First Rajon Rondo, then Jeff Green. What's Danny Ainge going to do next to get the Celtics back on track for contention? (NESN)

If you’re a Celtics fan watching tonight’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, you really do have to hope the grass is greener on the other side (and I’m not just talking about Memphis).

Danny Ainge continued his collector’s obsession with future assets, shipping Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first rounder, the corpse of Tayshaun Prince, and whatever Doc Rivers wants to pay to coach his son.

As a result, the home crowd at TD Garden gets the pleasure of watching the starting law firm, I mean lineup of Turner, Bradley, Crowder, Sully, and Zeller.

Continue reading Grass is Greener in Memphis, But What About for the Celtics? »

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Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard just before coming to blows during a game on January 12, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kevin Garnett has never been a shy person, with the Celtics or otherwise. That shows itself from time to time, and during Monday’s game between Brooklyn and Houston, he and Dwight Howard got into quite the altercation. 4:07 into the game, Garnett was called for a loose-ball foul against Howard. Howard then gave Garnett a small slap to the chest, which got him a ball to the arm and a slight headbutt. Garnett got another shove back for his troubles before a crowd of players, refs and coaches were finally able to separate them.

They each got an offsetting technical, though Garnett was also given a second and ejected. It remains to be seen what the NBA will do to either part for the altercation. Perhaps the top two entry slots in the upcoming Royal Rumble?
Continue reading VIDEO: Former Celtic Kevin Garnett Gets in Fight With Dwight Howard During Game »

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On Monday, Danny Ainge officially took the next step in his rebuilding plan for the Celtics, completing a three-team deal with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans. In the trade, Boston’s leading scorer, Jeff Green, went to Memphis, with the C’s receiving veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince and a future first-round pick from the Grizzlies and point guard Austin Rivers from the Pelicans.

The trade of Green, who has averaged 17.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in his seventh NBA season, comes as no surprise, especially after Ainge finally put years of rumors to rest by shipping Rajon Rondo to Dallas. It leaves Jared Sullinger as the Celtics’ new top scorer with just 13.4 ppg and Jae Crowder as the starter at small forward for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Celtics Officially Send Green to Memphis in Three-Team Trade »

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Brandan Wright (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe)

In what will apparently be the prelude to the trade of Jeff Green to Memphis, the Celtics on Friday shipped power forward Brandan Wright to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a future conditional first-round draft pick and a trade exception. The pick originally belonged to the Timberwolves, and will probably end up becoming two second-rounders.

Wright was acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo trade, and initially it appeared as if he may have been the most intriguing of the pieces the Celtics received in that deal. However, the eighth pick in the 2007 Draft wasn’t able to break into the crowded frontcourt rotation and ended up averaging just 10.8 minutes in eight games in green, recording 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

The Celtics are in Indiana to take on the Pacers on Friday night without Green in the lineup. Stay tuned for updates on that impending deal.

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It appears we have entered the peak of this year’s NBA trade season. Following the Rajon Rondo trade, contenders around the league have been scouring lottery-bound teams for unwanted talent. The GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James (we all know David Griffin is just a pawn), has been especially active this year, having successfully acquired three players in two different transactions just this week. While this is  an almost unprecedented display of roster overhauling in such a short period of time, it appear they may not be done, seeing as just today ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Cavaliers were once again looking to add another player to their arsenal in a three team trade that almost transpired today between Memphis and the Boston.

The Celtics would have traded Jeff Green to the Grizzlies, who in turn would have sent Greek center Kosta Koufos to Cleveland, who would have, along with Memphis, sent picks to the Celtics.  While it is unclear whether or not these talks are officially done, seeing as the question remains whether these talks happened before or after the Mozgov signing, it has officially become clear that Jeff Green is on the trading block.  Memphis, who have been extremely well with their three-guard starting lineup, appear to be in the market for a traditional small forward despite their unexpected success.  Cleveland, meanwhile, may be just one poor road trip away from firing their coach, and doing everything in their power to fix their team chemistry. Continue reading Breaking Down the Potential Jeff Green-to-Memphis Trade »

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Is Kelly Olynyk the Real Deal?

January 1, 2015 at 10:40am in Celtics, Featured, Opinion
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On a CSNNE pre-game show last year, Tommy Heinsohn stated that Kelly Olynyk entered the league with more skill than Dirk Nowitzki. Tommy’s commentary over the years has brought us some undeniably hilarious gems ranging from baseless comparisons between Leon Powe and Moses Malone to an equally embarrassing comment on how Greg Stiemsma’s blocking ability was reminiscent of Bill Russell’s.

Compared to these examples of homerism, Tommy stating that the then-22-year-old Olynyk had more experience than a then-20-year-old Nowitzki seems surprisingly well thought-out. Yet, pundits on the radio and internet alike have pointed to this statement as a method of both downplaying Olynyk’s ability and highlighting Heinsohn’s insanity. While I plead the fifth regarding Heinsohn’s craziness, Olynyk seems to be in increasingly good form with perpetually growing confidence. Who knows where he could end up? Nowitzki level? Unlikely, but let’s compare the two anyway. Continue reading Is Kelly Olynyk the Real Deal? »

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KELSEY KRUZICH

While it was Evan Turner who got the start in Friday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it was Marcus Smart who closed out the game at the point guard position in a 114–98 Celtics victory. While the commentary was very much centered on the Rajon Rondo trade and the inaugural game of the Smart era, Kelly Olynyk was undoubtedly the MVP, continuing his career week with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Olynyk, the 13th pick in last year’s draft out of Gonzaga, has exhibited sky-high confidence this week, including a 30-point outing against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, his fellow Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the last two number-one picks, showed little for the lottery-bound team. Wiggins, who shot just 2-for-10 last night and scored a mere five points, was the alleged prize in last year’s draft, and a supposedly valid reason to tank. While it is still far too early to criticize Wiggins, who will undoubtedly still become a solid NBA player, Smart, with his inevitable rise in minutes, may become a dark horse candidate for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. Continue reading Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves »

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