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  1. CreightonGubanich

    The Athletic: Poll on hypothetical, proposed trade for John Collins

    The TPE allows you to absorb salary, but it's not an asset that another team values. In order to receive something back other than a bad contract, they need to send assets the other way. I doubt Ainge is willing to pay max money to Brown, Tatum, Collins and Kemba. That means using another asset...
  2. CreightonGubanich

    The Athletic: Poll on hypothetical, proposed trade for John Collins

    Yeah, you only do that deal if you're willing to max Collins. That probably means attaching another asset to get off the Kemba contract. All of a sudden, you're all in on Tatum, Brown, Collins, Smart, and roster filler, with no way to add another piece beyond the MLE for the foreseeable future...
  3. CreightonGubanich

    Analysis of Celtics Games (2020-2021)

    I agree with you on Jaylen Brown as a distributor, and it's clear how much the team misses Smart as a passer, not to mention Hayward. Everyone keeps saying this team doesn't move the ball enough, but I don't think it's because the players are selfish, it's more that they lack creative playmakers...
  4. CreightonGubanich

    Analysis of Celtics Games (2020-2021)

    Kemba's only relevant to the wing issue in how he impacts Smart. Personally, I think Smart is a point guard, who just happens to be versatile enough to play alongside Kemba and defend opposing wing players. If Kemba is out, Smart is likely starting at the point, with Pritchard coming off the...
  5. CreightonGubanich

    Analysis of Celtics Games (2020-2021)

    I actually agree with you. The Barnes reference was less about Barnes himself as the best target, and more about how I see adding a rotational NBA wing who can play defense, move the ball, and space the floor having a domino effect on the rest of the roster. And to Saint's Rest's point, I agree...
  6. CreightonGubanich

    Analysis of Celtics Games (2020-2021)

    It's starting to feel like things are crystallizing a bit in terms of the Celtics rotation. Last night, with Smart and Theis out, Brad went nine deep. Two bigs - Thompson and Timelord - and DNP-CD's for Grant Williams and Jeff Teague. Nesmith played 24 minutes off the bench, and I thought played...
  7. CreightonGubanich

    A Country for Old Men: Tom Brady and His Ilk

    Juventus GK Gianluigi Buffon is still a Champions League- level keeper at age 42.
  8. CreightonGubanich

    Super Bowl LV: What is Your Current Rooting Interest?

    I've been rooting for Brady all year, and just don't think I could ever bring myself to do otherwise. Still, it's complicated...I have some conflicting feelings about him winning another Super Bowl outside of New England. I don't have a rational reason for it.
  9. CreightonGubanich

    Payton Pritchard drafted #26 overall

    Baron Davis? Not really. Dragic is a good one. Or a more stable Delonte West.
  10. CreightonGubanich

    Payton Pritchard drafted #26 overall

    As much as I hate to compare him to another white guy, he reminds me a bit of Kirk Hinrich - another guy who got unfairly labeled as a shooter. Hinrich had a great handle and could get wherever he wanted to on the floor, and was a tough if undersized defender. Pritchard appears to have a...
  11. CreightonGubanich

    Celtics Training Camp--News and Notes

    I'm fine with it. Partly because it seems like some questionable shots are all part of the Marcus Smart package; it's really hard to separate the irrational confidence from everything else that makes him who he is. Like, I wish he wouldn't punch glass picture frames, too, and I wish Brad...
  12. CreightonGubanich

    NBA Offseason--and now INTO the season.

    A.I. Crossing/Lue Falls/Lue's Gravesite killed me.
  13. CreightonGubanich

    Payton Pritchard drafted #26 overall

    With all the appropriate caveats about it being one game, he made several plays last night that I don't think Brad Wanamaker could make -- the baseline jumper, the tough fall away banking 10 footer, and a couple really tough finishes around the rim. The defense is a big question mark, but if he...
  14. CreightonGubanich

    NBA Offseason--and now INTO the season.

    I get the dynamics, I just don't see how this makes Harden happy long term. The team as currently constituted isn't winning anything. Wall's one redeeming quality used to be his transition scoring, and that was like three years ago pre-injury. Houston doesn't run. Harden might have wanted Russ...
  15. CreightonGubanich

    NBA Offseason--and now INTO the season.

    I don't understand this move for Houston unless they're dealing Harden. They dealt Russ for perhaps the only point guard who's worse off the ball than he is. You'd have to actively try to make a fit this bad from a basketball standpoint. If you're really building around Harden, he should be your...
  16. CreightonGubanich

    Stop hoarding TP(E) - the what should the Celtics do with the TPE thread

    Gordon and Porter are in slightly different categories, I think. Gordon has been criminally misused in Orlando for virtually his entire career, miscast as a ball handling wing rather than a floor running big. His contract is tough, but it's reasonable to think he's got some untapped potential in...
  17. CreightonGubanich

    RIP Tommy Heinsohn

    This sucks. I don't typically like the local broadcasters to be homers, but it was different with Tommy because it wasn't schtick. He just actually cared that much. As much as anybody with the possible exception of Red Auerbach, Tom Heinsohn was the Celtics.
  18. CreightonGubanich

    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    True, but there are ways to avoid switching while not conceding open drives to the rim. Trapping is one, though that doesn't make any sense here. Going under the screen is another - conceding open jumpers behind the screen, but making sure you wall off the driving lane. That might make sense...
  19. CreightonGubanich

    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    It's hard to disagree with Draymond at this point, but he's essentially proposing that the Celtics go back to what most people thought they should avoid at the start of this series - switching the pick and roll, which will lead to Miami hunting mismatches. It'll result in lots of possessions...
  20. CreightonGubanich

    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    This is correct. We've been having the same discussion dating back to when Paul Pierce used to attempt fall-away 18 footers at the buzzer. Every team in the league does this, and rightly so. You just cannot give the ball back to the other team, via rebound or turnover, whether you score or not...