Saturday, December 16, 2006
The NBA season is one-quarter over for most of the teams. At present, and on the heels of a four-game winning streak, the Celtics are tied for first place in the woeful Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Their record stands at 9 - 13. Their season has been marked by inconsistent play on the part of nearly every one and a few injuries to key personnel. They have lost big leads in games and have come back from big deficits in others. It has been a "roller-coaster ride" so far - up and down. Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak (when healthy) have played their usual steady game. Ryan Gomes has provided a lot of stability. During the current winning streak, Al Jefferson and Tony Allen have played very well; hopefully, they can continue to provide some consistency in both the offense and defense. Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair have been up and down. Kendrick Perkins has labored with foot problems keeping him from anchoring the middle as he had been expected to do. Gerald Green has provided a few Sports Center highlights; but, hasn't had a lot of minutes. Rajon Rondo, who looked so good in pre-season, has only shown occasional flashes of the speed and quickness which he possesses. Boston has a lot of road games coming up toward the end of the month; these will go a long way in determining whether the entire season will be one of maddening inconsistency, or will be a step in hanging Banner No. 17 in the Garden.