Tag:Boston Celtics
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 3:42 pm
 

Video: Rajon Rondo is good at assisting

24. Are you kidding me? 24 assists. Video thereof.
Posted by Matt Moore

Only 7 point guards in the NBA have 24 or more assists this entire season. Rajon Rondo got that amount in one game versus the Knicks Friday. An absolutely stunning performance, which was of course captured by Celtics fans on video .



Even if some of those were questionable, and some of them were, it happens all the time and I'm willing to give the man more than one for a few of those dishes. Rondo has such confidence, such touch, and combines it all with both bravado and patience. Chris Paul is still the best point guard in the league. Rajon Rondo deserves some talk. He just does. If you don't believe so, take another look at the video.

24.

Are you kidding me?

Posted on: October 30, 2010 12:06 am
Edited on: October 30, 2010 12:07 am
 

Rajon Rondo is making some history early on

Posted by Royce Young

Friday night against the New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo scored 10 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. And wouldn't you know it, he put up double-digit assists too, notching a triple-double. But this wasn't any triple-double. This was a history-making triple-double.

In Boston's 105-101 over the Knicks, Rondo dished out 24 assists tying the record for most assists ever in a triple-double. (He tied Isiah Thomas whose came in a double-overtime game.) Oh, and on top of that, he also tied the record for most assists after three games in history with 50. Fifty. FIFTY assists. Through three games, Rondo is averaging 16.6 assists per game. That's like good or something.

In Friday's game, here's how his assists lined up: 12 led to baskets at the rim, two to shots 10 feet or closer, one 10-15, five from 16-23 (hello Kevin Garnett pick-and-pop) and four to 3-pointers. Rondo distributed the ball far and wide like a quarterback finding multiple receivers on a big day.

Garnett told reporters after the game, "Sometimes he’ll see something that you don’t see and he’ll make you see it." I think that's a fairly tremendous way of describing a playmaker like Rondo. Similar to a great quarterback throwing a wide receiver open (two football references in one post!). I love that expression.

Rondo is off to a fairly fantastic start with 17 assists in game one, nine in game two and then 24 in the third game. Some are making the case that Rondo might be the best point guard in the league and while that's of course debatable, he's at least worth talking about. Obviously it's fortuitous for Rondo that he happens to be able to dish primarily to Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Garnett, three future Hall of Famers, but Rondo is key in getting them their open looks.

We're just three games in, but Rondo is already putting a historical stamp on this season. He won't keep the pace for the entire 82, but for now, looking at 16.6 apg is pretty fun.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:32 pm
 

Doc Rivers comments on the Wafer-West fight

Posted by Royce Young

Boston head coach Doc Rivers confirmed what we already pretty much knew: There was a fight during practice between Delonte West and Von Wafer. And as Rivers said, "That's all you need to know." (Video via ESPNBoston.com )



Rivers admitted that these type of dust-ups tend to happen, but more than likely the fact that it was West makes it a little bigger news. In sports, teammates scuffle. I don't deny that it happens sometimes. But for a guy like Delonte West, who is serving a 10-game suspension for having a trunk full of guns, you'd think he'd be careful. (Also, here's Wafer talking about incident .)

But I guess when you're who you are, you stay that way. It's funny though because Shaq has talked at length about how this Celtic locker room is the most together he's ever been a part of. He talks about how loose and fun it is. It probably is, but I guess that's in spite of the awkwardness between West and Wafer.

According to multiple reports, the Celtics won't be releasing West over this issue and I assume it will get resolved and people will move on. However, this isn't something that Doc Rivers is likely pumped about starting his season with.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Delonte West punched a teammate at practice

According to a report, Delonte West punched Boston Celtics teammate Von Wafer after the team's practice. Posted by Ben Golliverdelonte-west Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com is reporting that Boston Celtics guard Delonte West, who has been involved in spats with teammates previously this season, may have punched fellow Celtic guard Von Wafter after practice Friday.
During a three-on-three game with Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden and assistant coach Tyronn Lue, West began fouling Wafer each time the reserve guard touched the ball. West was increasingly physical to the point that Wafer exited to the locker room midway through the game. As he walked away, West barked obscenities and taunted Wafer. After Wafer had showered and sat down at his locker, West approached from behind and threw a punch. Wafer didn't see the punch coming but quickly got off of the ground and connected on two punches of his own. He then wrestled West to the ground before being separated by the team's veterans. 
Kennedy also quotes sources saying that Boston Celtics management and director of basketball operations Danny Ainge will weigh their options with regard to West, who is signed to a non-guaranteed contract. More details as they emerge.

Update
: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that "Delonte West has been livid with Von Wafer for days" prior to Friday's reported altercation and that "West believed Wafer was responsible for published anonymous quote saying it was 'obvious' when West hadn't taken his medicine, source says."

Update 2:
WEEI says West might be released after the fight. Also, Wafer updated his Twitter to say, "i love my team #wefamily." Update 3: Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports on Twitter that Boston is "not expected to release West, sources say."  Update 4: The Boston Herald quotes Ainge confirming that an altercation took place and calling the incident "unacceptable." The paper also notes that Ainge "denied there would be any repercussions," such as releasing West, a possibility that had been floated earlier today. 
Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:15 am
 

Shootaround 10.28.10: Manic Panic

Posted by Matt Moore

  • The NBA Draft is headed to... New Jersey? The League announced Wednesday that Newark's Prudential Center, home of the Nets this season, will also host the 2011 NBA Draft while Madison Square Garden is being renovated. Considering that many of the top players are unlikely to come out due to the NBA's potential lockout next season, Newark seems like an appropriate choice. Kidding, Newark! We love you!
  • Pacers coach Jim O'Brien is not really happy with the league's suspension process for drug violations. The team was without Brandon Rush last night when the Spurs wiped them off the map likea  coke line at Courtney Love's house in the mid-90's. O'Brien doesn't like the fact that the team isn't notified when a player has his first or second positive test, only being notified when the player is benched. On the one hand, his desire to help his players deal with their problems is admirable. On the other, you have to have some level of privacy for players with these issues (while monotoring the problems). It's a complicated issue, really.
  • So... Celtics fans aren't all brushing off that loss to the Cavs last night. Yikes. Some aren't as worried . I tend to side with the latter group. It's a road game on a back to back against an emotional team with an emotional crowd and you have a team of hyper-confident veterans that would look past a game like this. Just needs salt for a perfect disaster recipe.


Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:06 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 11:20 pm
 

Cavs fans thank Rivers for beating Heat, LeBron


Posted by Matt Moore

Had the Boston Celtics, hated rivals of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the past three years, not eliminated the Cavaliers unceremoniously, there's a chance , again, a chance that LeBron James would not have left Cleveland. The Cavs were a fine team last year, and it's not impossible to see them getting past Orlando in the Conference Finals, nor L.A. who they swept in the regular season. It's not beyond the realm of possibility. It's just as likely that James would have left regardless, that he'd decided months ago, that it was long ago decided. It's also possible he could have won a championship with the Cavs and then walked away with a clean conscience.

But still, the Cavaliers fans don't love the Celtics, right? They don't respect and value the team that walked all over them, bullied them, right?

Well, okay, maybe a little. As Dustin Hoffman mumbled in Dick Tracy , the enemy of my enemy is my friend. From Cleveland blog Waiting For Next Year :



OK, then.

Cleveland? Can we talk? As friends do? Great. See, the thing is, Doc Rivers is a really nice man and an honorable dude. And it's almost impossible to really dislike him. But come on. I get that you're angry with LeBron, but the Celtics should still be "the other bad guys" to Cleveland. Take all the satisfaction in the world that the Celtics took LeBron and the Heat down a peg. But Doc Rivers isn't the good guy here. In your situation with LeBron? There are no good guys except you, the loyal fans.

Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: October 27, 2010 1:16 pm
 

The Game Changer 10.27.10

Blake the hero, Ray Allen the alone, and Steve Nash is a sad panda in  the debut of the Game Changer.
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 the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: Celtics Down Heat 88-80


We've already told you about what the Heat did wrong in frames . But if we look back at the Celtics' 88-80 win over the Heat, we need to examine the real cause for the first of what will likely be many downfalls for this Heat team as they figure out how to play together: the Celtics' excellence in execution. Boston brought their A-Game last night, and their comfort with one another was evident from the get-go. That was most evident when we look back at the game flow of rotations and see that Boston ran off a 7-0 run with Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, and Jermaine O'Neal. That's a astarter and four backups running off seven on a rotation for the Heat that featured Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and for a solid minute and a half, LeBron James as well. Another thing to take note of is that Ray Allen wound up with a -2 for the night in plus/minus. Now, that's largely because he was on the floor for the Heat's big run in the second half, and the Celtics wouldn't have won without his clutch threes. but if we're looking at how Boston was succesful, it was with big lineups that bruised Miami inside and worked their way to the line.

Boston's defense was everywhere and threw in a few more wrinkles. Typically the Boston defense rotates to challenge the pick and roll high, at the elbow or mid-post. But the Celtics, knowing James is too fast to attack at that point, chose to put the stop on James right at the rim, leading to two misses and a charge. And it wasn't just James that found a hard time at the rim. Boston collapsed in on any attempt by the Heat to get point inside. And how did Miami respond? The Heat took 50 jumpers to Boston's 38. Pretty much, Boston attacked the Heat in high efficiency areas and forced them to take low-percentage shots. And the Heat just kind of... went with it. And instead of recognizing that approach wasn't working, they just shot more contested jumpers.

On offense? Boston did what it does. Rondo's distribution, being able to drive and kick, and skip-rotate to open jumpers on the far side of the floor, set the tone for the Celtics. When you've got the kinds of weapons the Celtics do, and the Heat were supposed to have, and a distributor, things get much easier. Glen Davis was huge for the C's, with 13 points and 5 rebounds on 6 of 7 shooting. The Drunken Seal was simply hitting from everywhere, including his patented falling reverse. The Heat? They had no one of that ilk, and it showed.

The Heat's defense actually wasn't terrible, until right about when their offense showed up. They started to hit shots, then started allowing Boston to trade buckets. If it wasn't for Boston's turnovers, the gap could have been much bigger. Want the biggest indication of how out of whack Boston made Miami? The team that was supposed to get out and run constantly in order to help their super-talented athletes be themselves, had fewer transition attempts than Boston, 10 for the Heat to 12 for the C's.  Boston does a great job of attacking just long enough on the rebound, even if they've already lost the board, to prevent th break. There are no outlet passes. You're just happy to have the ball.

Problem for the Heat? They didn't have anything they could do with it once they got it.

GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:

Luis Scola: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 7-18 shooting, +7 plus/minus

FRAMED FAILURE:


Hey, look Miami. It's okay. You have a lot to learn together. You need to work on so much to get in your rhythm. And Boston just hit a bunch of tough shots. I mean, what could you have done? Outside of, you know, not allowing Ray Allen to be wide freaking open :












Soundbyte Mania:

Steve Nash after the game on where the Suns are and how things are looking after their loss to the Blazers last night 106-92. Via Ben Golliver.



HERO OF THE DAY:


The Lakers needed something big. Steve Blake delivered from downtown. This is what happens when you're a member of the Lakers. Then, Blake goes to the other end and gets the key stop on Aaron Brooks, who decided to try and force something up even though he's not big enough to ride Space Mountain.




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Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: October 27, 2010 10:57 am
 

Shootaround 10.27.10: Celebration

Boston's celebrating knocking down the ringer, the Lakers are celebrating being champs with their faces on rings, and ... Bieber.
Posted by Matt Moore


  • Well, you know, the Boston media's probably being their usual reasonable selves this morning. I mean, who would gloat aftet the first game of the season when everyone's been saying all that matters is what happens in April, May and June? I mean, come on, it's not like last night was really a statement ga....Oh.  From the Boston Globe :
"This was the most hyped and anticipated opening-night game in the league’s 65-year history. Everyone with an interest in the sport of professional basketball wanted to see the mighty Miami Heat, the team with the latest Big Three, the team that was going to re-glamorize the NBA, and never mind the fact we have a two-time defending champion located in the glamour capital of the US of A. 

But if the nation, the world, the uni verse, the galaxy, whatever, tuned in to see the mighty Miami Heat, they were re-introduced to the reality of the Boston Celtics , who have won a championship and have had two legitimate shots at others in the past three years, and who certainly look to be new and improved this season. The mighty Miami Heat could have been given a much easier opening-night foe than the Celtics’ squad that handed them an 88-80 loss to ensure they will not go 82-0."
  • The Lakers did what the Lakers do, come from behind in games where they look lackluster and walk out with a win. They were down big in the first half but stuck around because they did what championship teams do. They held on to their possessions .
  • The Lakers' championship rings have their faces on them. Literally . And part of the ball from Game 7 last year. If the Finals are Lakers-Celtics again, can we have them play with those rings up for grabs?
  • The Orlando Sentinel is laughing at the Heat... for losing to the Celtics... who knocked the Magic out of the playoffs this year. Rivalry priorities. You do not have them.
  • When you face the Suns, you have to be able to withstand runs. And that's what Portland did with their bench .

 

 
 
 
 
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