Found December 05, 2012 on Boston's Bettah:
Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics are off to a slow-start, but that should be of little concern for fans In the four seasons that the Boston Celtics Big Three 2.0 existed in Boston before the lockout and condensed season, they were one of the best teams in basketball before Christmas Day. They made a tradition of starting out fast, gaining a big lead in the Eastern Conference and then laying off the gas pedal a little bit and secure their spot in the top four seeds with an Atlantic Division Championship. This was more the case in the later seasons of their reign in the Eastern Conference. The 2007-08 season won 62 games and was the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and the 08-09 team likely would have continued to put the foot on the pedal before if it wasn’t for Kevin Garnett’s knee injury that caused him to miss most of the rest of the season. The facts remain this; the Boston Celtics have been more concerned with getting into the playoffs then playing for better match-ups. This was no more apparent than last season as the Boston Celtics in the condensed season slogged to a below .500 record as February’s All-Star Game came and went. There was questions about the future of the organization and trade-talks surrounding everyone from enigmatic point-guard Rajon Rondo and even the captain of the team and the longest tenured player Paul Pierce. The Celtics stood firm, got a couple lucky breaks – the breakout of Avery Bradley most notably – and ended up winning the Atlantic Division and making the Eastern Conference Finals. Last season can highlight the changing Celtics’ philosophy as well as this season can. Had it had been a normal season, their poor start last season would have taken them right up to Christmas, an odd sight for the NBA’s  best pre-Christmas team of the last four seasons. This season, the Boston Celtics are struggling in the sense that they are not normally a plodding .500 basketball team at this point in the season. They are missing key guys – most notably Avery Bradley for the second time in one post – the older legs are playing less minutes, and they aren’t fully executing down the stretch like they used to do. Normally, these have been problems that have reared their ugly head in the early part of the season. Among those reasons is the changing roster of the Boston Celtics, the most diverse it has been since the ’08 season, but in reality the poor start should not be as big of a concern because a less deep Celtics’ team did the same thing last year and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. If there is something to be concerned about it is that the Celtics might be treading water when it comes to their playoff seeding. The success in the playoffs has happened because they have won the Atlantic, got into a mid-seed, and convinced themselves they would take down the top seed in the second round. The Atlantic, and the Eastern Conference in general, is better in 2012-2013. Brooklyn, New York, and Philadelphia have been better than advertised so far and the Celtics sit at fourth in the Atlantic Division. What was the weakest division in basketball has quickly become one of its tougher ones. This is where the concern of the slow start comes in. Nobody is really doubting whether the Boston Celtics will make the playoffs, the question is where they will make the playoffs. As much as Celtics’ fans and the Celtics’ players are confident and convinced they could beat Miami or New York in a seven game series in the first round, it’s not exactly the best course of action to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. Ultimately, the Celtics slow start should be of no concern right now.  It’s simply the evolution of an older roster that has been taking place over the last two seasons.  If the Celtics hit the All-Star break and are still struggling to win and close out games, then there would be reason to raise concern and perhaps speculate a trade option for the team. The Boston Celtics only concern is making the playoffs and they are still on the right track to get that done.

Rondo, Mexico, and media mind games

Rajon Rondo returned from his two game suspension yesterday, but didn’t speak… thus raising the anticipation for his gripping comments today about his absence from the team. “I went to Mexico, couple days, watched the games,” Rondo deadpanned in his first meeting with reporters since last Thursday. “It was cool.” And thus began the song and dance between Rondo and the...

Week 4 Recap: Celtics Soar Back Above .500 Without Rondo

Week 4 of the NBA season was very up and down for the Boston Celtics. On the up side of things they battled their way back above.500. On the downward side, star point-guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for two games after a senseless shoving match in their loss against the New Jersey Nets on Wednedsday Night! Furthermore, the week would end on a big upswing as the Celtics won by 20...

Buy a cool print of Paul Pierce and help the Shamrock Foundation

Artist Jason Robichau is teaming up with the Celtics Shamrock Foundation to help raise funds for youth programs around Boston. Here’s the deal: Buy one of these very cool ”The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth” prints for $50 and 60% ($30) will go directly to the Shamrock Foundation. But wait, there’s more… Anyone who purchases the Pierce print in December...

Rondo is one of the NBA’s best mid-range shooters

Bleacher Report’s Jared Wade researched the NBA’s best shooters from each area on the court. Three Celtics make the Top 10 in the mid-range category (10 – 23 feet); Jason Terry (not surprised), Courtney Lee (mildly suprised considering his rough start to season) and… Rajon Rondo. The Mid-Range (minimum 20 makes) 1. Chris Bosh, 48-for-85 (56.5 percent) 2. Beno Udrih, 28-for...

Rajon Rondo Loses His ID At 2 Chainz Show

Rajon Rondo and Celtics teammates attended the 2 Chainz show on Tuesday night at the House of Blues in Boston.  Things haven’t really been going Rondo’s way of late, and last night a fan went home with a unique souvenir, the point guard’s ID:

Rajon Rondo Gives The Best Interview Of 2012

Rajon Rondo slaps around Kris Humphries and gets suspended for two games. So what does he do? Goes to Mexico, of course! Below are a handful of questions and answers between reporters and Rondo from earlier today about his suspension and how he spent his “time off”. Question: What did you do….what was on your agenda? Answer: “I went to Mexico….couple of days, watched...

Rajon Rondo Takes a Stroll to Mexico During Suspension

Photo by As matters couldn’t get any worse after the horrific loss in Milwaukee–it does. Coincidentally, Rajon Rondo took his talents to Mexico during his two-game suspension. Rajon Rondo offers no apologies after two-game suspension… — gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) December 4, 2012 Hold the phone. Rondo is like any other human being...

Fiddlin' and Diddlin' Boston Celtics Links 12/5

Herald  Celts PG Rajon Rondo on suspension: I was glued in front of the TVTuesday practice notes: Doc on RondoCeltics’ Doc Rivers hopes Rajon Rondo stays within himself in return Green tackle identity problem Posting Up With Sully: The Buckeye weighs in on OSU football No apologies, regrets Globe  Returning Rondo missed interactionWaiting for NBA chance, Kenyon Martin hasn...

Pierce, Garnett, Terry and Barbosa don’t practice with the team

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry all had the day off from practice today. Leandro Barbosa was also not present due to illness.about 1 hour ago via TwitterrificReplyRetweetFavorite@celticsBoston CelticsThe Celtics don’t play until Wednesday’s tilt with Garnett’s alma mater, so applaud Doc for a good decision. No reason to make the elderly folks run unnecessarily, especially...

Rondo returns to lead Celtics to 104-94 win over Timberwolves

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange BOSTON – His team was down in the early minutes of the second half Wednesday night, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn't overly concerned. "I liked the pace. I liked the tempo," Rivers said, after the Celtics, getting Rajon Rondo back after his two-game league suspension, got hot in the third quarter and wound up cruising to a...

Celtics-76ers Preview

Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday lead the Eastern Conference in assists and had no trouble racking them up the last time they met. The point guards will match up twice this weekend when Rondo's Boston Celtics and Holiday's 76ers begin a home-and-home set at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. Boston's Rondo leads the NBA with 12.8 assists per game while Holiday is averaging...

Enemy Chatter: The Celtics made a lot of shots

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 Minnesota. “They were making a lot of shots,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. “I can’t tell you [what went wrong] until I look at it, but I thought we were playing well. But in the second half they took control.” Blame one man:...

Celtics 104, Timberwolves 94

Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-94 on Wednesday night in Rajon Rondo's return from a two-game suspension. The Celtics improved to 10-0 since they acquired Garnett from the Timberwolves during the summer of 2007. They also won for the 11th straight time...

Fiddlin' and Diddlin' Boston Celtics Links 12/3

Herald  Jason Terry is team builderLeBron James chosen as SI’s Sportsman of the Year Orlando beats Dwight Howard’s Lakers in reunion Celtics put a spur in Stern’s sideDoc mourns man who gave moniker Globe  Danny Ainge said he’s confident that Rajon Rondo will learn from his latest suspension Adjustments with Celtics no problem for veteran Jason Terry Celtics coach Doc Rivers...
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