Tuesday, May 27, 2008

No Leon Proves Costly Once Again


I'd love to go on a huge rant for everyone today about the Celtics loss in game 4, and the lack of playing time for Leon, but what's point? I've said everything already a thousand times. I will say this though....

Big Baby was eaten alive by Jason Maxiell. I believe it was 4 times in a row down the court Maxiell scored because Big Baby was in the wrong spot defensively. If Leon did that once he'd be pulled for the next 7 games. But because of the double standard Doc has enforced, Baby was able to stay in the game to kill the Celtics more. I won't go into the lack of offense Davis brings to the game and the fact that he has no basketball sense. I'll go into all of that another day or you can read some of my past post. The only time Davis should step on the floor for the rest of the playoffs is to start a fight with Rasheed Wallace so we can get Rasheed suspended. 

Now I like P.J. Brown and the veteran leadership and calm he brings to the team. But during the middle of the game he gets taken pretty badly in all aspects against younger and more athletic players. The time Brown should be on the court is near the end of the game when his experience can help. Brown should be giving up some minutes to Leon during the middle of the game so the Celtics can get some scoring and better one on one defense. 

Yes, that's right, Leon is a great one on one defender. I know Leon is smaller than most the guys he's guarding, but he makes up for that with long arms and quicker feet. Powe does such a great job drawing offensive fouls. Countless times Leon has taken charges on players and frustrated them to the point where they're taken out of their game. Leon fouled David West out of a game when they played New Orleans later in the year. What Leon did was get in David's face so he couldn't shoot jump shots. This forced West to put the ball on the ground and go to the hoop which is fine with Leon because he kept taking charges and being physical with the easily angered West. Powe was completely in David's head and this wasn't the only time Leon has done this to a player. Shaq said Leon was one of the toughest guys he's ever had guard him. O'neal went on to say Leon has a very bright future. That was all after Leon shut down Shaq during a Celtics win last year. But back to the present day, Jason Maxiell has been killing the Celtics and the player that resembles Maxiell the most is David West. If Leon can eat up West, then I'm sure he can handle Maxiell. On top of it all Leon brings a very nice offensive presence to the game that non of the other Celtic big man can bring with the exception of KG. So once again, lets play Leon Doc!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank You again for bringing sense to a senseless act by Doc Rivers.

ScottWedmanIsMyHero said...

Great points, as always.

Anonymous said...

All great points. I hope Leon gets his chance tomorrow night.

Scott said...

I got a great feeling we're seeing leon tonight. He's gonna show up big time.