Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday 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. Doc Rivers was named the NBA Eastern Conference’s Coach of the Month for a November which saw the Celtics go an impressive 13-2 out of the gate.
- First, a congratulations to Doc for his hard work. Some were skeptical that 3 megastars would have a difficult time coexisting in the same starting 5, but Doc has found a way to make it work, and make it work well. OK, it’s obvious he won it because his team is so good, but there’s a little coaching there. With Doc they’re 12-2 (not counting the game he missed due to his father’s death), and with me as the coach they’d probably still be winners. I’m guessing I’d lead the C’s to a 9-6 record.
- Second, allow me to mention that I didn’t even know there was an NBA Coach of the Month award! Maybe it’s just me, but a Celtics coach has definitely not this award in the last few years at least. Actually, after some additional research, I’ve found that according to this random site (which I hope is reliable), no Celtics coach has won NBA Coach of the Month since Chris Ford in the 1991-92 season! We’re talking when the OLD Big Three were around!
2. The Celtics sent rookie point guard Gabe Pruitt back down to the Utah Flash of the NBA Developmental League. This is his second assignment to the Flash. In his only game in between assignments, Pruitt played 13 minutes against the Knicks, scoring 2 points, grabbing 1 board, and dishing out 4 assists.
- Uh, I don’t get it. Actually, I’m glad he was resent to the Flash, but why bring him back for nothing. I have a feeling that Danny Ainge was a little concerned about the health of Eddie House and Tony Allen, which would make sense. But it seemed as soon as Pruitt got back, House was fully healthy again and Tony Allen was on the road to recovery.
- A young PG doesn’t get better by not playing, especially when he’s on a plane to Utah back and forth. Hopefully we won’t see Pruitt on the big club for at least a month.
3. According to the Boston Globe’s David Beard, Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama has a little “Celtics Envy.” Apparently, Obama is a humongous sports fan. See below:
It’s safe to say that Barack Obama has Celtics envy.
Following a Boston Globe editorial meeting, the Democratic presidential candidate made a swing through our offices yesterday, insisting on stopping in the sports section.
He spoke about the Kevin Garnett-fortified C’s, the World Champion Sox, and the undefeated Pats — the kind of winning sports combination lacking during his 1988-91 stay in town while attending Harvard Law School.
Then the US senator had a question — and a request.
The question: “What are you putting in the water here?
The request: “Can we get some of that in Chicago?”
- OK, so maybe Obama is trying to win some votes, but you have to love his passion for sports. Though, most candidates will probably say they love sports just to get votes. You can’t trust politicians!
- You can compare running for election like pitching in baseball. If you pitch the complete game, you win and you’re the President. If you get knocked out in the 2nd, you’re Dennis Kucinich. If you get knocked out in the 5th, you’re Fred Thompson. As for the rest of the candidates, only time will tell to see who emerges on top of the mountain.
4. Tonight (Wednesday), the Celtics will square off against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers (5-12) and the Celtics (14-2) are going in complete opposite directions.
- The Sixers have just fired their GM Billy King and have lost 12 of 17 games to start the season. They are going nowhere fast. Though, that’s the idea here. They aren’t playing well, but they’re facing a Celtics team who did not play well offensively their last time out, winning 80-70 over the LeBron-less Sixers.
- Case and point, the Celtics need a good showing to not only ensure their place on top of the NBA mountain, but to prove to themselves that they can battle out of an offensive slump. KG needs to step his game up, and I think he will tonight due to the extended rest.
- I’d say the Celtics win this easy by 10.
Tags: Barack Obama, Celtics, Doc Rivers, Four-Point Play, Gabe Pruitt, Philadelphia 76ers