Scott Skiles was fired, Kobe was NOT traded to the Hawks as I had suggested (and instead has the Lakers rolling), and the Celtics have looked more and more like the 1986 version of the team, minus the short-shorts.
I'll be the first to say that some of my predictions have fallen flat. However, the Celtics' dominance has not been one of them.
I felt this team was that good in November—and I still feel that way.
But two straight losses to the Gilbert Arenas-less Wizards can get a man thinking, and this team is not without its holes.
What has become painfully clear in recent weeks is that the Celtics need another low-post scorer to take some of the heat of Kevin Garnett. Kendrick Perkins is an excellent energy guy who can give you defense and rebounding, but his offensive game leaves much to be desired. Defenses can shift their focus down low to stopping Garnett and Paul Pierce (when he posts up)—and recently that's started to catch up with the Celts.
Glen Davis has shown that he could fill the void, but that might be asking a bit much of the rookie, and increasing Davis' minutes would mean more minutes for Garnett at center. Playing Garnett more at center doesn't sound like a huge deal, and down the road might be the C's best option—but the C's would need a proven scoring and rebounding threat at the 4 to make such a move.
And right now, Big Baby ain't it.
Another problem that has reared its head in recent weeks is Ray Allen's age. He's the oldest of the new Big Three, and he's shown that he may also be the most fragile.
Between bad ankles and a pinched nerve, there are questions surrounding Ray's health. Tony Allen has stepped up nicely at times in fill-in duty, but still plays out of control too often and has yet to develop consistency in any part of his game.
Add all this to the fact that Rajon Rondo has been nicked up and you can see why this team could use backcourt help. Eddie House has been great, but he's much better suited to scoring off the bench than providing strong point guard play for the second unit.
The only available options in a trade at this point come with high salaries and bad contracts, so the C's best bet is to stay put for now. But if help becomes available—and word has it that everyone in Milwaukee will be up for grabs—the C's should explore options.
Tonight, the surprising Trail Blazers come to town to face the suddenly reeling Celtics. The C's badly need a win to show their recent losses to the Wizards are nothing more than a sluggish stretch—and not an indication of larger problems.
That said, this is still the best team in basketball until further notice.