Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday 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. It appears that Jason Kidd is headed to the Dallas Mavericks (again) along with Malik Allen for Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, the expiring contracts of DeSagana Diop and Devean George, and Maurice Ager. Dallas is also sending the league-maximum of $3 million in cash and two first-round picks (2008 and 2010).
- Well, the power is swaying West to say the least. Basically, the Nets are no longer contenders in the Atlantic Division, leaving Toronto as the only real threat to the Celtics.
- I’m sure they’ll be trading (or trying to trade) Vince Carter in the coming weeks up to the NBA trade deadline near the end of February. Then they will be truly irrelevant.
- On the Nets end, at least Devin Harris is already a pretty good point guard, and he’s only 24. Stackhouse will be a nice scoring option, but will probably come off the bench with Richard Jefferson playing his position. Not a bad trade for them at all…that is if they keep Stackhouse. It is expected that the Nets will buy out Stack’s contract, and he’ll have 30 days before he can re-sign with the Mavs.
2. The Celtics have continued to play well without forward Kevin Garnett, who has been injured with strained abdominal muscle. They are 6-2 in his absence.
- I never would’ve guessed they’d be this good. I figured they would lose against Dallas and San Antonio (luckily, both games were at home) without KG, but I was wrong. I would’ve been happy with 4-4 without Garnett, but 6-2 makes me ecstatic.
- This is probably the best thing for Garnett and the team. The C’s are learning to play well without KG, and when he comes back healthy, they should be even better than before. I fully expect the team to win up to 65 games this season. Expect another strong second half for the Celtics.
3. Kendrick Perkins is going to miss his third-straight game tonight against the New York Knicks. Perk is out with left shoulder injury. Leon Powe should be making his third-straight start at center.
- For some reason, Leon Powe has completely improved his game to the point where the Celtics can live temporarily without Garnett or Perkins. Powe has made us forget Perk was even injured in the first place. He stays in the game longer and is less likely to get in foul trouble.
- For the record, I’d still like to see Perkins out there on a regular basis. It’s good to see that he can rest along with our other big man, Kevin Garnett, and it won’t affect the performance of the Celtics too much. The C’s are definitely going to be coasting for the rest of the season by resting guys off and on. I’m perfectly OK with that.
4. Tonight the Knicks are traveling to the Boston to take on our Celtics. Rumors are swirling all over the team about the futures of Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph. Apparently, Isiah Thomas is shopping both players. Any takers?
- First, I doubt there will be any takers with any significant deals to offer. You may see either player go in a deal similar to Pau Gasol, where the Knicks will just be looking for expiring contracts, draft picks, or prospect-type players. There’s no way they’ll get talent that can help them now for either player.
- As far as tonight’s game is concerned, Curry and Randolph probably still won’t have any affect down low, even without KG and Perk. That’s because Powe and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis actually play with heart. Randolph grabs rebounds, but he does nothing else defensively. Eddy Curry is useless other than scoring points. If they still can’t play well against our depleted front line, then that’s why they only have a 15-36 record. YUCK!
- I full expect the Celtics to win this by at least 10. With or without KG and Perk.
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