Because I'm getting tired of the IFTN (Imaginary Friends Trade Network) rumors, let's argue about winning basketball games this season.
- Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk consistently hit from 3-point range. Right now, Sully and KO are well below 30% which means that teams are not going to have their bigs move out to the arc, leaving the paint more tightly packed against drives by Rondo or Green.
- The Celtics get to the free throw line more. Not only is Jeff Green the only Celtic who averages more than four free throw attempts per game, he's the only one who averages over three. Points while the clock is stopped always help.
- Pressure the ball more. The Celtics half-court defense, especially on the pick & roll, has been inconsistent to say the least. With Rajon Rondo back use him, Phil Pressey and Chris Johnson to harass teams more in the back court. Add Avery Bradley to the list if he comes back healthy. Or if he comes back at all; I still think AB's list of injuries makes him a better choice to be traded than a lot of people think. Sorry, had to have at least one trade idea.
- Bench Gerald Wallace. While I'm as big a fan of intangibles as anyone, 24 minutes a night generating minimal contributions isn't helping. Olynyk and Johnson have a lot more upside than Crash (& Burn).