Marcus Smart made his debut for the Celtics last night with 6 assists

A Celtics team without Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo would typically get blown out by 20, and not blow out another team by 20. On Monday night the Celtics did in fact win by 20 points, in a game where their starting five had a combined 10 years of NBA experience.  The Celtics were trailing at the half, and by the end of the third period manifested themselves into a fast-paced, offensively formidable yet defensively-capable squad squared against an unsuspecting away team.

Luckily for the Celtics, that team was the unapologetically-tanking Philadelphia 76ers, who were also without perhaps their two best players, Michael Carter-Williams and the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Joel Embiid. Additionally, their best healthy player, Nerlens Noel, has not played a regular season NBA game yet, seeing as he was sidelined for the entire last season with an ACL tear. To provide some perspective into just how pedestrian this Philly squad is, their two leading scorers were Tony Wroten and Hollis Thompson. Continue reading Celtics Show Up in Second Half in First Preseason Game: Player Report Cards »

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Evan Tuner looks to create a shot

As we learned last week, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo injured his hand allegedly falling in his shower, leaving him injured for up to 10 weeks, meaning he’ll miss the first few games of the 2014—15 season and the Celtics will now have to find another starter to begin the season. Boston has grown accustomed to finding players to fill in for Rondo, considering the Celtics have been short on point guard depth since his ACL injury on January 27, 2013.

After that injury, Doc Rivers assigned Avery Bradley to PG duties. In reality, it was more of a platoon among the entire Celtics starting roster that year, with Paul Pierce becoming more of a point-forward in compensation for Bradley’s mediocre passing ability. Bradley, a defensive wizard who excels better off-the-ball, was not the answer. Going into 2013—14, Bradley resumed his ball handling duties, only to be moved back to shooting guard after Jordan Crawford displayed surprisingly competent PG skills. Once Rondo returned and Crawford was traded, undrafted rookie Phil Pressey would start for the Celtics while Rondo received the occasional rest day. Continue reading Who Will Start Opening Day at Point Guard? »

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Evan Turner (8points9seconds.com)

Monday was media day for the Boston Celtics, and in addition to getting to see the players in uniform for the first time in 2014—15, including the injured Rajon Rondo, the Celtics made some roster moves. The biggest one was the signing of free agent small forward Evan Turner, which was reported months ago but hadn’t been made official.

In addition, Boston waived veteran point guard John Lucas III and power forward Malcolm Thomas, who were acquired from Cleveland last week. The Celtics will enter training camp with 20 players after signing undrafted rookies point guard Tim Frazier, shooting guard Rodney McGruder and power forward Christian Watford. Continue reading Celtics Officially Sign Turner, Finalize Training Camp Roster »

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Rajon Rondo (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo fractured a metacarpal bone in his left hand after falling at his home on Thursday night. He underwent surgery at New England Baptist Hospital on Friday and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Boston opens its regular season on October 29 against Brooklyn, so Rondo could miss anywhere between five and 10 games.

All things considered, the news isn’t as bad as it could have been — perhaps the worst part is that he’ll miss training camp for the second straight season after his ACL tear last year. But Rondo’s injury will also have the effect of reshuffling the backcourt depth chart for the first few weeks of the regular season, thrusting some young players into the spotlight perhaps before they’re ready. Continue reading Rondo Breaks Hand, Will Miss First 2-4 Weeks of Season »

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It was a relief to Boston fans and members of the Celtics organization alike when Keith Bogans was traded last night.  The disgruntled veteran became such a stick-in-the-mud last season that he was excused for “personal reasons”.  Those “reasons” may or may not have anything to do with the fact that he has very little talent and is too old to play for a rebuilding team that is trying to develop its young players.  So by default, the trade was a victory, if not solely for morale’s sake.  The C’s netted a $5.3 million trade exception, along with several non-guaranteed contracts which, for the most part, will be waived.

Danny Ainge knew that the Bogans contract was tradeable and that it actually had value, due to its CBA-friendly structure.  Boston got second round picks out of a player that probably wasn’t going to play a single minute this season and was inevitably going to complain the entire time.  The Cavaliers will now have cap flexibility if they can flip the contracts of Bogans, Brendan Haywood and Anderson Varejão, which could potentially clear space for an improved center, which they sorely need. Continue reading Rumors, Rondo and the Keith Bogans Trade: A look into Danny Ainge’s Plans »

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John Lucas III (USATSI)

Danny Ainge proved once again on Thursday that he is the master of the salary-dumping trade by sending shooting guard Keith Bogans and two future conditional second-round picks to Cleveland. In exchange, the Celtics received point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell and Malcolm Thomas along with two second rounders.

Bogans, an 11-year veteran, came to Boston from Brooklyn as part of the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce blockbuster last offseason. He played in just six games for the Celtics before being excused indefinitely in January, reportedly following an argument on the team bus stemming from his lack of playing time. Continue reading Celtics Get Something for Nothing with Bogans Trade »

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Behind Kyrie Irving's 6 three pointers, Team USA won the FIBA tournament.

While there was really never any doubt that Team USA would ultimately win the tournament, there were in fact doubters (or devil’s advocates) who swore the Spanish squad could potentially defeat them, due to what they perceived as better big men on a more disciplined squad.  There was also the rhetoric coming out of these naysayers who claimed that Team USA would be misaligned by FIBA’s rules, due to its style of play that favors competition in the international game.

Team Spain, made up of the truly formidable trio of Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka, lost to France, headlined by Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum, who, in turn, lost to Serbia, a team with no household names.  While its one-game elimination style of play can certainly create underdogs, illustrated by Serbia’s exciting run to the finals, lightning could not strike a third time for them against the US. Continue reading Team USA Wins FIBA World Championship, Kyrie Irving Tournament MVP »

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