Despite all the rehab, Rajon Rondo is finding ways to keep busy this offseason. Just a couple weeks after appearing on E!’s Fashion Police show, the point guard was back on TV last night, in a fun segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live called Mean Tweets. In it, celebrities, or in this case NBA players, read [...]
The whispers around Paul Pierce’s future with the Celtics continue to surface in the fourth week of Boston’s offseason. Unconfirmed report after unconfirmed report has circled in, stating anything from Pierce’s house being on the market, to the team being “likely” to buy him out. Locally, plenty of Celtics fans seem resigned to the fact [...]
It was a tough start to the offseason last week for Terrence Williams. After standing out as one of the bright spots on the Celtics roster late last season, he was taken into custody last week with the disturbing allegation that he pulled a gun during a domestic dispute with his son’s mother and her [...]
What has Rajon Rondo been up to this offseason beyond rehabbing his ACL injury? Rubbing elbows with Joan Rivers, that’s what. Just one summer after spending some time showing off his fashion sense in an internship with GQ, Rondo went one-on-one with Rivers on E’s Fashion Police, since well he has some time on his [...]
Acquiring any player, whether it’s via trade, free agency, or the draft, comes with an air of uncertainty. The NBA has no guaranteed covenant and all sales are final, no matter how talented, proven, or productive the player may have been in year’s past. But these memories—especially recent ones—often clouds the judgment of a [...]
The waiting is the hardest part. At least that’s what the Celtics’ brass must feel like about their coveted head coach. A week after Danny Ainge confirmed to The Boston Globe that Doc Rivers would be returning to the Celtics’ bench next season, we’re still waiting for a direct word from the head coach himself. [...]
For the first time in our collective memories, the C’s are Accuscore underdogs tonight. And you know what, Accuscore? I’m not sure I blame you.
This is, needless to say, not a great matchup for the Celtics right now, especially not in a SEGABABA. They’ve lost four of six, all against worse teams than the Hornets, and they’ve been burned inside and out. Chris Paul is the last person Rajon Rondo wants to deal with on an injured whatever. Likewise, Nenad Krstic will have his undersized hands full with Emeka Okafor on the glass. Meanwhile, the last remaining C’s offensive threats (whichever one of Garnett, Pierce, and Allen has a half-decent game tonight) have the potential to be choked by Trevor Ariza and David West. Combine all this with, again, a SEGABABA, and start looking forward to some extra room on the C’s bandwagon.
Looking at it a different way, a win would be huge tonight.
WHAT THE HORNETS DO WELL
Defend almost everywhere. The one exception is at the rim, where they’re near the bottom of the league, but they manage to minimize attempts in that area because of Okafor’s presence. Credit Tavares “Monty” Williams and his excellent coaching in the aftermath of the Hornets quitting on Byron Scott last year. Monty’s also one of the increasing number of head coaches who were once under the tutelage of Doc Rivers; Doc coached Monty during their time in Orlando. Speaking of Doc and New Orleans, remember the highlight of the last Hornets game? It was this.
WHAT THE HORNETS DO POORLY
Make the right shots. The Hornets are fourth in the league at converting long twos, but 16th in three-point percentage. They can shoot, it would seem, but not where it counts. This is the result of the contributions of David West, who is Garnett-like in his tendency to hover just inside the three-point line at the elbow, and just about as deadly.
PLAYERS WHO MAKE ME WORRY
It’s misguided to name anyone other than Chris Paul here, because his success is inextricable from his team’s. Here’s what bugs me about the seemingly irreversible Derrick Rose MVP campaign: Derrick Rose is still not the best point guard in the NBA. Pretty much the only category in which he exceeds Chris Paul is in the number of shots he takes. Paul’s a more efficient scorer while taking barely any assisted shots, he’s a superior rebounder, and Rose can barely see Paul in the assists column, the specialty stat of their shared position. Rose is the best player on a much better team, and that’s obviously what people look for when handing out the award for the best player in the league. But Paul is the better player.
PLAYERS WHO DO NOT MAKE ME WORRY
Aaron Gray. This seems like a good time to remind people that former Celtics Hubber Zach Lowe coined my favorite NBA nickname, “The White Flag”, in reference to Aaron Gray. A nickname that underscores both a player’s role and physical appearance while using a minimum of words is deserving of recognition. Also, I have OSU over Gray’s Pitt Panthers in the NCAA final.
WHAT WE WANT TO SEE TONIGHT
Lost in the recent failures of the starters to score or play defense has been some encouraging play from the bench, specifically Jeff Green. Would love to see him continue to fill it up. Other than that, it would be nice to see Rajon Rondo either score on or contain Chris Paul, because he couldn’t do either against Kyle Lowry. Rondo didn’t play in the last game against New Orleans, but he’s matched up pretty well against CP3 historically.
Call this a New Orleans jinx if it turns out to be wrong. NO 93, C’s 90.