Avery Bradley usually isn’t compared to Larry Bird. During one shot tonight, that changed. The fourth-year guard was in the right spot in the first quarter on Tuesday night, rebounding a Jared Sullinger airball under the basket. Knowing he needed to get off a shot before the shot clock expired, Bradley hoisted up a prayer [...]
We’ve talked about Jared Sullinger quite a bit this week, but he has been playing intriguingly well, so forgive us for continuing the trend. The “Should Sullinger be taking 3-pointers?” argument continues to rage, but last night presented compelling arguments for proponents of the strategy. I wrote about these shots specifically during the preseason, and [...]
Only five NBA teams are humiliated by a less effective offense than the one currently deployed by the Boston Celtics. But being that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, here are a couple parts of that offense we should all be grateful for. (Most notably the fact that it’s run by Brad Stevens, a mastermind [...]
Last season, Jared Sullinger was whistled for 6.2 fouls per 36 minutes. In other words, statistically, even if the Celtics wanted to give him a starter’s minutes, he would foul out before the 36 minute mark. Some of that was on Sullinger — it takes a certain amount of time to adjust to the way [...]
In a playoff-less season, the Celtics really have only one thing to look forward to before lottery night: The return of Rajon Rondo. There are always a few indicators that a player is nearing his return, and one of the first ones is that he is returning to drills during practice. From Gary Washburn’s Twitter [...]
Trade talk hasn’t died down just yet in Boston. Days after Danny Ainge confirmed to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald that the team was engaged in discussions with other teams pertaining to their veteran pieces of the roster, we have another report surfacing today from Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report on potential talks between the Celtics [...]
Despite recent reports that Rajon Rondo could be cleared for action within a couple weeks, Danny Ainge took a different stance today on 98.5 The Sports Hub with Toucher & Rich. Ainge gave a few candid answers, remarking that although Rondo has been making progress in his rehab, there’s a long way to go for him, making his return this month doubtful now.
On Rondo’s status: “I don’t think he’s close, meaning, I don’t think it’s going to happen the next few weeks. We’re not on pins and needles about it. We’re being very cautious with Rondo. I think he’s still got a little bit of a limp, his strength is not quite there, but he is making progress. We’re not close.”
On how Rondo’s progressing in practice: “He was in a 2-on-2 game and was really competing and having run. He was playing with (Phil) Pressey and Courney Lee and MarShon Brooks, and the four of them were having a very competitive battle,” said Ainge. “Rondo didn’t win one of the games and he was very upset. He was trying, but he’s just not himself yet.” Read the rest of this entry »
The longer something is in your life the harder it is to appreciate, especially when it was average to begin with. Average things are overlooked. They blend in. They do their job then slide out of the way. They present no need for extensive study or further exploration. “They are what they are.”
When it come to NBA players, Brandon Bass epitomizes “average.” He’s a 28-year-old power forward competing in his ninth season with an equal number of strengths and weaknesses, and a PER that’s 0.1 above league average. However his skill-set is adaptable to just about any playing style in the league. He can find 15-35 minutes per game on almost any team.
News continues to trickle in about Boston’s priced point guard. Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe fills us in on the latest update regarding Rondo’s continued rehab from his torn ACL.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is scheduled to head to Florida within the next 10 to 14 days to meet with Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery on Rondo’s right knee.
“It has nothing to do with Rondo’s health and it’s not like a final straw or anything,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Wednesday. “It’s just a checkup that they’ve scheduled for the beginning of December. It’s been on the calendar for a while.”
Celtics team doctor Brian McKeon will also make the trip with Rondo, and together with Andrews, those two will likely determine the next step in the rehabilitation process for Rondo, Ainge said.
That headline is something none of us expected to read (or write) this season, but it’s true: If the playoffs started tomorrow, your 8-12 Celtics would be the division champions and the 4th seed in the playoffs. I’ll give you a second to get your head around that fact.
Twenty games into the season, it’s pretty safe to say the Celtics aren’t tanking, at least by the strictest definition of the word. That definition, of course, is “intentionally losing games to better one’s odds in the lottery.” The Celtics aren’t intentionally losing games, as evidenced by their insistence on winning losable games (like last night’s 108-100 victory over Milwaukee).
They are, however, benefiting from an easy early schedule. Boston’s eight wins have come against Orlando (twice), Charlotte, Utah, Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland and Milwaukee. Those teams have a combined win-loss record of 40-90. If you remove the Miami game, that record drops to 26-86. That’s not exactly stiff competition.
That’s also why it’s probably not time to panic for either proponents and opponents of the tanking strategy. The Celtics are going to keep trying to win, as they should. Eventually, games against tougher teams will probably knock them out of playoff contention and back into the lottery, where pro-tankers think they should be. Read the rest of this entry »
Brandon Bass. Courtney Lee. Gerald Wallace. Kris Humphries.
This was the “most-likely to be wanted/traded” list before the season started. Now, that list is just one name long: Jordan Crawford. After assuming the starting point guard duties a few games into the season, Crawford has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. Crawford’s averaging 13.1 points (3rd), 29.1 minutes (4th), and 5.2 Assists (1st) per game.
The numbers are impressive for a player who, before this year, was considered a volatile scorer whose spots needed to be hand-picked for him. Even with that short leash, any injection of Crawford would be accompanied with many crossed-fingers. What’s really dropping Boston jaws is not Crawford’s ability, but the fact that the Celtics are winning without the slight hint of locker room disharmony. Read the rest of this entry »