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Grave Danger and Dire Consequences

Why didn't I think of this?  Kevin Henkin goes contrarian and riffs off the financial crisis lexicon to preview the Celtics season.  Nicely done.

Here's an example (but click the link and read the rest):

The Paulson/Bernanke Outlook

It is acknowledged that Rajon Rondo progressed nicely last year and demonstrated some poise throughout the playoffs. However, his inability (until proven otherwise) to hit an open jumper may still pose a grave danger to the half-court offense if opposing defenses are allowed to effectively play in a 5-on-4 scheme. In addition, although Eddie House provides offensive spark off the bench, he must overcome aggressive on-ball pressure while advancing the ball up-court or there will be dire consequences while Rondo is on the bench. In addition, the uneven play of Sam Cassell at the end of last season and in the playoffs may also pose a direct threat to the team’s chances of recovery in the event of a point deficit.

Reality Check

Even when he’s shying off open jumpers or missing them with some frequency, Rondo still brings far more to the table than he takes away from it. His offense is also enhanced by his ability to sneak it to the hole whenever daylight appears. And although Eddie House will never be a true point guard, it’s well known that the coaching staff has been focused on improving House’s ball handling in the face of defensive pressure. As for Sam Cassell, let’s put it this way: if the fates of the team actually become directly tied to the play of gabby old Sam, then something else somewhere along the way has gone very, very wrong.

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