Found May 01, 2012 on
State Of The Celtics:
Yesterday, I wrote that the best option for the Rondo-less Celtics
would be to have Paul Pierce play the point forward and let Bradley and the backup of Doc Rivers' choice play in more off-the-ball scenarios, which wouldn't put a ton of added pressure on them. Apparently, Doc feels that Pietrus' game best suits that scenario.
Maybe Doc feels that Pietrus can bring some defensive intensity to the game right out of the gate so that Atlanta doesn't come out like they did on Sunday and shoot lights out, burying the Celtics in the process. The issue with Pietrus is that he's as streaky as they come. If he's on, then it's fantastic. If he's off, then forget about it. Then again, the problem with Doc's other options (Dooling, Pavlovic, Daniels, Moore) is that they're just as streaky.
As for Ray Allen, you can probably take "game-time decision" to translate as "you have a better chance of seeing Larry Bird walk through that door than you have of seeing Ray Allen take the floor tonight." My faith in seeing Ray suit up at some point during this postseason is dwindling with each passing moment. There doesn't seem to be a ton of confidence coming out of the Celtics camp that he's nearing a return, so I'm just assuming that Boston's planning on playing without him for the rest of the season. If Ray does manage to come back, it'll be an added bonus.
BEST OF MAXIM
Mickael Pietrus will start the game tonight as Rajon Rondo serves his suspension.
So, what will MP try to do to pick up Rajon's slack?
"It’s depending on how the game goes," Pietrus said. "I don’t project myself, say I have to bring more points for the team. I just have to be Mickael Pietrus, bring the all-around game: rebounding, defense. I’m...
Ok, "complete chaos" might be overstating it a little. But anybody who knows Ray Allen knows he is borderline (or maybe not even borerline) obsessive compulsive. His routines aren't set in stone, they're laser-etched in titanium and placed behind bullet-proof glass and guarded by SEAL Team 6.
But his injury has thrown him all off.
“You find yourself...
There’s a 100 percent chance Ray Allen’s return would help the Celtics, even if he isn’t moving at his swiftest. Mickael Pietrus is Boston’s only substitute who can occasionally score, and he spent Game 2 mentally doing the Macarena on the rings of Saturn. The Celtics have hit just three triples in the playoffs. Allen hit 2.3 per game during the regular season.Allen swears...
We have one "Yea," one "Nay" and one "I don't have a clue" from the Boston media.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen won't play in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.
As expected, coach Doc Rivers said before Sunday's game that Allen won't be in uniform because of an ailing right ankle. He had a cortisone shot last week and says the ankle is feeling better, but not enough to go in the playoff opener. Rivers says the status...
The Celtics shot oh fer 11 from the arc against the Hawks in Game 1 and Boston’s bench scored a total of four points. Ray Allen would clearly help both of those troublesome statistics, but his damn ankle just doesn’t seem to get any better.
Ray Allen was glued to the bench, looking snazzy in a dark suit and paisley tie but also looking oddly helpless to help the Celtics end their shooting woes. The Celtics never looked comfortable shooting from anywhere in Game 1 against the Hawks, something made obvious by their glaring 0-for-11 mark on 3-point field goals. The Hawks took advantage of their overall athleticism to close...
Pietrus Doubles As A Celtics Dancer
A.B. Professional sports needs more of this. And I don’t mean grown men dancing with the cheer leading squad.
What I am talking about, is what Manny Ramirez had (before pushing an old guy) & what made Pedro Martinez great; the ability to have goofy-fun. Grown men acting like kids. Laughing, joking, teasing & even embarrassing themselves...
If you told me at the start of the season that Avery Bradley would start at point guard alongside Mickael Pietrus in what’s somewhat close to a must-win game, I would have sat in the bath tub with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a gallon of ice cream until both were gone. But that’s the situation in which the Celtics now find themselves, and I’m reasonably confident considering...
No Rajon Rondo? No Ray Allen? Eh, whatever.
Paul Pierce turned into the 2002 version of Paul Pierce and carried the Celtics offensively. 36 points, 14 rebounds and one massive, backbreaking shot after another down the stretch more than made up for the Celtics' firepower that was relegated to viewership status. Calling his performance a thing of beauty would be an insult...
Brandon Bass opened the second half by missing an uncontested putback from two inches away. Kevin Garnett missed a bunny on the next possession. Shortly thereafter, Mickael Pietrus caught the ball with an open court in front of him. He stopped, gathered his surroundings, and threw a pass to the wrong team.With 3:08 remaining in the third frame, Joe Johnson canned a three-pointer...
Worst On-Court Injuries
No one wishes that any pro-player gets injured. Their sport is their livelihood and passion (well, for most it is). Most people do not want other people to get hurt. That being said, when video footage of an injury is available, most of us can't stop from watching. Its like the opposite of a deer caught in headlights, or kids playing dodgeball: its...
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Game 2 final: Celtics 87, Hawks 80
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Coming into Game 2 of their first-round match-up with the
Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics were without their floor general, and their
three-point assassin. A stacked deck
against them? Perhaps. But with Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus
staring in the back-court, the Celtics were looking to play the SHOCK THE WORLD
card, hoping for a split in Atlanta. Could...