Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
 
Tag:Boston Celtics
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 5, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 9:38 am
 

Shootaround 11.5.10: Like That

Posted by Matt Moore

  • The Sonics mascot showed up with a sign that said "Homeless" last night. Which is adorable. I do wonder where the sign is that reads "Homeless because people didn't think it was a good idea to build me a new home" but I'm a stickler for accuracy like that.
  • Mikael Pietrus and Stan Van Gundy got into a shouting match over Pietrus being yanked in the third quarter against the Wolves. One would think in a 40 point annihilation that everyone would be happy. It's also bizarre that SVG continues to have trouble with Pietrus considering that he's been a big part of the team's success and I don't see any yelling or screaming at Vince Carter, but I'm a stickler for fairness like that.
  • Twitter has not been kind to the Celtics. Twitter is a remarkably easy interface to control, you just have to be sure to think about what you're posting before you post it. Then, if you do post something that isn't great, you need to be prepared to take responsibility for it. Or blame it on hackers. You know, either one.
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.

Follow F&R on Twitter at @CBSSportsNBA and check out our RSS feed . This has been your daily edition of the Game Changer.
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 2:54 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Charlie Villanueva Twitter rant on Kevin Garnett

A late-night rant about Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett appeared on the Twitter account of Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva. Posted by Ben Golliver Between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning, multiple messages appeared on the Twitter feed of Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, who goes by @CV31 on the social networking site.  Villanueva is a regular Twitter user, but these messages were different, as they were extremely negative and directed anger and frustration at Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett. A first message read, "KG talks alot of crap, he's prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him." Shortly thereafter, two additional messages appeared on the account, "KG called me a cancer patient, I'm pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke ...  I wouldn't even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place for those." Screenshots of the tweets are visible below. charlie-villanueva The Pistons played the Celtics on Tuesday night in Detroit, and Villaneuva and Garnett were both issued technical fouls after a minor confrontation late in the game. Villanueva has dealt with jokes about his appearance for years, as this 2006 SI.com article by Andrew Lawrence makes clear. Villanueva suffers from "a mysterious skin disease known as alopecia universalis," writes Lawrence, "which would slowly make him hairless." NBA players have had their Twitter accounts hacked in the past, most memorably Celtics guard Ray Allen, whose account had explicit messages posted on it. It's not immediately clear whether Villanueva was posting the messages or if his account was hacked, although shortly before the Garnett-related tweets were posted, the following message was posted: "Just landed in the ATL, we must win tomorrow, we will turn this around, I'm a believer." The Pistons, who are one of only two teams in the league that are 0-4 on the season, along with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers, play the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday night.  Update (Wednesday): ESPN's Justin Verrier confirms that the tweets were written by Villanueva himself.
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com