Archive for January, 2009

Johnny Would Have Been Proud
January 31, 2009

This is awesome for old school guys like me.

All anyone else needs to know is that Johnny Most would practically be blowing Perk for giving the Pistons a taste of their own medicine.

God… I miss those days.

The Foul
January 31, 2009

Perk’s Side of the Story
January 31, 2009

“I tried to foul him by hitting his arms, but he stuck his neck down,” Perkins said. “It was not like I wanted to hit him that hard. I never try to hurt anybody. I wanted to give him a hard foul and I closed my eyes, so I don’t know how I hit him. He pushed me in the back. I’ll face the consequences but I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone.”

Perk says he wasn’t trying to hurt Maxiell and I believe him. Flagrant 2 foults are not automatic suspensions, and it’s not like Maxiell suffered a punctured lung. He bounced off the floor immediately. With that said, I fully expect Perk to miss tomorrow’s game against the T-Wolves. His reputation will secure the suspension.

The Celtics will likely be without their starting and backup (Scalabrine) centers. It will be fun watching KG square off against Jefferson. I expect Big Baby and/or Leon to bang with Craig Smith. For what it’s worth, the Lakers throttled the Wolves last night.

Considering the Celtics had won their last 7 by nearly 20 ppg, this game was fun. Although, I did think Doc went with Eddie (instead of Pierce) for too long in the 4th. The C’s have won their last 5 over the Pistons, taking some of the joy out of this rivalry. Don’t worry Detroit, you’ll be back in a few years.

Herald – C’s Win 10th Straight | Ray Not Upset with Snub | Globe – Celtics Score TKO | Allen, Rondo Make Do | Detroit Free Press – Pistons Down and Out |

After the jump, NBA dancers from around the league…

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Like Old Times
January 30, 2009

Photo by D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images

While the Celtics and Pistons mucked it up for 3 quarters, I fought hard to stay awake (Yes…I am that lame on a Friday night). Then it happened. Perk body slammed Jason Maxiell midway through the 4th. I awoke and so did the crowd at the Palace.

Perk was ejected for the flagrant 2. Once Maxiell got up off the floor, he started pushing everyone in a green jersey. But after Maxiell butchered the free throws, the Celtics seized the momentum and went on an 8-2 run (thanks to a couple of Big Baby hustle plays) to extend their lead to 11. Detroit clawed back, but the Celtics were the ones to make the key plays down the stretch:

Rondo fantastic lob to KG (22 pts, 8 reb, 2 blks) for a dunk with 2:20 left.

KG strips Rip Hamilton with 1:01 left and the Celtics up 5.

Paul Pierce (20 pts, 5 reb, 5 assists) drives and dishes to KG for a layup with :36 left…Celtics up 7.

Celtics 86 Detroit 78| Box Score | Recap

That kinda sparked us, the guys rallied around Perk.” – Paul Pierce after the flagrant foul

The NBA Hates Its Rookies
January 30, 2009

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Don’t get me wrong… I’d kill to be good enough at basketball to wear ANY jersey… and I’m happy that kid won a contest to design the uniforms.

But you gotta think Derrick Rose is picking that thing up and thinking “I gotta where this thing?  It looks like a night gown.”

(Via BallDon’tLie)

Rip Hamilton Is Gross
January 30, 2009

Ray Allen and Eddie House are both hot.  Ray Allen and Eddie House are now wearing those ridiculous shooting sleeves.  Eddie says he’s wearing it because his elbow is sore and he’ll take it off when his arm feels right.  Ray has a much more disgusting reason.

Allen began wearing the sleeve on his left arm to defend repeated scratches from Pistons guard Richard Hamilton in last season’s Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics guard was mired in a prolonged shooting slump at the time, but he regained his form and has continued wearing the sleeve this season.

I know we’ve mentioned Rip Hamilton’s disgustingly long nails before… but just reading that again creeped me out.  How does he shoot with those talons?

Back to the Celtics: Jess Camerato has a closer look at Eddie’s hot shooting.

And the Celtics are not happy about Ray not making the team.

“coaches all over the league talk about sacrificing,” Doc Rivers said after yesterday’s practice but before the selections were announced. “I might be venting for no reason, but I just get that sense they’re being hypocritical because somebody who doesn’t make it on our group (sacrifices). (But) that’s what they did. They voted for numbers instead of sacrifice, wins and efficiency.”

And here’s Danny

“Now that he’s having the best season of his career – the most efficient season of his career – this happens?  Ray is the most efficient scorer in the league. He’s one of the best wing players in the conference and arguably our best offensive player.

“I think it’s an interesting thing because the coaches vote on this, and they’re always preaching that you should sacrifice so your team can win. And then they go and pick other players.”

And let me cruise over to ESPN.com and check the league standings.  Oh… lookey here at who has the best record again.  Orland was even nice enough to help us out.

Herald:  C’s/Pistons scouting report |  Globe: Pierce an All Star reserveFrom an automatic to shift Not his lucky day |  Souza:  Palace under seize (and practice notes) |  Megliola:  Busy week ahead |  MLive.com:  Pistons know bench is key |  SI:  25 years of David Stern

Ray Gets Screwed
January 29, 2009

Paul Pierce is the only other Celtic joining Kevin Garnett at the All-Star game. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo didn’t make the cut. Here are the rest of the East reserves:

  • Chris Bosh
  • Joe Johnson
  • Danny Granger
  • Jameer Nelson
  • Rashard Lewis
  • Devin Harris

Yes….Rashard Lewis. Am I the only one suprised? Here’s a look at the stats:

Ray Allen –  18ppg, 50% FG, 41% 3FG, 93% FT, 3.4 reb, .98 stls, 2.8 assists

R. Lewis – 19.3 ppg, 45% FG, 42% 3FG, 82% FT, 6 reb, 1.2 stls, 2.6 assists

Very close. But when you run with the defending champs, you should get the nod. When you play third fiddle for a pretender, you have to wait til next year.

For those wondering:

The All-Star reserves are selected by the 30 NBA head coaches, who voted for seven players in their own conference, but not from their own team. Phil Jackson will coach the West team on the basis of his Lakers clinching the conference’s best winning percentage through Feb. 1. The East will be coached by either Cleveland’s Mike Brown or Orlando’s Stan Van Gundy. Boston’s Doc Rivers coached the East All-Stars last season and is therefore ineligible to coach this year’s squad.

Kobe Fears Dog Poop
January 29, 2009

Here’s a blurb from Kobe Bryant’s interview with Complex.com (whatever that is):

Complex.com: Talk to me about a private failure that wasn’t in the headlines, the thing that just keeps you up at night. Something people can relate to. Not necessarily a public thing, but a thing you twist and turn over.

Kobe Bryant: [Long pause] Dog—-? Like, I hate dog—-. I have a dog and I do not clean the crap outside. It’s a phobia. It drives me crazy. You wake up in the morning and you think, Damn, this big ol’ German shepherd probably just took a crap outside in the yard, and I gotta wake up and go pick it up. That is something that keeps me tossin’ and turnin’. Does that qualify?

It’s time to get creative people. Let’s parlay this into some cool signs at the Garden on Feb. 5th.

Anyone Hiring A Tiny Acrobat?
January 29, 2009

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We got an email about this… but the Celtics prefer to respond to “legitimate” outlets like the Globe.

Basketball sources confirmed to the Globe today that the Celtics have dismissed Damon Blust, the man who played mascot Lucky the Leprechaun.

The Globe is investigating the reason for Blust’s departure.

The Courtship of Eddie’s Jumper
January 29, 2009

My latest piece on The Examiner

Eddie is 22 of 32 from downtown over his past 4 games.  And that includes a “night off” in Orlando (0 for 3).  Let’s be clear here.  You’re not supposed to shoot 7-11 from three-point land twice in a week.  And you’re definitely not supposed to follow those up with an 8 of 9 night.  That’s the whole reason you get an extra point for standing behind that line.  It’s supposed to be harder.  Not for Eddie.  Not now.

Also out there:  The top 10 selling NBA jerseys include 2 Lakers, 2 Celtics… and Nate Robinson?  CelticsBlog looks at Rondo’s jumper.  And Tony Allen talks about getting winded after starting out great.