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The Boston Celtics will need strong interior play from Brandon Bass.
It’s the end of the world for the Boston Celtics. They failed to sell off their aging core that includes franchise cornerstone Paul Pierce. Would the Celtics be better off trading Pierce and Kevin Garnett for thirty cents of a dollar?
If the Celtics moved Pierce or Garnett for a player like Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, they would be in a worse position than they find themselves now. Smith brings the same attributes as Rajon Rondo at a different position. The one key difference is Rondo has improved his shot while Smith hasn’t. Defenses can sag off Smith and force him to take long jump shots. Also, Smith has dealt with maturity issues on the court. He was suspended for one game in January by his team because of an incident in practice. The Hawks had lost six of seven games at the time and they could not afford their best player to cause trouble. Smith would want a max contract after this season since he is an impending free agent and he is not worthy of that type of money.
During the recent road trip, the Celtics went 2-3. The most disappointing loss was against the Portland Trail Blazers, yet the Celtics redeemed themselves with a 110-107 overtime victory over the Jazz in Utah on the following night.
The biggest problem with the Celtics is the inconsistency from the role players and the injuries to Rondo, Jared Sullinger, and Leandro Barbosa. Brandon Bass has been inconsistent for most of the season and he is below average in rebounding. Jason Terry has been good in spurts, but he doesn’t shoot the ball as well on the road as he does at home. This team has relied on Pierce and Garnett. Pierce and Garnett were able to deliver for the Celtics in overtime against the Jazz, but they cannot do it every night because the team is limiting the minutes of Pierce and Garnett in order to keep them healthy and fresh for the postseason.
The Celtics’ defense has faltered, especially late in games. The Celtics have allowed shooters to roam the perimeter. Wesley Matthews of the Trail Blazers hit a dagger 3-pointer that clinched the victory on Sunday night.
In the second half of the win over the Jazz, the Celtics were able to deny entry passes into the post, but Gordon Hayward exploded for 26 points and he was drilling open outside shots in the first half.
Smith, DeAndre Jordan, and Eric Bledsoe would not be the remedy to the Celtics’ issues. The Los Angeles Clippers don’t play Jordan in the final minutes because his free throw shooting is horrendous and he’s not good enough defensively to overcome his shooting troubles from the line. The Celtics would be forced to go small with Smith and Green as their big men. They would not be able to match up with the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Chicago Bulls inside with Smith and Green going against the likes of Roy Hibbert, David West, Brook Lopez, etc.
At least the current crop of Celtics has a chance to compete in the Eastern Conference if they can avoid the Miami Heat in the first two rounds. With the experience of Garnet, Pierce, and Doc Rivers, the Celtics have an opportunity to climb in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics will need to improve their play on the road and get more consistent play from their bench in the second half of the season. The sky is not falling on the Celtics because there were very few significant trades made at this trade deadline and the Celtics will most likely make the playoffs with a short-handed roster.
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We recently learned that Paul Pierce is playing through neck pain, but no one realized how bad it was until today.
“I probably won’t be fully recovered from it until the season is over, if I ever do,” Pierce said. “I probably have a little bit of nerve damage in my back, part of my neck. It’s something that I’ve been playing through over the last several months. I’m...
I occasionally get questions on Twitter about what sneakers players are wearing during games. But no sneaker this season has gotten more “what ARE those?” than the kicks Paul Pierce has busted out the past few games.
Pierce is still wearing his usual Nike Legacy 3′s… but he’s wearing a special “Black History Month” colorway that features a distinctive pattern and...
Washed up. Over the hill. On the decline.
Those are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Boston Celtics’ captain Paul Pierce these days.
But while the 14-year veteran might just laugh them off as nonsensical banter, his stat line suggests otherwise.
Through 57 games for the Celtics, Pierce is averaging 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in over 33.9 minutes per...
The aging Boston Celtics aren't even pretending to be young anymore. Paul Pierce is playing with a pain in his neck, literally. At 35 years old, the aches and pains of the game have to catch up. In Pierce's case, they are catching up in the form of a pinched nerve.According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Pierce suffered a pinched nerve in his neck and understands...
From WEEI Celtics blogger Ben Rohrbach:
Pierce: Pinched nerve "probably been the reason I’ve been up-and-down a lot." VIDEO: greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/…
— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) February 28, 2013
Paul Pierce is one tough SOB, the fact that he’s playing through a pinched nerve is unreal to me. I kind of wish this information would have come out after...
After Monday’s overtime win against the Utah Jazz, Paul Pierce said that his late game duel with DeMarre Carroll dated back to this summer but left it up to the Jazz forward to fill in the details. Carroll explained further to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Steve Luhm at the Jazz’s Tuesday morning practice:“It’s just a summer thing,” Carroll said, explaining he often works out...
Thanks to some aggressive defense by Avery Bradley and some creative defensive zones, the Celtics put the clamps on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors tonight. Boston held Curry to 6-22 FGs and the Warriors to just 34% shooting for the game. The 94-86 win is Boston’s 8th straight at the Garden.
The Green: As I predicted in the game preview, Paul Pierce (26 points, 9...
Tip: 7:30PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin and Tre Maddox
Spread: BOS -4.0
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At home: 20-9
On road: 15-18
Streak: Won 1
Streak: Lost 2
Buckets: Pierce (18.5 ppg)
Buckets: Stephen Curry (21.9 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.7 rpg)
Celtics beat the Warriors 94 to 86 with a strong performance. Paul Pierce had 26 points and Jeff Green with 18 points off the bench. Stephen Curry had 25 points but shot 6 for 22 from the field. This was our first game back from our road trip. Go Celtics!
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PHOENIX Friday night provided a strong dose of evidence that a couple of those NBA trade-deadline reports supplied by national media sharpies were accurate.
Josh Smith really did help the Phoenix Suns finish the season on a roll that may prevent them from landing an extremely early pick in the 2013 draft.
By the way, Smith remains employed by the Atlanta Hawks, who lost 92-87...
Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck joined Mut and Merloni on WEEI 93.7 FM for an hour long interview this Tuesday. When asked about the legacy of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and whether they would have their numbers retired in the rafters with the other legends, Grousbeck said that he didn’t really want to think about that while these guys were still playing. However, later he said...
Before last week's trade deadline it almost seemed certain the Hawks would trade away free agent-to be Josh Smith. It was almost as if he was saying his good byes to his hometown in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline and the inevitable seemed to be happening.
The same could be said for Utah with both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson getting set to hit free agency.
In case the eye-test alone wasn’t enough to convince you that Jeff Green and Brandon Bass should never share a basketball court, Zach Lowe said this about the Green-Bass lineup at the end of his Grantland column yesterday:This just hasn’t worked well, regardless of whether Boston pairs these two in big lineups or small ones. Boston’s opponents have outscored the Celtics by...
Tomorrow, the 30-27 Celtics will finally head home to host the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics are coming off of a pretty disappointing road-trip, in which they went just 2-3. They were able to make up for a 1-3 start partially with a terrific OT victory over the Jazz Monday night. Let's hope that they can carry that momentum into the Garden. Here are their five keys to victory...
The Boston Celtics got revenge for the last game against the Warriors, beating them 94-86 and limiting Stephen Curry to 27% shooting
Celticslife Game Recap
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Kevin Garnett: 7 Points, 13 Rebounds
KG had a game that was good on one end and bad on the other. He did a good job defensively in terms of protecting...