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 [...]
Wins in Summer League do only one thing: give fans an unreasonable expectation that these games are any indication of future success. They are not. They sure are fun, though.
Jared Sullinger came back down to earth yesterday by showing a lot of what people feared: he has trouble finishing over height and he could be Glen Davis 2.0. Not to slight Big Baby, but the Celtics need Sullinger to be a legit low post scorer, not a stretch four. 12 rebounds is nice but based on the Anthony Randolph Summer League Projection Model, 12 boards equates to less than 3 at the big boy level.
JaJuan Johnson started the game at center without even jumping for the opening tip and finished with three rebounds and one, huge, hip-cracking fall after getting his legs taken out from under him by Al Thornton. The scene was scary but Johnson popped right up and knocked down the ensuing free throws. Despite only scoring 8 points, he finished the game with the highest +/- at +22. I’m going to defer to Hayes for an explanation on the accuracy of Johnson’s on-court value.
Sean “Big Time” Williams was dunked on big time and finished the game with numbers you’d like to see in an NBA game. Since this was Summer League, I’m not holding out much hope.
Ten Celtics player were outrebounded by Adam Morrison.
THE REASON WHY MORE GUYS LIKE ISAIAH THOMAS SHOULD GET A CHANCE
Jonathan Gibson entered the game in the second half and set the microwave on DESTROY (button right below Popcorn). With his three point barrage, the Celtics were able to make up and put some distance between themselves and the NETS in the second half. He probably should be given a chance to be the third guard on a team’s depth chart but probably won’t given the fact that he doesn’t create for anyone else. He played well for a really bad Turkish team last year but he’s probably built more for the NBA than the Turkish league.
E’Twaun Moore did what we wanted him to do. He was the most polished guy on that floor for much of the game and he stuffed the stat sheet like you want a backup combo guard to do. He also played adequate defense highlighted by a big block on Tyshawn Taylor.
Dionte Christmas had another fairly solid game but his jumper is streaky and his lateral quickness is suspect. I’m not sure there’s room in the NBA for another Jodie Meeks, especially one who isn’t as good as Jodie Meeks.
Jamar Smith should be the new JSMOOV of whatever international/DLeague team he plays for.
PLAYERS I WANT BACKING UP PAUL PIERCE INSTEAD OF JEFF GREEN’S SOON-TO-BE UNTRADEABLE CONTRACT
Kris Joseph has been the biggest surprise of the Celtics Summer League. He hustles, he rebounds. Yesterday, he even showed he could defend a little by making a huge chase down block at the rim. Joesph wants to play in this league and it shows.
WHY WAS THIS GUY A FIRST ROUND PICK
Craig Brackins. Somebody, please provide me video evidence of this guy playing good basketball. I love his height, size, and mohawk but those alone do not make an NBA player (trust me, I bought the clippers just to try it).