Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Well, the preseason games are over for the Boston Celtics; they finished with a record of three wins and five losses. All but one of the games were close and entertaining; however, most of the losses should have been victories. Here are a few observations on the preseason - Rajon Rondo was the surprise of the preseason; Sebastian Telfair is a better shooter than I thought he was; Tony Allen was a major disappointment (much of his athleticism seems to have vanished); Al Jefferson began to show some improvement as the preseason progressed, while Kendrick Perkins seemed lost (and very foul-prone). The veterans, Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak, played their usual steady game. Boston is MUCH more potent when they run; their half-court offense is terrible. Delonte West, Ryan Gomes, and Gerald Green performed well. My prediction for the season is that Boston will finish with a record of about .500, make the playoffs; but, likely will be ousted in the first round. I'm a little less optimistic than I was in my previous blog. Stay tuned and we'll see how it all plays out.