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It did not take much to predict that Jeff Green would not be in a great mood after Sunday’s game in Detroit. In addition to the Celtics suffering another loss, their nominal No. 1 scoring option did not log a minute of playing time in the fourth quarter, even when a failure of offensive execution doomed the Celtics down the stretch.
“That was [coach Brad Stevens'] decision,” Green succinctly told reporters after the game.
Yet if Green is frustrated, imagine how Larry Sanders feels. Three games into his fourth professional season, the defensive machine has yet to play more than 22 minutes in a game. He experienced what may have been the ultimate indignity when he, in a preview of the fate that would befall Green on Sunday, did not get off the bench in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s win at TD Garden on Friday.
Like Green, Sanders’ shortage of playing time is not hard to explain, taken within a vacuum. He got off to a horrible start in the season opener, committing five fouls in...
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The Milwaukee Bucks inked defensive big man, Larry Sanders, to a four-year, $44 million contract extension over the Summer, and the lengthy, defensive anchor looked poised to make good on the $10+ million per season deal that he earned with his stellar inside play just one season ago. After just three games of the new season, Sanders is already frustrated with the decline in minutes...
Brad Stevens made a bold statement to Jeff Green last night after he benched him for the entire 4th quarter, or he just rode the hot hand with the rookie Kelly Olynyk. The sitting of Jeff Green has opened up a mini controversy early in the season, but I think the sitting of Green was a great statement by Stevens whether he knows it or not.
Asked about his late lineups...
Despite getting a nice 22 points from Jeff Green (good to see him scoring again), the Celtics lost their fourth straight game to start the season tonight to the Grizzlies, 95-88. As I said in the updates, this loss was simply about effort. In the fourth quarter, the C's were selfish and lazy. They didn't take good shots and they didn't rebound. Really, they should be...
The Celtics drop game 4 to the Grizzlies 88-95.
In the 1st quarter Jeff Green came out aggressive, hitting a bank shot in the first 2 minutes while Avery Bradley got into early foul trouble yet again, which led to Crawford coming in and getting 3 assists in 2:28. The Grizzlies went on an 11-0 run to lead 11-4, before the C’s made back to back 3’s by Faverani and Jeff Green....
As it has been previously noted before, we here at That NBA Lottery Pick love “poster dunks” and earlier tonight, Raptors star Rudy Gay had a nice one against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Watch as Gay rises over Larry Sanders for the slam dunk attempt in the second quarter:
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Memphis, Tenn. — The Boston Celtics took on the Memphis Grizzlies earlier tonight looking for their first win of the season. (Photo Credit: Washington Post) Jeff Green led the Celtics in scoring, putting up 22 points in a difficult loss to the Grizzlies. The key player for the Grizzlies was Jerryd Bayless, who racked up […]
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ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg actually had me feeling a little better about this team after reading his piece. Despite the 0-4 record, the Celtics have had a legitimate chance to win each game they’ve played...
8 a.m. ET: Somebody will leave TD Garden on Wednesday night with their first win of the season. So there’s that.
The winless Utah Jazz (0-4) visit the winless Celtics (0-4) in a battle of squads that are, well, winless. The Celtics are coming off a string of fourth-quarter failures, while the Jazz are playing the second night of a back-to-back after taking a whupping at the hands...
The 2013-14 Boston Celtics are establishing a tradition that is not synonymous with much of Boston's rich sports history.
This new tradition? Blowing games in the 4th quarter. The Celtics have been outscored in the final period by a whopping 109-66 in four games this season.
The problem? No closer. I'm on the record as a Jeff Green fan, but certainly not as your best player...
Tonight The Celtics suit up at FedExForum taking on The Memphis Grizzlies trying to avoid the franchise's first 0-4 start since 1969.
The good news for Celtic fans is Memphis has been reeling so far this year as well:
The Grizzlies, who advanced to the Western Conference finals a season ago, have carried around a style and reputation as subtle as an anvil in their climb up...
Turning our attention to Sunday's match-up against the Detroit Pistons, let us first address the 22 point lead evaporation sized elephant in the room. The loss to Milwaukee this past Friday was not an easy one to watch. Not only in terms of watching a massive lead slip away, but the lack of urgency in which the Celtics dealt with it on the floor.
If nothing else, the loss...
Only a handful of teams get to be good, only one team gets to win, and losing sucks. To continue writing about sports in the easiest way possible, 0-4 is not a good way to start the season.
The Celtics are playing much better than most people thought and their current record is not reflective of the effort that has been displayed. The good news is the Celtics have held their own...
Tip: 6PM Court: Palace at Auburn Hills Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: 98.5 Sports Hub
Referees: Ken Mauer, Dick Bavetta, Sean Corbin
Spread: DET -9.5
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On road: 0-1
At home: 1-0
Streak: Lost 2
Streak: Lost 1
Buckets: Jeff Green (19.0 ppg)
Buckets: Greg Monroe (20.0 ppg)
Near the end of close games, the Boston Celtics have been a predictable bunch for years.
Get the ball in the hands of Paul Pierce, and let him do his thing.
At times it worked.
Other times, not so much.
But having a player charged with making the right end-of-game play, is a luxury the Celtics no longer have.
This was among the many challenges to surface in Boston's 105...
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