Loss of Powe increases pressure on Moore to turn back clock on career
WALTHAM, Mass --You have to wonder if the basketball gods are conspiring against the Celtics this season.
"Obviously a tough break," said Rivers. "He just does so many right things. He played three minutes with a torn ACL. That says so much about Leon."
If the camel's back wasn't already broken in Boston, this might be the straw to do it. Powe's regular season numbers weren't gaudy: in 70 games, Powe averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds. But with Garnett sidelined and
With Powe looking at reconstructive surgery in the next few months, Boston's front line is now paper thin. Three players --
"Mikki, Perk and [Davis], they have to be on the floor," said Rivers. "Silly fouls, we have to take them out. Mikki had a couple last night but he is getting better. He is so used to playing hard and free and running around. Here, you have to play hard and disciplined. In football terms, you have to run your route. That's our team, defensively. His intent is great. It's his execution that needs improvement."
Execution ... and maybe a few other things, too. Much was made of the Celtics' signing of Moore in February, mainly because a lot of people thought they were getting Moore, circa 2007. Back then Moore led the NBA in field-goal percentage and was a staple in the playoff-bound New Jersey Nets' starting lineup. Instead, Moore (4.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 fouls in 19 minutes per game with Boston) has played like the inconsistent, defensively-challenged player Sacramento dumped just 1 ½ years into a partially guaranteed three-year, $18-million contract.
Boston can't afford to carry that player on the floor. They need Moore, the most athletic big they have available, to run the floor with