With all these blog Celtic summaries, it got me to thinking about our X-factor. The practical glass-half-full side worries about minute management, defensive stoppers, and backups for injured starters but if you put that aside for a moment and fantasize about a specific positive change "coming out of nowhere", what would you want the Celtic Surprise to be?
We're poised to be a great transition team... maybe not always the fastest fast break but the starters have their style of getting down the court and Rondo either finding someone or finishing. It's after the rotations start that we lose that identity and what I'm hoping to see is Rondo and someone getting their slashing signals in tune with each other so that when X sees a lane he and Rondo are ready in the moment to exploit it.
As far who that would be... I love to keep rooting for Bill Walker and Tony Allen but both are injured in some way or another and haven't shown an ability to get telepathic. And has Rondo ever played with J.R. Giddens (or even know he exists)? So that leaves Marquis Daniels, who I'm guessing is who all of you probably thought of first, but I just had to try and build it up. Daniels is certainly not a "who's left" kind of player. ;-)
So that's my "Halloween Slasher" Surprise X-factor: That Marquis and Rondo (or whoever's playing point) can get some surprise cutting/slashing into our offense after the substitutions start.
I'd love to read what people think of this and/or hear your hope for how the Celtics could, I mean will, surprise the league "out of nowhere". It's good to be the underdog.