On June 23rd, 2011, Brian Robb and I stood around a high top bar table in Tommy Doyle’s in Kendall Square. Before us lay one of the biggest mounds of buffalo chicken wings I had ever endeavor to make disappear. These 25 cent flappers- one of the few indulgences afforded to the participants of our [...]
There are a number of contextually-appropriate ways to craft this post. One would be to forgo words entirely, and represent Chris Wilcox’s entire season with a series of videos. That would involve one part of this: For every eight parts of this: Note the headline on that second clip. Someone was so amused/enraged by Wilcox’s [...]
Here’s a sweeping general statement involving super specific statistics that may or may not mean anything: In the 1423 minutes Rajon Rondo played this season, the Boston Celtics were outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions. When he sat (including all contests after he tore his ACL), Boston was better than their opponents by 1.8 [...]
Avery Bradley has been a standout defender for the past couple seasons…in the regular season anyway. Now he has a trophy to prove it. The NBA announced this afternoon that the third-year guard has been elected by coaches around the league to the second-team all-NBA defensive team for the first time in his career. Bradley [...]
The first domino to fall this offseason is Paul Pierce’s contract. Until Danny Ainge figures out what he’s doing there, little else matters. As we wait for this decision, we also must face the rest of the offseason, which means it is also rumor season. With that time of year, comes plenty of information floating [...]
In his third year in the league, in which promising players often make brash leaps from benchwarmer to starter, from starter to star, Avery Bradley took a big step back. But his regression might be deceptive. When he returned to the Celtics’ lineup on January the 2nd after two in-season months recovering from offseason shoulder [...]
Because the Celtics have been on their very best behavior in 2010 (see: epic playoff run sabotaged only by last second injury and 23-4 start to new season), we’d like to suggest some possible gifts for each member of the team; from the last guy on the bench to the leading scorer.
We’ll do this in two parts, beginning with the bench, with the starters coming later on this morning.
Glen Davis – Davis is posting career-highs in minutes, points, PER, TS%, eFG% and taking charges like he’s a masochist.Unlike previous years, he’s comfortable working in the painted area and knocking down jumpers from the outside, starting and coming off the bench. We don’t see instances like this or this anymore. In short – our little Big Baby is all ‘grownsed’ up! For that, we’d suggest he receive serious consideration for sixth man of the year.
Marquis Daniels – We were going to suggest getting Daniels some jewelry but feel like it would pale in comparison to the bling he’s already sporting. So, let’s give him the gift of performance – a playoff run filled with inspiring shutdown defense at the 3-spot, which helps the Celtics past the Miami Heat and helps Daniels secure a healthy new contract in the offseason.
Delonte West – The gift of redemption. West seemed on the way to a great year after a few strong games back in the lineup. He quickly stabilized the second unit and Doc Rivers showed immediate confidence in his ability to close games with the starters. As much as the Celtics have missed Kendrick Perkins this year, West’s return may have the most impact on this team. Let’s hope it continues to be a positive one.
Nate Robinson – What Robinson needs (besides another seven inches of height) is the ability to make good decisions all the time. Or the opportunity to focus completely on scoring. Given the latter is more likely than the former, we’ll give him the gift of a returning Delonte West, who’ll shift him back to 2-guard where he belongs.
Semih Erden – Erden getsan economy-sized vat of industrial strength glue, to be slathered all over his hands before games. His confidence looks to be on the upswing and he’s improved at finishing contested shots at the rim, but he keeps having rebounds slip through his grasp and deflect off his fingers. If his hands get a bit stickier on loose rebounds, he’ll seriously up his impact.
Avery Bradley – Bradley gets the sound of snapping mesh. How many jumpers has the 20-year-old missed this year? The answer – almost all of them. The rookie is shooting 23% from the field in his seven games. Lately, he’s been stepping into his shots with confidence but only drawing iron. That’s actually an improvement from some of his early airballs but let’s hope his jumpers start falling because he looks like a keeper on the defensive end.
Luke Harangody – The gift of lateral quickness. I still suspect Harangody is a longshot to stick in the league for more than a couple of years, but if he can find a way to hold his own on the defensive end of the court, he could make a living as a twelfth man/practice player for a number of years. Which is where the comparisons to Brian Scalabrine actually make sense.
Von Wafer – If we see Wafer for extended minutes at any point this season, it probably means two of Daniels, West and Paul Pierce are injured. So, let’s think positive, assume that won’t happen and ship Wafer off to a place where he can get some real run. We’ll include the receipt for this gift should Wafer want to exchange it for a comfortable spot on the Celtics’ bench, garbage time minutes, and a good view of Gino.
Jermaine O’Neal – Motivation. Celtics fans are impatient with the length of time it has taken O’Neal to recover from his injury, and a couple of Doc Rivers’ comments suggest he’s feeling the same way (my speculation only). So, let’s hope O’Neal returns with a healthy fury and shows us he deserves all that mid-level money because comparisons to Rasheed Wallace (who, by the way, gets a lump of coal in his stocking) grow louder by the day.