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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Cal SG Allen Crabbe

06.21.13 at 12:06 pm ET
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As part of’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.


Position: Shooting guard/small forward

School: California

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 210 pounds

Achievements: Pac-12 Player of the Year (2013), All-Pac-12 first team (2012), Pac-12 Freshman of the Year (2011), Gatorade California High School Player of the Year (2010), ESPN California Player of the Year (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 18.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 81.3 free throw percentage, 36.2 minutes

What he brings: Crabbe does not possess the exceptional athleticism of some of the other potential draftees, but he is a strong shooter from mid-range and beyond. He may be best suited to fill a catch-and-shoot type of role ‘€” the bulk of what he did early in his college career. He did, however, grow into a more well-rounded player in his three years with the Golden Bears by improving his rebounding and defensive game.

His defense generally is thought to be a work in progress helped by a wingspan measuring at 6 feet, 11.25 inches. His ballhandling also is said to be suspect, though that can be hidden in part by the fact that he won’€™t be running the floor.

Notes: Earlier this month, Crabbe hurt his foot while working out for the Nets. ‘€¦ He is most often praised for his smooth shooting stroke. Crabbe is said to have regularly put in many extra hours in gyms when he was younger, sometimes staying until he made 1,000 baskets. ‘€¦ Synergy Sports Technology had Crabbe making just over half of his attempts on unguarded catch-and-shoot chances in 2012-13. ‘€¦ His 3-point field goal percentage dropped to 35 percent junior year after he hit 40 percent of those shots as a sophomore.

Recent articles:

New Jersey Star-Ledger: Guard Allen Crabbe confident his shooting will translate well in NBA

California Golden Blogs: Insight on Cal basketball’€™s Allen Crabbe

Video: Here is a highlight package of Crabbe.

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Podcast: LeBron’s legacy and a Celtics circus

06.21.13 at 11:32 am ET
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Former Celtics beat writer and current SB Nation NBA columnist Paul Flannery joined Ben Rohrbach on the Green Street podcast to discuss the legacies of LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Boston’s latest Big 3 era — all amidst a legendary NBA Finals and a C’s circus involving Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.

To listen to the podcast, check out WEEI’s audio on demand page here or download it on iTunes here.

Also, don’t miss Flannery’s fantastic Game 7 column from Thursday night and follow him on Twitter @Pflanns.

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Update: Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge press conference postponed

06.21.13 at 10:19 am ET
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The Celtics announced that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers will take part in a press conference at noon on Friday at the team’s practice facility in Waltham. Presumably, the status of Rivers for the forthcoming season — chiefly, whether he will return to the Celtics or head to the Clippers — will be resolved at that time.

UPDATE: Shortly after the press conference was scheduled, the Celtics confirmed to WEEI’s Mike Petraglia that it had been postponed and rescheduled for noon Monday. Whenever it takes place, the press conference will be carried live on WEEI.

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Bill Russell: The Heat won two straight titles? Yawn

06.21.13 at 9:53 am ET
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“A thrilling Game 7 of the NBA Finals? Yawn.” — Celtics legend Bill Russell

Granted, Russell’s career Game 7 record is 10-0, so he’s the only man alive allowed to grow tired of an epic finale to a glorious Heat-Spurs series. That includes you, two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh. Yawn, indeed.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky SG Archie Goodwin

06.21.13 at 5:47 am ET
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As part of’€™s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.


Position: Shooting guard

School: Kentucky

Age: 18

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 198 pounds

Achievements: SEC All-Freshman Team (2013)

Key 2012-13 stats: 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists

What he brings: With a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Goodwin possesses great defensive potential that has SB Nation comparing him to Tony Allen. He was a very strong perimeter defender in college and can guard both guard positions due to his size and quickness. He averaged 1.1 steals per game last season.

Offensively, Goodwin has an elite first step and good ballhandling skills that helps him get around perimeter defenders. However, he struggles as an outside shooter, and only made 26.6 percent of his shots from 3-point range last season. Goodwin is young and is still growing as a player, but he is not a good shooter right now.

Notes: Goodwin led the SEC in free throw attempts with 212, although he made only 135 (63.7 percent). … He led Sylvan Hills High School to the Arkansas Class 5A state championship in 2012, earning tournament MVP honors in the process. He was named Gatorade Arkansas High School Player of the Year twice and was a member of the McDonald’€™s All-America team.

Recent articles:

Slam: Good to go: Kentucky-bound Archie Goodwin is ready to live up to the late-arriving hype

The Arkansas Leader: Coach backs Goodwin on NBA

Video: Here is a highlight video of Goodwin in a matchup against Vanderbilt last season.

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Heat hold off Spurs to claim second straight championship

06.20.13 at 11:52 pm ET
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After trailing for much of the third quarter, the Heat got a buzzer-beating 28-footer from Mario Chalmers as time expired at the end of the period to claim a 72-71 lead that they never relinquished, finally pulling away from the Spurs late to claim a 95-88 victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. With the victory, the Heat claimed their second straight title.

While Chalmers hit the game-changing shot at the end of the third, it was LeBron James who again dominated. In 45 minutes, he poured in 36 points while shooting 12-of-23 from the floor, making all eight of his free throws, pulling in a dozen rebounds and recording four assists. Dwyane Wade contributed 23 points and 10 boards, while Shane Battier added 18 points on 6-of-8 from behind the arc.

In defeat, Spurs forward Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points, but he missed an opportunity to tie the game in the final minute, missing a layup and a tip-in attempt with San Antonio trailing, 90-88. A James jumper allowed the Heat to claim a two-bucket lead, and the Spurs never again threatened.

For a detailed recap, click here.

Stern: No deal can be made involving coaches contracts

06.20.13 at 3:48 pm ET
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The Celtics and Clippers were informed “days ago” that a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett going to Los Angeles is not permitted under league trade rules, even if the deals were separated into two different transactions, a league source told on Thursday.

Speaking on ESPN Radio in New York, commissioner David Stern said, “The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts.”

Stern added that there is no separating the two deals at this point because everyone is aware that the two deals would be part of the same negotiation.

“If you think those, at this point, having been all over the media for the last week, are separate transactions, I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” Stern said.

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