Just a few random thoughts for tonight's post game wrap up. First, KG's injury is troubling. He didn't seem to injure the foot in the game but they said he was walking gingerly afterwards. It is being described as a foot injury rather than an ankle injury. And the fact that they are going to take an MRI makes it even more worrisome. I remember back in that year before KG arrived, Pierce missed half the season with a foot injury. Hopefully the MRI comes out negative and KG just gets some more rest. In that case, Doc needs to keep him out until he is absolutely 100% and rested. Give Randolph and White a chance to play. They've done well when they have gotten the minutes. That brings me to tonight's game.
The Celtics were down 21 when Doc took out the regular rotation guys and turned the game over to his little used reserves for what I'm sure he thought was going to be garbage time. But a strange thing happened. Those little used reserves came in and played with heart and energy and they were aggressive and they managed to turn the game around and cut that 21 point lead down to 4. I know Doc was trying to use offensive and defensive lineups to try to win but I thought he should have left the guys in who got them there. Williams, Crawford, White, Randolph and Green were the energy guys who brought them back and I thought that they should have been allowed to close it out, win or lose. Read more » Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
Tonight's 110-106 loss to the Grizzlies was filled with ups and downs. The Celtics got off to nice start, but slipped in the second and third quarters. Their fourth quarter contained a rally that didn't start until about the 6:00 mark. Had it started earlier, they definitely would've won. But it didn't. What's done is done.
Tonight's USOTN easily goes to the performance of Jordan Crawford. Wow, this guy had himself a hell of a game. From beginning to end, this guy played great. His 21 points was second on the team to Paul Pierce, who had 26. Now this is the guy that they should've gotten from Washington.
Like I said earlier, this was a good loss. I am almost happy with them right now. Sometimes things just don't go our way. Tonight was definitely one of those times. Good night. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
8:39: Despite playing without Garnett or Lee, the Celtics lead the Grizzlies after the first quarter, 31-29. This team is very misleading. Right when I give up on them, they get hot. But don't get too excited. There's still a ton of basketball to be played.
9:15: Whatever the Celtics had in the first quarter, they didn't have in the second. Their two-point lead quickly went away and they now trail at the half, 61-51. Paul Pierce is having a nice night, leading the C's with 13 points. Jeff Green is second with 9. Keep watching.
9:52: After three quarters in Memphis, the Celtics trail, 85-73. Nothing changed in this quarter. They didn't improve or weaken. They'll need a huge fourth quarter to win. Let's see what happens.
10:41: Despite putting up an inspiring effort in the fourth quarter, the Celtics came up just short tonight, 110-106. I'm not mad about this loss. They played really hard tonight but just ran out of time. Like with the Heat game, they would've won had KG played. Stay here at CG, post game and USOTN coming soon.
Summing up the chaos here in Memphis...Kevin Garnett, Courtney Lee and Marc Gasol all out. Zach Randolph (alarm clock issue) won't start.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 23, 2013
Garnett did not leave the Mavs game with any injury but was walking somewhat gingerly afterwards, according to reports. As would be expected, the Celtics are being extra careful with KG and he will be examined by Celtics doctors when the club returns to Boston on Sunday. He will also undergo an MRI when he returns to Boston. Hopefully that is just precautionary and not because something serious is damaged in the ankle. But talk of an MRI is concerning.
Without KG, the Celtics will be forced to go extra small against one of the bigger teams in the league. They will catch a break, though, if Gasol can't go as Sean Grande reported. Jason Terry is expected to start at shooting guard and Jeff Green at forward. Brandon Bass is expected to start in the middle. I hope Doc gives White and Randolph some playing time. We desperately need their size.
at Boston Celtics (36-32) at Memphis Grizzlies (46-22) Saturday, March 23, 2013 8:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #69, Road Game #35 TV: CSN-NE, SSO-MEM, NBA LP 755(BOS)/756(MEM) Radio: WEEI, WMFS Fed Ex Forum
Referees: Bill Spooner, Marat Kogut, Zach Zarba
The Celtics look to close out their road trip against a Grizzlies team
that is playing very well. Memphis is 12-3 since the All Star break
with all 3 losses coming on the road. They have also won 16 of 21 since
the trade that brought Tayshaun Prince to Memphis for Rudy Gay. The
Grizzlies beat the Celtics 93-83 in January at the Garden.
was before the Grizzlies' big trade and it was also Avery Bradley's
first game back from his shoulder injury. The Celtics also had both
Rondo and Sully and so both teams are considerably different since their
first meeting. Both teams are also in the heat of the playoff race.
Celtics are still in 7th half a game behind Chicago in 6th and 1.5
behind Atlanta in 5th. They are also staying 2 games in front of
Milwaukee for the 8th spot and a 1st round matchup with the Heat. The
Grizzlies are in 5th in the West just half a game behind the Clippers
in 4th and 1 game behind Denver in 3rd.
The Celtics have
dropped to 5-5 in their last 10 while the Grizzlies are 7-3 in their
last 10. The Celtics are a terrible 12-22 on the road while the
Grizzlies are a tough 27-8 at home. Both teams are coming off a loss
on the road and both had to travel overnight, so neither has an
advantage in that area. The Grizzlies had won 2 in a row before
dropping their last game to the Hornets. The Celtics have lost 3 in a
row and really need to get a win to keep this road trip from being a
Courtney Lee went down with an ankle injury in
the Mavs game and considered day to day. I'm leaving
him in the starting lineup since he may or may not play and I don't know who Doc would start,
possibly JET or Terrence Williams, if Lee can't go.
First, I think everything that is ailing the Celtics can be fixed by the team getting back to their defensive roots. Last week Doc held a practice on an off day and said that the team needed it because of slippage on the defensive end. I agree with Doc. They are slipping on the defensive end and that is causing them to struggle overall. A quote from KG further highlights the problem.
"I've always said we are a defensive team that can score the basketball and we got to get back to our bread and butter"....
The Celtics struggled to cover the pick and roll against the Mavericks after being one of the better pick and roll defensive teams over their win streak. They have been very sloppy and lazy on defense over all during this 3 game losing streak. The defense was flat from the start. They allowed the Mavs to put up a 30-point first quarter while opening as much as an 11-point lead. A quote from ESPNBoston also points out the problem.
The Celtics are the best team in the league against pick-and-roll ball-handlers this season, allowing a mere 0.709 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports data. But over the past three games, that number has jumped up to 0.897 points per possession. That would be the worst mark in the NBA if maintained (the Sacramento Kings are last in the league at 0.889 points per possession).
It's not even like the Celtics are trying to work in new players as Randolph and White have barely left the bench. We might be better if Doc would give the pair just a little playing time to help with the Celtics' also terrible rebounding. The only new player getting minutes is Jordan Crawford and I don't mind saying that I don't understand all the 4th quarter minutes that Doc has been giving him.
With Courtney Lee nursing a sprained ankle, the defense will take a further hit but there is still no excuse for the lack of effort we are seeing with just 14 games remaining in the regular season and playoff seeding on the line. The answer has to be for every player to re-commit to playing Celtics' team defense.
The Celtics know how to play and are capable of it. As KG said, they just need to get back to their bread and butter. It's time for the Celtics to put some teeth back into their defense. I just hope they can.
Mavs fans weren't too bad for the most part. There were a few though. I like that they could recognize that they were getting a lot of calls going their way and that the refs were bad both ways at times. Lots of Jason Terry love, as it should be for all he did in Dallas. And lots of KG hate for all the things he's done TO Dallas. Enjoy today's comments.
JET's return. There haven't been many great moments this season, but his first time checking in tonight will be. I hope those of you attending will give him the reception he deserves.
I wish I could be there to give JET a standing ovation. OJ Mayo has been pretty good this season, but he has a long way to go to becoming the assassin that Terry became in his time with the Mavs.
This crap season does make me appreciate what Jet did for this team a lot more. He'll get his standing ovation. No doubt about it.
I want to see James shoot 30 times, then Carlisle get stabbed in the face by some outraged fan.
After losing a few winnable games to bad teams, the Celtics will play an actual good team tonight when they visit the Grizzlies. This Boston team has just looked terrible recently. A win tonight would definitely give them some much-needed momentum. Let's hope they get it. Here are tonight's five things:
5. STOP LETTING BRADLEY SHOOT:
In Dallas, Avery Bradley shot just 4/12 from the field. I don't know why they keep giving him shots. He clearly can't shoot they way he once could. Please stop giving him 10+ shots a game.
4. BETTER 3-POINT SHOOTING:
Last night, the Celtics shot a horrible, 5/17 from three-point land. This is really bad. If they could've made a few more of those open shots, they would've easily won. Practice this in shootaround.
3. KEEP GETTING BASS INVOLVED:
Finally, Brandon Bass is coming out of his shell and playing very well for the Celtics. Last night, he scored a team-high 16 points on 4/9 shooting and 8/8 free throw shooting. Keep this up.
2. GET TERRY MORE THREES:
If there's one thing that Jason Terry is actually good at, it's three-point shooting. But in his return to Dallas, he only got two threes, missing both of them. Give him more or just don't play him.
1. TRY TO FOUL LESS:
This one's gonna be really hard to do, because most fouls are accidental. But if you can, attempt to foul less. In Dallas, the C's fouled 26 times. They need to lower that number.
Tonight featured another tough loss for the Celtics. The final score: Mavs 104, Celtics 94. I feel too upset to be mad right now. Despite putting up a decent effort, the Celtics still lost to a below .500 team. This is ridiculous.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the performance of Jordan Crawford. Unlike most players on the team, Crawford actually played well. He had a solid 9 points on 3/11 shooting. I guess the shooting still needs some work, but I'm not too upset. He still had a nice game.
Like I said, this one was disappointing. They weren't playing that tough of an opponent. They need to win these kinda games. But like I said a few nights ago, they don't want to put up the effort. They expect to win every game with minimum effort. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
9:10: Well, I called this. After one quarter in Dallas, the C's trail 30-21. This team has crossed the line. They aren't even trying anymore. Somebody step up.
9:48: For a split second there, I actually thought that the Celtics were trying. But that was just an illusion. Despite getting to within four at one point, the C's trail at halftime 55-44. These guys are losers. I feel bad for Doc.
10:31: Tonight's third quarter was very competitive. The Celtics and Mavs each scored 24 points. At least their trying. But it's probably too late. I have some hope.
11:08: The Celtics have lost, 104-94. They made a solid effort to come back in the fourth, but came up short. Another disappointing loss. Time to move on again. Good night. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
at Boston Celtics (36-31) at Dallas Mavericks (32-36) Friday, March 22, 2013 8:30 PM ET Regular Season Game #68 – Road Game #34 TV: CSN-NE, FSSW-DAL, NBA-LP 764(BOS)/765(DAL) Radio: WEEI, 103.5 FM, ESPNR American Airlines Center Referees: Ed Malloy, Bennie Adams, Leroy Richardson
Jason Terry makes his first visit to the American Airlines Center where
he played for 8 years. Hopefully the crowd will give him a nice welcome
for all he did for that team. This is the second game between these
two teams as the Celtics beat the Mavericks 117-115 in Boston earlier
this season. The Mavericks were without Dirk in that game as he was
recovering from a knee injury.
The Mavs have a 2 game win streak
against the Celtics in Dallas and have won 6 of the last 8 between the
teams. The win in Boston on December 12 snapped the Celtics' 4 game
losing streak against the Mavericks. The Mavs are in the midst of a 6
game homestand while the Celtics are in the middle of a 3 game Western
The Mavs are in the 10th spot in the West, but just
3.5 games behind the Lakers, who are in 8th, so they aren't out of it
yet. They will be playing hard to try to make up ground in case the
Lakers stumble again. The Celtics have dropped back to the 7th spot in
the East, tied record wise with Chicago in 6th and 1.5 games behind
Atlanta in 5th. They are also just 4.5 games behind the Knicks for the
3rd spot and the Atlantic division lead. They are also just 2 games
ahead of Milwaukee for the 8th spot and a first round matchup with the
Heat. They really don't want to drop back into that 8th spot and so they have to find a way to win these games.
Both the Celtics and the Mavericks are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Celtics
have lost 2 in a row and are looking to get back in the win column. The
Mavs are looking to avoid losing their second straight. The Mavs are a
decent 18-14 at home while the Celtics are a pitiful 12-21 on the road.
Shawn Marion has missed the last 8 games with a calf injury but says
he plans to play in this one. The Matchup Edge gives every category to the Mavs except FG% and Defense. It won't be an easy game but the Celtics have to find a way to win.
The Celtics have proved that they
can play with just about any team, building leads and staying with
teams, but then falter in the second half. They need to develop better
focus and effort, especially on the road, and close out games. Let's
hope they come into this game mad at themselves for blowing the last
game and win easily so that they can get some rest for the next night's
game in Memphis.
Well, great. Tonight, the Celtics play the Mavericks down in Dallas. Boy, I just can't wait to watch them struggle against another awful team. This last week really only had one hard game scheduled(the Heat game), which they lost. I'm fine with that one, but not the close home wins or the loss in New Orleans. Anyway, if they attempt to follow these five things they might win:
5. GET GREEN TO STAY HOT:
In New Orleans, Jeff Green scored 11 out of his 13 points in the first quarter. So, his performance pretty much didn't matter. They need him to play great a lot more consistently.
4. FIX TERRY:
On Wednesday, Jason Terry did not score a single point. That performance was completely pathetic. They need this guy to make a few threes every game. Not just jack up stupid sh*t.
3. LIMIT BRADLEY'S SHOTS:
In the last week, Avery Bradley's shot has gone from amazing to depressing. Against the Hornets, Bradley shot just 2/10 from the field. Once he starts missing shots, stop giving him attempts. He's very cocky.
2. GIVE LEE MORE SHOTS:
In New Orleans, Courtney Lee scored an OK 5 points on 2/3 shooting. He scored as many points on 3 shots as Bradley scored on 10 shots. Here's an insane thought, give the better shooter more shots.
1. PLAY HARD FOR 48 MINUTES:
On Wednesday, the Celtics only played their hardest for the first twenty-four minutes. They need to play harder for longer. If they would've put up the same effort in the second half as they did in the first, they would've definitely won.
The fans posting on the Hornets' boards have become very few, but I guess you can't blame them. It's pretty funny to see fans who are set on tanking and getting the best draft pick suddenly want to win just because it's the Celtics. The Celtics should not have lost this game. They pretty much beat themselves. There is something very wrong when the bench that Hornets fans describe as the worst in the league outscore the Celtics bench 39-17. Last night was a double heartbreaker for me. The Thunder lost in the same way as the Celtics did. Up 1. Missed shot. Tip in. Game over. Sigh. On to the next one.
No excitement for the game tonight?
Something about "5 Reasons why not to watch..."
Interested in how EG fares against the vaunted Avery Bradley.
Stuck at work Gonna miss tip off.
You ain't the only one missing tip off, judging from all the empty seats on television.
Coming off a emotional game against the Miami Heat the Celtics moved on to a three game road trip starting in New Orleans against the Hornets. The Celtics got back their veteran center Kevin Garnett who returned from a leg injury and flu symptoms. The Hornet's Anthony Davis was also battling flu like symptoms but managed to play in the game and in the end was the difference maker.With KG back in the line-up against a team like the Hornets this looked like an easy victory after nearly beating the best team in the NBA.
The Celtics came out strong in the first half led by Jeff Green after his career performance last game. Jeff scored 11 points in just the first quarter seemingly picking up where he left off but couldn't keep it going, scoring just 2 points the remainder of the game. Coming out of halftime the Celtics held a 6 point lead but looked unfocused in the third quarter scoring just 12 points. The Hornet led by as many as 9 in this game and held the final possession down 1 point. With the clock running down Eric Gordon of the Hornets missed on a fade away shot but was saved by an Anthony Davis tip-in with just .3 seconds remaining stunning the Celtics 87-86.
Well, the Celtics just continue to amaze us with their effort. Tonight, they blew a double-digit halftime lead and lost at the buzzer to the future-Pelicans. I'm fed up. No more defending these losers. They need to start doing their jobs.
Tonight's USOTN goes to the fact that the C's led by 3 with just under a minute left. How do you blow that lead to the Hornets? The Hornets aren't a title team, they're a bottom feeder. You have to commit to winning every game. Right now, the Celtics are not doing that.
Like I said, I'm done with this team. All I do is defend them. The truth is, they don't deserve to have fans on their side. They don't try. They're aren't just losing, they're handing the other team a free win on a golden platter. Hell, I probably put up more effort writing this post than the Celtics did in tonight's last minute. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
8:35: The Celtics continued their aggressive play in tonight's first quarter. It could've been better, but I'll still take their current 31-22 lead. Jeff Green is playing well again tonight, leading the C's with 11 points. Pierce has also chipped in 6. Keep watching, this should be a good one.
9:22: The Celtics and Hornets played a virtually equal second quarter. By the end of it, Boston's lead had grown by 1 into a 55-45 halftime advantage. KG now leads the C's with 14. Green has 13. Pierce has 12.
9:48: The Celtics put up no effort in the third quarter. The Hornets easily came back and tied the game at 67. Pierce leads Boston with 17. Garnett has 16. Green has 13.
Boston Celtics (36-30) at New Orleans Hornets (22-46) Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #67 – Road Game #33 TV: CSN-NE, FSO, NBA-LP 760(BOS)/761(NOH) Radio: WEEI, WWL New Orleans Arena Referees: Joey Crawford, Sean Corbin, Kevin Scott The Celtics begin a 3 game road trip in New Orleans as they look to
avenge a loss to the Hornets at the Garden earlier this season. Kevin
Garnett, who missed the last 2 games with an adductor injury and some
kind of illness, traveled with the team and word out of the shoot around was that he will be playing tonight. On the other side, Anthony Davis is a game time decision due to illness. .
Starting the trip out against the 22-46 Hornets, who are
at the bottom of the Western conference, could give the Celtics a
chance to get the trip started on the right foot. The Hornets lost
lost their fourth straight and 12th in 15 games on Monday as they began
a seven-game homestand. The Celtics had won seven of nine before
falling to the Heat on Monday, but the two losses came on the road by an
average of 19.0 points. The Celtics will play six of their next eight
games away from home and must find a way to win these games on the
The first meeting between these two teams was all about
Doc's first game coaching against his son Austin. This time around,
Austin is out with a hand injury so they will not have that
distraction. Jeff Green is coming off perhaps his best career game and
the Celtics are hoping that they will see some consistency from him and
that he will play well in this game also.
Every game from
now until the end of the season becomes important. The Celtics simply
cannot take a game off. The standings in the East are so close that one
loss can raise or drop a team as many as 3 spots. The Celtics are
currently in the 7th spot, tied record-wise with the Bulls, who are 6th
by way of leading the season series. Both teams are half a game behind
Atlanta who are in the 5th spot. They are 2.5 games back of the Nets
and 3.5 games behind the Knicks for the Division lead.
Celtics beat themselves in part against the Heat. They missed 9 free
throws in a 2 point loss. They also turned the ball over 20 times.
They have to learn from that loss and tighten up those areas. They also
have to increase their focus, especially on the road. A little more
focus and energy will go a long way toward correcting those mistakes. The Celtics should be able to win this game if they stay focused and avoid the mistakes they made in the last game.
Next up are a few more details from a story we reported yesterday but the Celtics have made it official today. White's contract is reportedly similar to the one signed earlier by Terrence Williams. He is signed through the remainder of the season with a team option for next year.
After Monday night's depressing loss to Miami, the Celtics will hit the road tonight for a matchup with the New Orleans Hornets. This will be the second time these two meet, with the first being a win for the Hornets at the Garden. I consider this one to be an absolute must win. If they drop this one, they will be in some deep sh*t. Here are tonight's five things:
5. DON'T HAVE BASS TAKE THE BIG SHOTS:
I know that I just recently said that Bass should shoot more, but not in big-game situations. Late in the loss to the Heat, Bass got the ball and missed a layup. Please don't let this happen again.
4. DON'T IGNORE THE PRESS:
This happened a ton against Miami. The Heat would press and the Celtics wouldn't even acknowledge it. Miami would have a 4-on-1 advantage and easily steal the ball and convert it into a bucket.
3. DON'T LET CRAWFORD SHOOT THREES:
In my opinion, Jordan Crawford is a solid player. But he should never shoot threes. If there's one thing we learned about him on Monday, it's that his shot isn't that good. Limit him to long twos.
2. NO DUMB SHOTS:
I'm talking to you, Paul Pierce. You, the supposed leader of this team, took the most selfish and stupid shot I have ever seen on that last possession. NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.
1. MORE DETERMINATION:
Monday's fourth quarter was definitely one to forget. With a little bit of smart play, they could've dribbled the clock out. In extreme desperation, I ask the Celtics to play hard for 48 minutes, not just 40. This isn't college.
Jessica Camerato is reporting on CSNNE.com that the Celtics will sign DJ White for the remainder of the season. The Celtics gave White a pair of 10 day contracts to prove himself. He played sparingly over those 20 days, averaging 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in seven minutes per game. Last week he had his best outing as he scored 6 points on 3-4 shooting in just 5 minutes of play against the Charlotte Bobcats.
White gives the Celtics another big body to give Kevin Garnett a break during games and, most importantly during practice. He has proved that he can contribute when given the minutes and he gives the Celtics another rebounder, which they very much need with Doc needing to keep KG fresh for the playoffs and with Jared Sullinger on the shelf. I expect that we will see White get more minutes down the stretch as Doc looks to rest the veterans more.
I really, really dislike the Heat and their fans. The majority of Heat fans became fans when LeBron arrived. They are fair weather fans who trash their own players constantly when they miss a play or don't shoot well. . They also talk about how Celtics fans are complaining about the refs and then turn around and complain about the refs and the truth is that no team gets more calls than the Heat. Heat fans are among the least classy and most arrogant fans in the league. And I'm willing to bet that if their team fell on hard times the majority would promptly disappear.
Heat better outrebound them, even if KG plays.
Knowing that John Cena is more than likely a Celtics fan just makes me hate them even more.
Honestly could'nt care less about the Celtics at this point, they're so 2009. We already killed that rivalry.
Absolutely not afraid of this Celtics team in a playoff series, but for 1 game, they can beat us, especially if we show up with a lazy effort. Anyway, because this would be the win number 23, I would love to do it, not because its against Boston (they are dead already) , just because it is history.
I hope we give these guys a celestial ssa whooping that they will never forget.
I hope we stomp the green panties off these bums. Man I hate the Celtics with a passion and they're annoying fans. Knicks fans have been worst this year just like how Mavs fans were in 06 & 2011 but Celtics fans are consistently annoying...
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On Monday night the Celtics faced the hottest team in the NBA, the Miami Heat. The Heat came into Boston looking to extend their win streak to 23 games and acquire the title of second longest win streak in NBA history. The Celtics looked to extend a win streak of their own looking to win their 12th straight home game. This was a very tall task for the Celtics who would be without their centerpiece Kevin Garnett who sat out with strained adductor muscle.
With Garnett out of the line-up Doc Rivers elected to start Jeff Green for the third time this year. The team looked to get a major contribution from someone with KG out and got a huge performance from Jeff Green who set a career high with 43 points. Jeff was sensational tonight especially in the first half scoring 21 of his points in a 9 minute span. Unfortunately when Green was out, the offensive became stagnant allowing Miami to battle back and keep the game close. LeBron James was his usual self in full form leading the Heat in four major categories. In the end, despite Jeff Green's offensive explosion, LeBron and the Heat came away with the win 105-103 and extended their win streak to 23 games. Read more » Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
Tonight's 105-103 loss to the Heat was easily the most embarrassing loss I have ever seen the Celtics suffer. With 8 minutes left to play, the Celtics had a 13-point lead and all of the momentum. With minimal effort, they could've won by 15. Instead, they acted like spoiled brats and seemed to purposely lose the game. I don't know how a professional basketball team can play that bad.
Tonight's USOTN goes to tonight's turnover differential. The Heat committed just 14 turnovers while Boston had 20. This is just another thing that costed the C's the game. With an OK performance in this category, they would've won. But God forbid they play hard.
This game was in their back pocket mid-way through the fourth quarter. But, if you don't try, how can you win? With 7 seconds left, Paul Pierce shot a highly contested three that subliminally acted as a white flag. They had plenty of time to draw up a play, but instead decided to screw around and disappoint the hordes of fans in attendance. Basically the entire fourth quarter was nothing but wasted possessions and horrible defense. Again, if you don't try, how can you win? Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
8:37: Tonight's first quarter couldn't have gone better. The C's got off to a kinda bad start, but made up for with a quarter-ending 17-0 run. They now lead 31-19 after one quarter. Lebron's having a horrible game so far, shooting just 3/7 from the field. Jeff Green has filled in for KG nicely with a team-high 14 points.
9:18: The Celtics level of play went down in the second quarter. They currently are clinging to a 59-53 lead at halftime. Despite this, I have to say that tonight's officiating has been embarrassing. Just look at the 3-point play by Bosh late in the second. Bosh clearly pushed off and yet still gets free throws. The refs better improve in the second half because right now any sort of contact is an automatic foul on Boston.
10:09: The Celtics and Heat continued to entertain in the third. At one point, Miami took a lead but lost it immediately. Jeff Green continued his career night with 12 points in the quarter. The Celtics lead currently sits at 82-78. Keep watching.
10:51: The Celtics played an absolutely pathetic fourth quarter. As you may have expected by that first sentence, they lost. They had a 13-point lead with 8 minutes to go, and somehow lost. Completely disgraceful. No excuses. Leave a comment Link backs Tweet
Miami Heat (51-14) at Boston Celtics (36-29) Monday, March 18, 2013 8:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #66, Home Game #34 TV: ESPN, CSNNE, NABC, SunSpM Radio: WEEI, WAXY TD Garden Referees: Scott Foster, Matt Boland, David Guthrie
The Heat and Celtics meet for the third of four match-ups this season.
The teams have split their two meetings so far this season, with both
teams winning on their home court. Since that last loss to Boston on January 27, the Heat have run off 22 straight wins and the Celtics have won 11 in a row at home. That 1/27 win over the Heat was also the game that they learned they would be without Rondo for the rest of the season. The Heat are 15-32 all time in games
played in Boston.
This game is all about streaks. The last
time these two teams met in Boston, the Celtics ended their 6 game
losing streak and extended their home win streak against the Heat to
10. 5 years ago on March 18th, 2008, the Celtics ended Houston's 22 game win
streak. Five years later, the Heat come into Boston with a 22 game win
streak and the Celtics are hoping that they can repeat history and end
this 22 game win streak as well. The Celtics have won 11 games in a row at home and are looking to continue that streak as well.
Kevin Garnett is a game time decision for this game. He was originally considered doubtful and then questionable and now is a game time decision. I join those who feel that if he's not 100% he should sit out. One game isn't worth aggravating the injury. If he can't go or is limited, it gets a lot
tougher for the Celtics. But the Celtics have overcome a lot of
adversity and a complete team effort would still give them a chance to
win. I'm being positive and putting KG into the starting lineup,
hoping he'll be good to go. If KG can't play, I expect the Celtics to start the same lineup they used the last time with Jeff Green starting at the 4 and Brandon Bass sliding over to the 5. Incidentally, they are 2-0 with that lineup, although those wins were over the woeful Suns and Bobcats.
The Heat are playing in back to
back games and had to travel after their afternoon game in Toronto. For
once, the Celtics have had the day off before the big matchup. The
Celtics need to come out focused and play as a team from the start to
the final buzzer, whether KG plays or not. .
Tonight, the Celtics will the play the final game of their three game home stand when they host the red hot Miami Heat. As you probably know, the Heat are currently riding a 22 game win streak with the media at their backs. On the other hand, the Celtics have won their last two games over the Raptors and Bobcats, with the win over Charlotte coming without KG. According to 10,000 computer simulations, the Heat have just a 34% of continuing their streak tonight. Let's hope the computers are right. Here are the five things:
5. HAVE WILCOX STEP UP:
As horrifying as it sounds, there is a chance that Kevin Garnett won't play tonight. If this happens, the C's will really need Chris Wilcox to step up and fill the void.
4. GET GREEN SOME MORE SHOTS:
Against Charlotte, Jeff Green scored just 10 points on 5/9 shooting. If they're going to win this one, they will need around 15-20 points out of this guy. They need him at his very best.
3. DRAW FOULS:
The Celtics haven't really had a free throw problem at all recently, but getting a few more foul shots wouldn't hurt anything. Try to avoid taking fade-aways and lean in when you're in the paint.
2. GIVE TERRY PLENTY OF OPEN SHOTS:
When Jason Terry is open, he rarely misses. Against the Bobcats, Terry shot a perfect, 3/3 from behind the arch. If he has a good shot in shootaround, make him one of your top scorers.
All season, the Celtics have been a pretty solid rebounding team. But tonight, they'll have to dominate. No second chance points for Miami. If they allow 3 shots on every defensive possession, they will lose by 40.
Have to feel for Bobcats fans and have to admire them a bit also. I have to hand it to them for sticking with their team as poorly managed as it's been over the years. But there's always hope that they'll turn it around and make the right draft pick one of these years. Some fun comments. Enjoy...
I like the stat saying we are only 3-14 on the second night of a back to back Meaning we are an impressive 11-37 when rested. Man this is depressing.
Some good news KG has the night off tonight.
It is an odd scheduling quirk Last week, Boston rested Pierce. Tonight they’re resting KG. Hopefully we make them pay again. PAIN!
I call this the valley of death Of what little of my dignity remains.
Think they will be angry much about the other night? This could get U-G-L-Y!!