You Can't Buy Chemistry

Over the last 10 days we've seen Danny Ainge's plan take form. We now can see why, at least in theory, he traded Perk.  On paper, it seems like a smart move. Jeff Green has the potential to be a star  and Krstic used to be a borderline All Star himself.  Not to mention the acquisition of proven NBA veteran Troy Murphy. It seems like the Celtics came away winners.

However, in no other sport is chemistry more important than in basketball. Everyone needs to be on the same page, especially on the defensive end. Chemistry is something that can't be taught. It can improve over time and with practice, but at the end of the day it's an intangible that can't be measured. You either have it or you don't. 

Perk was part of the best team defense this league has seen in many years. He was Garnett's partner in controlling the lane. He was their muscle, he was their toughness. He was a true Boston Celtic. Can the Celtics emulate that again with their new players? Probably not in time for the playoffs. However, that doesn't mean they can't win the title, it just means they can't win the same way.

We weren't going to win with the team we had two weeks ago. The playoffs will be harder than ever this year, and you can't expect Pierce to log 40+minutes night in and night out. While our chemistry will take a hit at first, I think the new guys all have high basketball IQ's and Garnett and the rest of the Big 4 will demand perfection out of them.  In Danny I still trust. Let's just hope the new faces come together in time for the playoff run.