This could be it. After six incredible years, tonight could be the last home game for the Big Three era Celtics. KG and Paul Pierce aren’t getting any younger, and it’s been widely speculated that either one or both of them will seriously consider retiring at the end of the season. Additionally, many believe that Danny Ainge will use this offseason to try and rebuild/reposition the Celtics to be competitive after their two aging stars are gone. Either way, there’s a good chance that this will be the last postseason with the core group of KG, Pierce, and Rajon Rondo. (more…)
This is just what Boston needs after capturing the Boston Bombers last night and finally ending at least some of the chaos that occurred earlier this week. Beginning at 3pm today, the Boston Celtics will be playing the New York Knicks in a first round match-up for the second time in three years. This time the Celtics are the under dog team, seated this year in the Eastern Conference as a 7th seed taking on a surprise Knicks team that earned the 2nd seed. This has all the makings of a classic, rival-filled, first round series for the ages.
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So I recently came across a youtube video that features KG and Paul Pierce in the McDonald’s All American 3pt shooting contest and Dunk contest. You’d think the Truth would be in the 3pt contest and KG in the Dunk contest, right?
WRONG…the 6’11 center out of high school, Kevin Garnett, was selected to particpate in the three point contest and boy did he struggle! Although, KG has made 173 three pointers in his career, he was definitely not ready for this contest!!!
In the second part of the video, you see a much more athletic Paul Pierce throwing down some vicious slams!
Celtics fans can relax a bit before playoffs start the last week of this month as they know their team will be one of the contenders. The only question left is who they will face in the first round!Coach Doc Rivers stated that he would rather not play Miami in the first round but that his team will be prepared to face anyone! Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett re-affirmed this by saying they were resting up for playoffs and will be ready when that all-important time comes for this year! As older veterans they obviously realize that playoff wins are hard-fought and they might not have many more chances in their long careers as they wind down!
To scare the fans a little bit Avery Bradley suffered an injury this week but reassured the press that he would be OK and is looking forward to getting back to the playoffs. Last year, the Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern finals after some despicably bad referee calls cost them at least a few games. After an injury riddled season and the loss of hall of famer Ray Allen they would very much like to show that they have what it takes to make it to the Finals this year representing the Eastern Conference! THE PLAYOFFS SEEDINGS ARE LIKE A WHOLE ANOTHER SEASON ALL IN ITSELF! The Celtics are looking to go far and this fan/writer can hardly wait!!!!
This past week’s action was up and down. The Celtics lost in Minnesota 110-100 in a game where there were defensive lapses. This must be cured quickly come playoff time! The Celtics returned home to play the Detroit Pistons. This game is where they clinched a playoff berth!They beat the Pistons 98-93! Although Paul Pierce was understandably concerned with the birth of his baby Prince Paul Pierce, his teammates picked up the slack to secure the win and put everyone at ease! Importantly, they got it done sooner rather than later as they would lose on their home floor Friday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers after an extraordinary game by Kyrie Irving! The Celtics need to finish out the season playing much better Basketball on the road because their seeding will not be high enough to obtain home court advantage!
They have won steadily at home but been very erratic on the road. this trend must change soon! They have a chance to improve on their road play at the end of this week when they take a road trip to Miami and Orlando. These should be excellent chances for them to fine tune some of their inconsistency problems. Before these games, they start off the week continuing their homestand. Washington comes in on Sunday followed by the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday! After this week… 2 games are left in the season and then comes the awaited playoff run. Let’s hope the results are good for our Boston Celtics team. Go Celtics Go!
In recent weeks much has been made about Jeff Green’s development and newfound level of success. Given the Celtics’ age and injury status, strong play from Green was clearly needed to keep the Celtics out of the dreaded eighth playoff seed and to give them a shot at knocking off either the Knicks, the Pacers, or both in the early rounds of the playoffs. However, in order to pull off one or two upsets in late April and May, the Celtics will need more than just the new Jeff Green, a healthy KG, and a healthy and active Paul Pierce.
Injuries have clearly depleted the Celtics bench this year. Rajon Rondo’s injury thrust Courtney Lee into a starting role while the loss of Jared Sullinger dealt a major blow to the C’s who were already short on skilled, effective bigs. But there is good news for Boston fans; the team has made a few important in-season additions that they believe can help them come playoff time. Despite falling short Friday night in a 97-91 loss to the Cavaliers, three key players off Boston’s bench showed that they have the potential to be important pieces down the stretch and in the playoffs.
Entering this season many wondered about the role of Jeff Green! How would he play coming off of heart surgery! Would he get enough starts? Could he play at a high level? Would he fit in with the team? Was he worth that trade a few years ago? Well these past few weeks….Jeff Green seems to have answered all those questions with an exclamation point!
First he scored a whopping 42 points against the defending champion Miami Heat to keep the Celtics in the game when KG was unable to play while injured! Then he won the respect of fans and teammates alike by punctuating a 4th quarter comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers last Wednesday night with the game winning basket! After the Celtics team outscored their opponents 21-6 in the remaining minutes the game clock expired with Jeff Green stunning the defense by driving the lane and releasing a layup just ahead of the final buzzer! He was quickly embraced by teammate Paul Pierce who also knows a few things about hitting the last second shot! The Celtics escaped Cleveland with a much needed bounce back win after losing to both Memphis and New York earlier in the week!
The momentum carried over to Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks where the Celtics would again emerge victorious, by a score of 118-107 and behind Paul Pierce’s triple double! Jeff Green finished with 27 points also! It is wonderful to see the Celtics playing well and in playoff form after the devastating loss of Rondo! Many teams would have folded by now but this Celtics team is tough! Rondo lent his support by sitting on the bench Friday night injured and in street clothes! It is nothing short of spectacular to see Jeff Green play so well after all he has been through so much also and missed most of last season!
With three weeks to go before playoffs the Celtics are battling to clinch a spot and hopefully a good seed position! With the occasional bump in the road… Coach Doc Rivers has been steadily steering his team towards a succesful playoff run!!! There is a long playoff road ahead of them but let’s hope that this year’s Celtics squad just keeps on cruising along! Go Celtics Go!
On Monday afternoon, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge announced that Kevin Garnett is likely to miss the next two weeks with an ankle injury. While the Celtics seem sure that the injury won’t keep KG out of the lineup for the whole rest of the season, they do seem to be erring on the side of caution. Said coach Doc Rivers, “At the end of the day he may miss some games. We’re going to [err] on the right side; whatever they decide…at the end of the day, I want him right. I don’t want him half right.”
Though you might not know it from the lack of concern shown by Ainge and Rivers regarding the long-term effects of Garnett’s injury, the Celtics are facing a crucial part of their schedule in the upcoming weeks. As of Monday afternoon, the C’s sit 7th in the Eastern Conference with a 36-33 record. They are situated squarely between 6th and 8th in the standings, with only two games separating them from Chicago and Milwaukee, respectively.
While moving up to 6th might hold some sort of symbolic value – though I’m not really sure that this Boston squad takes symbolic value from anything – the most important thing for the Celtics is to avoid falling to 8th, which would mean a first round matchup with Miami. Given their current four game losing streak and the temporary loss of Garnett, the fate of the Celtics season will be decided on the lineups Doc puts on the floor over the coming weeks, and how the team reacts to the absence of its heart and soul. (more…)