Celtics point guard Marcus Smart was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Spurs after he gave Matt Bonner a low-blow uppercut:
Marcus Smart gets a flagrant 2 https://t.co/iQR72VnnpM
— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) March 21, 2015
For over 50 years, the Red Auerbach Trophy has been awarded each season to the NBA coach whom sportswriters have deemed the most exceptional. The award is presented prior to the postseason, thus, its recipient’s postseason performance is not a factor. Last year was the first time in 11 seasons that its recipient, Gregg Popovich, was awarded the honor and then proceeded to win the NBA Championship (Gregg Popovich was the previous coach to enjoy this distinction).
The vast majority of the coaches who have received this award have been been very successful in the regular season, posting an average 66% winning percentage, comparable to a 53-27 record. However, the award is not simply given to the coach with the best regular season record; it is awarded to honor the sheer coaching ability of the coach with respect to the talent level of the team. Continue reading Does Brad Stevens Deserve Consideration for Coach of the Year? »
During the Boston Celtics’ dramatic 95-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, there were some dramatics in the stands as well.
According to multiple reports, a fan was stabbed with a box cutter in the balcony area of the TD Garden as the fourth quarter was coming to a close. The injuries were not life-threatening, and the fan was taken to Mass. General Hospital to recover. A Braintree man was arrested a couple days later.
Deadspin claims to have a fan video of the altercation, in which two Celtics fans go after one another with the usual assortment of yelling, middle fingers, thrown drinks, and “hold me back!” before one of them seems to break out a box cutter in a sudden “Anchorman” style escalation.
Wednesday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies seemed to be following the classic Boston Celtics script this season: an early lead and solid play that evaporated and left the Celtics in a tight back and forth contest late in the fourth quarter. And with Isaiah Thomas out after falling hard on his back and right arm, Boston didn’t even have its newly anointed closer on the floor to provide some much needed scoring punch.
But then a brilliant Brad Stevens inbounds play happened. Marcus Smart alley-oop-and-one happened. Avery Bradley “Onions!” happened. And somehow, someway, the Celtics walked off the parquet floor with a 95-92 win over the #2 seed in the Western (Bestern) Conference, and inched closer to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Boston Celtics have made an NBA high of 11 trades this season, which included two trades on the day of the NBA trade deadline. The trades involved sending Marcus Thornton and a future first round pick (2016 from the Cleveland Cavilers) to the Phoenix Suns, and in return the Celts received Isaiah Thomas. The other deal involved the C’s trading away Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons for Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome. The trade deadline was 12 days ago, but it appeared that Danny Ainge and the Celtics hit a home run.
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Thomas was the big acquisition on February 19th, and he is a player that Ainge has coveted for over a year. It was reported after last season that Ainge was working on a deal with the Sacramento Kings, to acquire Thomas and other assets for Rajon Rondo. That proposed deal never gained any traction, as Rondo made it apparent that he would not sign a long-term deal with the Kings. Ainge found a way to get the player he so coveted for a very reasonable haul. Continue reading Looking Back: Grading the Celtics at the Trade Deadline »
It seemed the Boston Celtics of the future were finally taking shape. Isaiah Thomas arrived at the trade deadline to take over as the starting point guard of the next few years, Kelly Olynyk was getting ready to return from his ankle injury, and the Celtics were just a game and a half out of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. All signs were pointed towards a playoff push, whether Celtics fans liked it or not.
But before Thomas could even put on his new uniform, Olynyk could take the floor after missing 12 straight games, or a playoff push could gain any momentum coming out of the All-Star break, Jared Sullinger, the Celtics’ best big man, was in a walking boot and ruled out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his foot.
When Danny Ainge landed Isaiah Thomas in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, you would think that would be enough for a deadline day’s work. Transforming an expiring contract that you don’t plan on bringing back and a first round pick that will fall in the mid to late 20s into a point scoring, pick and roll machine at the point? That’s some pretty impressive work.
But this is Danny Ainge we’re talking about, so of course he wasn’t done making trades, and his second one of the day, while not as noteworthy, was arguably more impressive. Continue reading The Other Trade: Prince Shipped Back to Detroit to Make Room for Young »