Last year’s most used lineup of Time Lord, Horford, Tatum, Brown and Smart was historically dominant. Yet this year we have hardly used it. How does that make sense - to live away from a historically dominant lineup?
The only focus for this management team and ownership (since the day they realized that Tatum and Brown were going to be a dynamic, league leading duo, was how could they get that legitimate third piece (in my eyes either a PF or Off guard) that out them over the top. A Jarren Jackson, a Desmond Bane sharp shooter, etc. and yet, with all the draft picks and talented players they’v had they have somehow been unable to get that done. For a few years the Celtics were touted as having the single largest war chest in the league to make trades/acquisitions and they still havenmt been able to put a legit third chip next to Tatum and Brown. How does that make sense?
Lastly, the team lacks the KG element, someone who is going to accept losing to Philly in Boston in Game 1 without Rmbiid plying. Someone who isn’t going to accept losing game five at home to close out the Hawks. Tatum and Brown are very talented but neither has that mentality. Smart has it but doesn’t have the requisite minimum level of talent to go with it and he’s too none headed on the court.
1. To get another center who can play consistently and they probably need to cash in some
2. Probably make a trade for a legitimate starting PF to replace Horford
3. Ime had a clear lock of character but at least he held these guys accountable and seriously got into to them when they needed it in the sidelines. This team was a lot tougher under Ime. We may well need to hire a more seasoned, tough, no BS NBA level coach, as some others have mentioned above.