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Celtics Four-Point Play (4-9)

In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I will discuss the ridiculousness of Celtics playoff tickets, the recent play of the bench players, and the old Celtics at Fenway’s Opening Day. Also, in light of the recent NCAA Final Four, I’ll examine a couple players from Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis, and/or UCLA that I think will be the best NBA players.

1. Today is your chance to grab a limited number of tickets to the first two Celtics home playoff games. Ummm…Good luck.

  • So a search for one ticket in any section at any price…and you’ll find nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Granted, I’m searching at 6 p.m. so I know I’m not likely to find anything, but I’ll bet I would have no chance if I logged on right away.
  • The Celts are the hottest ticket in town! No, seriously. If I said last year that the Celtics would be the hottest ticket in town in 2008, then I would’ve been banned from blogging forever. That would be blogging just to get visits, and not what I actually thought. What a difference a year makes…

2. The Big Three did not play at all against the Bobcats, and the Celtics murdered Charlotte 101-78 last Saturday night. The Big Three played limited minutes last night as the Celtics still win, outlasting the Bucks in overtime.

  • ALL the credit to the bench. They decimated a pretty poor Bobcats team last Saturday. They did real real damage considering that none of the Big Three played one minute at all. Remember when Bob Ryan said the Celtics were the worst team in the NBA players 4-12 (after the Big Three)? HA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
  • Against the Bucks, the Big Three didn’t play after the third quarter as the Celtics put up a double-digit lead. In the fourth, the bench got blown out as the Bucks forced overtime. In the overtime, the Celtics pulled ahead after an Eddie House 3-pointer and never looked back. I’m thrilled Doc allowed them to get a lead, blow it, then hold on for the win.

3. Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, John Havlicek, JoJo White, M.L. Carr and Danny Ainge all participated in the Opening Day ceremonies for the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

  • First, it was amazing to see representatives from all the Boston Sports champions of the past.
  • Second, I think it was hilarious to see Danny Ainge (the player) included alongside the Celtics legends who won a title. Ainge won as a backup guard with the 1986 team. As a GM, however, Ainge is a legend in my book.

4. The Division 1 Men’s Basketball season is over, and that means let the offseason games begin. Who will declare? Most importantly, who (from those who played in the Final Four) will make the best NBA player?

  • Derrick Rose, definitely. His amazing athleticism and knack for making tough passes make him an intriguing talent at the point guard position. His size 6’3″ is big for the position, and he may make an immediate impact as the 1st or 2nd selection. NBADraft.net rates his NBA comparison as a mix between Jason Kidd and Dwayne Wade.
  • Kevin Love is intriguing too. I think he needs more time in college to develop, but he thinks he’s ready and frankly, his stock really won’t be much higher. If Roy Hibbert came out last year instead of this year, he would’ve been a top 10 pick. Now his stock has slipped to the late-first round. I don’t blame Love for coming out. He’ll probably fall during picks 8-15. NBADraft.net has him going 13th overall to Portland.

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