March 7th, 2014 at 11:22 AM
By Sean Melia
Kevin Garnett will not be in Boston on Friday night due to back spasms. Garnett has missed the last three games. It's a shame he won't be around to get another small ovation.
The Brooklyn Nets have rescued their season following an atrocious start. After an 10-21 start, the Nets have clawed their way back above .500 at 30-29. They've gone 20-8 since New Years Eve. Part of the Nets' success has come with Kevin Garnett filing a different role. Once Robin Lopez went down with an injury Garnett slide to the center position, something he had done in Boston with success.
While Garnett's stats are career lows (6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game), his defensive rating has improved immensely. His November and December Defensive rating was 102 and 106, respectively. January's rating dipped to 98 and February's was 96. Conversely, his offensive rating has gone from 83 in November to 89 in December to 103 in January and 102 in February.
So, while Garnett's numbers don't strike fear in opponents like they once did when he was a double-double machine. He has found ways to influence the game was a wily veteran. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 6th, 2014 at 9:42 AM
By Sean Melia
The Boston Celtics looked rusty on Wednesday night in their first game since Saturday's surprising slugfest against the Indiana Pacers. The Golden State Warriors came into town after a tough battle on Tuesday night against the very same Pacers, winning on a last second turnaround jumper by Klay Thompson.
It seemed like the Warriors "rode that wave" in the words of Brad Stevens, and dominated a pitiful Celtics team in from of its home fans.
The game teetered on the brink of imbalance for most of the first quarter. The Celtics were holding on for dear life, trying to keep in touch with the more energetic Warriors. The blowout really started in the second quarter when the Warriors took advantage of numerous turnovers with easy buckets, scoring 11 points off of eight Celtic turnovers.
Kris Humphries made a great play to block one transition lay-up, however, the energy that play provided did not last too long. A total of 12 turnovers (and 15 points) finished the Celtics off early last night. The Warriors, on the other hand took, care of the ball and turned it over only twice in the first half. A halftime deficit of of 21 points had many in the TDGarden wondering which watering hole to visit on Canal St.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 5th, 2014 at 1:15 PM
By Sean Melia
It's beginning to sweep the Boston Celtics websites: Rajon Rondo is a shooter. He has improved his three point shooting, his percentages are up, he is taking more threes, and is already about to set a new career best in three-pointers made in a season (17). All around, he's just so much better!
We wrote last week that Rondo is shooting a higher percentage of his shots from behind the arc. He is not getting to the line as often. We wondered if this was due to Brad Stevens' philosophy, Rondo's confidence in his shot, or Rondo's nervousness about getting to the hoop. Any and all of those could be explanations to Rondo's sudden jump in both productivity and the frequency with which he is shooing from midrange and deep.
As the word spreads around the league regarding Rondo's new found talent, the next questions becomes: How does the league catch up?
We are not strangers to small sample sizes. Remember Vitor Faverani at the start of the season? Kelly Olynyk in Summer League? Players can have good stretches and then sink back to the mean. At times, players come back to their averages because it's just how sports works. Other times, it's because the league makes changes.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 4th, 2014 at 2:24 PM
By Sean Melia
ESPN's Chris Forsberg gave an update on the some Boston Celtics' injuries.
Here is the link.
Olynyk Returns to Practice for Ailing C's
Olynyk gave his toe injury a test run on Tuesday morning. Olynyk has not played since February 24. He will have his toe re evaluated on Wednesday morning before the game against the Golden State Warriors.
Having Olynyk back could change some of the rotations. Jared Sullinger seems like he'll be coming off the bench for the foreseeable future, meaning Olynyk and Sullinger could be the big men off the bench when Kris Humphries and Brandon Bass come out of the game.
The fact that Sullinger is coming off the bench again is interesting. We wrote a few weeks back that Sullinger's role would likely change once the Celtics improved their roster. Sullinger is not a starter on a very good team. Having him come off the bench could mean that possibly Brad Stevens has realized Sullinger will need to get used to coming off the bench more and that a starting role might not be the right fit for Sullinger in the long run. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 4th, 2014 at 11:54 AM
By Sean Melia
The Boston Celtics have a small respite before getting back to work on Wednesday evening against the Golden State Warriors.
Let’s take a look at the week ahead, who the opponents are, and what to keep an eye on.
Who are the Celtics playing this week?
Wednesday: Golden State
Previous Meeting: 99-97 loss on January 10
Friday: Brooklyn Nets
Previous Meetings: 104-96 loss on December 10 and a 85-79 loss on January 26
Sunday: Detroit Pistons
Previous Meetings: 87-77 loss on November 3 and 107-106 loss on December 18.
A relatively light week of games, a rarity at this point in the season considering the All-Star Break was only two weeks ago. The Celtics have no back-to-back games, meaning Rajon Rondo should be suited up for all three games.
The Celtics have not won a single game against this week’s opponents this year. The Nets are playing better basketball and are clawing their way back to above .500.
The Pistons are reeling, still fighting for a playoff spot but are 3.5 games behind the 8 seeded Atlanta Hawks. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games.Read more... Join the Conversation...