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No Need To Panic In Boston

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For all of those worried Celtics fans out there about the team’s lackluster 0-3 start… Calm down, you’ve seen this before. As a matter of fact you’ve seen it twice this year already.

For the entire sports scene in Boston slow starts have been the norm all year long.

It started in April with the Red Sox who after a headline stealing off season jumped off to a horrendous 2-10 start to the season. However, the Sox recovered to have the best record in baseball all summer before they imploded in September.

The Bruins had an obvious Stanley Cup hangover as they found themselves in last place in the Northeast division with only three wins after the month of October. Now the Bruins sit in first place of the entire Eastern Conference heading into the new year.

Now it’s the Celtics turn.

Let’s be honest, the C’s are old and in a shortened compacted season like this one age may play a huge factor integer success.

Kevin Garnett has been hot and cold, Ray Allen has been, well, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce has been M.I.A. due to an injured heel. The best performers so far have been an ultra motivated Rajon Rondo who has responded well to off season trade rumors, and Brandon Bass has been the inside presence that the Celtics have been lacking since trading Kendrick Perkins.

The Celtics are not a full team right now. Besides missing Pierce they are without Jeff Green for the season due to a heart ailment and newly acquired guard Mickael Pietrus is still injured and not scheduled to return until mid-January. Head coach Doc Rivers has had to rely on heavy doses of Keyon Dooling and Marquis Daniels to fill in for those roles and so far it’s led to mixed results.

However, people should realize that it’s only three games. With 63 games left and Pierce returning to action in the next game or two the Celtics have more than enough time to right the ship.

Even though a season like this favors a young team with fresh legs this Celtics team has won too many games to not make the proper adjustments to stay in contention.

A turnaround is eminent with this team and it starts with a fairly easy schedule for the next few games. Their next four have them playing the Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets and they play the Washington Wizards twice. By this time next week the Celtics could easily be 4-3 and getting back into the swing of things.

So for the worried fans of Boston who are ready to slam the panic button, relax. There’s plenty of time left in the season to turn things around and get back in track.

The Red Sox & Bruins had early season troubles and both recovered now it’s the Celtics turn to do so.

Since history repeats itself then the C’s should be sitting on top of the Atlantic division very shortly. However, if they do recover hopefully their season, and the Bruins for that matter doesn’t mirror the Red Sox season exactly. That would be too much for the fans of Beantown to handle.


Joe Johnson Not A Max Player

Joe Johnson is not a max-deal player, there I said it.

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With all of the discussions about the class of 2010 and the meetings between players and the recruiting trips teams are going on to get them we have sort of lost a sense of what these players have actually done and what their true worth really is.

We know that Dwyane Wade is the only champion of the bunch. We know that LeBron James is the only two-time MVP in the group and with Dirk Nowitzki they are the only players other than Wade to be in a final.

We also know that Paul Pierce is 32 going on 40 as we saw in the playoffs, we know that David Lee and Amar’e Stoudemire could guard a bottle of Knob Creek bourbon if their lives depended on it and we also know that Joe Johnson is the most overrated member of the group.

Did any of you watch the playoffs this past year? Joe Johnson played worse than any guard looking for a max-deal that I have ever seen. He shot 39% for the playoffs including a horrid series against the Magic which saw him go for 13 points and four assists a game while shooting 29.8% from the field.

Johnson has watched his scoring average dip from 25 points per game to 21.3 points per game in the last three seasons. His assists have decreased as has his free throw attempts per game.

Another big red flag to consider, he’s a 29 year-old shooting guard. Shooting guard are like running backs, once they hit a certain age their productivity decreases and their effectiveness dwindles. Keep this in mind Hawks fans, when Joe Johnson hits the fourth year of his deal when it increases to over 20 million a years he will be 32 years old, look at the production of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen after the age of 32. Look at the decreasing production of Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter since age 30, do you want to pay a player who is better off as a role player 20 million dollars a season until he’s 35? I would hope not.

Yet here are the Hawks offering a huge chunk of salary that they could use to pay Al Horford or Josh Smith or even the actual face of their team Jamaal Crawford to Joe Johnson. Johnson would be a fool not to rob the Hawks blind of 12o million dollars over 6 years. However that’s only because the Hawks are the even bigger fools of giving it to him.