The Unsaid Thing: What of the Celtics Chemistry Now?

There are plenty of things being said and discussed in the wake of yesterday’s trades. With power structures changing across the NBA – including the arrival of two more all-stars to the Atlantic Division – the roster shake-ups are being devoured across the media. What will the C’s do when (if) presented with the nightmare shoulders of Dwight Howard now? Can the oldest player in the Association, Mr. Big Shamrock/Shaqtus/Golden Age Superman/what’s left of Shaquille O’Neal, absorb enough minutes to counter the hole in Boston’s middle? Is the lesser O’Neal, Jermaine, still a functioning athlete? Who the hell was that dude from the D-League the other night again?

Watching the C’s listless performance against the Nuggets showed a much more worrying question, at least to my eyes. Chemistry. Perhaps Semih, Marquis, Nate and Luke can be thought of fondly by the big Four; good teammates who were victims of the typical business of the league. We all remember how the departure of Eddie House was handled; “Good times, brother, best of luck.”

But it’s different with Perkins, and everybody knows it. None more than his teammates and best friends. To watch Rondo’s face last night was to see a study in a young man frustrated, confused, and possibly betrayed, all under the stoic auspices of remaining a professional. He took his cues from his big brothers on the court, but even KG couldn’t hide the despair in his voice in post-game interviews. To hear Paul speak of the game, you wondered if he even recalled playing it. True, they were very short on bodies for the game, but even when the big guns were all assembled on the court, they were dazzling in their ineffectiveness and general malaise.

This is, currently, a team with its heart bruised; hopefully not broken. We can still recall, I should hope, the contentious locker room from last season, the feuding .500 team that miraculously turned it around just in time. The arrival of Shaq and a renewed title thirst had bonded this year’s group, a chemistry formed that showed as the Celt’s thumped the competition and have held the East for most of the season.

But what of that chemistry now? How do they view their own front office? All reports are that the players were furious to learn of the deals Danny Ainge had made (and Doc signed off on), so what becomes of that rage? Is it directed towards the court? The Celts play some of the best “ok, now we’re pissed” basketball in the NBA. Or does it eat away at the core of a team that seemed hell-bent towards the Finals?

Only time will tell, but we won’t have to wait long. The last half of a season this tight always races by, and with the Bulls and Heat at the Celtics’ heels, and a suddenly dangerous Knicks squad flexing its muscles, the temperament of the team will be tested often. Can this veteran team of champions re-set themselves one more time?

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  2. john

    February 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    look fellas ,, i liked perk too ok BUT ,, PERK WAS NOT GOING TO SIGN WITH THE CELTS in the summer anyways !!! also the celtics are not done yet with some buyout players we will see soon,, also green is a big 6,9 player who can score this guys avg OFF THE BENCH is almost 16 pts agame and 6 rbs ,, not to bad id say plus can play the 2 , 3 or even 4 if need be,,, also perks knees are a BIG concern will his knees hold up for a real grind deep into playoffs ???? he just got hurt again his other knee in the last game he played and has only played 12 games all season so far,, again his knees ???? are a big question mark,, we dont know what the team doctors told the celtics brass about perks medical short and long term???for me the celts lost perkins in the whole deal the other players they traded did very little if anything for the teams success this year so far ,, and daniels is out for the season anyways so cant count on him ,,and for shaq well from the start of the celtics run with shaq he was not playing most of the reg season anyways they been resting him till the playoffs or just right before they start so shaq will be there now j oneal dont know but they say he will be there by playoffs or sooner west is back and we still got 5 big men 6,11 or bigger ,,, garnett, shaq , chris johnson, kristic, and j oneal makes 6 if all goes well with him and we got wafer , avery b, and all the sports shows are saying the celts are looking at getting leon poe back and 2 other buyout players that are good players so the celts are ok, lets see how it goes i say give them 3 weeks then will know how this whole thing will be good or bad !!!go celts,,,,

  3. Banner18

    February 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    We all loved Perk, but come on, we all know he’s limited offensively. He has the infuriating habit of bringing the ball down when he catches inside, and fouls while setting screens.
    If we can get a Dalembert, a Camby or a Przybilla we’ll be a much better team.

  4. Banner18

    February 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Grade on trades is incomplete until roster spots are filled. Article below leads me to think Joel Przybilla will be bought out by Bobcats.
    I think he’d be a perfect fit in Boston. He’s big, tough, and something of an enforcer. The only negative is that he’s coming back from a knee op (but has apparently recovered)
    What do you think?

  5. benjamin

    February 26, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Rasheed Wallace is not coming back. This is a poor move for the boston celtics. Nick Sava was generous by calling it a “C” trade for the celtics. it’s a “C-” at best. Perkins was the best, toughest, most physical defender in the NBA. The chemistry he brings to the team is huge, even if intangible. He is especially valuable deep in the playoffs when trying to stop dwight howard, gasol, bynum. The celtics needed a backup for pierce. they could have bought one (battier, pietrus), even if it was perhaps a bit too expensive. Losing perkins will hurt more, especially when the health of shaq and jermaine o’neil are big question marks. And, they gave up semih erden and harrongody for a measely 2nd round pick. The one advantage we had over miami was size, and we just gave that up. Danny Ainge slaughtered the chemistry of the team and slaughtered the core of the celtics defense, the tough, physical, 7ft, 280lb best lockdown defenseman in the league.

    Green is a benefit. But the problem….. is that we only get 25% of his benefit since he’s only going to be playing 25% of the game. Last time i checked, pierce is still going to be starting. So you can hooooraaahhh all you want about green’s addition. At the end of the day, he’s in the game less than 15 minutes.

    You’re telling me that 15 minutes from a third rate player on the bench without team chemistry is better than the best, toughest, low post defensive player in the league?

    Not to mention Krstic is struggling.

    This is a terrible move for the boston celtics. If they dont win the title, Danny Ainge is going to take a ton of heat for this. If they do win the title, perk better be on the duck-boat during the parade!

    Ainge spit in the face of perkins by offering him a contract a 5million a year. Joakim noah just got a 12mil/yr contract, as did the fool in dallas. Neither of these players match perkins’ intensity nore defensive talent. So, perk is worth 7mil less? Perk even offered to compromise himself down to a measely 8 million. Danny Ainge spat in the face of the best defensive center in the league.

    Then he spits in his face again, blindsiding him in Colorado making him limp around the room with a sprained knee injury to clean up his stuff while tears drip down his face.

    Shame on you, Danny Ainge.

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