Celtics Dust Off Powe
Posted by r1zzo23 on January 18, 2008
I know what you might be thinking. I haven’t posted a meaningful post on this blog since about early September and I’m really making it about Leon Powe. Well if you are reading this blog, you know how the Celtics’ season has gone thus far, so no need for me to go over everything that has happened. So let’s get back on topic…
With all the talk around Celtics Nation about needing to acquire a backup point guard as well as a backup big man, perhaps the Celtics answered the latter question. In the last 15 minutes tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics dusted off Leon Powe and removed him from the bench for his first meaningful minutes of the season. Of course, when Leon is given minutes, he produces, pouring in ten emphatic points, pulling down six rebounds and playing some great, hard-nosed defense against a very physical Reggie Evans. Needless to say, the Garden was going bananas.
Now I’m as big of a PJ Brown fan as the next person, but there may not be a need to go out and sign him when we have a young, athletic, energetic big man that could be just as serviceable. Powe, in my opinion, should have been playing over Scalabrine and Pollard all season and perhaps tonight could be the beginning of Powe’s ascension up the depth chart.
I honestly think that Leon Powe can give the Celtics eight to ten minutes a game on a nightly basis. Why not have Powe and Davis backing up Garnett and Perkins? The energy that Powe brings to the floor is matched only by Kevin Garnett and gives us another great rebounder as well as a good low-post offensive player. Hopefully this is yet another piece the Celtics can plug into the rotation to spare Garnett some more minutes down the stretch of the season.