Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday (this one is a day late) on Sports of Boston. This is where I will compile four (4) small and related Celtics facts and offer my own spin on a variety of Celtics news stories. The general format will be a short blurb about the story first, then my reaction tabbed underneath it.
1. The Minnesota Timberwolves made yet another move this offseason, trading former Celtics Ricky Davis and Mark Blount to the Miami Heat for former C’s co-captain Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac, Wayne Simean, and a conditional first-round selection.
- Miami suffered through an 0-7 preseason, and this looks like a move made as a result of their poor preseason record. Nonetheless, the Heat made a good trade here in acquiring a legitimate third scoring option behind Shaq and Dwyane Wade (Ricky Davis). Blount, while useless at times, will provide some nice muscle up front for the Heat, and he can be a serviceable option if Shaq were to go down with injury at some point this season.
- On the other hand, I think the T-Wolves made the move they had to make. At least Antoine has been on winning teams with the Celtics and Heat. Walker will provide nice leadership for what is for the most part an inexperienced team. Deep down though, you have to think this is a prelude for an Antoine return to the Green. Admit it, you want to see ‘Toine and his wiggle around for another couple seasons.
2. Today, the Celtics cut guards Dahntay Jones and Jackie Manuel to trim their roster down to 14, 1 under the league maximum.
- If you may remember, I predicted these cuts last week when it was reported that Doc and especially Danny Ainge were enamored with Brandon Wallace’s potential. With the cut of Esteban Batista last week, Jones, Manuel, and Wallace were playing for the last spot on the Celtics roster. Wallace won out with his defensive potential and developing offensive game.
- I think trimming down the roster to 14 was a strategic move, not by accident. They’re either keeping the spot open for a free agent big man (PJ Brown maybe?) or to give them trade flexibility down the road.
3. According to the Globe’s Marc Spears, the NBA is reviewing film from the Celtics-Knicks game earlier this week to determine if any punishment needs to be dished out for altercations involving most notably, Paul Pierce and Tony Allen.
- This is a little ridiculous. Paul Pierce was defending his teammate when he got involved. In case you don’t remember, Jamal Crawford fouled Ray Allen hard and Pierce ran over to his defense. Pierce may have been out of line for getting his hand near Crawford’s neck.
- Tony Allen is probably less likely to receive punishment after his slight shove against Nate Robinson early in the fourth quarter. I guess if anything, Tony could use a couple nights off to rest his healing knee.
4. There is a nice picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week featuring the Celtics’ trio of superstars: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett. (View the picture here)
- Only time will tell to see if all this media attention will affect the Big Three at all. I’d have to say its pretty cool having Celtics players featured on Sports Illustrated for the magazine’s NBA Preview. The Celtics truly are the talk of the NBA and in my opinion are poised for great things right away.
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