Posted on: April 12, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 6:22 pm

Pierce: Knicks series will be "fun."

Posted by Matt Moore

The Boston Celtics will not take the Knicks seriously. You can count on that. That's essential to Boston's entire attitude. "We're big, we're bad, and we're really good. We don't have  to take you seriously." That's key to their success and New York, despite having pushed the Celtics a bit in the regular season, is not considered in their league. 

But that doesn't mean the Celtics aren't looking forward to it. 

The Celtics are used to big, flashy match-ups. And to Paul Pierce, that means big, flashy cities. Like New York. So instead of the usual "ho-hum" he would have given a series against Indiana or even Philadelphia, Pierce says he's looking forward to playing Stoudemire, Melo and the gang. From ESPN:
"It's going to be a very interesting series," said Pierce. "I know everybody's going to tune in to watch it. I know this is going to be as exciting as probably that series versus the Lakers last year, or even the series we had [two years ago] versus the Bulls. I think it's going to be very exciting for the fans to watch."

Pierce hinted at the rivalry that's long existed between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, before suggesting a hard-fought playoff series between the Celtics and Knicks could cause some of that tension to spill over onto the basketball court.

"I think it's going to be fun," said Pierce. "You definitely have that rivalry in baseball. Maybe we can spark a rivalry there in basketball. You've got two cities who are close, next to each other, great sports towns. I think it's going to be great for the game."
via Pierce: A very interesting series vs. Knicks - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston .

Comparing the first round to the Finals, that's some big stuff. Hearing Pierce describe the playoffs as "fun" is disconcerting considering how serious the Celtics take everything. Which gives you a pretty good sense of either where the Celtics' heads are at, or how confident they are. The Knicks haven't proven anything and aren't a great defensive club. That means Boston is going to enjoy making a statement. This is going to be the most publicized of all the first-round series, even if it's not that great of a series. Pierce actually has the toughest cover, against Anthony, and that should be a huge matchup. There's so much star power here, it's of course going to draw eyeballs.

And really, it's not like Boston and New York sports rivalries get a lot of attention.

In unrelated news, networks are hoping that the Orlando-Atlanta series averages a higher rating than a rerun of "How I Met Your Mother."
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 1:13 pm

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

Posted by Royce Young

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jermaine O'Neal, most recently of the Miami Heat, will sign with Boston .

O'Neal is a 13-year veteran that averaged 13.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game last season in Miami. He'll add a lot of frontcourt strength to the Celtics, who need help after Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement. Currently, O'Neal will team with Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett on the front lines for Boston.

O'Neal is a former All-Star that's most known for his interior defense and shot-blocking, though he's never been a bad offensive player by any means. Plus, he's a little on the rugged side, so he'll likely fit right in to Doc Rivers' physical defensive system as an enforcer.

Terms of the deal haven't been released yet.

Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 12:16 am

Ray Allen signs two-year deal with Boston

Posted by Royce Young

Marc Stein of ESPN.com first reported it and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed it: Ray Allen has re-signed with the Celtics inking a two-year, $20 million deal. The second year is a player option.

Allen, who turns 35 later this month, is likely looking at this as his last stand. One of the game's all-time shooters, Allen averaged 16.3 points per game last season. He always said he wanted to return to Boston and obviously, he got his wish.

As Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub points out , the price is $5 million less than Pierce’s per year salary and the length of Allen’s deal means that if he takes the player option, his contract will expire at the same time as KG’s deal.

Boston was really the only place that made a ton of sense for Allen to stay. Other teams with cap space are currently eating it up (hello Miami) or just didn't have a good spot for Allen (Clippers, Thunder). This is a deal that makes sense for both Boston and Ray Allen, and surely one Celtics fans are happy about.

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