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 and his staff where named the coaches for the Eastern Conference in the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. Rivers and the gang earned the honor by clinching the East’s best winning percentage through games played on Feb. 3.
- First, it’s amazing that the C’s clinched that a week early. It has truly been an amazing season. No one should have any complaints at 33-6.
- I mentioned it before, but it takes a lot to coach great talent well. Just ask Phil Jackson. Jackson won 6 titles with Jordan and Pippen, then 3 more with Kobe and Shaq. I knoe they had a lot of talent, but talented teams on paper don’t always win it all (see Miami Heat). It takes a good coach to make it special.
- Especially after losing his father earlier this season, this must be pretty special for Rivers. Congrats again Doc!
2. The Memphis Grizzlies are still pondering whether to trade or buyout Damon Stoudamire to give more playing time to their star rookie, Mike Conley, Jr. The Suns, Celtics, Heat, Raptors, and Nuggets are all reportedly interested in his services.
- The Grizz may have a tough time trading the 34-year-old due to his yearly salary ($4.35 million in 2008). There’s not much talent that teams will be willing to trade that add up to $4.35 million, and the Grizz will prob not want another aging veteran at that salary.
- If they complete the buyout, I expect Danny Ainge to go after Stoudamire. The move makes sense especially considering that starting point guard Rajon Rondo has ailing back and leg injuries. Tony Allen and Eddie House have done well filling in, but they’re not long-term solutions as backup point guards, and are not really considered true point guards. Damon Stoudamire can be considered a true point guard.
3. Tonight, the Celtics are taking on the Toronto Raptors at the TD BankNorth Garden. It’s already the fourth matchup between the two teams. No surprise, the Celtics are leading the season series 3-0.
- I’m lucky enough to attend this game with fellow Sports of Boston writer Jeff. The Celtics really should make a clean sweep through the Atlantic Division, and the Toronto Raptors are no different.
- The C’s haven’t played that much recently which bodes well for the Big Three, who should all be well-rested. Same goes for Rajon Rondo, who is recovering from back and hamstring injuries.
4. Believe it or not, we’re coming up on the half-way point of the NBA season. The Celtics have won 33 of their first 39 games, and after Friday’s game against the Timberwolves, they will officially be at the season’s midpoint. 41 games down, 41 games to go.
- As a result, I’ll be doing the Celtics’ Midseason Report Card. I’m going to analyze what I projected the players to do and compare it to what their current stats are. I’m also going to make predictions on how the players should finish the year, and what the final record and Conference standing should be.
- I’ll also include my thoughts about Ainge and his offseason acquisitions and Doc Rivers’ coaching. My guess is that there will be a good number of A’s handed out.
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