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Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves

By on December 20, 2014 at 1:47pm

While it was Evan Turner who got the start in Friday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it was Marcus Smart who closed out the game at the point guard position in a 114–98 Celtics victory. While the commentary was very much centered on the Rajon Rondo trade and the inaugural game of the Smart era, Kelly Olynyk was undoubtedly the MVP, continuing his career week with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Olynyk, the 13th pick in last year’s draft out of Gonzaga, has exhibited sky-high confidence this week, including a 30-point outing against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, his fellow Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the last two number-one picks, showed little for the lottery-bound team. Wiggins, who shot just 2-for-10 last night and scored a mere five points, was the alleged prize in last year’s draft, and a supposedly valid reason to tank. While it is still far too early to criticize Wiggins, who will undoubtedly still become a solid NBA player, Smart, with his inevitable rise in minutes, may become a dark horse candidate for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. Continue reading Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves »

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Rajon Rondo and Danny Ainge

1. Rondo

* I told Danny to trade him three years ago, now his trade value is nil (it’s not often that I’m right but…)

* 2015 first round picks – Their own, Dallas, Clippers,

* Rondo will go down as one of the 10 most dynamic players in Boston history

* Still don’t know what the love affair is with Marcus Smart – At Oklahoma State shot 41% and 29% from three point land

* Right now Dallas has the 22nd pick in the first round – nbadraftnet.com has Christian Wood from UNLV being selected there

* How much did Busing 30 years ago hurt the Celtics ability to sign free agents Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jets Will Meet De-Feet, Rondo Brings Bricks to Dallas and Naked Gun »

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Wave goodbye, Celtics fans: Rondo is on his way to the Dallas Mavericks in a sudden and shocking trade. (CBS Sports)

Just this morning I wrote about the Rajon Rondo rumor mill starting up again, and Boston Celtics being able to look forward to spending the next month or so reading rumor after rumor, story after story about whether, where, and when Rondo would be traded.

Danny Ainge and the Celtics have preempted the rumor mill and spared us from reports quoting anonymous NBA sources by already trading their All-Star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks.

Continue reading Celtics Send Rondo to Mavs in Exchange for Pupu Platter »

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It's the most wonderful time of the year: nope, not the holidays, but Rajon Rondo trade rumors! (CBS Boston)

Death, taxes, and Rondo trade rumors.

Yes, the rumor mill is underway when it comes to Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, and their All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. December 15th marked the first day free agents that were signed this past offseason are eligible to be traded, ergo: Rondo trade rumors.

This time around, it seems the Celtics have an “increased willingness” to trade Rondo, particularly to the Western Conference.

Continue reading Here We Go Again: Rondo Trade Rumors Have Begun »

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January 2011. The New York Jets traveled to Foxboro to face the red-hot New England Patriots in a divisional round playoff game. Just a month earlier the Patriots had beaten the Jets on that same field 45-3. However, the playoff matchup was a vastly different story. The Jets physically and mentally beat New England en route to a 28-21 victory that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate.

The Jets confused the Patriots, beat them physically, and forced them into uncharacteristic mistakes. Since that day, the two franchises have gone in opposite directions with the Jets losing the AFC Championship game and missing the playoffs the next three seasons while the Patriots went to three straight AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. Continue reading Patriots and Jets: Two Teams Heading in Oppositte Directions »

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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick celebrate their 12th division title in 14 years. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

It never gets old winning the AFC East. At the start of every year, we have to listen to all the “experts” talk about how the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets are all primed to challenge the Patriots for the division crown. Granted the Bills actually have an impressive defense, and if they only had a legitimate quarterback they might pose a challenge int he future. But every year in December it’s the Patriots who sit atop the AFC East and remind everyone that it is still their division to lose. This of course is just the first goal of every year for them. The ultimate is still winning the fourth Lombardi Trophy in February. 

- I’ve compared this team to the 2003 team on a couple of occasions, and Sunday’s win was very reminiscent of their 31-0 win over the Bills in week 17 of that season. As you may remember the Bills embarrassed the Patriots in week one by the same 31-0 score. It came after Belichick cut long time captain Lawyer Milloy and the critics hounded Belichick for the way he coached his team. Similarly this year the Dolphins made it look easy in an upset win during week one of the season. Then the Dolphins did what the rest of the AFC East does when they beat the Patriots, they opened their mouths. The Patriots used the remarks as bulletin board material, and they clearly didn’t quit in the second half as they outscored the Dolphins 27-0. Sunday was a friendly reminder that if anyone is trying to unseat the Patriots they’ll have to pry it from Brady and Belichick’s cold, lifeless fingers.

Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Blow Out Dolphins 41-13; Clinch AFC East »

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Tom Brady

1. PATRIOTS:

MISC

* Coach went with the old reliable – grey hoodie with cut sleeves

* Speaking of old reliable – Jenny Dell in the house!

* Crowd with a sort of passive aggressive boo of Browner for all of his penalties. If someone called them on it, they could say they were booing the refs – but no doubt Browner is on notice with the fans

OFFENSE

* Again the Patriots are abusing Edelman and Gronk. On the first drive, Edelman returned the punt, caught a pass, caught another pass, ran for a first down on the fly sweep and then caught another pass (7 receptions / 88 yards / 1 TD) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Defense, Special Teams Carry Home Team »

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