After their win against the Pistons, the Celtics keep inching towards a playoff spot. The Green currently sit in seventh place in the East with four games to go, by virtue of holding the tiebreaker over Brooklyn. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four (any combination of Boston wins and Indiana/Miami losses). There is still a small chance that the Celtics could get up as high as the six seed, but will most likely finish as either seventh or eighth in the Eastern Conference. Therefore that leaves three teams as possible first round playoff opponents: Atlanta, Cleveland or Toronto.
Possible Match-Up: #1 Atlanta Hawks vs #8 Boston Celtics
Role reversal from the 2008 playoffs! Back then the Celtics had the number one seed and the Hawks had just clawed and scratched their way into the playoffs with a 37-45 record (a possible record for this year’s Celtics), and guess what? The Hawks were able to push the eventual champion Celtics all the way to seven games in an exciting first round. Now, I’m not saying that just because the tables are turned that Boston could do that this year. That series in 2008 was a bit of an odd one with the Celtics unable to perform on the road in the playoffs. Every game in Boston was completely one sided where the games in Atlanta were close match-ups that the soon-to-be champs just couldn’t close out. The Celtics are 1-2 against the Hawks this year, but if they met in the playoffs it would be a completely different Celtics team. Continue reading Who Would You Rather See the Celtics Play in the Playoffs? »
Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Brandon Bass, Cleveland Cavaliers, Evan Turner, Isaiah Thomas, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Kelly Olynyk, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James, Milwaukee Bucks, Rajon Rondo, Toronto Raptors
Danny Ainge just couldn’t forgive Shavlik Randolph for elbowing Kelly Olynyk in the face. In reality, with Jared Sullinger back, there was simply no need for the bench-warming Randolph to take up a roster spot better served for developing players.
Chris Babb, who played briefly with the Celtics last season (including two summer league stints with the C’s), was assigned to the D-league immediately upon signing today. Chris Babb, an Iowa State alumnus, is a certified 3-and-D enforcer, with a propensity to hit big shots at the D-League level. Babb has dominated in the D-League, shooting 37.5% from 3, while asserting himself as a pesky defender, capable of guarding players at the two and three. While his addition to the team provides depth to wings, his acquisition is actually a more for off-season positioning. While he technically signed a multi-year deal, his non-guaranteed contract – according to the enigma that is the NBA Salary Cap rules – functions as if it is guaranteed in NBA trades in order to match salaries. Continue reading Celtics Release Shavlik Randolph, Sign Chris Babb, Ignite Trade Rumors »
Tags: Avery Bradley, Chris Babb, Danny Ainge, Jared Sullinger, Shavlik Randolph
With seven games left on the Boston Celtics schedule, they sit with a 34-41 record, and are tied with the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, (the C’s are placed ninth due to tiebreakers). The Celts are also only a 0.5 game behind the seventh seeded Brooklyn Nets, and are three games behind the sixth seeded Milwaukee Bucks. When the dust settles, I believe the C’s are going to find themselves in the NBA Playoffs. The question is do they pose a threat to upset one of the upper echelon teams in the east?
I am not going to be a Celtics pessimist, but the answer to that question is no. Boston will most likely be the seventh or eighth seed if they are a part of the playoff picture, and that means they will be matched up against the Atlanta Hawks or Cleveland Cavaliers. As it stands now, most experts pick the Cavs to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals, despite Atlanta being 7.5 games ahead of Cleveland in the standings. I think whether the Celts are matched up against the Hawks or Cavs, the C’s will be eliminated in five or six games. I now do think it is more beneficial for Boston to make the playoffs rather than be back in the lottery. Continue reading Celtics a Playoff Threat? »
Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Brad Stevens, Cleveland Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart
The Celtics received some very surprising and very good news Friday afternoon. It’s been exactly 50 days since Jared Sullinger last played in a game for Boston, but it looks like that number has a chance to stop there as early as Friday night against the Bucks.
Sullinger’s last game came in what might be the turning point of the season, the 89-88 upset win over Atlanta on the final day before the All-Star break. Shortly before games were set to start back up again for the unofficial second half of the season, Sullinger was ruled out indefinitely due to a foot injury. A day or two later, Sullinger was labeled done for the season thanks to a stress fracture in his foot. The Celtics were pretty devastated. They had just acquired Isaiah Thomas from Phoenix and had already traded away their two best players in Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. Sullinger had been the team’s leading scorer, rebounder, and best player after the departures of Rondo and Green.
The team announced Friday that Sullinger is completely healed and cleared to play immediately. Continue reading Jared Sullinger No Longer Out for Season »
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Shavlik Randolph hasn’t had much of an impact on the Celtics at all this year. He only gets in during blow outs or extreme foul trouble. He is essentially a paid practice player, not a bad gig. However, tonight maybe Randolph was a little mad at Kelly Olynyk and took it out on the young center’s left eye. Randolph’s elbow connected with Olynyk’s eye tonight during pre game warm ups and gave Kelly a nice shiner for the rest of the game.
Obviously, the incident was accidental and Randolph would probably take it back if he could, or maybe he wouldn’t. In true Rocky Balboa fashion Olynyk had Mickey, or trainer Ed Lacerte in this case, cut his eye and release some pressure to the tune of 19 points, and a 100-87 Celtics win over the Pacers. Okay, he didn’t actually have his eye cut, but rather stitched up. Continue reading One Eyed Kelly Olynyk KO’s Pacers »
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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? »
Tags: Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge, Gregg Popovich, Isaiah Thomas
Celtics point guard Marcus Smart was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Spurs after he gave Matt Bonner a low-blow uppercut:
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