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Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:17 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Shootaround 11.11.10: Decisions abound

Durant doing fine at the bank, Knicks decide to love Lee still, and is Splitter a good defender?
Posted by Matt Moore

  • Apparently being in small-town Oklahoma City (which is actually big-town Oklahoma if you've ever been to the Sooner State) isn't slowing down Kevin Durant's endorsement opportunities . It may be time to really stop feeding into this myth that you need to be in a big market to be able to make great money through endorsements. If Melo would come to realize that, maybe he wouldn't still be in Denver where he's essentially spinning his wheels for no reason.
  • Knicks fans gave David Lee a terrific ovation last night . There's been a lot of positive regard this season for returning players who now play on different teams. Why do I have a feeling Cleveland will not be continuing that approach?
  • A great throwback interview with Moses Malone. With all this talk of Chris Bosh after he was discussed as a top player in the league this summer and now with his struggles in the paint, you think about what it would have been like if Moses Malone had joined a team like the Heat. Then again, you could make the argument that Dr. J's Sixers were pretty Heat-like in terms of talent.
  • Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell contends that Tiago Splitter is playing incredibly well on the defensive end, the box score just doesn't capture it . I would argue he needs to watch Splitter's weakside defense and ability to hedge effectively, but I'm a stickler for such things.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 11:05 am
 

Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett are not playmates

Durant  and Garnett not buddy-buddy, you guys.
Posted by Matt Moore




Kevin Durant gets along with everybody. He's a sweet guy, well-liked by all. Leader of Team USA, of the upstart Thunder team (that's failing to start up much this season so far), and respected by players near and far. LeBron James considers him a friend, Ron Artest speaks glowingly of him, everyone loves the guy.

Well, almost everyone.

You'll remember a game last season the Thunder won in Boston where Durant went to the line a few too many times for Boston's sake, prompting KG to make a post-game comment about it being like "Michael (expletive) Jordan out there." Turns out, whle KD appreciated the compliment, he and KG are not exactly buds.

From the Boston Herald :

"KG is a top 50 greatest ever to play the game and for him to say that about me is kind of flattering. That's when people started recognizing me a little bit. But I couldn't let that affect how I play or our team. I appreciated it, but it was time to move on." When asked if he talked to Garnett since then about the topic, Durant said, "Nah man, I don't talk to KG."

Probably just a coincidence that the two aren't buddy buddy, considering the age difference and all.

Or it could be that Kevin Garnett is hyper-abrasive like corrosive acid and scares people. Hey, at least KG's for real, and KD's not making up stuff about how much Garnett has helped him.

Have I mentioned how great a playoff series would be between these two teams? Stupid conferences.

Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:23 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Shootaround 11.8.10: Right and Wrong

J.O.'s knee not quite right, Kevin Garnett not quite wrong in the head, and a murder suspect busted in Charlotte, all in today's Shootaround.Posted by Matt Moore
  • Oh, those sneaky Celtics. It seems they snuck a Jermaine O'Neal surgery under our very noses . J.O. certainly has seemed a step behind in terms of explosiveness and strength in the paint. But to be honest, we just chalked it up to age. Apparently there was an actual reason, which means he could improve, which means the Celtics could get stronger, which is just terrifying.
  • A Minnesotan discussion of Kevin Garnett's behavior, in which it's argued he's the most genuine athlete alive . I'm not buying it. Garnett isn't driven to these things out of passion, they're calculated maneuvers. That's why he doesn't end up in fights, instead walking away with his hands up after starting something. Intense, sure, but just as deliberate as the outraged opera star on stage.
  • A murder suspect was captured in the VIP section of the Bobcats game against Orlando Saturday. Seriously. Pretty scary because there were so many people around in the public event. Pretty funny because of all the jokes you can make of "Well, if you want to be hidden from people..."
  • Brandon Jennings with some disturbing comments about the locker room chemistry in Milwaukee that's helped lead to the 2-5 start they're off to. Jennings is still learning how to be a vocal leader, but he needs to take the step and say to his teammates what he's telling the press.
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:10 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm
 

KG calls Charlie Villanueva "a nobody"

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett called Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva "a nobody" on Friday night. Posted by Ben Golliverkevin-garnett Welcome back to the latest installment of the Thirty Years War of Words.  That's right: another post about the back-and-forth squabbling between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett that began when Villanueva took to Twitter to accuse Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." To quickly recap the week's events.
  • Early Wednesday morning, Villanueva posted multiple messages on his Twitter account claiming that Garnett insulted him by calling him a "cancer patient" during a Pistons/Celtics game on Tuesday night.
  • On Wednesday, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, a cancer survivor, expressed disapproval for the alleged comments.
  • On Thursday, Celtics president Danny Ainge defended Garnett, saying he wouldn't make such an insensitive statement and calling Villanueva a self-promoter  
At that point, everyone was sticking to his story. Villanueva didn't budge and neither did Garnett. Everyone assumed it was time to move on.  That is, until Friday night, when ESPNBoston.com quoted Garnett on Twitter saying the following about Charlie Villanueva: "He's a nobody. I'm not paying attention to nobodies any more." Garnett hasn't said much that I've agreed with during this episode, but I think he finally stumbled onto an insult that's difficult to dispute. Villanueva, a massively-overpaid and overrated player on one of the league's worst teams, is, in fact, a nobody in the NBA. He wasn't worth Garnett's time during the initial confrontation and he certainly hasn't been worth all the hot air since. While Villanueva is a nobody in the NBA, he is still a person. As such, he deserved a modicum of decency given the sensitivity that goes with a rare skin condition that has led to verbal abuse throughout his life. So while it's unlikely Garnett will enroll in sensitivity training any time soon, his refusal to drop the situation reveals a basic discomfort with how it played out.  Perhaps then, in an ironic twist, Garnett now realizes that his trash talking of a "nobody" wasn't worth his own time in the first place. Hopefully this saga will help harness some of KG's vitriol in the future, serving as a lesson that over-the-top trash talk can come with a public price that's simply not worth paying. That would be a huge win for the rest of us.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge stands up for forward Kevin Garnett, who had been the subject of criticism after Detroit Pistons forward Charliedanny-ainge Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." Posted by Ben Golliver Just when you were starting to get completely sick of the feud between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, prompted by some Villanueva tweets that accused KG of calling him a "cancer patient," Celtics president Danny Ainge steps boldly into the fray to defend Garnett's honor.  In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI, Ainge reportedly called Villanueva's claims "ludicrous" and accused him of using Twitter to promote himself rather than spread an awareness message. ESPN Boston has a partial transcript of the interview.  
"There's one thing that I know for sure, and it's that KG would not offend cancer patients," Ainge said. "That makes no sense. It makes no sense on a lot of fronts. Not only is he experiencing it in his own family, but that's just not something I've ever heard -- in 30 years -- ever say, in trash talking. What is logical in a trash talking situation for a player to say to another player, 'You have cancer' or 'You are cancer'?"
"...Tweeting is about self-promotion in most cases," he said. "He's [Villanueva] not trying to be a public servant by telling everybody. As a matter of fact he's the one who brings light to this attention ... There's self-promotion in tweeting -- all the time. You are talking about a guy who tweets in the middle of a game. Talk about self-promotion.
The sentiment expressed in Villanueva's tweets immediately drew criticism from cancer surviving coach of the Denver Nuggets George Karl. In an official statement Wednesday, Garnett denied calling Villanueva a "cancer patient," stating that he instead said Villanueva was "cancerous to your team and our league," and he did not apologize for his actions. While Ainge's message might not have been necessary given that the public was just about getting ready to move on from the situation, it exemplifies effective management in a business that's subject to public scrutiny. Although he goes too far when he blames Villanueva, who is the victim here, Ainge's job, first and foremost, is to defend the reputation of his players and his organization. He succeeded at that task, without question. By standing up so forcefully for Garnett, Ainge sends a clear message to the entire organization and its fan base that he will defend his players, especially if they feel they have been wronged or if they are suffering intense criticism. By speaking so frankly, Ainge also invites criticism of himself, which neatly takes some Heat off of Garnett. It's a win-win. Now that we've heard from all of the involved parties, and all of their supporters and sympathizers, hopefully that is the last of it.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:12 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Game Changer 11.4.10: Can't Stop Dirk

Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer .

THE BIG ONE: DIRK AND COMPANY GET IT DONE AGAINST DENVER

The trap we often fall into when evaluating great performances is that somehow, the defense was useless. That they were pathetically overmatched by the greatness we just witnessed. But in truth, it's often a great performance in the face of great defense. Great players hit tough shots and figure out a way to get it done. And that's what Dirk Nowitzki did against a surprisingly good defensive approach from the Nuggets. Rookie Gary Forbes and Al Harrington did everything they could, had position, got a hand in his face, and Nowitzki just kept working them over with the fadeaway. There were a few times when questionable switches and assignments doomed the Nuggets. J.R. Smith trying to defend Dirk? Aaron Afflalo? That's not going to work, kids. He may be "Euro-soft" or whatever (averaging 9.8 rebounds this season), but he's still 7 feet. And he took advantage of it.

But the Nuggets hung around, getting good perimeter contributions, and had a shot to win it with time expiring. Their offensive set of choice? Contested jumper for Carmelo in ISO. Clang. Ballgame. Don't get me wrong, Carmelo's a fantastic clutch scorer. But not even a post possession or a pick and roll or anything? Just, here, try and nail it over your guy, Melo? And that's why Dallas usually finishes with a better record than Denver.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES:

Kobe Bryant: 30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 turnover. Took 22 shots to get there, but who cares when he's producing that many points in total?

Monta Ellis: 39 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals.

Deron Williams: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists

Dwight Howard: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks in 23 minutes.

Tim Duncan: 25 points on 13 shots, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocked shots, 6 turnovers

SO RISES A NEW POINT:

Baron Davis is out because he is out of shape, which surprises no one. But what is surprising is that in last night's win, yet another membe of the Kentucky 5 showed up to make the case for being a legit NBA starter. Eric Bledsoe stepped in and dropped 17 points, 8 assists, and 2 blocked shots as the Clippers got their first win. The kid's got moxy, we'll give him that. Bledsoe at times elected to take contested 3s with time on the clock. But he also got things going, ran the offense, and was very efficient for a rookie starting. All this and the Clippers blew out the Thunder like they weren't even there. It's not a small element if Bledsoe can become the point guard of the future for the Clippers. That makes them a much more complete team and gives them a 1-2-3 punch with Gordon and Blake Griffin.

THE Jazz BAND IS BACK ON STAGE:

Things looked bleak for the Jazz as the season started. But in their past two games, they've absolutely annihilated their opponents, as they did to the Raptors last night. The Jazz dropped 66 on the Raptors in the first half and that was all she wrote. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, or as I like to call it, Aul Jeffsap, dropped 48 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and a block on the Raptors, on a night where Andrea Bargnani was actually rebounding. There were so many questions about how those two would work together, but at least early on, they're monstrous offensively. Jefferson's savvy and poise is offset by Millsap's explosiveness and tenaciousness. The Raptors had no return volley and that was it.

VIDEO-A-GO-GO



WHAT YOU MISSED:

KB says KG can still make this right . Bogut and Garnett got into it . And Steve Nash is not retiring .

3-BALL, CORNER POCKET:

Richard Jefferson nailed 4 three-pointers from the corner last night, and had himself a barrage from the arc.

Richard Jefferson hits four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter to beat Suns from 48 Minutes of Hell on Vimeo .

RONDO DO WHAT RONDO DO:

It's overtime. The Celtics need a bucket to get some space on the Bucks. So the Celtics go to their best option. Let Rajon Rondo create.



Rondo sets the play and moves to the left wing where KG is moving to set him a pick to clear baseline. Paul Pierce has his hands on his knees on the far wing, he's harmless. (HINT: He is not harmless.)



As Rondo comes off the pick, Davis is high, pulling defenders away from the basket. Ray Allen sets a pick low, and because it's Ray Allen, the Bucks rightly are concerned with keeping tabs on him. Meanwhile, they're trying to prevent the pick and pop from Garnett at 18 feet which is deadly. So you'll see three Bucks players creating a wall watching that pick and roll. The problem? There's no one behind the play to watch... the Truth, who has come hard off of that wing to the low cut. Rondo is dribble hesitating to pull Ilyasova out and freez him where he wants him.



Rondo's got one lane, over the top of the tall Ilyasova, to the bucket, without making Pierce go up too much. Pierce is nto really an alley-oop guy at this point, so Rondo's got to get it where Pierce can grab it and immediately go up to score. He's got a narrow lane, with a defender closing off the pick (and Garnett is still open if he want to opt for the pick and pop). Meanwhile, the Bucks have just realized they don't know where Pierce is.

Too late.



Look at all the space Pierce has when he catches the pass from Rondo. They've managed to create space right under the basket and all they need is a great pass from Rondo. Which he delivers on target.



Too easy.

See you tomorrow on the Game Changer.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:40 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 12:48 am
 

Pierce sets record as Garnett tussles with Bogut

Posted by Matt Moore



Truth stays true. At least, it did Wednesday night for the Celtics. Paul Pierce knocked down his 20,00th career point at the line against the Bucks, helping the Celtics to hold off the Bucks in overtime 105-102 . It was a brilliant game for both squads at times, and sloppy as all get-out at others. 31 turnovers between the two clubs. But still, great intensity, and twice when the Bucks seemed to be down for the count inside of a minute, they pulled back to pressure the club.

The difference? Rajon Rondo. An amazing stretch of play for Rondo with the only downside being a missed J to end regulation. Rondo was simply dominating in whipping passes. The Bucks tried hedging hard on pick and rolls, tried doubling, tried closing the baseline, forcing him baseline, bringing the weakside defender, staying home, nothing worked. But it was an emotional moment from, naturally, Cancer Man Kevin Garnett to get them going, as he started a mini-tussle with Bogut before, naturally, walking away when things got heated. Video via Jose3030 :



And that's really what kick-started the comeback for the Celtics as they surged ahead. But heady, consistent play, getting to the line helped the Bucks claw back into it. The Bucks managed to force overtime, but in the extra period, Rondo took over, getting easy buckets for Pierce and eventually pulling it out after Carlos Delfino turned the ball over on the inbounds pass down 3. This after Delfino nailed a monster three from the corner. It was that kind of a night for Delfino.

Pierce becomes the third Celtic to reach 20,000 points alongside John Havlicek and Larry Bird. Not bad company. True company, even.

Boston finished to a 107 efficiency to Milwaukee's 104. Two good defenses being overcome by good offense.


Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett gives his side of the cancer trash-talk controversy with Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva in a team-kevin-garnettissued statement. Posted by Ben Golliver Another hour, another wrinkle to the ongoing cancer trash talk war of words between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva vs. Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. Late last night, Villanueva took to Twitter to tell the world that Garnett had called him a "cancer patient" during Tuesday's game between the Pistons and Celtics. Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, a skin disease that leaves the body hairless.  This morning, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, himself a recent cancer patient, weighed in, saying that Garnett's statement crossed the line, even in the heated world of the competitive NBA. This afternoon, we have word from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that Garnett is denying calling Villanueva a "cancer patient" in a statement released by the Celtics. The statement reads in part...
“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night," Garnett said in a statement from his representatives released by the Celtics. "My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact, ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball.”
So Garnett wants the world to understand that he insulted Villanueva not by calling him a victim of cancer, but by calling him cancer itself. "You're not stricken by a deadly disease, my enemy. You are the deadly disease!" If that's not trying to parse oneself out of a politically incorrect statement after the fact, I don't know what is.  Kudos where they are due for Garnett extending an olive branch to those struggling with cancer. Obviously missing from the statement, though, is any kind of an apology, either a direct one to Villanueva for his statements or an indirect one that acknowledges responsibility for what he admits was a "major miscommunication." If we read between the lines, Garnett is therefore letting us know that he feels he has nothing to be sorry about, and that feels like a conscious decision to undercut the merit of Villanueva's accusations and turn this into a "believe who you want, he said/he said" situation. We're now left with two versions of events: Villanueva's or Garnett's. Garnett either called Villanueva a "cancer patient" or he said "you are cancerous to your team and our league." Unfortunately for Garnett, his track record works against him here. We're supposed to believe a guy that made his teammate cry on the bench during a game sounds like a bigger dork than Evan Turner when engaged in double-technical trash talk? Hardly.
 
 
 
 
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