Against the Suns, both Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox came up big for the Celtics. Green finished with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocked shots. Wilcox finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block. The video above should remind us of what these two guys have overcome to get to this point. It's really great to see both guys playing well and look forward to many more big games from both of them.
Teams that are tanking for the lottery always want to beat the Celtics even though it will set their lottery chances back. But then they have the added bonus at the end that when they do lose it's ok because the ping pong balls are still there. Enjoy today's Comments...
I hate the Celtics I really do
The only thing that sucks about getting Marcus Is that it feels like we didn't even get a new player… they are seriously identical They even have the same tats! So weird...
The twins' #Suns jerseys will say "MORRIS" cuz it's a NBA rule to use surname only.
When the heck did that rule start?
Lol when the Nets had 4 players on their roster with Williams at one point
Williams passes it to Williams, Who shoots it, but misses,but Williams gets the offensive rebound and passes it back out to Williams who passes it to Williams at the top of the key. Williams drives into the lane and kicks it out to Williams, who is wide open in the corner. Williams shoots and, BOOM goes the dynamite!
After their great win Friday night in Phoenix, the Celtics will head north to Portland to visit the Trail Blazers. The Blazers currently sit at just 25-29 and tenth in the western conference. The Celtics recent win over the Suns put them at a nice 29-26, still just seventh in the east. I won't make a prediction for this one for fear of being wrong, but I'll still do my five keys to victory. Here they are:
5. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE BLAZERS:
Although the Trail Blazers don't have a reputation as a bad team, there are bound to be people who think they're an easy win. Don't do this because they are much better than you probably think.
4. USE GARNETT AS A LUXURY:
Kevin Garnett missed his first game of the season Friday night so that he could rest. And still, the Celtics won by 25. Granted that that was against a much weaker team, but wouldn't that performance still be good enough to beat Portland?
3. FIND WILCOX ON THE BLOCK:
On Friday night, Chris Wilcox scored a season-high 14 points. Many of these points came on fast breaks and post-ups. So, why not continue doing that? Give him more playing time down low.
2. CONTINUE TO GET CONTRIBUTIONS FROM WILLIAMS AND CRAWFORD:
This week, the Celtics signed free-agent Terrence Williams and traded for Jordan Crawford. Both guys played great in Phoenix, with Williams scoring 9 points and Crawford 10. Let's hope they keep this up.
1. KEEP LIMITING PIERCE'S NUMBER OF SHOTS:
Against the Suns, the Celtics finally did something about the Pierce problem. The C's limited Pierce to just 5 shots, of which he made three of them. That was the perfect amount for him and I really hope that they continue that strategy.
Tonight, the Celtics finally won a game as they beat the notoriously bad Phoenix Suns by the score of 113-88. Tonight featured two big story lines. The first one, Kevin Garnett was rested. The second one, the team debut of Jordan Crawford. Although I disagreed with resting KG at a time while the team was struggling, it ended up not hurting them at all as Jeff Green stepped up with 31 points to lead the team. As for the other news maker, Jordan Crawford had a solid debut, scoring 10 points on 4/9 shooting. My first impression of him is that he is already much better than Leandro Barbosa. But this was just one game, we'll have to see how he fares in the final 27.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the performance of Terrence Williams. Williams, in just his second game with the team, scored 9 points on 4/8 shooting. Williams is already starting to show some improvement and I hope that the team re-signs him after his current 10-day contract expires. Williams isn't too well known to the media and his stats weren't incredibly appreciated tonight since technically the team didn't need them. But still, it's fun to see the new guy have success.
Jordan Crawford and Terrence Williams each seem to have a respectable amount of talent after their first few games. Although Crawford has gotten a ton of publicity in the last two days, I still think that Williams is the better acquisition. He has slightly more professional experience and, in my opinion, a better shot. But it's still too early to tell how important each guy will turn out to be as the season goes on. But one thing's for sure, the Celtics may have stolen two young stars for next to nothing this week. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
Kevin Garnett will sit tonight vs the Phoenix Suns and Jeff Green will get the start in his place. Small ball doesn't begin to describe what we will see tonight. More like "Mini Ball."
There is help on the way, however. The Celtics are set to sign DJ White, who could be in uniform as soon as Sunday.
White, who is a 6'9" forward, played in China this past season. He does have four years of NBA experience with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats also. As with Williams, the Celtics have to clear some paperwork hurdles to get him into uniform. He is expected to sign a 10 day contract.
White averaged 6.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game over his 124 career NBA appearances with the Thunder and Bobcats. He averaged 21.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in 32 games with the Shanghai Sharks this season in China. At 6'9", White will add some size, but they still need a bit more. Doc has said they are looking to add another big before they are all finished.
The Celtics also reportedly offered a 10 day contract to D-League big man Tim Ohlbrecht. The 24 year old 7 foot German big man elected to turn it down according to his agent, Tyler Glass. Ohlbrecht is averaging 13.3ppg and 7.3rpg in D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
8:14: Tonight, the Boston Celtics will travel to Phoenix to face the struggling Suns. The Suns haven't had a great year and, if the Celtics play the way they should, will probably lose again tonight. The Celtics haven't been too sharp as of late either, as they have lost their first two games back from ASW. Despite that, I still can't see the C's losing tonight. I don't think that they can play that bad.
9:40: The Kevin Garnett-less Celtics looked pretty good in the first quarter. The C's started out the game on a fun-to-watch 13-0 run, but the lead slowly began to fade away as the quarter progressed. Eventually, after large runs on both sides, Boston settled on a 28-20 lead after the first 12 minutes. Jeff Green, who is starting in place of Garnett, leads the team with 13 points. Courtney Lee has pitched in 5 points of his own.
10:08: The Celtics didn't quite play as well in the second quarter as they did in the first, but still were able to take a 53-41 lead heading into halftime. Jeff Green really slowed down his scoring pace in the second period, scoring just 2 points despite scoring 13 in the first. His total of 15 still leads the team. Chris Wilcox has had somewhat of a breakout performance tonight with 8 points, the second most on the team. In his Celtics debut, Jordan Crawford has had just 3 points.
10:48: The Celtics and Suns played some pretty entertaining basketball in the third quarter. Boston managed to out-score Phoenix in the period 28-26 to take an 81-67 lead heading into the fourth. Both teams have showed solid rebounding tonight, as both sides have grabbed 32 boards. Jeff Green continued to fill in nicely for KG as he rose his scoring total in the quarter to 24 points. Avery Bradley has had a solid 13.
11:17: The Celtics had what was possibly their best quarter of the season in the fourth. Despite the fact that the previous quarter was very competitive, the C's were able to completely dominate the Suns in the final 12 minutes. The final score: Celtics 113, Suns 88. Jeff Green easily wins the player of the game award with 31 points on 11/14 shooting. In other notable news, Jordan Crawford scored a solid 10 points tonight in his Celtics-debut. Let's hope he continues to play like that. Stay right here at CG, post game and USOTN coming soon. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
at Boston Celtics (28-26) at Phoenix Suns (18-37) Friday, February 22 9:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #55, Road Game #26 TV: CSNNE, FSA, NBA-LP 765(BOS)/766(PHX) Radio: WEEI, KTAR US Airways Center Referees: Joey Crawford, Curtis Blair, David Guthrie
The Celtics move on to Phoenix, still looking for their first win on
this 5 game road trip. This is the second and final meeting between
these two teams. The Celtics won 88-71 in Boston, but that was before
injuries created havoc with their roster.
The Suns are better
at home than they are on the road, but they are still under .500 at home
with a 12-13 record. The Celtics have struggled on the road and are
just 8-17 away from the Garden. The Celtics are 7-10 in their last 10
games are are looking to avoid a 3 game losing streak on the trip. The
Suns are 3-7 in their last 10 games looking to avoid their second
With the trading deadline in the rear mirror,
this core group has another opportunity to win another ring. They need
to regroup and pull together and try to make it happen. Terrence Williams has had more opportunity to learn a few of the plays. I'm not sure if Crawford will be available for this game. The push for
Banner 18 begins anew with this game.
I'm convinced that the best way to evaluate a player is to see what the fans of the team he last played for say about him. So, I went to the Wizards fans to see what they had to say about their departing guard. For the most part, they were angrier about what they didn't get back than losing Crawford.
Steez gon light it up in Boston y'all
When the Crawford for Melo rumors were coming out we all said, “He couldn’t possibly make a deal that bad.” Suddenly we hear “Crawford to the Celtics” and our stomach’s sink, but wait, the article says it’s NOT for Fab Melo! Rejoice! What did we get, instead? Oh, something worse.
SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE SOME GOOD NEWS. SOME
The chance to make another entry on firegrunfeld.com?
I made the mistake of watching the Crawford interview after The Miami game they won. He was genuinely thankful the fans hadn’t given up on them and stuff…Made me sad =(
Jordan Crawford was shopped to every team in the league. He gets paid no money. Anybody could have had him for a 2nd round pick and a guy or two on the minimum salary. He’s an inefficient gunner who plays no D. HE HAS NO VALUE.
If you’re going to complain about the Wizards, the problem isn’t this trade. It’s that they utterly failed to develop someone with evident talent and then managed to make even that talent valueless within the space of a couple weeks. That’s a far bigger problem than this trade.
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Celtics will send the Leandro Barbosa expiring contract to the Wizards for Jordan Crawford, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
The trade that finally happened is one that wasn't one of the big rumors out there, as usual. More on the newest Celtic, Jordan Crawford later. It's also being reported that Jason Collins is included in the trade along with Barbosa. In the meantime, here is a little bit from Wojo. You can follow him on Twitter at @jcraw55.
Now I guess we sit back and either watch a whole LOT of small ball or wait to see where Danny comes up with a big or two.
The greatest rivalry in all of basketball usually doesn't need any extra story lines to enhance the game but on a tragic night like yesterday there wasn't any way to ignore them. This was the Lakers first game without Dr.Buss and it clearly was an emotional one. The architect of many great Laker teams wasn't there to support his franchise any longer but the players seemed to play better in his honor. Dwight Howard put together one of his better games this season and game out the gates and burned the Celtics for 10 first quarter points. Earl Clark had the defensive game of his career and pulled down 16 rebounds while also contributing 14 points. The Celtics, coming off a tough loss in Denver, seemed to lack some energy at times as they were able to mount small comebacks but never really get over the hump. For the season the team is 0-7 when playing out west while losing by an average of about 15 points a game. All this while heading into the trade deadline and all the wild rumors, not the best start to the second half of the season.
I hate the trade deadline and all the rumors leading up to it. For the most part they are all just talk and sometimes I think they are just made up by people hoping someone will believe them and spread them. I know most blogs dutifully report each and every one of them. I just can't. It drives me crazy.
Even though I don't post all the rumors, I still read them. It's like a train wreck. You know it's coming but somehow you can't look away. Sometimes I just wish "Sources" would get laryngitis the week before the trade deadline. I know the Celtics will probably do something but the suspense kills me. I will be so happy when 3 PM ET comes around.
After their embarrassing loss the Lakers, the Celtics will travel to Phoenix to face the Suns tomorrow night. The Suns currently sit at just 18-37 and last in the western conference. Since returning from ASW, the Celtics are 0-2 and down to 28-26 overall(7th in east). At first glance this looks like an easy win, but I won't underestimate them the way I did the Lakers. Not underestimating them is #1 on today's list, here are numbers #5 through #2:
5. GET BRADLEY TO PLAY LIKE HE DID IN DENVER:
Avery Bradley, despite having a great game in Denver, was terrible last night in LA. He had just 6 points on 2/7 shooting. This was a huge downfall for him and he needs to get himself back on track.
4. MORE CONSISTENCY FROM TERRY:
Last night, Jason Terry shot just 3/8 from the field. He hasn't had a very good year, but his numbers have improved recently. But whenever they play a bad team, he goes back to his old ways. Fix this.
Last night, the Celtics were out-rebounded by LA 49-34. Every possession that the C's had was a one and done while the Lakers seemed to get 2-3 shots every time. This needs a lot of improvement.
2. BETTER START:
Last night's first quarter dictated the rest of the game for the C's. They never managed to recover from the early 9-point deficit. They need the opening quarter to be close tomorrow night if they're gonna win.
Tonight, the Celtics lost a game that they definitely should have won. It seemed like the opening couple of minutes screwed them for the rest of the game. They trailed by nine after the first and never improved. In the fourth quarter, they made a very small run that gave then some momentum as they got to within 12. After that, they gave up, the Lakers regained a 20-point lead, and the rest was history.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the performance of Jeff Green. Green, due to the team's bad performance, received no attention for his solid game. Green scored 15 points on 5/12 shooting. This isn't extremely unusual for him, but it still was underrated. He, along with Pierce and Lee, were the only guys who played well for the C's tonight.
Tonight's game was no doubt embarrassing to the team and gave the anti-Celtic media more reasons to hate on them. Playing hard in an NBA game is not a choice. If you are payed to play something as simple as basketball, you should be thankful and take advantage of it. Not just stand around and do nothing. We saw a weak team tonight. Tonight's game was not won by the Lakers, it was lost by the Celtics. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
9:08: Tonight, the Boston Celtics will continue their west coast trip in LA against the Lakers. The Lakers are currently a disappointing 25-29, while the Celtics are a solid 28-25. Both teams have been surrounded by trade rumors recently, but none of them will actually happen. The rumored Rondo-for-Howard deal is completely dead, as Rondo's agent said that his client is staying in Boston while the Lakers actually think Howard is going to be a big part of their future. Obviously, that's not true. The only thing that would make Howard a big part of their future would be if he gets traded for a future Hall of Famer. I, like most NBA fans, am expecting a Boston victory tonight. Unless they REALLY mess up, we should be in for some bragging rights. Enjoy it.
11:18: The Celtics put up a horrible effort in the first quarter. Thanks to no hustle and bad shot attempts, Boston currently trails the Lakers 36-27. The Lakers are currently out-rebounding the Celtics 15-6. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 10. Following him is KG with 6.
11:50: Things didn't get better or worse for the Celtics in the second quarter. Both teams scored 28 points in the period as the Celtics trail at halftime, 64-55. I don't what the problem was in the first. Maybe they still are adjusting to a still ground after the long flight today. If it was that or just a bad effort, they'll need to have an amazing second half to pull this one out. The Lakers have done this before, they'll put up a fight in the first half and then do nothing for the final 24 minutes. Let's hope that's the case tonight.
1:13: The Celtics have lost to the Lakers, 113-99. They played awful all night and I don't see many pros coming from this one. I'm immediately moving on from this one and forgetting that it ever happened. The C's are now just 28-26 and 0-2 since All-Star Weekend. It's time for some changes. Some kind of trade must be made. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
at Boston Celtics (28-25) at Los Angeles Lakers (25-29) Regular Season Game #54 Road Game #25 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:30 PM ET TV: ESPN, TWC, KSPN, CSNNE, The Score Radio: WEEI, WMFS Staples Center
Referees: Scott Foster, Mark Ayotte, Gary Zielenski
The Celtics and Lakers square off for the final time this season, this
time at the Staples Center. In their first meeting, the Celtics came
out on top 116-95 in spite of having played the night before in Toronto
and getting in at 3 am after going through customs and traveling back to
The Celtics are once again playing in back to back
games, this time after playing another tough game the night before in
Denver. The Lakers have been off since before the All Star break and
should either be well rested or rusty. Hopefully, the latter. The Celtics will be slightly less undermanned as Terrence Williams has received his release from China and will be available to play tonight.
Celtics have dropped to 8-16 on the road while the Lakers are 16-11 at
home. The Celtics are 8-2 in their last 10 games while the Lakers are
6-4 in their last 10. The Celtics are looking to start a new winning
streak after the loss last night in Denver and the Lakers are also
looking for a win after losing their final game before the break.
This will be a tough game to face the Lakers. It is the first game after the death of their long time owner, Dr Jerry Buss. I imagine that there will be added motivation to win one for Dr Buss. Also, they will have revenge on their mind for the blow out loss in Boston. Add that to the fact that the Celtics are yet again playing in back to back games on the road, and this one gets very tough for the green team.
the luster may have come off the rivalry between these two teams
considering their struggles this season, it is still Celtics vs Lakers
and that's always a game that the Celtics circle on their calendars.
The Celtics hung with the Nuggets in spite of the thin air, being short handed, and taking 20 fewer free throws. I love all the comments about the number of Celtics fans at the game. My favorite comments though is the series where one fan wonders if they can ever get a call and another says the officiating is fixed and a third reminds them that the Nuggets had 28 free throws to 12 for the Celtics. The final tally was Denver 36 and Boston 16. Hopefully the Celtics get a fair shake tonight.
Hopefully we crush them, wear out them old legs in the Mile High air. We need this game.
If there was such a thing as a MUST WIN This is it….you cant let the old Celtics come here and beat you after what happened last time
Danny Ainge is running around trying to trade any thing that's colored green Half the Celtics would be gone by tip-off if that loon could work his will.
After tonight's tough-to-swallow loss in Denver, the Celtics will travel out to LA for a matchup tomorrow with the Lakers. The Lakers, as you all know, pretty much bought the championship this offseason. But despite signing stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, they got even worse. No matter how much ESPN screams it in your ear that the Lakers are just as good as Boston, they aren't. And that's not coming from a Celtics fan, that's coming from a human being with common sense. Here are tomorrow's five things:
5. GIVE TERRY MORE SHOTS:
Tonight in Denver, Jason Terry shot just 2/5 from the field with seven points. You might think just by looking at those numbers that he must be bad, but I guarantee you that he'd make more if he shot more.
4. GIVE LEE MORE SHOTS:
Against the Nuggets, Courtney Lee had fifteen points on six of nine shooting. It seemed like whenever he would shoot the ball, he would make it. Yet he rarely got it and Pierce is still shooting more than him. Weird.
3. GIVE GREEN PLENTY OF THREE-POINT SHOTS:
Tonight, Jeff Green continued to play well as he scored 20 points on 8/12 shooting. Many of his shots were deep twos or threes, and he made them consistently. He definitely should get more of these attempts.
2. MAKE YOUR OPEN JUMPERS:
Tonight, both teams missed plenty of open jump shots. Unfortunately, the Celtics missed more. When you have an open jumper from the free throw line, you have to make it. Otherwise it's a wasted effort.
1. DO NOT LET PIERCE SHOOT EVERY TIME HE GETS THE BALL:
Every time Paul Pierce got the ball tonight, he would immediately throw it up and miss it. This was extremely frustrating and disappointing to watch. He better either fix this or start passing the ball more.
Tip-off for tomorrow's game will be at 10:30 pm ET. Live Game Updates will be available here.
The Celtics, despite putting up a pretty good fight, lost tonight in Denver by the score of 97-90. They didn't go down easily and I believe that they deserved to win this game. But it is what is. Nothing we can do about it. Luckily we should be over it by tomorrow night.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the horrible shooting performance of Paul Pierce. Pierce had a decent 10 points, but shot a horrendous 2/14 from the field. This has become a recurring theme for him, one that we all wish didn't exist. I think that it's time that he either plays less or gets less shots. If they don't do that, they have to do something. This is getting ridiculous.
Tomorrow night the Celtics will visit their arch-rival Lakers. I expect them to win the game easily. They played pretty good today against a much better team. If they play like this tomorrow, they will definitely win. I'm sure most of you guys would agree with me on that. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
8:20: Tonight, the Celtics will begin the rest of their season in Denver. The Nuggets currently sit at 33-21 and fifth in the western conference. On the other side, the Celtics went into ASW having won 8 out of their last 9 as they sit at 28-24 and seventh in the eastern conference. This one will be tough and I won't be upset if they lose. But that doesn't mean that I expect it.
9:32: The Celtics, thanks to Avery Bradley, lead the Nuggets after the first quarter, 22-21. Bradley has scored a very nice 12 points to lead his team. On the other side, Danilo Gallinari leads Denver with 9 points. The Nuggets made a little bit of a run in the final moments of the first, turning a 20-14 deficit into just a 22-21 deficit. But nonetheless, the C's still lead.
10:01: The Celtics played very competitively in the second quarter on there way to a 50-49 lead. Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee lead the Celtics with 12 points each. It was a very up and down quarter. One minute they'd be up by 9, the next down by 1. At the buzzer, Courtney Lee made a two-pointer that made the score what it is now.
11:26: The Celtics have lost 97-90. I said earlier that I wouldn't be too upset if they lost, and I'm standing by that statement. They were able to lead for most of the third quarter before the Nuggets went ahead. At one point in the fourth quarter, Avery Bradley tied the game with a 3 pointer, but it didn't turn the tide. The Celtics are now down to 28-25, but they're still good. Tomorrow night, they'll be in LA playing the dreadful Lakers. At least they'll win that one. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
at Boston Celtics (28-24) at Denver Nuggets (33-21) Tuesday, February 19 9:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #53 Road Game #24 TV: NBA-TV, CSNNE, NBAC, ASE, Radio: WEEI, 104.3 FM Pepsi Center Referees: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, JT Orr
When last these two teams met 9 days ago, the Celtics were able to win
their seventh straight game in a crazy triple overtime affair.
Unfortunately, the 3 overtimes took so much out of the team that the
streak ended the next night as they lost to the Bobcats. The red hot
Nuggets their own 9 game win streak stopped by that triple OT loss.
the loss to the Bobcats, the Celtics got back on the winning track with
a win over the Bulls and so come into this game looking for their
second straight win. The Nuggets, however skidded into the break with 3
straight losses on the road. They are looking to right the ship as
well as to avenge the loss in Boston as they return home again for this
The Celtics are 8-2 in their last 10 games while The
Nuggets are 7-3 in their last 10. The Nuggets have one of the best home
court advantages playing in the thin mile high air and boast a 22-3
home record. The Celtics have struggled somewhat on the road with an
This game begins a 5 game road trip for the
Celtics and in the back of their minds, I'm sure they will be thinking
of having to face the Lakers on Wednesday in yet another back to back
set. The Celtics signed Terrence Ross on Monday and was with the Celtics for shootaround, but was unable to practice with the team as they are waiting on the release paperwork from his Chinese team.
I've been staying away from all the trade rumors because most of them are just that - rumors - and for the most part won't ever be more than that. If a trade happens, it happens. But I refuse to go in circles with all the leaks, sources, opinions, and frivolity that is going around. It seems every time I turn around there is another "source" saying that Paul Pierce is going to Atlanta or KG is going to LA or whatever.
I prefer to dwell on statements like this from Celtics owner, Wyc Grousbeck
“I’d be delighted to have the team stay this way, just as it is, because I like watching them play.”
or this statement from Danny Ainge
“I like watching our team. Our team is very fun to watch. I love how hard our guys play and compete. They do need some support with some extra bodies for the rest of the year. I definitely need to do that, to add some players to our roster. But that’s all that we need to do.”
Of course, I know that when Danny denies the most, he's usually got something up his sleeve so he very much could pull the trigger on a blockbuster or two. But, it's just too hard on my nervous system to follow every rumor out there and so I choose to just ignore them. I will be so happy when Thursday is over and done with.
With that out of the way, on to the more cheerful news of the signing of Terrence Williams to a 10 day contract. Williams was drafted 11th overall in 2009 by the Nets. After his rookie season, he broke team rules several times which led to a trade to the Rockets, who waived him after 11 games. He then finished the season with the Sacramento Kings. After a training camp with the Pistons in 2012, Williams then signed in China to play for Guangdong Southern Tigers where he averaged 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 turnovers in 27 minutes per game. He shot 47.9% from the field and 31.7% from beyond the arc. He left the Tigers last month due to a death in the family.
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A somewhat short handed Red Claws team lost on the road 106-98 to the Reno Bighorns. Of note in this game, however is the debut of Doc Rivers' son Jeremiah, who has been on the inactive list since the beginning of the season with an ankle injury. Rivers finished with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists and only 1 turnover in 22 minutes of play in his first game for the Red Claws.
Micah Downs, who was one of the last cuts from the Celtics training camp and who is rumored to be on the Celtics' radar now, scored 20 points to go with 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. It's interesting to note that point guard Shelvin Mack, who is also on the Celtics' radar, received a DNP-CD.
KG shares with Craig Sager that he likes the Celtics team. I'm with KG. I like this team and hope that Danny just adds a couple of nice pieces or makes a very minor trade. I hate all the blow it up trade ideas I'm seeing. I still say that KG and Paul Pierce have earned the right to retire as Celtics.
Anyway, after that, KG once again launches a critique on Craig Sager's choice of suits. Always funny when Sager interviews KG. When KG retires, I bet Craig will miss him.
NBA source tells Globe the #celtics are strongly considering signing former New Jersey Net swingman Terrence Williams to 10-day contract
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) February 18, 2013
NBA source adds Williams to #celtics is nearly done. He is waiting for clearance letter from Chinese team and headed to Denver to join team
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) February 18, 2013
So, according to Gary Washburn of the Globe, the Celtics are adding 6'6" guard forward, Terrence Williams to a 10 day contract. In his 4 seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Rockets and Pistons he averaged 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 25 minutes per game. He has most recently been playing in China for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
He played well in his time with the Tigers averaging 17.9 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists while playing just under 27 minutes a game. He recently left the team due to a death in his family. He has been known as a head case in the past, but has talent so hopefully he makes the most of his 10 day trial with the Celtics. If not, it's back to the drawing board.
Finally, All-Star Weekend has concluded. What is, at least in my opinion, one of the most pointless events in American sports has ended. Now we can start watching meaningful games again. Tomorrow the Celtics will resume their season in Denver against a tough Nuggets team. As you probably remember, the C's beat the Nuggets in dramatic fashion last week at the Garden. Let's hope they can do it again. Here are tomorrow's five things:
5. GET GREEN AND LEE MORE SHOTS:
Everybody who played in the win over the Bulls shot at least 10 shots except for Wilcox, Collins, Green, and Lee. I understand why the two big men didn't shoot a lot, but why not Green and Lee? They each have good shots, so use them.
4. HAVE BRADLEY GET HOT:
Against the Bulls, Avery Bradley shot just 4/12 from the field. In this game it didn't effect the team's result, but someday it will. Might as well have him fix his shooting problem now.
The Celtics, despite winning a game against a really good Chicago team, were out-rebounded 49-39. This takes no explaining. This, like Bradley's shooting problem, needs to be fixed.
2. HAVE PIERCE GET HOT:
Paul Pierce had a horrendous game against the Bulls. He had just 8 points on 2/12 shooting, even worse than the numbers Avery Bradley put up. This needs immediate improvement or I honestly won't be upset it he gets traded.
1. DECIDE WHETHER YOU WANT TO GIVE UP LESS POINTS OR SCORE MORE:
This one's kinda complicated, but I'll explain. Against the Bulls, the Celtics were all about defense, as they won the game by scoring virtually no points. Against the Nuggets, they scored a ton and it was still just barely enough. Decide in shootaround whether you can make your shots and risk missing them or instead play more aggressive defense and risk getting into foul trouble.