On Monday night, in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Pierce was already 5-of-6 from three when Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman decided it was time for Paul Pierce to, once again, unleash his late-game heroics.  With 9.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, down 104-101 to the Atlanta Hawks, everybody in the Verizon Center – home of the Washington Wizards – knew where the ball was going.  Pierce, who had just hit a buzzer-beater in their previous game to put the Wizards up 2 to 1 in the series against the higher-seeded Hawks, has spent this postseason viciously reminding everyone why he had earned the nickname ‘The Truth’. Continue reading The Truth is (Still) Out There: An Update on Paul Pierce »

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Upon hearing that the Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for an assortment of spare parts, I was sufficiently underwhelmed, and thus disappointed in Danny Ainge, who has, to this point, masterfully navigated the post-Big Three landscape.  While Rondo’s value had already significantly depreciated since his ACL tear, we – as Celtics fans – had grown to admire the controversial point guard and genuinely think of him as one of the league’s best.  Out of the package that included Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandon Wright and a first round pick, I was most excited for the latter two.  I thought Wright could legitimately fill the role as a rim protector for the Celtics, but after just a few games, it became clear that he wasn’t part of neither Brad Stevens’ nor Danny Ainge’s master plan.  

Now, it looks like the Celtics could have just traded Rondo for Crowder straight up, and it still would have been one-sided in the Celtics’ favor. Continue reading Will Jae Crowder be on Celtics Next Season? »

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Shaq took a little tumble during the Rockets/Clippers halftime show on May 6, 2015, but thankfully, nobody was hurt. (TNT)

During TNT’s halftime show for the game between the Rockets and Clippers on May 6, while getting up from the broadcast desk, former Celtic Shaq tripped over some wires underneath said desk and fell down on the floor. Fortunately, neither Shaq nor anyone else was harmed in the incident, and everyone had a good laugh.

In fact, Shaq had such fun with it, he’s offering a $500 prize via Twitter to anyone who can come up with the best Internet meme to celebrate the occasion. As a wrestling fan, I personally prefer #RKOOuttaNowhere, though one of the funniest ones has to be #MayweatherVsShaqiou.

Video of Shaq’s fall can be found below: Continue reading VIDEO: Shaq Falls on TNT Set, Creates Own Meme Contest »

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DeMarcus Cousins

While this won’t come as a huge surprise, the Celtics are planning to pursue a trade for Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Cousins has some maturity issues, but would give the Celtics something they desperately need — size and a defensive presence in the middle. Continue reading Celtics to Pursue Trade for Kings Center DeMarcus Cousins, Report Says »

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On Thursday, the Celtics Twitter account quoted Danny Ainge saying “I don’t think we’ve ever had cap space in the history of the Celtics, at least since I’ve been here. We need to spend it wisely.”  While Ainge is undoubtedly excited to test how attractive of a free agent destination Boston really is, and thus contradict the naysayers, it seems he is voicing concern regarding the likelihood of landing the cream of this year’s free agency crop and making sure not to overpay for mid-level talent.  While no legitimate top-5 talent (ie: Curry, Harden, LeBron, Durant, Davis) will become unrestricted free agents this offseason, there are some fringe-Superstar level talents that will be entering free agency. Let’s take a look at some free agents:

Kawhi Leonard:

16.5 Points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists

Mr. Defensive Player of the Year and reining Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard is the modern day Scottie Pippen; a defensive juggernaut with a formidable offensive skill set. Continue reading Can Danny Ainge Set Off Fireworks this Offseason? »

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Cavaliers general manager Daniel Griffin announced Tuesday that it’s highly unlikely that Kevin Love will return to play for the Cavs in the playoffs.

This is of course after Celtics center Kelly Olynyk pulled Love’s arm out of its socket during Game 4 on Sunday. After the game, Love called Olynyk’s play intentional and bush league, and there were reports that the injury may affect Love’s interest in signing a free agent deal with the Celtics in the offseason.

In case you missed it, check out the gruesome play here:

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James pulls up his sleeve while facing the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

We wanted the playoffs, and well, we got ’em.  The Celtics once again lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game that – at times – felt like they could have won.  But now, it is time to accept that the Celtics are severely out-sized and inevitably outmatched in a series we should never have convinced ourselves was remotely possible of winning. However, it is in our nature as Boston sports fans to believe in the impossible and to never give up until it is truly over.  But this time, it looks like the Celtics incredible run is over.  In hindsight, what the Celtics accomplished this year deserves nothing short of praise. Continue reading Another Hard-Fought Loss: Celtics Lose 103-95, Go Down 3-0 in Series »

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