Archive for March, 2009

“KG Would Play If the Playoffs Were Today”
March 31, 2009

In a further attempt to douse the flames that followed the news about KG sitting out a couple more weeks….

Danny Ainge taped a segment for Celtics Now and declared that KG would play if the playoffs were today.

So it looks like the C’s are just being cautious.  Please everyone… step back from the ledge.

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Relax, Paul’s Got It Covered
March 31, 2009

Man, I cannot believe how crazy people are going over KG’s knee.  He’s gonna be OK.  And no matter what, we can lean on The Truth:

Looks KG gonna b out another week or two but have no fear 34 is still here

Damn right.


“Our goal is the last 3 games”
March 31, 2009

Doc had this on KG after practice today. (click here for video link)

“After watching him today we’re just gonna shut him down until the soreness goes away. Our goal is the last three games.”

That’s not going to put anyone’s mind at ease.  Neither is what Perk said:

“I could tell he’s not 100%, he was limping, but he’s a warrior. I’d take a 70% KG in the playoffs but we want him healthy.”

Chad Finn of the Globe has some additional information.

“I just think we’ve got to be smart about it,” Rivers said Sunday. “It’s just like when somebody says somebody is going to be back in a week or two, that’s not a guarantee. If a guy gets sore, do we play him because we say he’s supposed to be back playing? You just use your common sense.”

Marksmen
March 31, 2009

Via the Patriot Ledger:

Ray Allen, who has made 95.4 percent of his free throws, is on the way to breaking the mark set by Bill Sharman (93.2 percent in the 1958-59 season).

Another team shooting record – 3-point accuracy – is being threatened by Eddie House, and Rajon Rondo is bidding to become the Celtics’ first starting point guard ever to shoot better than 50 percent from the field.

Allen, House and Rondo have been on target throughout the season, helping the Celtics average 100.8 points through 75 games.

Not bad for a team known for its defense. Is Rondo the best dunking point guard in the league?

Leon Powe talked with NECN’s Chris Collins (video link) about his knee injury:

Powe, has missed two weeks with a sprained right knee and says he won’t return for a couple more weeks. He says he is just taking it day by day, and trying to “get the soreness out.”

Although he won’t see much game time before the playoffs, he isn’t worried about getting rusty. “Once you get out there, everything else is out the door.”

I’m glad to hear from Leon. He’s been MIA since injuring the knee and once the prognosis went from a few days to several weeks – we all got worried.

And in his Examiner blog, John re-evaluates the team as the regular season winds down:

Today, the Celtics are still a banged up M*A*S*H unit that’s looking for contributions from unusual places to get them through. But fear not, the full-strength Celtics are on their way.  And it doesn’t matter if the Celtics drop to the third seed.  They’re not dependent on home court advantage to advance.  The people who say they need home court are using examples from almost a full year ago.  It doesn’t apply now.

Today’s Links: Herald – Danny Ainge Won’t Worry | Callahan Says Celts Have No Shot w/o KG (really?)| Globe – House Shoots for History | NBA Roundup |

After the jump, a stretching exercise to get you ready for the playoffs.

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Some Late Night Links
March 30, 2009

We’ve been knee deep in Twitter and dancers… which is kinda the product of a Celtics off-day.  But there are a few lingering things out there worth passing along.

As far as my ankles, they are better. Just to be cautious, I still get treatment on them every day. I get taped real good before the games, so I’m pretty coo. I would have to say that I’m ready for the playoffs-it seems like the season went by fast this year.

Good news.

  • I’ve found the one thing the Atlanta Hawks are good at:  Amusing videos.  Here’s their version of why Lucky got fired.

Bynum Clearly Focused on Rehab, Playoffs
March 30, 2009

Andrew Bynum is working his ass off, rehabbing that knee with the goal of being in top shape for the Lakers playoff run. His sole focus is a championship. Or not:

While the Lakers were in Atlanta preparing for what would be an 86-76 loss to the Hawks on Sunday, Bynum was in Los Angeles mingling at a pajamas and lingerie party after the Playboy Golf Finals.

Wearing a green smoking jacket and slippers, Bynum, whose injury status is generating daily headlines in Los Angeles, partied like a rock star near the infamous grotto.

He picked up Playmate Nicole Narain and placed her on his shoulders and got somebody to take a picture with his digital camera.

(Via Fan Nation)

Red’s Army vs. Marc Cuban
March 30, 2009

I’m gonna totally blow this out of proportion with that headline… because I want to.  Actually only because a Twitter conversation I was having with Marc Cuban about Tweets being copyrighted became fodder for a post on With Leather.

RedsArmy: @mcuban Unless you’re set to “private”, anyone can go to your twitter page and see what you’ve said. IMO, that’s a big difference.

Cuban: @RedsArmy Since when did any tweet become public ? Its for followers/subscribers

The conversation was originally between FanHouse and Cuban… and I hopped into the conversation.   Cuban is pissed his tweet blasting the refs cost him $25 grand… and now he wants to claim that ESPN using his own words in a story is somehow a copyright violation.  I think his argument is ridiculous, but I would classify our conversation as civil.  I sure as hell got a kick out of it.

Marc Cuban’s Twitter page

Yep, That’s Paul Pierce On Twitter
March 30, 2009

There was some question of whether Paul Pierce was really on Twitter.  Well, he is.   He offered up free tickets to the OKC game on Twitter… and one of the guys who got a ticket to yesterday’s game is the proof.

When I arrived there was already a group of five fans, which quickly grew to about ten. Almost exactly on the dot at 4:30, a Range Rover with California plates and tinted windows pulled up. The window rolled down and Paul Pierced asked us what the password was. Everyone shouted “Truth” and he started dishing out tickets.

This is really cool.

Dammit… I should have gone.

Paul Pierce’s Twitter page

Red’s Army Twitter page

Turning Point?
March 30, 2009

Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

I’m trying not to get TOO excited about Mikki Moore’s double-double.  I mean… it did come against the Thunder, and they’re not setting any defensive records.

But considering how Mikki has been playing lately, a double-double against my rec league team is kinda big news.  And Doc says part of Moore’s problem, has been in his own head.

“Mikki’s starting to understand that when he’s open he should shoot the ball, because he can really shoot the ball,” said coach Doc Rivers. “Honestly, I thought he didn’t think he was worthy. When you’re on the floor, it’s an adjustment when you’re next to Paul and Ray [Allen], Kevin [Garnett]. You’re open and you think, ‘There’s no way I should shoot the ball.’ And what we’re trying to get him to do . . . that’s what you do, shoot the ball.”

Defensively, Mikki’s starting to catch on too, now that he’s breaking bad habits.

“Letting go,” Moore said. “Knowing that if I leave my man somebody will help me. That’s the biggest thing. When I got here my reaction time was slow. I was worried about leaving my man. Everybody was telling me, your man is not your man anymore.”

And let’s not forget Stephon Marbury, who seems to be catching on lately too. And believe it or not, the biggest problem with Steph is that he’s passing too much.

“Slowly, but it’s coming,” Rivers said. “The only thing I told Steph at halftime is I thought he had open shots and he was thinking pass. Even the one, you remember when he bobbled it out of bounds, that was a layup but you could see him. He was catching the ball to pass. He has great instincts and I thought he did that in the second half.

Finally… the quote of the night… courtesy of Doc on Big Baby’s awesome night:

“Once they hit him, he was a different player.  I’m going to start carrying a hammmer around”

Check out “Baby Frankenstein’s” postgame interview.  Pretty funny.

Herald:  KG remains on sideline Smokin’ House stirs Celtics in time Celtics bloody good win |  Globe:  Pierce, C’s too muchDoing OK playing KGCuban fined for blasting refs on Twitter |  Camerato:  Scal pushes too hard, suffers setback |  Souza:  C’s quiet Thunder |  NewsOK:  Rondo offers advice on WestbrookCavs winLakers lose

Toyed With
March 29, 2009

Give the Thunder credit. They hung with the Celtics for 2+ quarters and even held an 8 point lead (64-56) midway through the 3rd. But then Paul Pierce and Eddie House got hot. Real hot. Alexis and Nikki hot.

Paul scored 20 of his 27 and Eddie got 14 of his 16 in the second half.

Big Baby (19 pts, 10 reb) needed 10 stitches to close a cut on his forehead courtesy of a Kevin Durant elbow.

Rajon Rondo had 12 assists in 26 minutes. He had two spectacular plays in the 2nd quarter: he went behind-the-back dribble to behind-the-back pass to Moore for a dunk and followed that up with a drive and one handed jam (see above video).

Mikki Moore (12 pts, 11 reb and the Tommy Award winner) had his best game as a Celtic. The Thunder decided to leave him open and he made them pay with jumpers and dunks. Stephon Marbury had 7 assists.

Celtics 103 – OKC 84 |Box Score | Recap

After the jump, video of Rondo’s pass and a pic of Perk’s block on Durant (which got my vote).

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