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. [...]
Kevin Garnett, PF32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -15
He was destined for a tough night against a team with Memphis’ size but he did some nice work limiting their bigs’ offensive output. Had a terrible first half shooting and a bad offensive night overall. I’d like to point out that the Celtics are asking too much of him. But there’s little choice this year. Yet again.
Paul Pierce, SF34 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -5
A lot of three-balls which mostly worked. A bunch of other shots which mostly didn’t, especially after halftime. Tony Allen showed him up a couple of times with his defense. Boston’s asking too much of him. But there’s little choice this year. Yet again.
Jason Collins, C18 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4
It’s not just that he generates next to no points or rebounds while he’s on the floor. It’s that his presence means the Celtics are going 4 on 5 on offense and he muddies up the spacing. His bulk was useful on some possessions, but he’s hurting far more than he’s helping. It’s time for Sullinger in this spot. When Sully fouls out early in the second quarter, Collins can come in and relieve him.
Admit it: you loved that first baseline cut for a layup. You’ve been dying for that all year. Overall, a strong return for Bradley on the defensive end. He forced Memphis (Mike Conley in particular) into some rough late-clock offense and sealed a huge gap in the perimeter. His shot looked January 2012 awful but that might be nerves and rust as much as any lingering effects from the shoulder injuries. Let’s keep an eye on it.
Rondo is getting cooked on defense game after game. It’s not just the injury. He’s just not willing to put in the effort. Bradley’s return will help him do his mini-KG centerfielder routine but lately Rondo seems hamstrung by his team, his coach, his injury and himself.
Jeff Green, PF15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6
Worse than the numbers, which look decent versus his playing time until you realize he had almost no impact on the game.
Jared Sullinger, PF19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +10
Far better than the numbers, despite another heap of fouls and a bad shooting night. Anyone else expecting a post-all-star breakout for him?
Courtney Lee, SG12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3
Took the ball to the basket a couple of times and finished at the rim, including a nice full court streak to grab a long lead pass in transition. You’ll notice he only played 12 minutes though. That’s a season low. Apparently, Avery Bradley’s return doesn’t just stop the opposing team from scoring.
Jason Terry, SG27 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -4
A couple of big baskets (at the time) but Jet doesn’t yet fit into this offense. That one I’ll put on Doc as much as Terry.