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Scal’s Headband Is Sort Of A Helmet
April 22, 2009

That headband thing Scal is wearing is also a piece of protective equipment.

“It protects me in the slight chance I get hit there,” Scalabrine said of the white headband. “One our trainers jimmy-rigged it together. It could blow up — stock options available.

“My head is not an issue. I’ve been allowed to work out and I feel good. I didn’t even breathe hard.

I can’t wait to see this thing.

Scalabrine wore a headband during practice – which drew plenty of comparisons to the Jackie Moon character in “Semi-Pro” – and said there is a slight protective band inside of the band to help protect him in case he gets hit again. …

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Keep Voting For Us!!
April 22, 2009

You guys are awesome.  We, as 6 seed in the header challenge, have now won twice.

Let’s KEEP IT GOING!  Go here to vote.  Once again, we’re down big to start… but we’ve roared back twice now.  Let’s make it 3 in a row to get us into the finals.

Pierce Could Play The 4
April 22, 2009

The Celtics are down 2 bigs now… which leaves them in a bit of a lurch.  But after practice today, Paul Pierce said he’d be ready to step in and play the 4 if the Celtics need him to.

Other practice notes:  Rajon Rondo and Brian Scalabrine practiced… and Scal was stylin

Scal is rockin’ a sweet white headband too. That’s a new look.

Scal doesn’t need a headband.  He needs a helmet.

Surgery On Hold
April 22, 2009

The KG saga continues… but at least it’s continuing in a direction that gives me hope that he’ll return at some point.  KG has put off knee surgery.

“He’s not going to do it right now,” Rivers said of the procedure. “He was looking and searching for it and then he just decided to wait.”

Hey Doc… what happened to “Kevin Garnett ain’t playing in these playoffs”?

“All I’m saying is that we’re still looking at this the same way we did last week,” he said. “But if he can come back, then we’d obviously take that. I still don’t think he can, but why would you ever want to take away that possibility?”

So the door is still open.  I’m not going to analyze this anymore.  What the hell is there to say?

By the way, one note on Leon Powe and his torn ACL… he’s got to be the toughest bastard alive:

“He played three minutes with a torn ACL on the floor. He didn’t come out. He kept playing. It just says so much about Leon Powe the person”

Go ahead and look up video of what happens to people who tear an ACL.  They all hit the deck writhing in pain.  Leon just winced.  Probably something he picked up in his prior career as The Black Night.

Herald:  Injury ends Powe’s season Bad news for good guy in Powe Rondo a bit banged up Calhoun admires Allen and Gordon |  Globe:  Day old blues for LeonRondo leading the way Scal cleared |   Del Negro locally grown product | Souza:  Now for something potentially more positive – Stephon Marbury |  WEEI:  Petraglia – Buckle in for a wild ride |  Celtics Hub:  America has no faith in Powe-less C’s |  CelticsBlog:  Giddens carries Flash to D-League FinalsRoy drops 42, Blazers even seriesLakers up 2-0Cavs up 2-0

Powe Done For Season
April 21, 2009

Marc J. Spears reports

According to an NBA source, Celtics forward Leon Powe is expected to have surgery on his injured left knee and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

Powe had an MRI after injuring the knee in the second quarter of the Celtics’ 118-115 victory over the Bulls in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Monday night. The injury was originally diagnosed as a sprain. It is uncertain whether further damage was found in the knee.

Awww…. dammit.

UPDATE from the Celtics:

Leon has acl tear and is out for playoffs

New Public Enemy #1
April 21, 2009

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Man, Joakim Noah is one really hate-able guy.  Part of it is because of his histrionics out on the court.  Part of it is, well, he’s REALLY ugly.  And part of it is his histrionics on the court (those REALLY bother me). I mean, what’s he doing here… is he really going after Kendrick Perkins?

It makes it easier to hate him when he plays well for Chicago… and he’s playing well.  He’s blocking shots and rebounding… making him very annoying for a Celtics fan.  There’s nothing more infuriating than playing good defense and then having someone like Noah come in and get the tip back.

The big talk for Chicago has been Derrick Rose’s game 1 and Ben Gordon’s game 2.  But it’s really been guys like Noah, and Tyrus Thomas, that have been killers for the C’s.  Every time the C’s started to make a little run, one of those guys would step up and do something that kept the Celtics from shaking the Bulls (Thomas and Noah combined for 10 blocks).

So some of this might be bitterness.  And maybe I’d like him if he played for me.  But right now, I hate Joakim Noah.

“We Want Tacos”
April 21, 2009

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Just Do What You Do
April 20, 2009

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It’s a very simple message to the Celtics if they’re going to shut everyone up and get back on track.

Aside from Rondo cutting back on the gambling on Derrick Rose (something he admits to) there’s no special defense to play on the Bulls rookie.  Just make the rotations.  Play defense like you’re used to playing defense.  On offense, you play like you’ve always played.  We’ve been saying since the final buzzer on Saturday… and the Celtics, and Paul Pierce, were saying it after practice yesterday

“After watching tape, we didn’t play well at all and still had a chance to win. I thought we had a real good practice and had a chance to clean up some things. Just really stick with our game plan, we aren’t going to change up our game plan.

Paul pretty much stuck to the same message when talking about getting Ray open

“Our job is to get him open.  He’s one of the deadliest shooters to ever play the game, so we have to do a better job of get him open. Despite all that, we still had our chances. The bigs and even myself have to set screens for him, because that’s what we’ve done for him all year. It has to come from all of us.”

Pretty simple stuff.  Do what you’ve done all year and you’ll beat the Bulls.  Then maybe all the people panicking can shut up.

Herald:  Doc’s orders: Wait, KG Celtics ready to reboundC’s hope help on the way with RoseAinge out of the hospital Case closed, get Ray open |  Globe:  Little LeBron, big problemOffensive plan is to get Allen involvedBulls old college try successful |  Camerato:  They call him “Big Cuddly”Philly upsets OrlandoLakers win Nuggets beat Hornets Hawks destroy Heat

Is KG Teasing Us, Or What?
April 19, 2009

The Herald has this little tidbit from today:

Just a short time ago, Garnett walked onto the Celtic practice floor with strength coach Bryan Doo. While trainer Ed Lacerte sat at the far end of the court, Garnett, in practice gear, dribbled as he walked around the perimeter of the court.

The entire visible process took less than four minutes, after which Garnett, Doo and Lacerte walked through a door that leads to the weight room here at the team’s facility.

Though none of the involved was offering any comment, the simple exercise came after Doc Rivers commented to the Herald today that he and the Celtics would like Garnett to hold off on surgery to his right knee.

I don’t know what to make of this.  I just don’t know anymore.

(Thanks to Mike for the tip)

“I should have played him more”
April 19, 2009

That’s what Doc said about Stephon Marbury after practice today.

“Steph’s going to be fine. He should have been more aggressive but I should have played him more,” Rivers said after practice on Sunday. “I don’t think I played Steph enough last night to get him going. I thought in the first half the second unit actually had a nice little rhythm going, and in the second half I didn’t play him as much.”

Meanwhile, Ray Allen ended today’s practice with a three pointer… showing that *gasp* he can still shoot!  Rondo had some thoughts about making life easier for Ray and Paul.

“Probably get him shots in transition,” Rondo said of Allen, “that’s how he gets his jump shots. He didn’t get any layups — he missed a dunk — the way our team is built, especially with KG (Kevin Garnett) out, we need to get out on the break a little more, get Ray and Paul easy shots, get them to the free throw line. That way, their jump shots are flowing easier.”

Easy shots will be nice.  But it’s really simple.  Run your offense, make your rotations on D, and you’ll win.  They can’t hang when you do that.