The Celtics could easily be a .500 team right now if a few more late shots had fallen in. Projections from various media sources predicted the C’s to be somewhere in the league’s bottom five at the end of this year. Bearing that in mind, while also considering just how tough their schedule has been so far, the team’s 4-8 record does not appear so terrible and the Celtics should be thankful for that.
Boston ranks in the bottom five in defensive efficiency and bottom three in points allowed per game. While their mediocre defense can be partially attributed to their lightning-quick pace, which ranks second in the league, what has really hurt them has been their execution in late-game situations. So does head coach Brad Stevens deserve more criticism for this weakness? Continue reading Don’t Blame Brad Stevens for Celtics’ Late-Game Woes »
Tags: Brad Stevens, Celtics, Danny Ainge
The Boston Celtics have been a very competitive and entertaining club through their first 10 games of the 2014-15 NBA season. The C’s have beaten a perennial Eastern Conference power in the Chicago Bulls, and nearly beat the championship favorite Cleveland Cavaliers. It is safe to say that this young club has been exciting to watch, and one player that has open the eyes of many Celtics faithful is 23-year old center Kelly Olynyk.
Last year, Olynyk seemed uncomfortable and out of place on the floor, averaging 8.7 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists, but has made major strides this year, boosting his numbers to 12.4 points, 5.9 boards and 1.8 dimes thus far. Olynyk has already recorded two double-doubles this year, compared to just three in 70 games last season. Continue reading Kelly Olynyk Showing Improvement in Second Year »
Tags: Celtics, Kelly Olynyk
Nobody in the NBA wants to be the first team to lose to the 76ers. Thankfully, the Celtics did not become that team on Wednesday night. However, the Celtics can still accomplish this feat when the two teams face each other again December 15th, and with the way Philly is currently playing, I would not be surprised if the hapless 76ers do not win a game before then.
Say what you want about the ethics of tanking, but its impressive to see how devoted to the philosophy 76ers GM Sam Hinkie is and how little effort he exerts in disguising his efforts. While Hinkie has not explicitly stated that his team is tanking (there would likely be a fine for such candor), the talent he is putting on the floor is clearly not designed to win games this season. Continue reading Celtics Defeat Winless 76ers, Avoid Embarrassment »
Tags: Brandon Bass, Celtics, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Marcus Thornton, Rajon Rondo, Sam Hinkie
After Rajon Rondo went 0-for-2 from the free throw line at one point eary in the game, I though to myself, “the games this year have been so close, poor free throw shooting will likely decide this one.” Sure enough, down four with 2.6 seconds on the clock, Rondo was shooting three free throws after Alex Len fouled him. If Rondo could just make two and miss the third, the Celtics could potentially tie the game seeing as they had one timeout left with enough time to execute a catch-and-shoot. Rondo, who went 2-for-10 from the stripe last night, missed all three, bringing the Celtics down to a 3-6 record.
With two fast-paced offensive teams squaring up, it was no surprise to see the both teams’ final scores exceed 100 points. The common problem these two teams share are their weak defenses. With the Suns missing their defensive anchor in P. J. Tucker and the Celtics simply missing a defensive anchor, both teams scored at will. Thus, it was the turnovers and free throws that decided the game. In this case, the Suns were victorious in a game where they beat the Celtics just as much as the Celtics beat themselves. Continue reading Free Throw Shooting the Difference as Suns Edge Celtics in Nail-Biter »
Tags: Celtics, Eric Bledsoe, Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo
It’s been a few days since former Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins returned to his old stomping grounds, and I can’t get his interview with the local media out of my mind — but not for the reason you might think. He gave hope to Celtics fans far and wide for Rajon Rondo’s impending free agency.
“I think this is a great place for him. I think he wants to stay here. We talk on the regular. I think he should stay. If I was him, I’d stay.”
Former teammate + close friends + everything we’ve all been wanting to hear = HOPE. Right?
Continue reading Rondo Should Stay, Boston’s Great, and What Kendrick Perkins Was Really Trying to Say »
Tags: Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook
After Friday night’s loss, the Celtics have scored the second most points in the league while allowing opponents to score the second most points as well. Additionally, the Celtics have been outscored by opponents 72-41 in the fourth quarter of the last two games. Keep in mind that the C’s had sizable leads in both of these games. These two stats are the most indicative of this year’s Celtics team and its struggles. Closing out games has presented itself as the key issue for Boston early in the season.
Last night marked LeBron James’s first time in the TD Garden as a Cavalier since the Celtics defeated Cleveland in the six-game series which eventually resulted in James “taking his talents” to the Miami Heat. James typically receives a slightly colder reception in Boston than other cities, considering his history with the Celtics, and generally plays a little bit more aggressively as well, averaging over 30 points a game. Last night was no exception, as even when most of his teammates were struggling early on, James was finding and taking easy shots, eventually finishing with 41 points on an efficient 16-27 shooting. Continue reading Celtics Blow another Lead, Lose to Cavaliers 122-121 »
Tags: Jeff Green, Kevin Love, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo
Sure, Rajon Rondo may be a point guard, and Paul Pierce a small forward, but it was still somewhat startling to learn on tonight’s broadcast that Rondo had already surpassed the longtime Celtics captain on the franchise’s all-time assists list.
Rondo’s first assist of the game broke a tie with Pierce and moved him into fourth place in franchise history with 4,306 assists in his nine-year career. Continue reading Rondo Passes Pierce for Fourth on Celtics’ All-Time Assists List »
Tags: all-time assists, Bob Cousy, Celtics, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo