Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday (today is a very belated edition) on Sports of Boston. This is where I will compile four (4) small and related Celtics facts and offer my own spin on a variety of Celtics news stories. The general format will be a short blurb about the story first, then my reaction tabbed underneath it.
1. On Wednesday in the C’s 2nd preseason game, Ray Allen led the Celtics in scoring with 28 points. There was only one other Celtic in double figures, and that was Kendrick Perkins who had 11 points.
- In the first preseason game, the team did a great job of sharing the wealth among the Big Three. Allen owned this game however, attempting 14 shots while Garnett (6) and Pierce (6) did not contribute much in terms of field goal attempts. It was a little discouraging to see the disparity in shots, but a lot of it can be attributed to the fact that Pierce and especially KG were often double-teamed. The T-Wolves picked their poison, and Allen buried them.
2. Celtics captain Paul Pierce had a subpar game, going 1-6 from the field and just 6-11 from the charity stripe, finishing with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
- Pierce did not play inspiring basketball, but I guess that’s to be expected in the first couple of games of the preseason. He was also playing against at least 7 players that are very familiar with him (the former Celtics). The familiarity issue could have something to do with it, but let’s be real here. We’re talking about the preseason. It’s basically practice for the regular season, and you know how Allen Iverson feels about practice.
3. C’s forward Esteban Batista played in his first game action with the Celtics, playing in 19 minutes. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
- It was very encouraging that Batista saw that much game time. We knew Danny Ainge was very high on him, but its good to see that Doc Rivers may be as well. He was a rebound-monster in the FIBA tournament, and 5 points in less than 20 minutes is a good start. That ratio equates to 10 boards in 40 minutes, but remember this is just one game and there is a long way to go for Batista to move up the depth chart.
- Another thing to note: Brandon Wallace and Jackie Manuel did not play again, so it would appear initially that both players will probably be released or sent to the NBDL and Batista and fellow-signee Dahntay Jones will probably make the team.
4. Lakers owner Jerry Buss confirmed Thursday that he is still fielding offers for Kobe Bryant.
At any time, I think you have to do that with anybody. It’s just part of the game … You can’t keep too many loyalties. You’ve got to look at it as a business. He looks at it the same way I look at it.
- Why don’t the Lakers try and trade for a veteran like Jermaine O’Neal. He’d be a lot more help than Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum. Seriously, what were the Lakers thinking when they DIDNT trade Bynum and co. for Jason Kidd last season.
- It’s a good thing Ainge went after the good available superstars. With Allen and KG now in Celtic green, the Lakers are running out of options. I can’t imagine where the Celtics would be if they didn’t trade for KG and the Lakers did. Hypotheticals like that are dumb so I won’t go any further with it. Just be glad that we have KG and Allen and don’t have to worry about an upset megastar like Kobe.
- What if we could trade for Kobe? Well, I think it would have to take Scal, Perk, Rondo, and a few first-round picks to land Kobe with Pierce, Allen, and KG. I definitely don’t want that, because I don’t think Kobe could coexist with three other superstars on his team. The money won’t work anyway so don’t worry about Kobe every playing in a Celtics uniform.
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