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Suck on That, Cuban
January 25, 2009

AP Photo/Winslow Townson

SOS for the Celtics. Torrid shooting, stellar defense = blowout.The Celtics dropped 38 in the first quarter and finished with 74 in the first half – a season high in the NBA.*

The lead reached a high of 35 points early in the 3rd quarter. How’s this for a team assist/turnover ratio – 34 to 4.

Look no further than the Rondo (13 pts, 14 assists, 7 reb, 4 stls)/Ray (23 pts, 7 assists, 5 reb) combo as the reason behind this win.

KG played (23 pts) like he was out to embarrass Dirk Nowitzki (4-17 FG, 5 TO). He took it right at him and played superb defense on every possession. KG also set an unofficial record for alley-oop dunks…or so it seemed.

Eddie House went nuts in garbage time (which was any moment after the 1st quarter) – 23 pts, 7-11 3FG

The worst call of the game came late in the 3rd when Scal took an elbow to the face as Dirk made a move…and got whistled for the foul.

Celtics 124 – Mavs 100 | Box Score | Recap

“They’re just running, like a…layup drill.” – Hubie Brown

*I’ve been since informed the Knicks hung 82 first half points on Golden State back on Nov 29. Thanks RGill. It’s about time you contributed something to this site.

Little All-Star Love for the Celtics
December 11, 2008

Paris Hilton wants you to vote for Rondo.

The NBA has released the current voting tally for the All-Star game, and the results are not pretty for Celtics fans.

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 643,786; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 495,514; Yi Jianlian (NJ) 356,556; Chris Bosh (Tor) 274,195; Paul Pierce (Bos) 153,512; Shawn Marion (Mia) 144,066; Josh Smith (Atl) 59,574; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 56,846; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 56,006; Danny Granger (Ind) 49,752; Michael Beasley (Mia) 48,999.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 623,311; Allen Iverson (Det) 492,093; Vince Carter (NJ) 236,634; Ray Allen (Bos) 174,155; Jose Calderon (Tor) 124,705; Luke Ridnour (Mil) 123,104; Jameer Nelson (Orl) 116,228; Derrick Rose (Chi) 102,263; Joe Johnson (Atl) 94,847; Devin Harris (NJ) 94, 294; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 64,450.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 775;933; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 116,708; Rasheed Wallace (Det) 88,885; Jermaine O’Neal (Tor) 75,324; Al Horford (Atl) 45,284; Ben Wallace (Clev) 40,799; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 36,479; Zyrdrunas Ilgauskas (Clev) 28,022; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 24,777; Emeka Okafor (Char) 15,323.

Stop looking for Rondo’s name. He didn’t make the top 10. The 123,104 people who voted for Luke Ridnour should never be allowed to watch an NBA game again.* The Chinese are clearly under government order to stuff the ballot boxes for Yi Jianlian.

And who are the idiots voting for Allen Iverson? The biggest crime may be that Chris Bosh has 120,00 more votes than Paul Pierce. Did anybody watch the Finals? Holy crap…NBA fans are dumb.

A giant Thank You to Jess Camerato for the tip….

*Editor’s Note:  In a previous version of this post, I referred to Ridnour and Yi as teammates. This is not the case. I am a moron.

Love That Bling
July 15, 2008

Courtesy: Boston Herald

Wondering what’s got Kevin Garnett’s attention? He looking at a picture of the Celtics championship ring on Wyc Grousebeck’s Blackberry. Take a look for yourself….(after the jump. Don’t roll your eyes, we gotta eat.)

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Awaiting the Birdman
July 2, 2008

Chris Andersen

Wooing free agents is more fun that I thought. Maybe because these guys actually want to play for the Celtics now. Chris “the Birdman” Andersen is reportedly coming to town today. He’s a slender 6-10 with tremendous potential. Should we care that he was suspended for two seasons for violating the league’s substance abuse policy? I don’t. But I don’t see how the Celtics can pay this guy more than $1-2 million per season, a number he’s sure to double or triple on the open market.

Ainge’s offer to Corey Maggette certainly has Celtics nation buzzing. And it looks like Corey is tired of losing:

“It’s not always about money,” Maggette said. “I’ve been in the league a long time and I’ve made a lot of money. I’m tired of losing. I want to get back to the playoffs and win.”

Nice try Corey, but I’m not buying it. Maybe if you were 3-4 years older. Go and get paid. There are still no specifics on the offers made to Maggette or James Posey. Marc Spears reports the Wizards are “very interested” in the Mongoose.

Not only is Danny busy with players, but he’s begun negotiating Doc Rivers’ exension. We’re guessing 3 more years at $7 million per. And Doc’s entire staff also needs new contracts. 

Now on Barstool
June 9, 2008

One of the biggest disappointments in this series has to be the coaching (or lack of ) by Phil Jackson. This dude is the greatest of all time, how can he let his team fall behind 2-0? Here’s my rant on Barstool:

It was supposed to be the biggest mismatch of the series. Basketball guru, master motivator and 9-time NBA champion Phil Jackson versus Doc “I have no set rotation” Rivers. Now that the Celtics have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, ol’ Phil can reach into his bag of tricks and start outcoaching Doc. Go ahead, make your move, the whole world is waiting. What’s that, you got nothing? Pau Gasol has disappeared in the second half of both games and there is nothing you can do? Last night you said Lamar Odom looked confused. Can you use some of that zen-bs to set him straight?

Why We’ll Be Better Than The 95-96 Bulls
January 4, 2008

the bullsI will never… NEVER… believe that the 95-96 Chicago Bulls belong in the pantheon of all time greats.  They might be knocking on the door… they might be able to feel the heat through the window as the ’86 Celtics and the ’85 Lakers drank scotch while sitting by the fire.  But they’ll never get inside. 

I know full well that they won 72 games.  But I also know they’d lose to a lot of those teams in the mid-80’s… and I think that we’re better than them too.

Simply put… the Bulls got real fat off real weak talent.  Consider that the NBA expanded twice in 6 years:  in 1989 (Orlando, Minnesota) and in 1995 (Toronto, Vancouver).   That’s 2 teams that were 6 years old… and two that were brand new.  The Bulls played those teams 12 times.  Orlando was good that year… the other teams were not. 

Not only that, the talent level hadn’t even recovered from that past expansion when the next one happened.  This league was more watered down than Natural Light.  Have you ever had a Natty Light?  It sucks… and so did the NBA back then.  The Bulls were a great team in a crappy league… and it showed.

Meanwhile, there is no such expansion for the Celtics.  When the Celtics win 60-something games this year… it’s against a resurgent NBA.  Once upon a time… a team needed 3 stars to have a shot a championship.  Then in the 90’s… you only needed 2.  We’re starting to break out of that now.  Stars are starting to emerge where we didn’t expect them.  A team with two All-Stars isn’t going to be enough anymore.  2007-08 NBA competition is flat-out better than the 1995-96 NBA.  To approach 70 wins this year will be MUCH more impressive than winning 72 games back then.  Even a team finishing in the mid-60 win total is more impressive to me than what those Bulls did. 

Herald:  It’s all adding up to history  |  Globe:  C’s among best ever  |  Wallace finally has final say  |  Behnke’s triple duty covering all the bases  |  Det News:  Celts rematch isn’t a big deal  |  MLive.com:  Pistons not looking ahead 

Answering Some Questions
January 1, 2008

2007… perhaps the greatest single year in Boston sports history… is now gone.  As we move ahead to 2008… let’s look at some of the questions that dogged us heading into this season:

Yeah… Boston has the big 3… but what else have they got?

james poseyMore than we thought.  James Posey came in billed as our defensive guy off the bench…. and people didn’t exactly laud Danny’s decision to bring in Eddie House.  However, their 18th and 12th respectively in the NBA in 3 point fg percentage (House is 8th among guards, Posey is 7th among forwards).  They have both hit huge threes in this past road trip alone to keep opponents at bay.  Glen Davis has show he’s got the ability to hang in the league.  Now if only we can see more of the Tony Allen we saw against LA… and less of the Tony Allen we saw in the 3rd quarter against Sacramento… we’ll be in extremely good shape.

But what about that point guard spot… and center?

Rajon Rondo is growing up right before our eyes.  He has clearly improved his jumper, and he’s got one of the better eyes for the open guy in the league… even at this young age.  At some point, it will click in him that he can destroy opposing pg’s off the dribble all night long… and he’ll do it to soften up the defense.  As for Perk, I think we’re seeing everything this guy is going to be:  an angry, bruising, rebounder and defender that will occasionally score big because he’s the forgotten man.  But being that angry, bruising guy still means foul trouble… and that will probably dog him for a long time.  Now that Scot Pollard is getting healthy, let’s see if he can provide good minutes at the back-up spot.  If not, then its probably and Danny’s best interest to look for an insurance policy at both spots.  Tony Allen filled in well enough for Rondo in LA… but we should probably have more of a straight ball handler in that situation.

They’ll still have a weak defense

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Has This Ever Happened?
December 28, 2007

Just curious about something before I post the links…

Has an NBA team ever matched its previous season’s win total in the same calendar year?  Last season, they won game 24 on April 16, 2007.  This season, they won game 24 on December 27, 2007 (well, technically… it’s the 28th… but whatever). 

Since I’m way too lazy… and still a little drunk… to do the research, I’m just going to sit here smugly and enjoy the fact that I think I asked a good question… but leave that question unanswered. 

Herald: A happy new year for C’s  |  Magic returns for Celtics  |  West:  No hard feelings  |  5 key Celtics moments in 2007  |  Doc rewrites prescription for Garnett’s passion play  |  Globe:  Presti: Sonics Boom  |  West left with no hard feelings  |  Celtics win one for Allen  |  ESPN:  KG leads All-Star voting  |  Vote for Pierce and Ray!!!  |  Rondo’s Blog: West Coast  (Rondo’s a bit chilly out there)  |  T&G:  Fans can’t really complain  |  Seattle Times:  Jeff Green doesn’t know who Ray Allen is  |  Allen has it all wrong, Seattle made the right deal  |  Win just out of reach for Sonics  |  Daily Dime:  Ray of Hope is Boston’s now  |  SI:  Ray honored before game  |  Trade Rumors:  Juan Dixon and Joey Graham in Toronto?  |  Damon Jones in Cleveland?

Biggest Test Of The Season, Part 2
December 26, 2007

road trip!Two things have been said of the Celtics by their critics this year:  (1) They haven’t played anyone and (2) they haven’t had to take a road trip.

Well… they played Detroit to a standstill… and really only lost out to their experience.  Now… the C’s are out West for 4 games in 5 days.  Two sets of back-to-backs that balances a couple of patsies (Seattle, Sacramento) with a couple of tough teams (L.A., Utah). 

Can we expect a loss on this trip?  Probably.  Even the best of the best have a hard time sweeping 4 teams in 5 days on the opposite coast.  If I had to pick the loss… it’s probably Utah because they’re tough down low and that poses problems for the C’s.  But that’s later… tonight… we’ll ease into it by smacking the Kings around a bit.  I’ll be awake for the whole thing… so we’ll have a post game update while Chuck gets his beauty rest.  I hope he uses the cucumber beautifiying mask and mud wrap I got him for Christmas.

Herald:  Rising C’s head west  |  Kings scouting report  |  Globe:  Pierce, Theus go way back  |  Globe’s year in sports  |  Cincy Enquirer:  Rondo’s a catalyst  |  Posey’s role helps C’s roll  (ed. note:  what’s with the Cincy paper doing pieces on our role players?)  |  Sac Bee: Looking up at legends  |  Gerald Green is getting a shot with the Wolves  |  Trade Rumors:  Jason Kidd  |  Jason Willams  | Pau Gasol  |  Ben Wallace  |  Blazers win 11th straight! 

Snooze
December 21, 2007

This one was tough to watch. Has a Celtics blowout win (107-82) ever been more boring? The fact I’m asking that question shows I’m already complacent with this team’s success. That’s pretty messed up, considering all the crap I’ve put up with over the past decade. As for this game, the Celtics completely dominated the Bulls in just about every facet of the game. Paul Pierce (22 pts, 4-6 3 FG) led the way offensively, but when you check the box score, you’ll see a well balanced attack. Former Pitt Panther Aaron Gray, filling in for the injured Ben Wallace, was the only thorn in the Celtics side. For the record, I’m convinced I have as much basketball talent as this dude. The only thing separating us is about 50 pounds and 8 inches.

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