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Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:35 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 10:04 pm
 

Pierce passes Bird on Celtics' scoring list

Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird on the Celtics' all-time scorer's list Tuesday. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird on the Celtics' all-time scorer's list Tuesday night in the third quarter of Boston's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Pierce now stands at No.2 all-time on the Celtics point leaders behind John Havlicek who has 26,395 points, a little less than 5,000 more than Pierce. 

It did take Pierce 88 more games to catch Larry Legend, at a more lower percentage. But that's the territory when it comes to passing one of the greatest players of all time, and had Bird remained healthy towards the end of his career, or began his career earlier with the Celtics, it's unlikely Pierce would have caught him.

But he did.

This is why Pierce should not be traded by Boston, even if things were to fall apart for the Celtics before the trade deadline. Pierce has been a Celtic since he was drafted, and should retire as one. He has had MVP worthy seasons, and been a contributor and leader for a championship team. His brilliance is understated, it's not made for bronze statues, but it is in no way unworthy of being discussed among the greats. 

Most franchise records are quality levels. But the Celtics are a different matter. Pierce now stands above Parrish, McHale, Bird, Russell, Jo Jo White, and Tommy Heinsohn for point scored in green. It is a franchise not just with a lot of history, but great history. It is layered in greatness, and Pierce's position at the top behind Havlicek warrants his entry into discussions for the greatest Celtics ever, even if he doesn't necessarily stack up with the other Hall of Fame members. Pierce will have his own entry into the Hall, his own place in Celtics lore, his own spot in his fans' hearts. 

As Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe notes, Bird had roughly 1,400 more field goal attempts than Pierce, and shot .05 percent better from the floor. So how did Pierce catch him? The three-point line. Pierce made 1,615 3's compared to 649 for Bird. Bird could hit from distance, he just didn't. Pierce did. In fact, in a moderm metric called True Shooting percentage, which factors three-point and free throw shooting, Pierce actually leads Bird .569 to .564. This doesn't make Pierce a better shooter than Basketbal Jesus, just maybe a more efficient in the modern sense one. 

The Garden crowd predictably gave him a massive ovation for the feat, continuing for several minutes. Here's the shot. 



Here's Pierce from a few days on the accomplishment.


 
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:34 am
 

Report Card 1.31.12: Grizz major in grind

Memphis storms back to get a big win over Nuggets and stop a losing streak. (Getty Images)

Your nightly report card wraps up the performances of the NBA night and provides grades on a curve. Tuesday night the Knicks found the cure for a night, the Grizzlies GrizzGrinded their way to a comeback, and the Celtics passed... barely. 

By Matt Moore

Memphis Grizzlies


The Grizzlies were lost for much of the first half, but got back to the constant effort and continual pressure that makes them a dangerous team. All of a sudden their offense began to click, Rudy Gay started to get it going in steals, threes, and dunks, and O.J. Mayo began making plays as well as scoring. Throw in some tremendous defense by Tony Allen, and the Grizzlies steal a key game from Denver to get back on track. The Nuggets kept hammering them with offense, and the Grizzlies needed every single second in this one to get th win. Memphis pulls up out of its tailspin of late.

New York Knicks


(by Ken Berger, CBSSports.com)

I grade them on a curve because they're playing, you know, the Pistons. But the time off (in addition to lack of defense) did wonders for Melo. The Knicks moved the ball better than they have in a while and got good (mostly uncontested) shots as a result.




Boston Celtics


They won. And outside of very few exceptions, if you win, you get a C- or better. So The Celtics get a C-, no better. They won, against a tough, gritty, feisty, whatever cliche term you want to use Cavs team. But the fourth quarter collapse was in effect again. Kyrie Irving gets two more shots that were awful close to drop and the Celtics are staring at their second meltdown against the Cavs in three days. Their offense gets out of control, their defense is the bigger concern. They continually have issues with defending inside in the last minutes of a game against pressure. They got the win. But there are problems still in Boston.

Danilo Gallinari

You've got to wonder if Gallo is injured. He simply did not have any part of his game working. Dribble, shooting, defense, rebounding, anything. If Gallinari plays any better the Nuggets likely win this game comfortably. Also wound up forcing other players to contribute more minutes, adding to exaustion with a tough schedule coming up.



Detroit Pistons



The Detroit Pistons, good for what ails you. Even the Knicks.
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:30 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Friday 5 with KB: A Magical Time

By Matt Moore



In this week's edition of 
the Friday 5, we look back on extensions week, ask if the Celtics are back, and of course, check in on Dwight Howard. You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @KBergCBS

1. After two games between Orlando and Boston this week, is Boston "back?" 

Ken Berger: I still think they're going to be OK. What a difference when Pierce has it going. He's clearly getting his confidence back. What happened Thursday night was as much about the Magic's fragility as it was about the Celtics' resilience. But to come back like that on the road, without Rondo or Allen, is a great sign for Boston. The Celtics' bench is still way too thin, and they don't have enough size. But one thing they need more than anything is some young legs and youthful exuberance, not to mention those attributes coming with meaningful contributions. They got that Thursday night from E'Twaun Moore. A much needed jolt for Boston's elders.

2. What extension decision, signed or unsigned, surprised you the most?

Ken Berger: I don't know that any surprised me, but the most interesting case was Eric Gordon. Given his knee situation, it's difficult to make a largely unnecessary long-term commitment now. But clearly the Hornets can't afford to lose the most significant asset they received in the Chris Paul trade. But much like Kevin Love's shorter extension with Minnesota, this arrangement could work out in Gordon's favor. If he comes back healthy and continues to put up big numbers, he'll command a bigger deal as a restricted free agent. And New Orleans knows they control the situation because they can match.

3. The Pacers have an interest in Eric Gordon. With his future in the air, is there any chance teams make a run at him in trade at the deadline?

Ken Berger: It would be logical for Gordon, the IU product, to wind up only a short drive from Bloomington. But I don't expect the Hornets to entertain in-season trade offers for him. There's no reason to panic since they have the right to match next summer.

4. We hear a lot about the Magic waiting to make a decision on Dwight Howard. But how about the Lakers? Are they going to give this team a chance to gel or will they pounce at the first opportunity for improvement?

Ken Berger: It always depends on the deal. If Howard can be had for a price that's less than Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, then the dialogue could catch fire pretty quickly. But unless Orlando completely goes in the tank -- and they haven't been playing well lately -- I see no signs that Otis Smith and Alex Martins are going to consider anything less than an all-out blockbuster offer for Howard. There's one caveat: If the realization of losing Howard for nothing hits the Magic organization like a freight train on March 14, it's impossible to predict now how they'll react.

5. Explain why the Minnesota Timberwolves not signing Kevin Love for as many years as possible is in any way a good decision on their part, please.

Ken Berger: I got into this in Postups yesterday. Basically, it's a good deal for both sides. Love has three years to determine if the Wolves are, in fact, going in the right direction. The Wolves, in turn, get to preserve their five-year designated player extension for Ricky Rubio. But Minnesota also will be able to get Love on a five-year extension after he opts out of the fourth year of this deal. And Love will get more money, too. With seven-plus years of service at that point, he'd be eligible for 30 percent of the cap.
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:34 am
 

Dwight Howard: Magic have to 'change'

Howard is an unrestrictred free agent in the summer of 2012. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

The circumstances were pretty complex Thursday night. The Orlando Magic blew a 27-point lead, at home, to the Boston Celtics, who had come up as a new possible landing place for Dwight Howard. So while one regular season win or loss is not going to sway Howard one way or the other, it's definitely not the message you want to send if you're Orlando trying to keep the most dominant center in the league playing in your laundry. Especially when afterwards he says things like this, from the Orlando Sentinel:  
Howard intimated that teammates didn’t stick to their roles Thursday night’s loss to Boston.

“We didn’t play the right way and we have to change,” he said.“Everybody just can’t come down the floor and feel like they have to take the game over. You just have to play team-ball and play the way we want to play. We didn’t do that.”

Howard included himself in the meltdown inwhich the Magic lost a 27-point lead.
via Dwight Howard calls out teammates to “change” – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel.

This isn't anything new. Howard, like a lot of stars, is often critical of his team after a particularly bad loss. It just doesn't come at a great time with his impending free agency hanging over the Magic, just hours after he told reporters he'd answer a call from the Celtics about acquiring him. 

Howard has told reporters in the past that not having his input weighted more heavily by the front office is part of his decision to ask for a trade. When Howard says the Magic have to "change," he probably has some ideas about how that change should occur. The Magic's fate with regards to Howard has been sealed for months. But Thursday night certainly didn't help.
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:01 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 1:10 am
 

Kevin Garnett interview: 'It was a bar fight'

Posted by Ben Golliver

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett once told us that "anything is possible," and "anything" certainly includes mounting a comeback from 27 points down to defeat the Orlando Magic on the road without Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.

That's what Garnett's Celtics did on Thursday night and you can probably imagine that he was pumped up about it afterwards.

In what will go down as one of his most memorable post-game interviews, Garnett got emotional with TNT's Craig Sager immediately following Boston's 91-83 victory.

"Goddamn bar fight! Goddamn bar fight, man! It's a bar fight, Craig," Garnett shouted, shifting his weight back and forth as he often does when the adrenaline is flowing. "Bar fight! Tonight was a bar fight, man! We knew they were going to come in with a lot of energy, tonight was a bar fight. Have you ever been in a bar fight? Ask Charles [Barkley], he's been in a bar fight. This is what it was tonight." 

In case you weren't counting, that was eight "bar fights" in less than 20 seconds.

"We won in the second half," Garnett continued. "In the first half, they came out with a lot of energy, put ourselves in a hole, then we simplified our offense, came out... I forgot you were doing the interview. Go ahead."

He then paused to catch his breath. "Woo man."

Sager then asked if he believed Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who said earlier in the game that a comeback was possible.

"Absolutely. Since I've been here in Boston, Doc has never told me nothing that wasn't true.  We were in the Finals one time, we were down whatever it was, he told me we could come back, I believed it and we did. Tonight was no different. Woo."

Sager attempted another question but Garnett started to veer into incomprehensible statements, shouting out to Ray "Ray Ray" Allen to congratulate him on the birth of his child and then telling Sager, "you look good tonight, dog." 

Before saying "go to bed, boo boo," and simply leaving the interview to go to the locker room, Garnett admitted: "I'm all over the place."

No doubt about that. Good times.

Here's the video courtesy of YouTube user The Ultimate Jordan.



Hat tip: @TasMelas
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:56 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 1:03 am
 

Report Card: Magic make a lead disappear

The Magic blew a 27-point lead at home to the Celtics Thursday. (Getty Images)

Posted by Matt Moore

Your nightly report card wraps up the performances of the NBA night and provides grades on a curve. The Magic blew a 27-point lead to lose at home to the Boston Celtics, who were without Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. The loss comes just days after the Magic only scored 56 points to the Celtics in Boston.

Boston Celtics

If the Celtics aren't back, they're doing an impressive job of faking it. The Magic had more to do with the collapse, but make no mistake, Boston earned this one after a terrible first half. Their second-half effort was dominant in classic Celtics style. They cut off all passing lanes, challenged each shot, and attacked the ball handler at every turn. E'Twuan Moore scored 16 points, while Kevin Garnett repeatedly found his 18 footer open and shut down Dwight Howard. The first half it looked like the Celtics were still the useless club they've been for much of this season. But these two performances against Orlando show they can still win a playoff series. Especially if it's against Orlando.

Stan Van Gundy

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Dwight Howard

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Jameer Nelson

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Jason Richardson

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Hedo Turkoglu

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Ryan Anderson

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Glen Davis

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


J.J. Redick

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Chris Duhon

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Quentin Richardson

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed. 


Earl Clark

Surrendered a 27-point comeback at home to a conference rival that was without its starting backcourt and has struggled the entire season with age and speed.  


Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:03 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Allen, Rondo out vs. Magic

By Matt Moore

Rajan Rondo and Ray Allen will miss Thurday night's game against the Orlando Magic, via the Boston Globe. Allen and Rondo have missed several games. Allen is struggling with an ankle, while Rondo has missed several games with a sprained wrist. The Celtics were missing both players earlier this week when the Celtics dismantled the Magic, holding them to just 56 points. 

Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus will start for Rondo and Allen respectively. Bradley in particular wreaked havoc on Jameer Nelson in their last matchup, pressuring him full-court and taking him completely out of rhythm.
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:53 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Report: Vin Baker sues adviser over $86 M losses

Vin Baker is reportedly suing a financial adviser over millions in losses. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

Vin Baker's nickname might as well be "cautionary tale."

After making four All-Star games and earning more than $97 million during a 13-year NBA career, it's been nothing but financial hardship since his retirement in 2006.

Baker has owed more than a million dollars in back taxes to Connecticut, according to NBCConnecticut.com, he's had foreclosures on multiple properties, according to CNBC.com, and now he's reportedly suing his long-time financial adviser for allegedly squandering his fortune.

CourthouseNews.com reports that the 1993 lottery pick has taken legal action against Brodeur & Co. Certified Public Accountants because he believes the company mismanaged his finances between 1997 and 2009.
Retired NBA All-Star Vincent Baker claims his financial adviser lost nearly all of his $86 million nest egg through negligent investments.

Baker says: "During the time that Brodeur and B&C acted as Baker's manager, virtually all of Baker's earnings were spent and/or his investments lost all or nearly all of their value, such that Baker's home was foreclosed and he was forced to liquidate substantial assets for little or no value, leaving him without resources to meet his financial obligations and living expenses."

Baker claims that Brodeur and his firm breached their duties to him "through inadequate oversight and/or failure to implement systems to track sources of money and discourage fraud ... inadequate accounting ... inadequate reporting ... mismanaging Baker's assets, upon information and belief, through commingling of funds and the use of personal credit cards ... by mismanaging Baker's assets, upon information and belief, through transactions with Brodeur and B&C's manager's friends and family; and ... through transactions with Brodeur and B&C's managers, affiliates, business associated, and like entities."
Courant.com reports that Baker admitted to problems with alcohol abuse in a 2010 interview. He was arrested on DUI charges in 2007.

Baker, now 40, averaged 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during a career that included stops with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk
 
 
 
 
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