With the Doc Rivers coaching watch heating up to a fever pitch in the past few days with a countless number of credible reports, we decided it’s time to get our crew back together and address the speculation. 1. On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you Doc Rivers will coach the Celtics next [...]
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 Celtics were an Avery Bradley rolled ankle away from winning this game. Ramon Sessions hit a wide open jumper with 25 seconds to go after Bradley, post-ankle roll, couldn’t recover to challenge the shot. This loss is especially disappointing when you consider that the Celtics face the Bulls on Wednesday. The C’s would much rather be welcoming the Bulls to TDGarden while riding an 8 game win streak instead of losing to one of these worst teams in the league.
All signs point to Leandro Barbosa being out for the rest of the season. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow in Boston and declined to talk to the media after game. A. Sherod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet is reporting that Barbosa left the arena limping but under his own power. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has tweeted that the injury will likely end the guard’s season. The battle of the Beat Reporters has begun. I think we’re all hoping Blakely’s description is more accurate, however, it’s likely that they’re both right. And that sucks.
The Celtics allowed Byron Mullens to completely go off. Mullens has 25 points through 3 quarters and finished the game with 18 rebounds. Letting a no-name dominate a game used to be a staple of the way the Celtics operated the regular season (remember Oleksiy Pecherov?!) but has been largely absent this season. Mullens isn’t exactly a no-name, but he’s not a 25 and 18 guy.
Tonight was a game in which the Celtics needed Courtney Lee and Jeff Green to step up their production. Pierce, Garnett, and Terry were all exhausted and the C’s were still a bucket or two away from putting the Bobcats away. Green answered the call and Lee was a relative no-show. I won’t go as far to say he’s become a liability (I mean, the Celtics have won seven of their last eight) but with Barbosa out, Lee playing up to his ability is needed now more than ever.
The Bobcats are having a really down year. They’re 29th in offensive efficiency, 30th in defensive efficiency, and need wins where they can get them. While the Celtics spent their last seven games becoming the hottest team in the league, the Bobcats were being run out of gyms all over the nation. Despite the Celtics playing on the road after going seven rounds with the Nuggets at home, they still should have won. The Celtics held the lead for the majority of tonight’s game but failed to ever put the Bobcats away. Early on, it looked as though the C’s were convinced they would just out-talent the Bobcats instead of using superior execution and match-up advantages. For all the heroics the Celtics displayed last night, they slogged through just as much lazy basketball tonight. It’s important to keep in mind just how exhausted the C’s were to start this game, let alone finish it but it still doesn’t make losing a very winnable game to the Bobcats any easier to digest.