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Boston Celtics’ Bright Spots from the 2013-14 Season: Kelly Olynyk

April 15th, 2014 at 9:39 AM
By Sean Melia

It's been a rough season for the Boston Celtics. They lost a lot of games. They lost a lot of close games. They showed some signs of regression throughout the season, and we here at Celtics101 tended to focus on the negative rather than the positive this season.

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So we decided to turn over a new leaf and find some bright spots from this season. First on the list (in no particular order), is Kelly Olynk's growth and improvement.

Over the course of the season Olynyk earned more and more respect from Brad Stevens. His minutes went up steadily and he returned that faith with some solid games and some nice areas of improvement.

Olynyk has capped off this stretch run of his rookie season with some pretty solid games. He scored a career high 25 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers and backed that up with a 28 point outburst on Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. While the opponents might not be the most challenging and they probably looked more like the summer league opponents Olynyk burned in Orlando last June than an NBA team, it was nice to see Olynyk have some good scoring output.

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Playing Around with the NBA Draft Lottery Outcomes for the Boston Celtics

April 13th, 2014 at 12:40 PM
By Sean Melia

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ESPN has a draft lottery machine and we decided to play around with it.

You should too, here's the link.

We played the game 10 times and wrote down the picks the Celtics won. They have a 8.8% chance at winning the lottery currently. In our 10 clicks on the lottery game the Celtics won the lottery one time, got the third pick twice, the sixth pick six times, and the seventh pick once. 

Aaron Gordon was the man that was slotted to the Celtics in those sixth and seventh picks, which is interesting given the redundancy that would create on the roster. Here is what Ford says about Gordon, "After Wiggins, Gordon might be the most athletic prospect, virtually a clone of Blake Griffin. He plays with a huge motor and is very scrappy. Gordon's lack of size for his position and a shaky perimeter game are the two things that keep him from being ranked higher."

That sounds like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Kris Humphries. Guys the Celtics already have. Humphries is most likely gone, especially if Gordon ends up on the Celtics roster.

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Rajon Rondo Will Be in Boston This Summer and Would Like to “be Involved” in the Team Building Process

April 12th, 2014 at 12:43 PM
By Sean Melia

Rajon Rondo is excited for the summer. Then again, who isn't excited for the summer? The Boston Celtics will wrap up this long hard season on Wednesday night. A season that has showed fans some promise and some disappointment, while still keeping that flickering light, hope, lit. 

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The Celtics head into the off-season with a plethora of questions. Who should they draft? Who should they resign? Are there any trades worth making? Is Rondo the guy to build with?

It seems that Rajon Rondo believes he is worthy of offering input, so much so that he told Steve Bulpett that he plans on being in the Boston area this summer, just in case his opinion is needed. Rondo said, "I want to be involved in what's going on, especially if I'm part of the future here. Me being the point guard, I would like to know what the team has in store or wants to do and moves it wants to make, so I think I'll be around Boston this summer, and I look forward to what's going to happen." 

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Rajon Rondo Has not Changed His Game Enough According to Tommy Heinsohn

April 10th, 2014 at 12:42 PM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics have wiggled their way to the third worst record in the Eastern Conference, and also the entire NBA. They've done it through a 1-14 record March 9. The Celtics have found ways to lose close games and big leads over the last month of basketball. 

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Last night was no different, once again an impotent fourth quarter allowed the Atlanta Hawks to move one win closer to a date with the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.

There has been a plethora of talk about the late game "heroics" of this Celtics team. Chris Forsberg highlighted a lot of the issues in his piece "Late Game Options Haven't Been Good." He wrote that before last night's latest collapse. 

Now Tommy Heinsohn is voicing his displeasure in the Celtics, and aiming his wrath at Rajon Rondo. Heinsohn, the ultimate homer, will allow himself to be critical of players if they aren't doing what he believes is the right thing on a basketball court.

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The Boston Celtics Await the NBA Draft Lottery and Other Important Dates This Off-season

April 8th, 2014 at 9:53 AM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics season is at the point where dates, countdowns, and college players are more important than the games themselves. 

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May 20 is the first big date for the future of the Celtics. The ping pong balls will fall where they may, and the Celtics will know exactly where they stand. Could the lottery bug bite them again and push them farther from the #1 pick, or will the karma of "Oden-Durant" and "Tim Duncan" swing back in the favor of Boston and get them into a higher pick than their record allows.

It would be magnificent if the Celtics jumped one or even two spots, giving them a chance at Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.

Between May 20 and June 26 (the NBA draft) we will hear plenty of talk about the Celtics and other lottery teams and what they plan to do. The funny thing about this group of players is that they have gone from a bunch of "sure things" to a bunch a question marks. Players have moved up and down the draft board, and now that the college season is finished they will have to prove themselves in a more individual level at workouts and interviews. Some will rise even further while others will fall.

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