With everyone focused on the insight of Rajon Rondo's friend, they missed what Kendrick Perkins was really trying to say. (indmix.com)

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 »

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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 »

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Moving on up: Against the Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo passed Paul Pierce to move into fourth all-time in Celtics history in assists. (Celtics Hub)

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 »

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Marcus Smart (Charles Krupa/AP)

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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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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