Barbosa, Like the Rest of the C's, are Thinking too Much
After the Celtics' shootaround Monday morning at Moody Bible Institute, Leandro Barbosa stayed around for a few minutes, taking jumper after jumper, most of which touched nothing but net.
Barbosa began his Celtics tenure with a sizzling 6-of-8 shooting performance en route to 16 points in the season-opening loss to the Heat. But going into Monday's 101-95 victory over the Bulls, Barbosa was 4 of 16 from the field since the opener, including 0 of 6 in Saturday's win against the Bucks. Against the Bulls he shot 3 of 7 for 6 points in 15 minutes.
So Barbosa was putting in extra work, hoping to regain his stroke and earn more playing time. The reserve point guard is averaging 11 minutes as Rajon Rondo's backup.
"The shot looks fine, I'm just not used to the offensive situation," he said. "I'm not worrying about the offense, I'm just worried about the situation I'm in. It happens when you are not knocking down shots, it's part of the game."
This is exactly what it looks like now when watching Barbosa. The other night Tommy Heinsohn observed that the entire team looked tentative. Bass was passing up open shots to drive. Ditto for Garnett. WTF? But it was true. When you have loads of talent and you are struggling to win, you start to think. You start to analyze. Your mind fills up with worry and doubt. What if we lose again and what if I am to blame? You feel the weight of the expectations. While on the subject, I submit this is what happened to Darko. He went from loose and free to tight and apprehensive. That flip shot he threw up was ghastly.
30 games will take care of this problem, except for Darko. He can't get comfortable without playing. On the other hand, when Doc rolls the rock from out in front of his cave, Darko's wrist should be better. Long story short, if you were ever wondering what 30 games will cure, the answer is lots.
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