The Mother-Fffin Truth
March 18, 2009

The Captain would not be denied tonight – 36 pts (21 in 4th/OT), 11 reb and 5 assists in 47 minutes.

Big games for Rajon Rondo (27 pts, 10 assists) and Eddie House (16 pts, 3-4 3FG).

Celtics 112 – Miami 108 | Box Score | Recap

Congratulations – the Celtics are Atlantic Division champs!!!!

Advertisements

Running on Empty
March 11, 2009

Thanks to a red hot Ray Allen (24 of his 27 pts) and Leon Powe (13 of his 23 pts), the Celtics held a 5 point halftime lead over the Heat. But the Celtics came out of the lockeroom with the intensity of a girl scout troop.

Miami started hitting all their jumpers and surged ahead to a 15 point lead in the 4th. But once those shots started rimming out, the Celtics went on a 16-2 run to cut the lead to 1.

But like the Orlando game, the Celtics didn’t have enough firepower to get over the hump.

Paul Pierce (16 pts, 5-10 FG) looked like he was sleep-walking the entire game. He missed 2 of 3 free throws after getting fouled behind the arc with 35 seconds left and the C’s down 5.

On the bright side, Bill Walker had 8 pts and 2 steals in 12 minutes.

Dwayne Wade (32 pts, 9-20 FG) hit some clutch shots in the final minute. But what really killed the Celtics was the 5 other Heat players who scored in double figures.

Box Score | Recap

After the jump, the only reason why you’d care about the Sixers-Raptors game.

(more…)

What Happened to the No-Call?
March 11, 2009

NBArefssuck.com

NBArefssuck.com

With 9 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, the refs have called 25 fouls in this game – 15 on the Celtics. David Stern should be embarassed to have these referees – Eric Lewis, Steve Javie and Derek Richardson – represent his league.

Some halftime stats:

Ray Allen – 24 pts, 9-11 FG, 4-4 3FG

Leon Powe – 13 pts, 10 reb

Stephon Marbury – 0-6 FG, 4 assists

Shorthanded C’s to Battle In South Beach
March 11, 2009

49-15 @ 34-29
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
7:30 pm ET
American Airlines Arena (Miami, FL)

The injury bug has continued its downright refusal to leave the city of Boston, as the Celtics will be without a third of their roster tonight in Miami. Tony Allen (thumb), Glen Davis (ankle), Kevin Garnett (knee), Rajon Rondo (ankle), and Brian Scalabrine (head/neck) will all be out of action at American Airlines Arena this evening, leaving Doc Rivers with a rather thin bench and a large window to experiment.

Despite his Sunday afternoon struggles, newest Celtic Stephon Marbury will get the nod as the team’s designated point guard for the second straight game. In this past weekend’s home loss to Orlando, Marbury was thrown into the fire as the team’s starting one-man, and finished with four points, one assist, and three turnovers in about 20 minutes of floor time. Due to Marbury’s newness, the offense struggled mightily in the first half, where the C’s put up just 33 points.

Regardless, Rivers has decided to throw “Starbury” into the fire once again, as it will help him learn the system in game situations and speed up the learning process in order to get him ready for postseason play. With Garnett, Davis, and Scalabrine all unavailable at the four spot, it is expected that Leon Powe will get the call over Mikki Moore.

How Marbury runs the offense may come second on Boston’s list of things to worry about tonight, however. What tops the list, you ask? Look no further than 2006 NBA Finals MVP Dwyane Wade, who has been playing out-of-this-world basketball as of late. Since the All-Star break (11 games), “Flash” has held jaw-dropping averages of 36.5 points, 10.8 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game on ultra-efficient shooting clips of 57.2% from the floor, 44.7% from beyond the arc, and 87% at the free throw line. Through March’s first five games, those numbers are even better at 38.2 PPG, 11.4 APG, 6.6 RPG, 3.4 SPG, 1.2 BPG, and shooting percentages of 59.3% overall, 58.3% from deep, and 77.1% from the charity stripe.

Want some more mind-blowing stat lines? Wade is coming off one of the most impressive performances of the 2008-09 NBA season, as he tallied 48 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four steals, and three blocks on 15-21 shooting in Monday night’s win over Chicago. Oh, and did I mention that he sealed the game with a miraculous buzzer-beating runner from straight-away three-point territory? In double-overtime.

Wade is one of the few guys in this league that can single-handedly take over a basketball game. If it weren’t for LeBron James, the beast in South Beach would have this year’s MVP trophy locked up like Charles Barkley.

Simply put, the Celtics have their hands full in this one.

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (20.4)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (8.8)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.4)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (1.9)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.7)

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Dwyane Wade (29.7)
RPG: Udonis Haslem (8.4)
APG: Dwyane Wade (7.7)
SPG: Dwyane Wade (2.2)
BPG: Jermaine O’Neal (1.8)

Key Matchup

Injury Report
Kevin Garnett (posterior muscle strain – out)
Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle – out)
Glen Davis (sprained right ankle – out)
Tony Allen (recovering from thumb surgery – out)
Brian Scalabrine (concussions/strained neck – out)

Keys to Victory

  • Avoid Foul Trouble
  • Own the Glass
  • Bench Play – Somebody Step Up
  • Ball Control
  • Contain Wade

Any Guesses?
March 11, 2009

The Celtic starters for tonight remain a mystery that Rivers apparently is unwilling to share. Asked who would open at point guard and power forward, the coach replied by text message, “We will have our coin toss later.”

Even though Stephon Marbury’s has a few more practices under his belt, I’m guessing Doc starts Eddie House tonight in Miami. Leon Powe will probably get the call at power forward.

The Heat are coming off a wild double-overtime win Monday night against the Bulls. I’ll have more on Dwayne Wade’s incredible play…later today.

The Patriot Ledger’s Jim Fenton examines Ray Allen’s remarkable accuracy at the free throw line:

Since missing a free throw against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, Allen has made a remarkable 110 of his last 111 tries at the line.

Globe – Celtics Playing Through | Herald – Hurtin’ C’s Limp Towards Playoffs | Patriot Ledger – Ray On Target at Line |Miami Herald – Wade Threat at Both Ends | Odom Suspended | USA Today – Marbury Finding Niche | Cavs Rally to Beat Clippers

After the jump….a hot actress (looking very average I must say) who witnessed the Cavs comeback in LA.

(more…)

Raps Get Marion, Dump O’Neal
February 13, 2009

ESPN reports

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon to the Miami Heat in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, league sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.

The deal is pending league approval, according to sources, and if approved, would be announced later Friday afternoon.

“Hey Shawn, thanks for winning the game for us last night.  Hope you enjoy oblivion.”

Alonzo Mourning Retires
January 22, 2009

Cross him off the list

The Miami Heat announced Thursday that former NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning will retire from the league. Mourning hasn’t played at all this season and played in only 25 games during the 2007-2008 season due to major leg injuries

We’re running out of big man options.

Eddie Money
January 21, 2009

One quarter of great basketball was good enough to beat the Heat tonight. The C’s jumped all over Miami in the first quarter (29-10) and never looked back. Ray  Allen (12 pts), KG (8 pts, 5 reb, 1 stl) and Rajon Rondo (4 assists) paved the way in the 1st.

The second quarter belonged to Eddie House as he drained 6 threes. Eddie finished with 25 pts.

The Celtics were extremely sloppy in the second half (21 TOs) which allowed the Heat to cut the lead to 12 points a few times but Miami couldn’t get over the hump. Back to back to back 3s by Ray (27 pts, 5-6 3FG) with about 4 minutes left sealed this one.

Check out the Celtics first quarter scoring during this 6 game winning streak:

  • Heat: 29-10
  • Suns: 30-15
  • Nets: 29-15
  • Nets: 30-23
  • Toronto: 19-23
  • Toronto: 32-20

Notice a pattern?

Celtics 98 – Miami 83 |Box Score | Recap

“An elephant can get back and defend him.” – Tommy Heinsohn on the slow-footed Chris Quinn

After the jump….my favorite Eddie Money song.

(more…)

Emeka OHHHHHHHHH
December 9, 2008

Yeah… lots o’ YouTubery going on today.  That’s what happens when the C’s have 3 days off, I guess.   You’ll just have to tide yourselves over with D-Wade emasculating Emeka Okafor.

Blame Pat Riley For KG Suspension
November 18, 2008

How would you like to be a Celtics fan who, in this economy, managed to get enough money together to take your kids to ONE Celtics game this year… and you get the one where KG is sitting over a terrible suspension? It’d be one thing if he took a legit swipe at Bogut. But this was just silly. And of all the people to blame… I say we should look first at Pat Riley.

That Knicks-Heat rivalry nearly ruined basketball. The slow, plodding, brutish thug-fests that Pat Riley tried to pass off as basketball made the game almost impossible to watch. We were one season away from official NBA barf bags in the online store. Get my point? It was gross. And don’t think the NBA has purged those toxins from its system yet. One look at the Kevin Garnett suspension and it’s pretty clear that we’re still feeling the effects.

I’ll forever hate that era of the NBA. It will go down as the most ridiculously unwatchable eras in NBA history. And the fact that it spawned a gunshy NBA is like looking at a bad tattoo on my butt. It’s a horrific reminder of a bad time in my life.

A few dozen of us bloggers got together and put together our first of many MVP and Rookie of the Year rankings. LeBron and Derrick Rose topped each list. But we have the top 10 MVP candidates and the top 5 ROY’s. Pierce is in there… although not as high as I had him (4th).

Herald: NBA hits Garnett with suspension | Knicks-C’s scouting report | Globe: Passion to teach drives Cassell | Magic: Pierce close, but no Kobe | Camerato: Celtics know how to beat Knicks without Garnett | Souza: Celtics in strong position | NECN: Video from Paul’s charity bowling event | Newsday: Knicks expect tough C’s even without KG