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The Celtics have been a horrible rebounding team. They have been more scared of offensive rebounds than the people of West Baltimore are of Omar Little. The Celtics drafted Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo anticipating that very problem, and while the latter remains with the Red Claws, the former could be the answer (or at least a power rangers themed band-aid) to the Celtics rebounding woes. Sully has the size and basketball I.Q. to fill that very void, and was third on the team with seven rebounds in limited minutes (18) when the C’s squared off against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday. (via The Boston Herald)“He throws his body around,” said Doc Rivers “He’s got it, so he might as well use it. I just like that his motor is higher. His IQ is already high. So if you put that with a high motor, good things will happen.”Despite his back issues, Sullinger could be the player donned with the role of sparking Boston in to greater rebounding efforts. Whether it be enthusiasm or greater physicality, the Ohio State product has a knack for getting tough rebounds.Rebounding is complicated, and problems for the Celtics are multifaceted.The Celtics have trouble defending along the perimeter therefore causing big men to rotate over to help. This help causes the Celtics big men to move away from their normal rebounding position, and thus offensive rebounds are more prevalent.Some lineups that the Celtic’s boast involve Jeff Green playing the power-forward position, who lacks some of the physical capabilities to put a body on some of the bigger forwards in the league.The Celtics start a true power forward (Kevin Garnett) at center, and thus the primary rebounding position is in fact, out of position.…yada yada yada…While the rebounding problem for the Celtics is more nuanced than effort or size alone, a player who provides both certainly couldn’t hurt. Perhaps a temporary fix to the Celtics rebounding problems has been in-house, as opposed to the Kenyon Martin or Erick (-a) Dampier acquisitions that have been heavily rumored recently.
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The Boston Celtics continue to struggle in the middle of the Eastern Conference.
A recent series of missteps by temperamental point guard Rajon Rondo has done nothing to elevate their cause.
In their 95-94 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Friday, Rondo flubbed what should have been a game-winning scenario.
Please Click Here To Watch A Video Of Rondo's Key Mistake.
It's been eight days, and three games, since Doc Rivers called his team soft following their rather embarrassing loss at home against the Nets. Since then the team is 2-1, beating the Blazers by 18, losing in Milwaukee by 3 (both of these games without Rajon Rondo) and then beating the Timberwolves by 10 last night. More than just the results though, the team has played differently...
Paul Pierce and the Celtics were losers on Friday night
Rajon Rondo had a triple-double by the time the third quarter was over, but you would not have been able to tell from his post-game comments.
“I should have took the layup,” said Rondo after he missed a game-winning opportunity slipping while taking a jump-shot. “I tried to make a plant and just slipped.”
As an aside...
Rajon Rondo came back form a two-game suspension to lead the Celtics over the Timberwolves with his 14th double-double of the night, recording 17 points and 11 assists. While there is a lot to talk about the Celtics’ PG, he didn’t have much to say after the game. Doc Rivers had a lot more to [...]
Kevin Garnett has been one of the NBA’s best rebounders his entire career. In fact, he had a streak of recording at least one rebound in every game he played since January 21, 1997. But on Saturday, that streak came to an end when he failed to grab a rebound in the Boston Celtics’ 92-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Celtics may have won the game, but Garnett was not happy...
The Red Claws get back into the winning column with a 113-111 win over the Erie Bayhawks. With Kris Joseph still with the Celtics, Chris Wright filled in nicely at the small forward spot and finished with 14 points 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Fab Melo started and finished with 6 points (3-8), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks in just under 26 minutes. Most importantly...
Celtics 104, Timberwolves 94 Boston Globe Boston Herald (AP) CSNNE ESPN Boston WEEI Boston Globe Brandon Bass spurs Celtics over Timberwolves in the second half – Amalie Benjamin looks at what the C’s power forward did to help get the win. Boston Herald Rajon Rondo earns an assist - The Boston offense ran smoothly with Rondo’s return [...]
The Celtics dropped the first of their back to back home and home series with the Sixers 95-94. They had had a chance to win it in regulation but Rondo missed a shot at the buzzer. They then had a chance to win it at the buzzer in overtime and, once again Rondo missed the potential game winner at the buzzer. Instead, Evan Turner's shot with 3.9 seconds to go that put the Sixers...
8 a.m. ET: The Celtics are lucky to be playing at home Saturday, because they made need an extra pick-me-up from the home crowd. The Celtics will be playing their third game in four nights and their second straight game against the Sixers, a scrappy squad that has renewed its rivalry with Boston in the last two seasons.
Although such a tight stretch of games normally would put Celtics...
Celtics fell to the Sixers in Philly last night, 95-94 in OT. Very frustrating loss for the team, and it’s fans. Tonight, the two Eastern Conference foes will get back in the ring for Round 2. The 2nd game of the home and home tips-off at TD Garden at 7:30pm EST.
Check out some pics/GIFs from last night’s contest in the meantime…
It's time for the best Tweets from Tommy Heinsohn during the rematch with the Sixers and Tommy was on his game tonight! As Jeff Green was called for traveling, Tommy was counting his steps and Mike wasn't too thrilled with his counting skills.
Green called for traveling. Counting steps: "One-two! One-two!" Mike: "I don't want you counting my change...
76ers – 95, Celtics – 94 Boston Globe Chicago Tribune Courier Post Detroit News Columbus Dispatch Mainline Media News SB Nation Boston The Sixer Sense The 700 Level SF Gate NBA roundup, Dec. 8 - A roundup of all the NBA games that took place last night. CSNNE Rivers: Final shot was for Garnett - A. Sherrod Blakely reports [...]
Chris (far right) with his cousin Jackie & friend Mark
About 2 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting die-hard Celtics fan Chris H, aka “Hal Dogg” at TD Garden. This guy is just full of energy and Celtic Pride. He’s at the Garden for pretty much every home game with the attitude that the Celtics are going to win, no matter what.
Chris, a 23 year-old C’s fan from Blackstone...
Of course had Len Bias lived the Celtics would've likely won the 1987 title. Maybe 1988 too. I actually one time saw a Philadelphia 76ers 1984 NBA Champs t-shirt in a store, which is weird since they didn't even make the Finals that year. Of course if this was the caricature shirt of the 2010 bunch (with Sheed and Finley) I would've just bought it myself but this...
Meet Courtney Lee, shooting guard for the Boston Celtics.
He’s a decent on-ball defender at-best and can score in bunches when given the chance. Some would call that being a role player, but I assure you that’s not the case.