The Celtics called up shooting guard MarShon Brooks on Thursday following a weeklong stint with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League. Brooks was assigned to Maine after appearing in just nine games through December, and now returns to a revamped backcourt rotation after the trade that sent Courtney Lee to Memphis in exchange for Jerryd Bayless on Tuesday.
Brooks was nothing short of spectacular in his five games with the Red Claws, averaging 27.4 points, 6 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 47.8% from the floor. He posted a high of 36 points on 14-of-28 shooting in a loss to Tulsa on Sunday, just one day after recording a double-double with 24 points and 11 boards against Springfield. The Red Claws went 2-3 in those games and are in third place in the East Division, three games behind first-place Canton.
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10 weeks are gone from the season, and it’s already almost half over. There’s still plenty of room to make it in in the East, what with how most of the conference is faring. The West is more settled for its half of the bracket, but seeding is still anyone’s guess. A lot is changing in the league every night, especially with Andrew Bynum now available, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 9 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 10 »
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Confirming earlier reports, the Celtics finalized a three-team trade on Tuesday with the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder by which they acquired point guard Jerryd Bayless from the Grizzlies in exchange for shooting guard Courtney Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Boston also received small forward Ryan Gomes from the Thunder, but he has already been released. The Grizz sent two conditional draft selections to OKC.
The 25-year-old Bayless, a sixth-year player out of Arizona, was the 11th pick in the 2008 Draft, by Indiana, after being named to the All-Pac-10 second team in his lone college season. He was traded to Portland on draft day and spent his first two seasons with the Blazers. He also played for the Hornets and Raptors before arriving in Memphis as a free agent prior to the 2012-13 season. He’s been an important part of the Grizzlies’ rotation in his time there, backing up Mike Conley. This year, Bayless has played in 31 of the Grizzlies’ 33 games and started five of them, averaging 8.1 points in 21 minutes. He will join the team for Tuesday’s game at Denver, although it is unclear if he will play.
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The Boston Celtics are reported to have worked out a trade that will send shooting guard Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for point guard Jerryd Bayless.
Lee was seeing less than 17 minutes of court time per game this season but was shooting a productive .492 from the field and .442 from beyond the arc. Continue reading Celtics, Grizzlies Agree to Courtney Lee-Jerryd Bayless Trade »
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The Celtics failed to do anything good this week with contests against similar competition in the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans. It was a tough weak because two of those loses combined for a total of four points against the Hawks and Pelicans. The Celtics are now 13-20 and are the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are four games back of the division-leading Toronto Raptors.
Rondo on the road back
Even with being cleared for full-contact practice a couple weeks ago, Rajon Rondo was still very coy of announcing a return date for playing again in real game action.
The Boston Celtics have seemed to been in trouble with out Rondo’s ability to run the game on the court, especially in the fourth quarter of any games. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Rondo Considering D-League Rehab, Celtics Falling Fast »
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Nine weeks into the season, the playoff teams are starting to come into view. Seeding, though, is very much up for grabs in various patches throughout the brackets. Any of five teams right now could walk away with home-court advantage through the Finals, so the top of the brackets aren’t exempt by any means. With quite a bit still to be decided, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 2, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 9 »
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The Boston Celtics lost both games last week and now have lost three straight to fall to 12-17 on the season, before getting a win over the Cavs on Saturday. This puts them one game behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference. January is a tough month for the green team as they face a lot of Western Conference teams that are in the hunt and it is this stretch of contests that can make or break this season.
Weak play against similar teams
The Celtics once again held a double-digit lead against a squad with a similar record in the Washington Wizards and saw their lead evaporate as they lost 106-99 due to a stagnant defense from the second quarter on. Continue reading State of the Celtics: True Colors Starting to Show »
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