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The Ryan Hollins conundrum

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This might sound like scapegoating, but this is just my personal observation. I really don't understand why Hollins gets playing time, especially more than Greg Stiemsma. Greg has proven himself to have the capacity to be a consistent contributor (whether it's blocks, steals, rebounding, those rare jumpshots), yet Hollins, who hasn't really proven anything (he was a late pickup, after all), gets playing time. For those who are of the belief that Steimsma has been out of rhythm in this playoffs, there is merit to your argument, but why not let him find that rhythm again? He just has the capability to bring so much more to the table. What does Ryan Hollins bring?

1. Energy. He hustles, he gets into the opposing team's skin, he runs the court for alley-oops. Sadly, that's all he does. Does he get those alley-oops consistently? No. Does his feisty attitude really throw the enemy off rhythm? No. Does his hustle usually end up good for the Celtics? Rarely. I just can't stand it. I know he's really trying, really trying to inject energy, but it's EMPTY ENERGY. Hell, you can ask Mikki Moore or Rasheed to do jumping jacks on the court and that'd be the equivalent of the impact Hollins brings.

2. Defense...? He doesn't have good timing on his blocks, he isn't necessarily a good post defender, let alone an average one, and he doesn't rebound the ball well. I know it's been well-said in this blog, the irony of how someone over 7 feet can't consistently get rebounds, but it's just terribly frustrating. Stops that should have been finished by rebounds don't come into fruition. There's just a whole lot of NOTHING he brings to the court, far outweighing the good things he DOES bring.

3. Offense. None. He doesn't even pass the ball well.

Maybe this is just ranting over a really bad loss, but I guess I'm appealing to Doc to trust the guys that got you there. Bass was playing well, yet he rarely got court time at the end. Stiemsma has been a defensive game-changer for us SO MANY TIMES, yet he gets a DNP. It has seriously come to the point that at the 6-minute mark in the first quarter, seeing him come in for KG is already a bad omen. With Stiemsma, even though he has been suffering from being really foul-prone recently, changes the outlook of the game from the defensive end. I'm just tired of watching the C's playing 4 on 5 and expecting it to work. Geez.

Free Stiemsma.

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