Funny- I see that the Jazz are 7-4, and the Nuggets are 8-4 (without 2 off their main players from last year, in China). Also, the Spurs without Ginobli, etc. etc. We have a bit of adversity, but we keep banging our head against the same old walls that I have posted about before. Doc is too busy over coaching, and trying to 'send messages" to those that need to earn his respect. He is one of the big reasons why FA's will not want to come to Boston. I wonder if he would be able to change his offensive philosophy if given a younger team? Mostly, the lack of any penetrating guards (except Rondo) create our problems, but even when Rondo attacks, the bigs are not in a position to go to the boards. Look at the Bulls (particularly Noah and Boozer) when Rose drives. They follow him to the front of the rim, so when shot blockers go for rose- they are there to follow up. This is a matter of position and philosophy. Since Doc always wants us to fall back quickly, and relies on Rondo more to set up plays, the bigs are RARELY in a position to rebound. Add to that, the fact that JO and KG can't elevate, and he rarely plays Wilcox and Stiemsma, and you have a major problem. I cringed when we brought back Daniels, Pavlovich and added Dooling and Pietrus- all of whom cannot create off the dribble or be used as a pick and roll passing threat when teams switch. We have a bunch of standing shooters with questionable skills- Its nice to have shooters, but you need some creators off the dribble to make defenses rotate. the Jazz and Nuggets are young- and their coach plays 10 guys - the Spurs are old, but Pop uses his rookies without the fear that Doc seems to have. If this keeps up, Rondo is going to be frustrated at having no one that can run with him or utilize his strengths. You might as well flip Rondo, Bradley, and Wilcox + draft picks to Sac for Cousins and Evans- Trade RA for Mayo / chandler / or Smith. Let kg go (or stay as bench for cheap)- and let PP be sixth man. Sign an FA in the offseason and play the young guys more. we need to see what Moore and JJJ can do to evaluate for next year.