Posted on: April 5, 2009 3:55 am
Edited on: April 5, 2009 4:00 am

Celtics Playoff Preview

As a Celtics fan I have a lot of concerns about the Celtics going into the playoffs. My biggest concern right now is Garnett. Will he be healthy and ready to go? I don't think anyone is sure at this point. I also think chemistry is a big concern for the celtics right now. It'll be interesting to see how the Celtics play when Garnett is healthy and back in the line up. I think chemistry wont be an issue, but you never know.

The Celtics are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference right now with a 58-19 record. There currently 3.5 GB of Cleveland who look to have the #1 seed in the bag. It's going to be tough for the Celtics to catch the Cavs at this point. I'm just hoping they can hold off the Magic for the #2 seed. If the playoffs were to start today, the Celtics would play the Bulls. I think the Celtics wouldn't have any problems with the Bulls. I think the Celtics will end up playing the Bulls or Heat in the first round, but it's hard to say at this point. They really could end up with the Hawks, Sixers, Heat, Bulls or Pistons, depending on if the Celtics are the #2 or #3 seed and how the the #4 through #8 seeds play. I don't see the Celtics having much trouble in the first round anyways.

Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

1. Cleveland

2. Boston

3. Orlando

4. Atlanta

5. Philadelphia

6. Miami

7. Chicago

8. Detriot

The Celtics have 5 games left and the toughest one being against Cleveland. The other 4 seem very winable games for the Celtics as they close out the season. The Heat on Friday, April 10th could be a possible first round match up, along with the Sixers on Tuesday, April 14th. I'm just hoping Garnett gets back and Healthy before the playoffs. I wouldn't mind him coming back a couple games before the playoffs start, so he gets back in the swing of things. I'd be shocked if he didn't play the first playoff game, but you never know. Rivers might want to keep him out until he's 100% healthy, which isn't a bad idea because I think the Celtics could get past the first round without Garnett. Of course we all thought the Celtics would sweep the Hawks in the first round last year and it took us 7 games to beat them. With that in mind, I'd like to see a healthy Garnett playing in the first game of the playoffs.

Category: NBA
Posted on: January 8, 2009 3:27 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:43 am

Celtics Struggles Continue

Since Christmas Day the Celtics have been going down. The Celtics are 2-6 in there last 8 games including there loss to the Lakers on Christmas Day. The Celtics started the season with such promise, starting 27-2, the best start in the History on the NBA. They still sit at 29-8 which isn't bad in any stretch of the imagination, but they haven't been closing the games out in the end. The hope of beating the Bulls 96 regular season win records is all but done, but this is still a championship team in my mind. There now second in the East behind the Cavs, but are only 1/2 game behind being a game up in the win colum, and 2 behind in the loss colum. The Celtics need to end this current 3 game losing streak and go into Cleveland tomorrow night and pick up a win.

The last three losses have been tough for the Celtics. The lost in MSG on Sunday to the Knicks 100-88. They then turned around and losted a tough game to the Bobcats in OT in Charlotte 114-106. The night after they traveled back to Boston to play the Rockets in Boston. They lost 89-85 in a hard fought game, where they lead in thr 4th Qtr. There drained right now, today was a very needed day off. They should be fired up and ready to take on the Cavs Friday night. The Celtics should be able to bounce back with the next 5 games vs only 3 teams, with back to back games vs the Raptors and Nets next week. This should help Boston, not as much traveling. I'm thinking the Celtics will settle down and get back into winning games vs the Cavs and next week vs the Raptors and Nets.

Category: NBA
Posted on: December 30, 2008 3:29 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 3:30 am

Celtics Week 10 Preview

Well, last week was some what of a down week for the Celtics going 2-2. The Celtics will look to rebound this week and improve there NBA best 28-4 record. They Celtics play three games this week vs Portland, Washington and New York. The Celtics should be able to win all three if they stayed focused and don't have jet lag flying back to the East Coast. Let's break down the Week.

December 30th at 10:00 PM ET
Celtics vs Trail Blazers

The Celtics will take on the Portland Trail Blazers up in Portland later tonight. I think this will end up being the toughest test for the Celtics and the most entertaining game of the week. I have a good feeling the Celtics will have no trouble taking care of the Knicks or Wizards but the Trail Blazers are 19-12 and been having a great season. The Celtics will need to be able to slow down Brandon Roy who is the Blazers leading scorer at 23 points a game. The Celtics should be ready as it wasn't a long bus ride or plane flight away from Sacramento and they had an off day on Monday. I think the Celtics take care of the Blazers and win 104-96.

Friday January 2nd at 7:30 PM ET
Celtics vs Wizards

This is the second game of the week for the Celtics and probably the least entertaining and an easy win for the Celtics. I don't see the 6-23 Wizards to be much of a challenge for the Celtics, in Boston. I picked the Wizards to play a tight game with the Celtics they last time they played in D.C. and they got killed 122-88 and I see this game about the same. The Wizards in my mind are a surprise to be this bad. I never saw them at 6-23, ever with Arenas down. I think the Celtics win 124-91.

Sunday January 4th at 6:00 PM ET
Celtics vs Knicks

The Celtics end the week with a pretty good game with the Knicks in MSG. I also enjoy to watch the Celtics play in New York and this should be another fun game. The Celtics should also pick up another win and end the week at 3-0. The Knicks are having a pretty bad season at 11-18 and last in the Atlantic Division. Mike D'Antoni doesn't seem to have his team on the right track right now as they have lost 6 games in a row. I see the Celtics winning 114-96.
Posted on: December 25, 2008 6:01 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:44 am

Rondo An All Star?

I've seen some great debate over this topic over the boards and figured I'd explain my view on it. Rajon Rondo has been having a nice season, but as a Celtic fan I think it's time to look at him as an All Star Point Guard. His numbers haven't been amazing but he makes the Celtics offense run and that is what a Point Guard does, right? Rondo get's other players involved and runs the Celtics offense. Rondo has done a great job of not being a shoot first Point Guard. He understands his role and doesn't try to do too much and I think that's what makes him a great Point Guard for the Celtics. In my mind if Rondo wanted too, he could scored 15-20 a night to go along with 6-7 assists and I wouldn't be writing this right now because most everyone would agree he's an all start if he's putting up better offensive numbers. I know Rondo has the offensive ability to score the ball, watching him night in and night out but he doesn't look for his own offense as much as people probably think. Rondo is 4th on the Celtics in scoring averaging 11.6 points per game. Now when you see that your not thinking all star point guard are you? Then you see he leads the Celtics in assists per game with 7.4, now are you starting to think more of an all star point guard? Probably not, 12 points and 7 assists a game isn't exactly MVP material but he's a true point guard. Rondo has the speed and ability to drive by most if not every point guard in the league, he's very quick and athletic and you do see him make moves at the basket, but not as much as he could or maybe should. As Garnett said, Rondo puts some english on the ball to put it in, he's very creative in the ways he scores the basketball. You can't really compare his game to anyones in the NBA or if you know someone that plays a lot like Rondo, please let me know because I can't think of anyone with Rondo's type of game or way of scoring. A lot of people probably don't think Rondo is an all star because he can't shoot the ball. Honestly your right. Rondo doesn't have much of a mid range game and can not shoot the 3 ball. He's only made 4, 3 pointers all season. To think what the average amount for an NBA point guard is, that's very low. Gabe Pruitt has made more 3's, non Celtic fans must being saying Gabe who? That shows the amount of 3's Rondo has made this year. He of course has only shot 14 of them, so he's not encouraged to step back and shoot the ball. All of these questions lead to my point. Is Rondo an all start? The offensive numbers say no, I can't lie. 12 points and 7 assists per game isn't going to get you into too much all start games, but I think this year Rondo has a small chance of making the team. I think many of the coaches and players of the NBA are seeing what Rondo can do on the floor, which should help him, if he makes the team. The Fans vote of course, doesn't help Rondo at all. Another number that could help Rondo out, again with the coaches and players is the turnovers per game. He only turns the ball over 2.2 times a game. That's pretty decent according to how many times he has the ball in his hands every game. That number is less then Paul Pierce who has 82 and Leon Powe who has 71. Devin Harris who most think will start at point guard for the East has 63 turnovers, which is 2 less then Rondos 65, so Rondo does handle the ball well. The bottom line is Rondo deserves to be on the all start team. Yes, his numbers aren't amazing, we all know that but when your the point guard for a team that's 27-2, the best start in the history of the NBA and on a 19 game winning streak you can't argue that your playing pretty good. Devin Harris who again seems to be the favorite to start at point guard for the East does score more points then Rondo, but Rondo is beating him in rebounds and assists. Rondo averages 5.0 rebounds a game and 7.4 assists a game. Harris averages 3.3 rebounds a game and 6.8 assists. These stats are pretty important in my book, as Rondo does it all. He's close to double figures in rebounds on many different nights and is all over the court. I also think Rondo plays much better defense then Harris. Rondo has 69 steals on the season, which is 2.4 a game.  Devin Harris only has 37 steals, which is 1.5 a game. You can make your case for having Rondo in or out of the all star game, but I think he deserves to be in.

Posted on: December 24, 2008 5:54 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 1:00 am

Celtics vs Lakers Christmas Day Preview

What a game we have on Christmas Day! Does it get any better then Celtics vs Lakers on Christmas Day? I don't think so. The NBA couldn't have set it up more perfect and I can't wait! It's gonna be one of the best, if not the best game of the regular season. The game will be played in LA, so that does help the Lakers in a way, but the Celtics have won 19 games in a row, so it even out. Let's break down the match up.

Boston Celtics

C: Kendrick Perkins
PF: Kevin Garnett
SF: Paul Pierce
SG: Ray Allen
PG: Rajon Rondo

Los Angeles Lakers

C: Andrew Bynum
PF: Pau Gasol
SF: Luke Walton
SG: Kobe Bryant
PG: Derek Fisher

I think most NBA Fans are pretty excited for this game. I'm a die hard Celtic fan, so I might be a little bias when I say this may be the best game in the regular season this season, but I can't think of a game that can top it. For starters it's the oldest and biggest rivalry in the NBA and not only that there playing on Christmas day. I think that has the making of a fine ball game. Then you factor in the Celtics are 27-2, the best start in the history of the NBA and have won 19 games in a row vs the Lakers who are having a great season of themselves at 23-5. On top of all of that, the games being played in Los Angeles, a great place and maybe the best place to see a basketball game. If that didn't get you excited your not a fan of either these teams or the NBA for that matter. I honestly can't wait to see these two teams battle it out. The Lakers wanna end this winning streak badly and the Celtics wanna extend it out to 20 games and continue there quest to breaking the all time mark of 33 games. The Lakers will be a very tough match up for the red hot Celtics, playing in LA I think favors the Lakers big time. If this games was being playing in front of the Boston crowd on Christmas day, I'd pick the Celtics in a second, but it's in front on the Laker fans, so I'm not sure. It is a home coming for Paul Pierce and he usually played well in the Staples Center. The Lakers right now are coming off a nice win vs the Hornets on Tuesday night when they won 100-87. The Celtics are coming off a big win on Tuesday night, when they beat the 76ers 110-91. Both teams have off days on Wednesday before the big match up on Christmas Day. So basically both teams come into this match up hot, winning there last game by double digits. Both teams should also be pretty well rested as they have the off day Wednesday after there wins Tuesday night. Anyways, you should tune in on Christmas Day at 5:00 PM ET and 2:00 PM local time after you done opening presents and seeing family for a great game!

Posted on: December 24, 2008 4:13 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:50 am

Celtics vs 76ers Review

Hey guys, sorry I didn't post a preview for this game but I was busy with other things. Anyways, what a game for the Celtics. That's now 19 in a row after the 110-91 beating of the 76ers. The Celtics are now 27-2, the best start in the long history of the NBA. What an amazing start to the season. Can the Celtics be stopped? As of right now it doesn't look like it, but I'm guessing the Lakers will have a great chance of ending the Celtics glory run on Christmas Day. Will have to wait and see. Anyways, let's break down tonight's game.

Well, I gotta start off by saying what a game for the Celtics. It was just another win for the Celtics, there NBA leading 27th win of the season. Now after they 27-2 starting the question needs to be brought up, can they win 72+ games this year. Many thought after the Bulls did it in 96 it would never be done again in this time period of sports, but the Celtics are that dominant. Now remember the Celtics only lost 16 games last year, can they lose 7 less games and break the Bulls 96 record mark? I'm not sure if they will be able to continue this high pace all year, but I think the Celtics can do it if they stay focused. Doc Rivers takes pride in defense and knows defense wins championships, just like last season, so he will keep his group of guys playing great defense night in and night out. We all know Garnett, Allen and Pierce can score the ball, it's a no brainer and that's why Doc knew if we can play defense will win a championship. That's same logic will be the difference if the Celtics break the Bulls regular season record. The Celtics will be able to out score people and win games, they could probably play bad defense and still only lose 12-15 games this year, that's just how good there offense is. I know the Celtics can win 73+ plus games this year, but the defense will need to be top notch to do so.

Anyways, I got off topic which was tonights game. It was an entertaining game to watch as the Sixers played tough early and the Celtics only lead by 4 after the 1 Qtr. The Celtics jumped onto the Sixers in the 2nd though, out scoring them by 10 and taking a 14 points, 58-44 lead in the locker room. The 3rd Qtr was the only Qtr that Philly won and they cut the lead down to 12 going into the 4th. The Celtics played well in the 4th and closed down the Sixers chances of winning and went on to win 110-91. The Celtics shot the ball pretty well, at 45% from the floor. They also shot well from the FT line, making 29 of 34 free throws. They also shot well from deep once again, at 50%, making 7 of 14, 3 pointers. It was a good night shooting night for the Celtics. The Sixers also shot the ball fairly well, going 37-77 from the floor. The FT line did hurt them though, shooting 62%. They also shot terrible from deep, missing all 11, 3 pointers attempted. Garnett and Rondo lead the team in scoring, dropping in 18 points a piece. Allen had a decent night scoring 16 points along with 6 boards. Pierce scored 10 points and Perkins round out the Celtics starting 5 with 8 points. Powe and House came off the Celtics bench to score in double figures. Powe scored 15 and House scored 13. The Sixers were lead by Williams and Speights who came off the bench to score 16 points a piece.

Players of the Game
Rajon Rondo is in my mind the player of the game for the Celtics tonight. He's been playing great as of late and had another great tonight, scoring 18 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Rondo's 18 points was tied with Garnett as the scoring leader for the Celtics tonight. A very nice performance for Rondo in the Celtics 110-91 win over the 76ers.

Posted on: December 22, 2008 1:05 am
Edited on: April 5, 2009 4:04 am

Celtics Week 8 Review

The Celtics had another very successful week. They had four games and won all 4 of them. When you win every game in the week you can't complain as a fan. The Celtics extended there winning streak from 14 games to 18 games this week and picked up wins 23-26. PG Rajon Rondo set his career high mark in points, twice. On Monday he scored 25 points vs the Jazz which was a career high at the moment and then on Sunday vs the Knicks he pasted his currently career high when he scored 26 points. A very good week for the Rondo and the Celtics.

Monday, December 15, 2008
Boston Celtics vs Utah Jazz

The first game of the week was Monday night when the Celtics took on the Utah Jazz in Boston. The Celtics look to extend there winning streak to 15 games in this one and did just that. The Celtics jumped on the Jazz early having a 12 point, 28-16 lead after the end of the 1st Qtr. The Jazz fought back in the 2nd Qtr and the game was tied going into the the locker room at half time. The Celtics were too much for the Jazz though, winning 100-91. Rajon Rondo lead the Celtics with 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. Kevein Garnett had a double double with 19 points and 10 boards. Perkins also had a double double for Boston with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Paul Millsap had a career high 32 points to go along with his 10 rebounds.
Celtics win 100-91

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks

On Wednesday the Celtics travled to Atlanta to play the Hawks. This was in my mind the game of the week. A very hard fought defensive affort by both clubs. Also a very entertaining game. Neither team was able to shoot well, both teams under 45% from the floor. Neither team looked fluent on offense. The Celtics shot 44% from the field to the Hawks 36%. The Celtics shot well from the FT line at 81% but terrible from beyond the arc, as they shot 2-13. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett lead the Celtics in scoring with 18 a piece.  Ray Allen chipped in with 16 points, along with Rondos 15 and Perkins 8. The Hawks were lead by Joe Johnson who had 20 points, 16 of them coming in the 2nd half. Marvin Williams scored 16 for the Hawks and Bibby and Smith chipped in with 14 a piece. Al Horford scored 8 points and tore down 11 boards to round out the Hawks starting 5. The leading scorer coming off either bench was Ronald Murray who scored 6, so neither bench had an impact in this game. The game was won in the final 30 seconds of the game when Perkins had a huge block to hold the Celtics lead, so the game could be won on the line.
Celtics win 88-85

Friday, December 19th, 2008
Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls

On Friday night the Celtics were back home to take on the Bulls. The Celtics had there best offensive night of the season, putting up 126 points on the Bulls. This was the best offensive performance of the week, points wise for the Celtics. The stats also didn't look to shappy for Boston. The Celtics played well in this one. As I said they put 126 points on the board in there 126-108 beating of the Chicago Bulls. The Celtics offense had a decent night. They shot 59% from the floor, making 50 of 84 FG's and pretty good from the line at 82%. The Celtics shot expectionally well from deep, as the made 12-24, 3 pointers. Now the Bulls scored the ball too, putting up 108 points. They shot 50% from the floor and 78% from the line. They also shot 50% for beyond the arc, as they made 11-22, 3's. The Bulls turned the ball over more though, 21 turn overs will kill you if your playing a team as good as the Celtics. Boston only turned the ball over 14 times. I know Doc wants to cut that down, but 14 wont kill you if you play good defense and shoot the ball well. Ray Allen had a nice nice for Boston scoring 27 points to go along with 5 assists. Kendrick Perkins also had a great nice, scoring 25 points and pulling down 8 boards. Garnett has 16 points, Pierce dropped in 16 and Rondo only scored 4, but had 15 assists and was creating offense for his teammates. Tony Allen came off the bench to score in double figures, as he scored 10 points. The Bulls were lead by Luol Deng, who scored 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon were the other to Bulls starters to score in double figures. Rose scored 14 points to go along with 5 assists and Ben Gordon dropped in 10 points. Andres Nocioni scored 16 points and ripped down 6 rebounds off the Bulls bench and Joakim Noah also came off the bench to be the only double figures scorer, he scored 10 points.
Celtics win 126-108

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks

The last game of the week came Sunday vs the New York Knicks in Boston. The Celtics extended there winning streak to 18 games with this win and picked up there NBA leading 26th win. The 18th win in a row ties a franchise record. A very successful night for the Boston Celtics and all Celtics fans. The Celtics ended the week at 4-0 with this win. The Celtics played the best offensive game of the week. This was a nice win for the Celtics. They had a great offensive night, putting up 124 points. I think it's the best offensive night of the week even though they put up a 126 on the Bulls, the Celtics shot better and seemed to have more offensive rythm. The Celtics shot 65% from the field in this one making 50 of the 76 shots the celtics put up tonight. The Celtics shot 50% from beyond the Arc again, but in this one making 10-20, 3 pointers. The only place the Celtics offensive struggled was from the FT line, only hitting 14-24 FT's for a 58% average. That didn't slow down the Celtics offensive numbers too much though, mostly because they shot so well from the floor and 3 point land. The Knicks put up 105 points, but didn't have the greatest shooting night. They shot 43% from the field and 76% from the FT line. They also shot good from deep, making 13-39 shots for a 39% average. The also took care of the ball, only turning it over 12 times to the Celtics 23 times. The Knicks were lead by Quention Richardson who scored 29 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nate Robinson also had a good night. He came off the bench and scored 23 points. The Knicks had 3 other scorers in double figures, Chris Duhon with 20, David Lee with 17, and Al Harrington with 10. The Celtics were lead by Rajon Rondo who has a career high 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Ray Allen also had a decent night shooting the ball as he dropping in 17, Pierce scored 17 points and Garnett and Perkins put in 12 a piece. Tony Allen and Leon Powe came off the Celtics bench to score in double figures. Allen scoring 11 and Powe scoring 10.
Celtics win 126-105



Posted on: December 21, 2008 10:05 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:48 am

Celtics vs Knicks Review

The Celtics played another impressive game tonight. They beat the Knicks 124-105 in Boston. It's now 18 in a row for the red hot Celtics as they picked up there NBA leading 26th win tonight. The Celtics are just playing amazing basketball, just beating up everyone in there path. The Knicks didn't stand much of a chance tonight as I figured. I didn't see the Knicks to have much of a chance tonight. Anwyays, let's break down tonight's game.

The Celtic's looked very impressive tonight in there 124-105  win over the New York Knicks. The Celtics opened this game up earlier, when they lead 40-21 after the first Qtr, the Knicks defense just wasn't there from the start. They played much better in the 2nd Qtr only allowing 26 points, but when you give up 40 in the 1st Qtr, the chances are you go into the locker room down. Which they did. The Celtics went into the locker room down 66-58. The Celtics controled the 3rd and 4 Qtr's and had no trouble holding off the Knicks as they went on to win 124-105. Rondo played another impressive game. He has a career high 26 points, 6 points, and 5 assists. 7 Celtics scored in double figured including the 4 other starters, Tony Allen and Leon Powe. Eddie House also chipped in with 9 points.

The Knicks defense looked bad in this one. Plain and simple. They gave up 124 points, that pretty much shows how bad there defense played. The Celtics shot 65% from the field, you'll never win if a team shoots 65% from the field. The Knicks only shot 43% from the floor and just didn't look very fluent on offense or defense for that matter. They shot 20-26 from the FT line and only turned the ball over 12 times to the Celtics 23, but the game was still a 19 point blow out. Quentin Richardson had a nice evening for the Knicks dropping 29 points on the Celtics. Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 23 points and Chris Duhon dropped 20.
Quention Richardson had a great night in Boston.  He scored 29 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nate Robinson also played pretty good with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.The Knicks didn't play that bad on the offensiveside of the ball. They did put 105 points on theboard and shot an ok 43% from the field. They also shot 76% from the free throw line, which is also pretty average but not too bad. They took care of the basketball also, only 12  turnovers. They also shot well from beyond the arcat 39%. The offensive numbers were there tonight. The Celtics had a good offensive and a pretty average defensive night compared to some of the games the Celtics have played on defense this season. On offense they out up 124 points, so you can't really complain and on defense they only allowed to shot 43% from the field, so not a bad effort. The Knicks shot 39% from the beyond the 3 point line and that helped there 105 point total for the night. They hit 13 of 33, 3 pointers, which is a good night of long range shooting. The Celtics shot 65% from the floor and 50% from behind the line, so a very good shooting night for the Celtics. They didn turn the ball over 23 times, which is a little odd for the Celtics, but it's not a big concern of mine.

Player of the Game
Rajon Rondo had a nice good tonight and I think he deserving of the player of the game honors. He had a career high 26 points, breaking his career high of 22 set on Monday of this week. He also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists and was a big part of the Celtics 124-105 beating of the New York Knicks.

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