Tonight, the Celtics snuck by the Bobcats for a semi-impressive, 105-88 victory. But like with Wednesday's win over Toronto, this win isn't that amazing. This was just a game that they should've won. You can look at the bright spots, but in the end it doesn't matter. A win over a bad team is nothing more than a win over a bad team.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the performance of Brandon Bass. Finally, the Celtics let this guy make some baskets. Tonight, Bass was one of six Boston players to score in double-digits with his 10. Let's hope he keeps this up. Thanks a lot for the effort.
Besides Bass' somewhat breakout performance, this game didn't have any huge story lines. I'm not impressed with this victory as the C's didn't really put this one away until late in the third. If anything, this was a bad game. The only difference between this one and the matchup in Charlotte is that the game in Charlotte was a loss. They had a better effort here, but this is not a big deal that deserves hours of praise. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
9:06: This Boston Celtics team can not be explained. The same team that won five consecutive games earlier this month is continuing to struggles against the bottom feeders of the league. After one quarter tonight, they are tied with the Bobcats, 24-24. The question, are they putting up their best effort? The answer, no.
10:57: I was so disgusted with this team's play in the first that I didn't bother watching the rest of the game. But, they still prevailed 105-88. Paul Pierce had a big game, scoring 14 points and recording 8 assists. With this big win, I do feel a sense of confidence in this team as they prepare for Miami. That one will be fun. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
at Charlotte Bobcats (14-50) at Boston Celtics (35-29) Saturday, March 16, 2013 7:30 PM ET Regular Season Game #65 Home Game #33 TV: CSN-NE, SSO-CHA, NBA-LP 753(CHA)/754(BOS) Radio: WEEI, WFNZ TD Garden Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bennie Adams, Eric Dalen
The Celtics host the Bobcats for the 4th and final game between these
two teams. The Bobcats have always seemed to give the Celtics problems
and this season, in spite of having just 14 wins, they have beaten the
Celtics twice. The Celtics should have easily beaten them in their last
meeting but gave no effort and were blown out instead.
game is important for playoff seeding. After the Heat, the standings
could change with each game. The Celtics are currently in the 6th spot
but they have the same record as Atlanta in 7th and Chicago in 5th and a
win could move them into 5th while a loss could drop them back to 7th.
They are just 2.5 games behind Brooklyn in 4th.
The Celtics are
3.5 games behind New York for the 3rd seed and for the Atlantic Division
lead. New York has been struggling with Amare likely out for the
season and both Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony struggling with knee
injuries. They are also in the midst of a tough western road trip, so
catching them isn't out of the question if the Celtics play well.
Celtics had a rare practice on Friday to try to catch some slippage in
their defense and spacing. The Bobcats are playing in back to back
games while the Celtics have had 2 days off and should be ready to
avenge the previous 2 losses to the Bobcats. There should be no way
the Celtics take the Bobcats for granted in this one.
Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 games while the Bobcats are 1-9 in
their last 10. And that one win was against the Celtics. The Celtics
are 23-9 at home and have won 10 in a row at TD Garden The Bobcats are
just 6-26 on the road. It would be easy for the Celtics to look past the Bobcats to Monday's game vs the Heat, but since they are riding a 2 game losing streak against the Bobcats, they can't afford to do that. If the Celtics have any pride at all, this game
will give KG some Gino time before it's over.
Tonight, the Celtics will again play the infamous Charlotte Bobcats. The only difference this time around is that now they get to play in front of people cheering for them. The fans should give them some much needed motivation so that they can finally try against a bad team. They can't lose this game. Here are tonight's five things:
5. KEEP GETTING CRAWFORD INVOLVED:
On Wednesday, Jordan Crawford had what was possibly his best game of the season with 12 points on 4/9 shooting. This guy has been a waste so far, and I really want this guy to contribute.
4. DON'T MESS UP THE FIRST QUARTER:
After the first quarter in their last game, the Celtics were trailing. They were actually trailing, at home, against the Raptors. They need to try in all four quarters, not screw around in the first.
3. WHY NOT GIVE BASS MORE SHOTS:
Let's face it, tonight's game is pretty much a guaranteed win. So, when the Celtics get their inevitable 20+ point lead, they should give the ball to guys who score less like Bass and Williams. It wouldn't hurt anything.
2. GET BRADLEY BACK:
In the last two games, Avery Bradley has not been himself. He's turning the ball over, he's missing shots, and he's not dominating on defense. They need him back before the schedule gets hard again.
1. TAKE YOUR TIME ON OFFENSE:
No stupid shots. No selfish shots. You are playing the worst professional basketball team in the country. If they lose this game, all the critics will again count them out and they will lose a ton of momentum.
It was sad to see 4 pages on one game thread and 19 on another. Those game threads used to have over 100 pages every game. The Celtics did get the benefit of some calls last night. I'm amazed at how many fans hate their head coach. Makes me very thankful for Doc. Good game for the Celtics. Not so much for the Raptors. Enjoy today's comments...
This will sound strange, but I'd like to see KG trash talk JV, just to see how he handles it. All JV's attitude signals seem great. Just one more test. I mean, if he says JV's mom takes like Coco Pebbles, is KG going to get punched out for the first time?
Man the raptors suck lol.
To me beating Boston would feel better than beating pretty much any other team. Lets hope they can ****ing do it.
Celtics need to win they're going back to the finals
According to espn we were most likely to ruin the Heat win streak lets warm up with Celtics.
A win against the Celtics would help erase some of the bad taste from the Lakers loss.
Ugh can't stand seeing Anderson's face any more... Can't wait till he's gone next year (hopefully)
Tonight, the Celtics out-lasted the Toronto Raptors for a 112-88 victory at the Garden. In the beginning, the C's looked bad. But they were able to turn it around by halftime. Although they won big here, I don't see a lot of positives. They won a game they should've. Not a big deal.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the performance of Terrence Williams. This guy is not a scorer. Tonight he got a solid 5 points on 2/2 shooting, which is good for him. They didn't sign him to lead them to a title, so I'm very happy with his game. Thanks for the effort.
After the first quarter tonight, the Celtics trailed 22-21. At that point, I was fed up with their horrible effort. I guess Doc must've given them a pep talk or something because after their visit to the bench they were fine. But, like I said, this is not a big deal. It was nothing but a home win over the Raptors. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
8:39: The Celtics played a solid first half tonight. They lead the Raptors 49-40, but it should be better. Like with last night's game, they're playing an easy team that they should blowout. Let's hope that they do that in the second half. Keep watching.
9:36: With 7:57 left in the fourth quarter, the Celtics lead Toronto 89-69. About mid-way through the third, the C's lead was down to 4, but they have since rebounded. They have dominated since then and now have this game rapped up. But, technically it's not over till it's over. They still gotta play.
9:54: Well, now it's official. The Celtics have won, snapping their two-game losing streak. Jeff Green had the biggest performance of the night, leading Boston with 20 points. Paul Pierce also put in 15. Stay here at CG, post-game and USOTN coming soon. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
vs Toronto Raptors (25-39) at Boston Celtics (34-29) Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:30 PM ET Regular Season Game #64, Home Game #32 TV: CSNNE, RSN, NBA-LP 755 Radio: CJCL, WEEI TD Garden Referees: Ken Mauer, Marat Kogut, Michael Smith
This is the third regular season meeting between these two Atlantic
Division teams with the Celtics leading the series 2-0. They will meet
one more time on the final day of the regular season. After losing
by 26 points to the Bobcats, the Celtics need to redeem themselves with a
win in this one.
The Celtics are playing in the second of
back to back games while the Raptors are well rested, having been off
since Sunday. The Raptors have played better since the trade that
brought Rudy Gay to Toronto, but they have also been struggling with
injuries. Starters Gay and Bargnani missed their last game and Gay is
listed as questionable while Bargnani is listed as out for this one.
game becomes important for the Celtics as they are battling for playoff
positioning, which makes last night's complete lack of effort totally unfathomable. . The Raptors are in the unenviable 9th spot in the East,
8.5 games out of playoff contention. They won't make the playoffs and
without some serious tanking, they won't get a great draft pick either.
The Celtics were completely embarrassed by losing to the
Bobcats by 26 on Tuesday night. They showed no effort against a team
that they should have easily beaten,even without Paul Pierce. They are still in the 6th spot
because Atlanta has also lost their last 2. They have fallen a full
game behind Chicago in 5th and 3 games behind 4th. They also remain 1.5
games ahead of Milwaukee, who also lost. A win against the Bobcats
could have given them some breathing room in 6th place but their lack of
effort kept them from capitalizing on losses by both Atlanta and
Both KG and Paul Pierce could reach milestones in this game. Kevin Garnett, who has scored 25,189 points, needs just 3 more points to pass Jerry West for 15th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Paul Pierce has 23,748 points is on the verge of another milestone as well. He's only 10 points away from moving ahead of Charles Barkley for the 20th spot on that same list. It would be special for both players to achieve a milestone in the same game.
The Celtics need to take the Raptors seriously. The Matchup Edge shows that Toronto has the edge in every category except FG% and defense. It won't be a cakewalk by any stretch and so if the Celtics don't give more effort than they did against Charlotte, this game could end even worse.
After last night's loss to the Bobcats, the Celtics will head home for a matchup with the Raptors. Last night's loss was depressing. They showed no effort and deserve criticism. They need a better game plan tonight. Here are the five things:
5. BETTER SHOT FROM KG:
In Charlotte, Kevin Garnett shot just a horrible two of ten from the field. Of all the people to not try, Kevin Garnett doesn't. They need him to play his best every night for the rest of the season.
4. BETTER SHOT FROM BRADLEY:
As bad as Garnett was, Avery Bradley was just as bad. Bradley shot just 4/11 from the field and deserves a lot of blame for the loss. Like with KG, they need him at his best.
3. DON'T BENCH PEOPLE:
Last night, the Celtics stupidly benched Paul Pierce. This was basically saying "we're not going to try tonight even though it's an easy win." My question for the team,"Why?"
2. WHEN YOU'RE CLOSE, KEEP PLAYING:
Going into halftime yesterday, the Celtics could've won. But the second half ended up being when the Celtics really stopped giving a crap. Why do they play bad like this against a team like Charlotte?
1. PLAY HARD:
No win is guaranteed. You can not go into a game thinking of it as an easy win from now on. Treat every game like it's game seven of the NBA finals. No more slacking off.
On Tuesday night the Celtics traveled to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats. This was the first game of arguably their easiest week of the year where Boston faces the Bobcats twice with the Toronto Raptors in between. Doc has begun preparation for the playoffs by choosing to sit some of the veterans in order to get extended rest. Tonight was Paul Pierce's first night off of the season and the team seemed to follow suit. The Celtics as a whole came out very unfocused and struggled in all aspects of the game.
With Pierce being out and Garnett playing limited minutes the Celtics needed someone to step up and lead the team. They put forth a decent effort in the first half going into the break down just three points. However, coming out of halftime the Celtics looked flat and were out scored 27-15 in the third quarter. From there the deficit continuously grew forcing Doc to call it a game, sit the rest of his starters, and unload the bench. Read more » Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
Tonight's game was pathetic to watch. I feel embarrassed for the Celtics right now. It was the f****** Bobcats! They were handed this win. Obviously, they just didn't want it.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the record of the Bobcats. We all know that the Bobcats suck, but this year they really suck. They went into tonight with an NBA-worst 13-50. You have to win these games because there won't be many more of them. Just try harder tomorrow.
Trying is the main reason why teams win. In their five game win streak, the Celtics tried really hard. Tonight, they surrendered. Effort is not an option. You do it because it's your job. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
7:42: Tonight's first quarter was not as good as it should've been. The C's lead 20-19, but is that really good? They are so much better. They need to stop saving the bad games for the bad teams. Keep watching.
8:13: The Celtics continued to struggle in the second quarter. They now trail at halftime, 49-46. What are they doing? They have got to play better than this. It's just the Bobcats.
9:28: The Celtics have lost, 100-74. What an embarrassing night for Celtics nation. You can't play much worse. No bright spots tonight. Keep reading here. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
at Boston Celtics (34-28) at Charlotte Bobcats (13-50) Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #63, Road Game #32 TV: CSNNE, SSO-CHA, NBA-LP 751(BOS)/752(CHA) Radio: WEEI, WFNZ Time Warner Cable Arena
Referees: Ed Malloy, Brent Barnaky, David Guthrie
The Celtics are playing in the first of back to back games and are on
the road, both factors should make this game one that they should take
seriously, in spite of the Bobcats' 13-50 record. The Bobcats may have
a losing record, but this team always plays hard as evidenced by the
Celtics' 94-91 loss the last time they visited the Bobcats. Granted
that the Celtics were playing in back to back games after a triple OT
game the night before, but it just proves that if a team shows any
weakness, the Bobcats will try to exploit it. They already have the best chance for the top pick so why not play spoiler and make their record a little better along the way.
This is the third
of 4 games between these two teams. The Celtics won the first meeting
100-89 in Boston and they lost their second meeting in Charlotte 91-94.
They also lost Leandro Barbosa for the year in that game. The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games while the Bobcats are just
0-10 in their last 10. The Celtics are just 12-19 on the road while
the Bobcats have been even worse at home at 7-24, but one of those 7
wins is against the Celtics. The Celtics are looking to start a new
win streak after having their 5 game win streak snapped in OKC on
Sunday. The Bobcats would be happy just winning one after losing their
The Celtics have moved up to the 6th spot in the East,
tied with Atlanta who are in 7th, but get the higher seed because they
lead the season series. They are just half a game behind Chicago for
the 5th seed and 2.5 games behind Brooklyn for the 4th spot. They are
also just 1.5 games in front of the Bucks who are in 8th. The Bobcats
have the worst record in the league and now are playing for ping pong
balls, but in spite of that, they always play hard and so the Celtics
can't take them for granted.
This game is the first game of a
back to back set with the Raptors coming into the Garden on Wednesday.
After KG's 5-19 shooting against OKC, this might be a good time to give
him another night off. Greg Dickerson is reporting that Paul Pierce may get the night off to rest. We may get to see some DJ White and Shavlik
Randolph, who are on their second 10 day contract but haven't seen much
playing time. The Celtics need to win this and they should, with or
without KG and/or Paul Pierce..
Tonight, the Celtics will finally get to play an easier opponent when they visit the Bobcats. Charlotte currently sits at an NBA-worst 13-50. The C's will probably win this game, but you can't guarantee it. They still have to play hard. Here are tonight's five things:
5. GET GREEN HOT:
Before I start ripping on all these guys for missing shots, I have to say that Sunday's game was against the Thunder. That game was harder. On Sunday, Green shot just 2/11. This needs a lot of improvement.
4. GET TERRY HOT:
In OKC, Jason Terry shot just 3/8. He was just getting hot, and it sucks to watch him struggle again. Let's hope that he gets hot in shootaround. They'll need him down the stretch.
3. TAKE CARE OF THE BALL:
On Sunday, the Celtics turned the ball over eighteen times while the Thunder only did it 14 times. They need some improvement on this, but this won't happen against the Bobcats.
2. BETTER FOURTH QUARTER:
The Celtics could've beaten the Thunder with a good fourth quarter, but instead were out-played. They went into the final 12 minutes down by just 3, then were outscored by 9.
1. HELP OUT PIERCE:
On Sunday, Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 20 points. Besides him, nobody else did anything. They need to pick up the pace before they lose all of their momentum.
The Celtics have signed both bigmen DJ White and Shavlik Randolph to a second 10 day contract. White has played just four minutes for the Celtics during his first 10 days. He played well in those minutes, though, grabbing two rebounds and blocking two shots against the Pacers. Randolph has yet to see any playing time for the Celtics.
With back to back games vs the Bobcats and Raptors coming up, Doc may choose to rest KG in one and give the new guys a few minutes to see how they do. At the end of the second 10 day contracts, the Celtics have to decide whether to release both players or to sign them for the remainder of the season.
Today, the Celtics had their win streak snapped with a 91-79 loss to the OKC Thunder. This Thunder team has only lost at home four times all year, so I knew that this one would be tough. The Thunder led this game pretty much the whole way with the Celtics occasionally making failed comebacks. Pierce led the C's with 20 points on 6/12 shooting. Besides him, nobody else showed up.
Today's USOTN goes to Boston's poor shooting. Just a few nights ago against the Hawks, the Celtics won shooting 51.3% from the field. Today, that was reduced to just 37.7%. This was the main reason why they lost. Against OKC, there is so little room for error.
In my opinion, this loss was inevitable. I literally had no hope that they would win today and it looks like I was right. The Thunder are just too good at home. At least now, the Celtics can have a few easy games for a change. That should be fun. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
1:33: The Celtics got off to a great start in the first quarter today, but they do trail 23-22. The C's got off to an 8-4 start, but then gave up 10 unanswered points to fall behind. Bradley leads Boston with 5. KG, Pierce, and Green each have 4. Lee has 3.
2:11: In the second quarter, the Celtics were out-played. They never led and fell behind by double-digits at times. They would rally late to get to within five, as they trail 50-45 at halftime. Pierce now leads the C's with 12. Bradley has 9.
3:00: In the third quarter, the Celtics trailed for the whole 12 minutes. While OKC has control right now, the C's are still within 3 as they trail 68-65. Pierce has 18. Bradley has 9. Green has 8.
3:39: The Celtics couldn't keep up with the Thunder in the fourth as they lose today, 91-79. The last quarter was all Thunder with the Celtics not making much of an attempt to come back. Today's game was one that they're supposed to lose, but it still sucks. At least now they can go to Charlotte. Stay here at CG, post game and USOTN coming soon. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
I remember, way back when the Celtics had the six game win streak to get to 20-17, saying that the Celtics wouldn't lose another game until Sunday, March 10. Looking ahead at their schedule, I saw a lot of winnable games that, as you know, they didn't win. For example, the Bobcats and Lakers games. Now we have reached March 10, and the Celtics have lost four games since then. However, on the bright side, they still have won a hell of a lot more games in that time span. Today's matchup with the Thunder will be very tough, but I have hope. Here are today's 5 things:
5. GET CRAWFORD MORE OPEN THREES:
On Friday night, the Celtics would run a play where they would have someone drive into the paint, and then they would kick it out to an open shooter in the corner. Crawford made a three on one of those plays, give him more.
4. GET BRADLEY BACK ON TRACK:
Looking back on Avery's stats from Friday, he didn't do anything. He scored a mere 5 points on 2/7 shooting. It didn't hurt them then, but it will definitely hurt them today if he doesn't start playing like himself again. So far, he's been a huge part of their winning streak.
3. MUCH BETTER OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING:
In Friday's USOTN, I pointed out that the Celtics only managed to get a pathetic, 2 offensive rebounds against the Hawks. If they do that again today, I guarantee that they will have no chance at winning.
2. RUN BETTER PLAYS IN BIG SITUATIONS:
In the late stages of the fourth quarter and in all of overtime, the Celtics ran horrible offenses. They weren't helping the guy with the ball and were forced to throw up bad shots at times. This is being completely ignored because all of those bad shots went in.
1. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE SHOOTERS:
On Friday, the Celtics didn't seem to play very aggressive defense and gave up a lot of open threes. They would let up on shooters and those shooters would swish it. Durant is gonna make a ton of threes if they let him.