Hal14 wrote:LenBiasRIP wrote:This team 'goes through the motions' more than any Celtic team that I've ever watched. Careless turnovers, lazy fouls, waiting until there's almost no time left on the shot clock to start running play, actual AIR BALLS by guys who are practice assassins and a ton of missed assignments on the defensive end.
Imagine what this team could be if they came out with the same intensity & determination that Baylor did on Monday night. Wait, these guys are 'pros' and know that they will be waking up tomorrow with a loaded bank account and not in a dorm room after a night of praying that you just didn't play the last 'meaningful' game of your life. For once, I'd like to see all of the smiling & joking left at home and they show up po'd & not looking to be Mr. Nice Guys on the court.
I get where you're coming from. It does seem like going through the motions a lot of the time. Even Ainge has been quoted saying how he sees a lack of urgency.
But the Baylor comparison is a little bit of a reach. It's only natural that you might come out with a little more urgency when it's only the 33rd game you've played that season and it is literally the biggest game you will ever play in in your entire life, literally your life, your season depends on it and all everyone in your whole school you've been going to school with for the past 4 years is watching - that's different than a game which is the 51st game you've played so by this time of the season it's getting a little tedious (if it was baseball season right now would be the dog days of August), we're deep into the season but not quite the playoffs yet, and it's just another regular season game rather than the national championship..
Completely agree and I was significantly reaching with the Baylor comment. Chalk it up to be a frustrated fan who has no idea what it's like to be paid thousands of dollars per game and it being 'ok' to not leave it all on the floor for every game that I play. Heck, maybe they are and it just looks like a half-a$$ effort from where I'm sitting. I would just prefer to see these guys, for just one game, stop with the joking around and play with a chip on their shoulder. Not sure the exact game but I liked seeing JT's intensity on the possession, immediately following a legit hack job no-call, when he was going to prove his point and no one was going to stop him. You could just see it coming. Or...the intensity that they played with after Smart's half-court gaff against the Mavs the other night. They were embarrassed, took it personally and played the remainder of the game with that chip that I'm begging to see. I realize that these guys are adults and should be treated as such but just once...just once...I'd like to see Brad tear into them on the sideline. Embarrass the poop out of them and let's see how they react. I just can't deal with another one of their patented slow starts anymore.