Chris Johnson  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics have lost three straight contests after the win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Overall, the Celtics went 1-4 over the past nine days and it does not look like they will be in the playoff picture anytime soon. The 15-32 record has them tied for last in the Atlantic Division and tied for the third worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett honored in return

The Brooklyn Nets may have won 85-79 against the Celtics in Kevin Garnett’s and Paul Pierce’s return to TD Garden on Sunday night, but the real winner was their legacies as both future Hall-of-Famers were shown on the jumbotron in tribute videos. Both were emotional all night long and each scored six points and were really non factors; most likely because of all the emotions playing for the Celtics and returning to their home floor for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce Return; Chris Johnson Earns Second Deal »

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Kevin Garnett waves to the crowd after being honored by the Celtics in his return to Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

“Anything is possiblllllllllleeeeee!!!!!”

These, of course, are the immortal words of Kevin Garnett after the former Celtic won his first NBA championship in his first season in Boston. At the time, Garnett was referring to, well, I don’t know what. Coming from a man who has talked about tortillas and microwaves as a metaphor for chemistry, asked Craig Sager if he’s been in a bar fight, referenced a green squirrel (???),  and spouted a plethora of other quotables, I’m not inclined to speculate.

On Sunday night, though, KG’s three most famous — and jubilant — words as a Celtic were patently false. Between his video tribute and Paul Pierce’s (even more so for the Truth, with 15 years of history in Boston), it was impossible to avoid the onslaught of goosebumps, shivers, sadness, nostalgia, laughter, and sappiness to top all sappiness. And yes, it has taken me this long to process my emotions. Continue reading Video: Celtics Honor Pierce, Garnett in Return to Boston »

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Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce return to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Nets, but instead of watching Geno, they'll be watching their own video tributes. (Photo courtesy of Celtics Hub)

For the first time since the megadeal with the Brooklyn Nets that hit the reset button on the Boston Celtics franchise, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will return to their old stomping grounds at the TD Garden.

For the current Celtics players, this means nothing. A majority of the roster (10) never played alongside the two Boston stars. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers is in L.A., and current coach Brad Stevens was making sure his players at Butler were going to study hall. Of those who did play alongside the Truth and the Big Ticket, Jared Sullinger was away recovering from back surgery most of his rookie season, Jeff Green doesn’t experience emotions, and Rajon Rondo is an a–hole (Kobe’s words, not mine, though I tend to agree) who responded to questions about the return of KG and Pierce by saying, “Have you seen me tear before?”

Unlike the players, who reunited when the two teams played each other in Brooklyn earlier this season, Celtics fans will have their first reunion with two players who delivered the 17th banner to the TD Garden rafters. So while Rondo is a heartless bastard, I will be glued to my television set to see two franchise greats get honored on the parquet floor.

Continue reading Celtics Players Might Not Care about Pierce, Garnett Returning to Boston, But Fans Do »

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Pacers vs Thunder: Week 12's prediction for the NBA Finals

12 weeks are gone in the NBA season, marking the halfway point. The West has pretty much settled on its teams, though seeding is up for grabs. The East is still clogged up, though the #8 seed there is still in imminent danger. With so many teams trying to push each other around in an attempt to gain ground, anything can happen, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 23, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 12 »

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Rajon Rondo has returned to the court for the Celtics. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

After a tough two-week stretch, the Boston Celtics find themselves tied for the fourth worst record in the NBA and have lost 11 of their last 12 contests, including the last three by a combined 12 points to the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat. Rajon Rondo is finally back on the floor, yet this team still looks destined to be one of the top lottery teams after starting the season winning more than they were losing.

Rondo returns

Rajon Rondo may be playing a limited role with about 20 minutes per contest, but he is starting to look like the point guard the Celtics can build a future around. He was named captain prior to Fridays game against the Lakers and put up eight points and four assists in his first game back since his ACL injury last January. He shot 4-of-9 from the field and missed the game-tying triple that rimmed out. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Rondo Returns, Big Trade Opens Up Space on Court »

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Pacers vs Spurs: Week 11's prediction for the NBA Finals

Teams are coming up on the halfway mark on the season, and the West continues to have many of the league’s best teams, though race for #8 in the East is at least entertaining as well, albeit for a different reason. Indiana and Miami are well-entrenched in their respective seeds, while San Antonio is trying to pull away in the West, which won’t be easy with the top teams in that conference on the loose. Teams have plenty to think about with the All-Star Game and trade deadline about a month away, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 16 at 7:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 11 »

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The trade looks like a win-win for the Celtics and Crawford, the biggest name dealt in the three-team trade. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Celtics completed their second trade in less than ten days, sending shooting guards MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford to Golden State. While the Warriors traded point guard Toney Douglas to the Heat, Boston received former Miami center Joel Anthony, a conditional first-round draft pick, a 2016 second-rounder and cash considerations.

The move essentially confirms the Celtics’, or at least Danny Ainge’s, intention to tank on the 2013-14 season, which may or may not have been motivated by the recent nine-game losing streak that knocked Boston out of playoff position. This doesn’t mean it was a bad trade, however. Both Brooks and Crawford will be free agents after this season, while Anthony will have a player option to remain in Boston through 2014-15, but that would only cost the Celtics $3.8 million.

Continue reading Celtics Acquire Joel Anthony, Picks in Three-Team Trade »

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