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When Rajon Rondo went down with his season ending torn ACL on January 25th, the Celtics were 5 games behind Atlanta, 6 games behind Brooklyn, and 6.5 games behind Chicago in the Eastern Conference standings. They caught the Hawks following Friday nights overtime win at the Garden, and now they can pull even with the Bulls if they are able to take care of business against the abysmal Bobcats tonight (the Nets will have to wait, although the C's have closed the gap to two games).
A few things to look for in tonight's game:
1. Big minutes, and numbers, for Jeff Green - There are already rumors swirling about the Celts giving Paul Pierce the night off, and it makes sense. Pierce has appeared in all 62 games this season, and Charlotte is so bad (more on this in a moment), that Boston should be able to take care of the Bobcats without their captain. If Pierce sits, Jeff Green would likely slide into his spot in the starting line-up, and I'd expect a big game from him. Green ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The baseline reverse dunk is sort of becoming Jeff Green's thing of late. He had almost identical dunks the past two games and here they are for your viewing pleasure courtesy of our friend OfficialCelticsHD. Green struggled in his first return to OKC shooting only 2-11. I'm sure he'd trade this dunk for some more made shots and a victory vs. his former teammates.
As Rajon Rondo has evolved as a player, there has long been an assumption that two Rondo's exist. 'National TV Rondo', the guy who puts up triple doubles and leads the Celtics to big wins over good teams as the whole country watches; and 'Local TV Rondo', the guy who seems to float through games against the Pistons and Bobcats of the world as the C's lose...
We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from Oklahoma.
As for his reception, I’d say the ovation he got was polite cheering. Nothing robust, nothing too noticeable. Though Collison may have stolen his thunder a bit checking in with him as the crowd roared for Nick then barely seemed...
Jeff Green chipped in 20 points
The Celtics started the game off decently, playing solid defense and making the most of their shots. Eventually the Raptors broke through to make a run. But the way the Celtics played was decent enough, although the offense looked a bit ugly.
In the second quarter, the gameplay continued to be ugly. Neither team could...
From Sean Grande:
Paul Pierce (rest) will sit out tonight in Charlotte. Jeff Green will start in his place. The Celtics host Toronto tomorrow.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 12, 2013
As John posted about earlier, it’s now confirmed that Jeff will indeed start tonight in Charlotte. I’d love to see him take advantage of this opportunity and have a big game. We’ll see in about 1 hour…
Jeff Green's return to Oklahoma City was less than stellar.The worst part about this afternoon’s loss was the defense.I don’t mean that the defense was bad. It was fantastic. Kevin Durant shot just 6-16 from the field. Russell Westbrook managed just 11 field goal attempts. The Thunder overall were 44% from the field and 25% from 3-point range. The Celtics were on point throughout...
Rondo and Bradley form a talented but undersized backcourt.
The title of this post might have you questioning my sanity, which might be justified, but hear me out. Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Jeff Green all play important positions in today's NBA which does not emphasize post play. They all have the ability to play the type of intense defense (even Rondo) that would make...
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We could harp on the bad — and there was plenty of it, like the 19 turnovers, the poor shot selection, Jeff Green’s dud in his first trip back to Oklahoma City, Kevin Garnett’s off shooting night and a poor...
The Celtics took a 9 point lead into the half, but with about two and a half minutes to go in the third, the C’s hit the gas and left the Raptors in the rear view mirror. They crushed the Raps 112-88 for their 10th straight home win. The Celtics bench was a giant part of the blowout, outscoring the Raptors bench 58-29.
Paul Pierce had a nice return from his day...
The Boston Celtics took care of business on the defensive end Sunday in a 91-79 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but weren't successful on the offensive end. The Celtics held the Thunder to 44.1 percent shooting and didn't let
#9 is the C's top spot since pre-season
A 3-1 week that saw Boston knock off Philly, Indiana, and Atlanta, and lose a hard fought battle in Oklahoma City has lifted the Celtics (34-28) to the #9 spot in Marc Stein's ESPN NBA power rankings. After passing the Knicks (38-22) and Rockets (34-30) since being #11 a week ago, the C's are now the 3rd highest ranked team in...
Defensively, Avery Bradley was at his peskiest.Few things are worse than seeing your favorite team get blown out by a bad team, and unfortunately, there are few good teams in the NBA as capable of allowing that to happen as the Celtics. Want a recipe for disaster? Pit the Celtics against the Bobcats and subliminally tell them that the game doesn’t matter (by letting your captain...
Tip: 7PM Court: Time Warner Cable Arena Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: WEEI
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On road: 12-19
At home: 7-24
The Boston Celtics have played surprisingly well since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season.
They were stunningly awful without Paul Pierce for the first time in 2012-13.
Pierce should be back on Wednesday night when the Celtics try to win their 10th straight at home and 10th in a row overall versus the Toronto Raptors.
After the Celtics' five-game winning streak...
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