In our previous season, we were mocked by the basketball gods, that smote us down with several major injuries to keyplayers. This season -so far- we have other, more controllable hardships to overcome. There have been many complaints about our defensive effort, as well as our three point shooting percentage. Since this is my first post from the Jungle, I'll cover the regular players on our team and lay upon you my expectations and opinions.
First and foremost, there's the team. 'Teamgeist¹' is our most important player; without him, the Celtics are like the Cavaliers without LeBron James, like the Miami heat (who happen to be going downby our hands this very evening) without Dwayne Wade. If Ubuntu isn't playing, we consist of a group of very able, but blindfolded basketball greats. Luckily, Ubuntu has found its way unto the court every single night, albeit mainly on the defensive end. For some reason lately we've been unable to close the glaring holes in our defense and this has frustrated everyone but our adversaries.
That being said, we needn't worry yet. There's one thing we should keep in mind: this is just the regular season. What we are currently failing at on defense, is consistancy. We have the ability, and we practice it every single night; we just don't do it for 48 minutes straight. That's a minor thing, and come playoffs we will show the entire league that we can defend like we did in our latest banner-season.
After sustaining that knee injury, Kevin hasn't been his regular self. He has been getting beat on D by younger and more athletic players, but he has shown us progression. Every now and then he gets up and down the court with a slight limp, or he'll get up from the ground a bit wobbly, but he'll never let his head hang and his energy is backup at 100%. Don't underestimate the time it takes to get back from major surgery, but don't fear either; he will be back.