtics . No true Boston fan doesn’t love Al!! — Stephanie (@smars319) November 23, 2021 Al's value. Let's take a look at his team stats : Scoring: 4th at 13.1 PPG Rebounds: 2nd at 8.7 RPG Assists: 3rd at 3.5 APG Steals: 4th at 0.9 SPG Blocks: 1st at 1.9 BPG (tied with Giannis for 6th place in the NBA) Minutes: 6th at 29.4 MPG   One more thing about the blocks. That is new for Al . He is the only player over 29 years of age in the top-6 in blocks. Horford is 35. This gem-of-an-individual needs to prove nothing to Celtics fans, but I bet he needs to prove something to himself. Have I ever mentioned I love this guy?

Nik Stauskas adds "shooting with size" voiced by Brad Stevens

 As a 6'6" shooting guard, 28-year-old Nik Stauskas adds that shooting with size sorely needed by the Boston Celtics. Drafted 8th-overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2014, Stauskas has bounced around to various teams since then. Nik Stauskas' deal with the Boston Celtics includes non-guaranteed salary for the second season in 2022-23, a source tells @celticsblog . — Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 4, 2022 Nik has never averaged more than 9.5 points per game in the NBA, but Boston is most likely counting on his production for Grand Rapids in the G League as the incentive to sign him. In 17 games thus far, he has averaged 24.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 4.8 APG - while shooting 50% on field goals and 45% on treys. Nik Stauskas is signing a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics, his agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN. Stauskas had an historic week, scoring 100 points on 57 and 43 point performances in back-to-back games for Grand Rapids. — Adrian Wo