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The Celtics surprised many with their season debut against Brooklyn, where they embarrassed a team many predict to make the playoffs, defeating them by 16 points. Our collective optimism was squashed shortly thereafter when our old friend Kevin McHale and his Rockets exposed the Celtics for who they really are (a rebuilding team) with a 104-90 victory in Houston.

After a lights-out shooting performance in Brooklyn, the Celtics shot just 1-for-25 from the three-point line in Houston, perhaps debunking the notion that one of the Celtics’ primary strengths was their outside shooting. Continue reading Celtics Comeback Bid Falls Short, Marcus Smart Dazzles in Homecoming »

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Rajon Rondo (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Despite low expectations the Celtics came out ready to play in their season opener against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. With a rehabbed Rajon Rondo and some added scoring punch off the bench the Celtics were able to light up the visiting Nets.

Despite breaking his hand prior to the start of the pre-season, Rondo was able to recover enough to participate in game 1. He told reporters on Monday that he was at about 79 percent, and on Tuesday upgraded himself to 83 percent and added that he would decide if he was healthy enough to play after his typical game day nap. As it turns out, Rondo slept like a baby, because he was on the court to play less than five weeks from having his hand surgically fixed. Continue reading Celtics, Rondo impress in Season Opener »

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The 2014-15 NBA season tipped off less than 24 hours ago, with the reining NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs squeaking out a thriller against their in-state rival Dallas Mavericks. The Boston Celtics’ season kicks off on Wednesday when they take on Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets. The C’s are coming off an abysmal 25-57 record last season, which was tied for the fourth worse record in the entire NBA. Las Vegas does not have much higher hopes for this year’s team, as the over/under on regular season wins is 26.5. Will the C’s go over that 26.5 number, or are they in line for another dreadful season?

The answer to this question is the C’s will go over 26.5 wins. Last year two of the Celtics’ best players dealt with injuries that held each of them out for significant amounts of time: Rajon Rondo missed 52 games and Avery Bradley 22. Rondo is dealing with a broken hand now, but is good to go for the opener, and Bradley is finally healthy after signing a new four-year deal worth $32 million. Continue reading Celtics Receive No Love from Vegas »

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2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks

October 28, 2014 at 9:38pm in Celtics, Featured, NBA, Now!, Opinion
The NBA season is here, and LeBron James leads a series of moves that will change the landscape greatly. (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/)

The NBA season is underway. Cleveland made the biggest splash in the offseason, landing LeBron James and Kevin Love. Paul George is out for the Pacers after breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage. Paul Pierce is in Washington. Many draft and free agent moves, not to mention potential trades, are sure to turn the standings around from a year ago, and that’s what we’re here to predict. Scoring for our annual Pick ‘Em is as usual:

  • Picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for correctly guessing a division winner instead.
  • Correctly guessing the #1 seed in each conference exactly is worth eight points, then seven points for the #2 seed, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with the NBA’s best record is worth two point.
  • In the even of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will wind up with the NBA’s worst record, then second-worst, then third-worst.

Our picks are below, so be sure to look them over. And be sure to come back when the season is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks »

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Seven years ago, your average market NBA team could be purchased for a “mere” $250 million or so. Ever since the morally questionable relocation of the beloved Seattle SuperSonics to the puzzling destination of Oklahoma City, things haven’t been quite the same. This move did not set the benchmark for small market teams, as one would think, for two primary reasons: Kevin Durant was part of the deal and now Seattle has become leverage for the NBA in future negotiating deals.

See, the NBA, under David Stern, became infatuated with the notion that each team should have a new, state-of-the-art arena, equipped with cutting-edge restaurants, absurdly accommodating and expensive luxury boxes and multi-functional layouts, all at the cost of taxpayers and owners, for the sake of upping league revenue. When owners of small market teams could not meet Stern’s demands for new stadiums, he would use the threat of relocation of their team to Seattle as a bargaining chip. Continue reading Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck Received Two “Serious” Offers to Purchase Team »

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Beloved ex-Celtic and current Celtics’ assistant coach Walter McCarty was arrested this week on larceny charges. He pleaded not guilty in a Framingham court Thursday, and is now due to show December 11 for a pretrial hearing at the Massachusetts District Court.

In the wake of a recent and embarrassing streak of athlete and ex-athlete arrests, we can be thankful that McCarty’s is far less serious than the majority of cases coming these days from high-profile names. Apparently his arrest stems from several checks bouncing that he paid out to a contractor who was installing cabinets in his Wayland home. Continue reading Walter McCarty Arraigned on Larceny Charge »

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The Celtics will waive four players to cut the roster all the way down to...16. (NESN.com)

The Boston Celtics invited everyone who had ever picked up a basketball to their preseason training camp, so it comes as no surprise that they had to make some cuts with a week to go before the start of the NBA season.

Four players will be waived by Danny Ainge before the start of the season, including invitees Erik Murphy,  Christian Watford, Tim Frazier, and Rodney McGruder. None came with any expectations of cracking the 15-man NBA roster.

Continue reading And Then There Were 16: Celtics to Waive Four Players, Bynum Next? »

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