Found December 07, 2012 on
The Boston Celtics should wake up tomorrow morning with a few regrets. Kevin Garnett missed a wide open layup during crunch time. So did Paul Pierce. Courtney Lee airballed a wide open three. Rajon Rondo missed a shot to end regulation and couldn’t get his footing when he had a chance to steal a win on the final play of overtime.The Celtics also did a few really good things down the stretch — the pick-and-roll that allowed Garnett to tie the game in regulation was delicious, as was the defense to snuff out Philadelphia’s final possession of regulation; also, I’m not sure you noticed, but Jeff Green was pretty damn good — but just not consistently enough to earn a win. Evan Turner, who, without checking stats, seems to average 497 points per game against the Celtics, drilled the game-winner. The Celtics would have gotten a good look when Garnett found Rondo cutting to the hoop on the ensuing play, but Rondo’s feet wouldn’t stay properly planted beneath him.Since I currently have pink eye, coughed enough today to infect seven cities full of people and downed several more Advil pills than the doctor would recommend, I’ll keep this short and sweet. A few notes:It’s weird to see Jason Terry miss jump shots, and open ones, so frequently. JET finished 1-12 from the floor and 1-7 from the 3-point arc. Every time he shot, I was still convinced it would fall.Green was really good. Active on defense and strong on the glass, he had 19 points and 8 rebounds with 6-12 shooting. If I’m counting correctly, that’s four straight good games for Green, which, I’m guessing, is his longest such streak since becoming a Celtic.I didn’t have a problem with Garnett passing on the final play or Rondo pulling up rather than continuing to the rim for a layup. Rondo was open, and I’m not sure he had enough time to get all the way to the rim. It stunk that he couldn’t keep his balance long enough to get off a good shot, but the play was actually a really good one.Jared Sullinger had five rebounds in 14 minutes. He’s pretty heroic in that sense.Pierce was obscenely aggressive throughout, which is why he finished with 27 points despite missing almost two-thirds of his field goal attempts and going just 1-8 from the arc. I don’t know whether to be encouraged by his aggression or insulted by his shooting accuracy. Either way, I loved the one dunk he had after going baseline on Evan Turner.I meant to call him “goddamn Evan Turner.” Goddamn Turner was kind of Pierce’s mirror image. He scored a lot (25 points), shot poorly (10-26 shooting) and made a lot of nice plays along the way (including the winner, which finished off his 25-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist stat line).At halftime, I never thought it would take me this long to mention Rondo’s first two quarters, which were so good (14 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) that he had Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers watching on television with awe. But Rondo really slowed down after halftime to finish with a ho-hum, 16/14/13 triple-double. Jrue Holiday, before fouling out, really seemed to do a good job defensively. Full disclosure: I may or may not have a man crush on Holiday’s game.Okay, I need to go get healthy now. This pink eye stuff is horrible. I need to tell Tom, Jordan and Jesse to stop farting on my pillow.
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The Celtics used their defense to revenge their loss last night and beat the Sixers 92-79. The Sixers only shot 39% from the field and saw Kevin Garnett score 19 points, but grab zero rebounds. It is the first time the veteran fails to grab a rebound since 1997. Rajon Rondo nearly had another triple-double [...]
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...
BOSTON — Kevin Garnett said he was not doing anything differently, that his attention was still on his defense first and foremost while he took his offense as it came within the flow of the game. Anybody who has watched Garnett play over the years, though, can see how unnatural it looked and how uncomfortable he must have felt taking so many shots, so early in the game, because...
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.
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 talks rebounding and the return of Rajon Rondo. More videos to come.
In a recent interview with the folks over at WEEI, Paul Pierce offers his thoughts on the state of the Celtics, Rajon Rondo’s recent two-game suspension, Doc Rivers’ recent “soft” comments, and dishes what he plans to get former teammate Ray Allen for Christmas. Paul Pierce thinks that Wednesday’s win against the Timberwolves was the best [...]
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...
Herald Kevin Garnett, C’s get most of their time KG blanked on boards C’s look to Kevin Garnett as usual Collins says C’s on right track Lakers’ fate up to Nash After Knicks’ debacle, Heat realizes it has issuesClippers’ Lamar Odom says his body is catching up to this mind Globe Final, Celtics 92-76ers 79 -Celtics blog.Tough turnaround for Doc Rivers after Rick Majerus...
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...
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...
PHILADELPHIA -- Rajon Rondo picked up another triple-double, but the Philadelphia 76ers picked up the win. Evan Turner, despite missing nine of his previous 10 shots, swished a 13-foot jumper with 3.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Sixers past the Boston Celtics, 95-94, Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "I was just trying to get to my sweet spot on the court...
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 [...]
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...
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...