I really need some help. Not in a "talk me off the ledge" sense, but in a "I really don't get it" sense. Really. I don't understand. And I hope someone can help me.
Why does Doc insist on continuing to use Baby even when the big fella falls in love with his jumper, to the detriment of his post game, and even when he's matched up against guys (such as Boozer) who can just shoot over him?
Why doesn't Doc (or someone -- ANYONE!) get in Rondo's grill and make him be consistently aggressive?
Why do the C's so often go away from post play and dribble penetration? Why do they not follow a consistent strategy of getting into the bonus early, and getting the opposition's key players in foul trouble? I think Deng had 3 fouls in the first half, but Boston stopped targeting him in the second half.
Why does no one from the bench (outside of Davis, and we know how often that fails to work out) ever take the initiative and get aggressive? Delonte seems content to dribble around the perimeter, hardly ever shooting and even less frequently driving the lane; Green often seems to just "be there," like a bump on a log; and Curly isn't doing a good job of getting in there and getting his nose dirty.
I guess there are more "whys" I could pose, but what's the use? I was starting to feel good about this team again -- they'd won 3 out of 4, Rondo had played well in all 4, and JO looked solid in all 4 -- but here we go again with another lackluster, "I'm bored, just get me to the playoffs, higher seeding be darned" effort. With the exception of Shaq, this team is now as healthy as an NBA team can be at this point in the season, from top to bottom, so the health excuse was pretty much off the table tonight ... and they still lost. Like all Celtics fans, I continue to hope that the C's again "flip the switch" come playoff time, but this apathetic attitude toward the latter part of the regular season -- even when health is basically not an issue -- is maddening to me. Hopefully my worrying is all for naught, and only time will tell, but I sure wish these guys would show some fire on a consistent basis.