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Stephen A Smith
Once again, we recap the best and worst of the Celtics Opening
Week. So far the Celtics are 1-2 to start the season, having lost both the road
and home openers but winning against the lowly Wizards last night. Let’s take a
look at what else is up in Celtics Nation:
Too ‘hot’ to handle: The Celtics came into Opening Day with one thought: beating the Miami Heat to a pulp. That didn’t happen, as the Heat ran away with the 120-107 victory amidst a sea of questionable and dubious calls. I don’t want to sound like a homer, but I had at least seven or eight calls that went Miami’s way. Still, it was not an excuse for the porous defense and lack of defensive pressure. If there was anything we can take away from that game, it’s that the Celtics offense looks good, even if Jason Terry, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee still haven’t found their strokes yet..
Jared Sullinger and playing under the rim: I really, really like Jared Sullinger. So it pains me to write about his one major shortcomin...
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Rajon Rondo isn’t an unnecessarily cheery guy. I’m not saying he doesn’t smile or that he never seems happy, but he doesn’t really ever come across as the kind of person who would help make the locker room a more vibrant place, certainly not after a loss like tonight’s. So when I say “Rondo seems even more depressed and subdued than usual,” please understand it’s...
We’ve seen what happens to the Celtics when Kevin Garnett isn’t in the line up. We know it. But if you don’t, Cedric Maxwell summed it up quite nicely on CSNNE:
“I think the thing about KG, KG is the engine,” Maxwell said. “You can have the keys — Rondo has the keys to everything — but KG is the engine and when the engine is going the car is going the right way...
Rajon Rondo's one-handed shot-clock beater was named the #3 play of last night by the NBA. Many other entertaining plays are among those in the video above, including a vicious Vinsanity block, a Gerald Green dunk, and a buzzer-beating game-winning 3 pointer by Brandon Jennings.
In his most introspective moments, and really at any other time of day, Kevin Garnett is prone to complex metaphors. He uses them, I think, in an attempt to simplify his own thoughts when relating them to everyone else. So it was little surprise when Garnett referred to a cackling animal when describing how his team needs to behave after Friday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks...
The Celtics came out strong in this game and looked like they were going to run away with this game in a blow out. The Celtics sprinted out to a 17-2 start in which the Wizards' only points came on a Kevin Garnett goal tending call, which was actually a clean block. At the end of the first quarter, the Celtics were up 26-12 and led by 7 at the half. The Wizards' second...
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Talk about a fan base that has been beaten down. I really feel bad for them. Even in the Celtics worst years during that 22 year absence from championships I don't ever recall talking about the Lottery 2 games into the season. As always, there's the refs complaints. That's to be expected because these days, refs blow calls on both sides in just about every game. ...
No matter how much we want to make it all about Pierce, Garnett and Rondo we can't discount the importance of the role players. During the preseason, there were rumblings of whether or not Brandon Bass or Jared Sullinger should start.
Three games into this banner chase, it is plain to see that Sully is the better fit with the starters. This isn't an indictment on Bass...
Last year Tommy Heinsohn made headlines when he compared Celtics D-League pick-up Greg Stiemsma to Bill Russell. Tommy wasn't comparing them as players, but solely as shot blockers. Well Goldy Blocks might have a new home this year far away from Boston, but he's putting up shot blocking numbers so far that even Russell might have been jealous of (Blocks weren't recorded...
Jared Sullinger gets his first NBA start tonight, with Brandon Bass coming off the bench.C's-Wizards 6:30 WEEI
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) November 3, 2012
Rather than keep the rotations consistent as the team tries to build confidence and chemistry, Doc is still mixing it up and trying to find the right combination of players for this team. To that end, Jared Sullinger...
Earlier tonight, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo scored one of the luckiest baskets that I've ever seen in NBA history.
In the 4th quarter of the Celtics victory over the Washington Wizards, Rondo was trying to put up a shot with the shot clock winding down.
Watch as Washington's Kevin Seraphin blocks the shot of Rajon but somehow, Rondo tips the ball into the basket:
We are having an outlier experience where down is up and up is down in this bizarro season of 0-2 start for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. I was overjoyed to see the Lakers struggle out of the gate. I was not so thrilled to see Boston's new 'Big Three' play so passively in this 0-2 stretch.
Friday night's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks showed a team...
WASHINGTON D.C. – The Boston Celtics are halfway to their first win of the season. The Celtics take a 49-42 lead over the Washington Wizards into the locker room. Boston cooled off after blowing the game open with a 17-2 run with 4:17 left in the first quarter. Those first two points for Washington came [...]
It was just that kind of a night. The Celtics looked tired and disinterested; giving in to a speedy Milwaukee team that absolutely abused Boston inside and on the break.
Slow Start, and it didn't get Better: The Celtics were hoping to come out strong and be the aggressor, but Milwaukee actually controlled the game early, forcing turnovers as the Celtics could not establish a...
This shot by Rondo is simply amazing. With the shot clock winding down, he puts up a shot that was blocked and with one motion he swats the loose ball at the basket and it hit nothing but net.
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