|11.26.08 at 5:00 pm ET|
Greetings from the TD BankNorth Garden where Paul and I have you covered as the Boston Celtics take on the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors (5-9) are sporting a new look tonight with former Knick Jamal Crawford in the backcourt. Doc Rivers said Crawford will fit right in with Don Nelson’s system and the veteran guard makes the Warriors much better than before.
One player who didn’t fit in with Nelson’s system was Patrick O’Bryant. Rivers noted that O’Bryant has spent more time with assistant coach Clifford Ray than he probably wanted to, but Ray has a proven track record of bringing out the best in big men (Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins). O’Bryant also worked out with Ray this summer at Ray and Robert Parish’s camp at IMG Academies.
Two days after the passing of his wife Helen, Tommy Heinsohn is at the Garden as a spectator. Donny Marshall will be working alongside Mike Gorman tonight. Helen will be honored before the game with a moment of silence.
Paul will bring you all the action from the first quarter on the Celtics Game Day Blog.
|11.26.08 at 12:30 pm ET|
If you want to avoid the holiday traffic or aren’t one for Black Friday shopping, there is plenty of NBA action to keep you occupied.
Celtics on Comcast SportsNet
Wednesday, November 26
Celtics vs. Warriors
Friday, November 28
Celtics vs. 76ers
Saturday, November 29
Celtics at Bobcats
Today at 6:00 pm and after the game
Friday at 6:00 pm
Hosted by WEEI’s Michael Holley, this week’s Celtics Now features a panel discussion with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, and super fan Marty Joyce, as well as features on Ray Allen’s turkey donations and the Celtics Dancers auditions. Segments include Court Vision breakdown on the “give and go” and “HolleyWould,” where Holley tells Celtics fans what he would have done in the NBA this week.
Tommy Heinsohn will return on Monday night when the Celtics take on the Magic at 7:30.
|11.26.08 at 6:51 am ET|
The Memphis Grizzlies may not have winning down yet but their young point guard does. Mike Conley Jr. has been dubbed the best Guitar Hero player in the NBA and now he is looking for his next challenger. If you think you can beat Conley, check out his contest on Yardbarker.com.
|11.25.08 at 1:28 pm ET|
Perkins didn’t come into the season intending to become the NBA’s new bad boy. But if people want to draw that comparison after drawing eight technical fouls in the first 15 games of the season, then so be it.
“It doesn’t matter, they’re two great players in this league so I hope so,” Perkins said following Tuesday’s practice. “Nobody is getting under my skin. I really start all the problems. It’s not like they’re starting stuff with me. I pretty much start everything.”
One of those eight techs occurred with Jermaine O’Neal (below) in the Nov. 10 game against Toronto.
Celtics captain Paul Pierce is more than experienced in the ways of emotional warfare on the court.
“I use it to get in my opponents’ heads,” Pierce said Tuesday. “I don’t use it to start anything. I use it to frustrate my opponent, sort of what Larry Bird used to do in the day, Michael (Jordan), Gary Payton, these guys. I use it more as a tactic. I’m not trying to fight anybody. I do it in practice.”
Perkins, meanwhile, has always had a fierce but quiet demeanor on the court.
“I don’t really worry about it. It is what it is. They’re either going to like me or they’re not. I’m not saying anything to them. I’m just going to go out there and play my game. I’m an emotional guy but it’s not anything I can’t change. I can control it. It’s more getting into with (other players) than anything.”
Now, this season, opposing players have chosen to ride the Celtics big man to see if they can draw him into verbal, and sometimes, physical encounters that result in technical fouls.
Well, 15 games into the season, Perkins has eight. Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, if you collect 16, you earn yourself a seat on the bench in civilian clothes for a game.
Not what Doc Rivers and the Celtics are looking for.
“Last year was more techs toward the refs,” said Perkins, who picked up his eighth T on Sunday, jabbing and jarring with Jose Calderon in Toronto. “This year is more getting into with people. I’ve just been trying to keep my head. Last game, I wasn’t trying to get a tech. I’m trying to get it overturned.”
But in fairness to Perkins, Rivers was quick to point out that he thinks at least two of the instances should be reviewed and repealed.
“I’m concerned,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, sounding somewhat worried about Perkins’ rep. “We’re sending a lot of the tapes to the league because a lot of the double-technicals are where someone saying something to him and he turns around and they get a double-tech. That’s, to me, where the officials have to do their job. I think it’s easy to say say, ‘double-technical’ instead of saying this guy started it. We’re going to try to get a couple of them rescinded. It won’t happen but we’re going to try.”
Rivers then had this message for Perk.
“You want them to be emotional but not be emotionally sabotaged,” Rivers said.
Perk wasn’t looking for any shelter on Tuesday, continuing his reputation on the team as a stand-up guy.
“I blame it on myself,” he said. “I’m a man. Nobody makes me do that. I do it on my own. It’s very hard because you’re emotional and you’re going to get into with sometimes, especially at the position I play, you’re going to bang with people a lot. It’s a lot of physical contact. It gets emotional at times.”
|11.25.08 at 12:29 pm ET|
Helen Heinsohn was one of the first ladies of the Boston Celtics.
Her presence was always felt in and around the team, including the media dining area where she would spend time with her more famous husband.
But truth be told, Helen was just as popular as she socialized before, during and after games, all the while maintaining an strong front as she battled cancer.
On Monday, Helen lost her battle with the disease but her impact was remember by none other than Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
“She was a true player on our basketball team in a lot of ways, when you think about what she did last year, having chemo and still making it to basketball games,” Rivers said following Tuesday’s practice. “She was just a courageous lady and will be severely missed by me, especially, and the whole team.”
Helen is survived by her husband, two step-sons and five grandchildren. Her funeral mass will be at noon Wednesday at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Needham for relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the New England Baptist Hospital C/O Development Office 125 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120.
Visiting hours are today from 4:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home 1305 Highland Avenue in Needham (Exit 19B off 128).
For directions and guestbook please visit www.gfdoherty.com George F. Doherty & Sons, Needham, or call 781-444-0687
|11.24.08 at 9:27 am ET|
On Tuesday Sam Cassell and Kendrick Perkins will serve 250 turkey dinners at the Walter Denney Youth Center in Dorchester. Full dinners, including a choice of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Smart Water, and Vitamin Water, will be provided by the Sam Cassell Foundation and Mark Wahlberg Foundation. Today Ray Allen will provide 275 dinners at the Vine Street Community Center as part of his Ray of Hope Foundation.
|11.23.08 at 8:24 pm ET|
It has been a question asked of Doc Rivers for weeks, are the Celtics interested in Antonio McDyess?
Rivers no longer has to avoid addressing free agency — McDyess chose to return to the Detroit Pistons.
On Sunday night McDyess chose his former team over 18 other organizations, including the Boston Celtics. Marc Spears of the Boston Globe reported Celtics President Danny Ainge had made phone calls to both McDyess and his agent, Andy Miller. Miller also represents Kevin Garnett. McDyess was traded to the Denver Nuggets earlier this month as part of the Allen Iverson deal but never had any interest in playing for the Western Conference team. He will be eligible to suit up for the Pistons on December 7.