Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
- Jul 24, 2001
I agree with you that the Celtics are resilient game to game. I also agree that they are sloppy and inconsistent. I guess where we vary is I think they are front runners and if they come out and are feeling good and shots are dropping they can roll. But when the opposition pushes back hard and a few shots stop falling they drop back into overthinking and terrible ISO possessions. So maybe soft isn’t the exact word, but they seem to wilt when a team punches them in the mouth and play tight and stupidly. They are ok when the opponent gets tighter like Harden and Embiid did. But Jimmy Butler ain’t that guy and whether it’s his influence or Spo’s the rest of the Heat play up when the game is on the line too.I'm as frustrated with this team as anyone. Hence the frustrated one-liner.
But they're not soft. We've seen them come through in game 6s and game 7s over and over. They haven't won it all but they've shown a lot of mettle. The softness narrative isn't stupid because it's negative, it's stupid because it's just so clearly detached from the reality of this team. Watching Tatum go off in the 4th quarter of game 6 in Philly to push to game 7 and then win... that's not what soft players or soft teams do. And they did the same thing last year against the defending champion Bucks. Soft teams crumble, and the Cs don't do that.
This team's problem is sloppiness and inconsistency. It always has been. For a variety of reasons none of us understand, they just can't consistently access the best version of themselves. That's not due to softness. I don't think it's due to the coach, it's now a problem that has spanned 3 coaches. I have no god damn clue why, which makes it all the more frustrating. Maybe it's just the natural variance of the game.
Anyway, obviously we're all pissed, disappointed, frustrated, and should probably be giving eachother a pass on how we express that. Sorry.