The air was sucked out of TD Garden early in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s win over the Pacers, when rookie sensation Marcus Smart went to the floor in obvious pain after stepping on Lavoy Allen‘s foot. On Saturday morning, tests confirmed a sprained left ankle and bone bruise for Smart, who is expected to miss the next two or three weeks.
The injury is not nearly as bad as it looked when Smart was being wheeled to the locker room on a stretcher, but it will necessitate some adjustments to the Celtics’ rotation. Smart averaged 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals through his first five career games. He largely confirmed the scouting reports, showcasing some terrific defense and offensive bursts but shooting just 30.6 percent from the floor. Continue reading Smart Out 2-3 Weeks: Exploring the Celtics’ Options »
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The Celtics lost Wednesday night to a Raptors team that was led by the double agent known as Evan Turner. Turner, who played only 12 minutes, had five turnovers and posted an unforgivable minus-10. Brad Stevens’s optimism surrounding the transformation of the swingman into a point guard certainly must be squashed after his abysmal performance last night. His court vision is obscured, his ego is bloated, his shot is broken and his talent is nonexistent. The Celtics should quit giving Turner valuable minutes and instead spend that time developing rookie James Young.
The Celtics played a great game last night despite their 26 turnovers and he-who-must-not-be-named’s “contributions” last night. The team shot over 50% and all the starters scored in double figures with sixth man Marcus Smart contributing 12 of his own, including three 3-pointers. Additionally, Rajon Rondo recorded the 20th triple-double of his career with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, and Jeff Green managed to string together four great games for the first time since forever. While the Celtics allowed 110 points and had 26 turnovers, this team looks nothing like last year’s. In the terrible Eastern Conference, I would not be totally surprised to see this squad sneak into the playoffs. Continue reading Celtics Lose to Evan Turner, Raptors »
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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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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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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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