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.
(Update: Celtics Win 100-90)
1. Celtics captain Paul Pierce mentioned during a team-sponsored Read to Achieve event yesterday that he and his fiancée, Julie Landrum, are expecting the birth of their first child in a few months. There is no word whether it’s going to be a boy or girl.
- Pierce will probably be questioned a little tonight after the game. We’ll see if he sheds further light into the future birth of his baby.
- One thing’s for certain: boy or girl it’s gonna be some basketball player. Hopefully Pierce’s athletic genetics filter down to his child. I don’t know too much about Landrum other than what gossip sites report. I won’t believe or post anything from there, believe me.
2. Celts point guard Rajon Rondo will miss tonight’s game against the Blazers with recurring back and hamstring injuries.
- Good, give the man a rest. He’d be running up and down with Jarret Jack or Steve Blake all game, and prob would’ve done some more damage on his injured back and hamstring.
- This proves the Celtics still need another backup point guard. Those who will probably be filling in are Eddie House and Tony Allen. House is a pure shooter with shooting issues right now. T. Allen is explosive, but as a player driving to the hoop and not a passer.
- Personally, due to his shooting woes, let Ray Allen take it up the court. He’s an able ball-handler and has decent passing skills.
3. I’d like to address this idiot that posted on the Boston.com Celtics forums. He claims Danny Ainge made his worst trade when he traded Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, and the No. 5 pick for Ray Allen and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis. He goes on to criticize Ray Allen specifically:
Ray Allen is having the worst shooting percentage in his career and it is costing the C’s 22 million per year.
Trading West -Wally and Yi for Allen will go down as the dumbest trade of Danny Ainge of all times.
Allen is also getting lit up on defense and hurting the C’s in crunch time.
- First of all, as one of the members said, Ray Allen is not costing the Celtics $22 million. He’s actually making $16 million per year. $6 million is a sizable difference.
- Second, sure Ray Allen is struggling, but Wally Szczerbiak would’ve never been healthy enough to be considered good in the Celtics uniform. I love Delonte, but he is far from the quality of Ray Allen. To top it off, the C’s got a great big man presence off the bench in Big Baby Davis. He mentions that they would’ve had Yi Jianlian with the 5th pick. No one knows Yi’s true potential, but I will say that Davis (a 2nd-round pick) and Yi have played about equally as well.
- Third, and finally, Ray Allen will bounce back. It’s good to know that one of the team’s biggest stars has played poorly or been hurt and the Celtics are an NBA-best 30-6. No true reason to complain yet.
4. Tonight the Celtics will be facing the new hottest team in the NBA, the Portland Trailblazers. Led by Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers started the season 5-12 but have blazed to a 23-14 record on the tails of an 18-2 stretch over the last 20 games.
- With the Celts’ recent troubles, the Blazers have soared past them as the NBA’s hottest team. Despite their hot stretch they have struggled on the road, winning just 6 of their 17 road games (17-3 at home though).
- In a Belichickian way, Doc Rivers had nothing but good things to say about the opposition:
“Portland has a good team. They’re playing with amazing confidence right now and its really fun to watch because you saw them earlier in the year and you saw them last year, and you see that same group this year, it’s really nice to see. Brandon Roy is playing at an MVP level the way he’s carrying this team.”
- This would be a huge win if the Celtics can shut down the red-hot Blazers. It’d be great to end their rough stretch against the NBA’s hottest team. Look for Ray Allen to break out a little in this game. I see 20 points on better-than-40% shooting. Only time will tell if that would be enough to beat Portland…
Tags: Brandon Roy, Celtics, Four-Point Play, Glen Big Baby Davis, Paul Pierce, Portland Trailblazers, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen