|11.10.08 at 7:31 pm ET|
Once down by as many as 16 points, the Boston Celtics staged a fourth quarter comeback to beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 on Monday night at the TD BankNorth Garden. Paul Pierce scored 22 points in the final 12 minutes alone and finished the night with 36 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Kevin Garnett added 21 points and 10 boards. Jermaine O’Neal posted 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors.
|11.10.08 at 6:56 pm ET|
We’re back for the second half, with the Celtics down 48-36. They shot an ugly 12-for-37 from the floor (32.4 percent) in the first half and 1-for-10 from 3-point range. The good news is that Kevin Garnett got it together in the second quarter after starting 1-for-5, but someone (anyone?) had better stop Jermaine O’Neal.
O’Neal lit the Celtics up for 19 points in the first half. For the first time this season he is resembling the guy from Indiana–before the injuries hit.
That much vaunted point guard battle between Rondo and Calderon that I’ve been touting since training camp? Uh, not so much. Rondo has two points and one assist and Jose has two and three assists. On with the show…
|11.10.08 at 6:15 pm ET|
Ok so that wasn’t pretty. The Celtics are down 48-36 at the end of the first half and are basically getting beat by one player … Jermaine O’Neal. JO has 19 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes. Next in line is Joey Graham with eight points and Chris Bosh has six. The Celtics have not had an answer for JO on either end of the court. Kevin Garnett has 11 points and 4 defensive rebounds while Perk is scoreless with one board. If the Celtics are going to get back into this game, they are going to have to step up their low post game to counter JO’s assault. Adding insult to injury, the Celtics are shooting 32%.
|11.10.08 at 5:36 pm ET|
We are live at the Garden for tonight’s game between the Celtics and Raptors. This is an intriguing matchup for a number of reasons. The Celtics, as we know, play great defense. The Raptors are a very efficient offensive team. Something shall give tonight. Also to watch, the point guard duel between Rajon Rondo and Jose Calderon and the big man matchup between Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh.
Jess and I will be bringing you all the action, so click through for all the off-the-cuff observations, intentional and unintentional comedy and a few insightful points, as well. Read the rest of this entry »
|11.10.08 at 5:17 pm ET|
The Raptors wasted no time getting ready for the game as nearly every player except for Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Bosh were warming up when I scoped out the court around 5:30. Leon Powe, Kendrick Perkins, and Brian Scalabrine were practicing on the Celtics end.
The Cs were loose in the locker room, with Powe, House, and Rajon Rondo crowded near Perkins’ locker. Perk turns 24 today and the big man is trying to downplay his birthday even though he is receiving some extra attention from his teammates.
Chris Bosh received treatment on the trainers table in the Raptors quarters while a handful of players wandered in and out of the locker room. Jamario Moon said the Raptors are a brand new team with O’Neal’s veteran leadership this season. They are also a better offensive team, ranking second in the league in both three-point shooting and free throws.
Tonight it was the bench who was receiving praise from Doc Rivers. The Celtics head coach said the starters have not been consistent with their offense and defense. He would not go as far to say the bench has exceeded his expectations but they are “playing well.”
The game will get underway shortly. Check back soon for more …
|11.10.08 at 10:11 am ET|
The Boston Celtics will raffle off an authentic 2008 NBA Championship Ring to raise money for the Shamrock Foundation. Raffle tickets will be available between today and February 3, 2009. Each ticket costs $2.00 and there is a five-ticket minimum.
The winner will be presented with the ring on February 5 at the TD BankNorth Garden, where they will be given four loge tickets for that night’s game. The winner will also receive a cash prize to cover the tax expenses from the ring.
In addition to being engraved with the winner’s name, the 14-karat white gold championship ring features a total of 83 diamonds and emeralds (3.30 carats combined).
Information on purchasing tickets is available online at www.celtics.com.
|11.08.08 at 3:14 pm ET|
On Saturday the Boston Celtics held an open practice for the New England Baptist Hospital. Specific plays are kept behind closed doors so today’s focus was more on drills and conditioning than strategies and game plans.
- Doc Rivers stressed the importance of rebounding to the Cs and pointed out that their next opponent, the Detroit Pistons, are known for crashing the boards.
- Strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo put the players through several exercises, many honing in on lower body strength and agility.
- Kendrick Perkins was one of the first to complete full court running drills. At 6’10 just one of his strides looks like two or three steps for Rajon Rondo and Eddie House.
- The players ran through drills wherein they had to move the ball without dribbling. The first team to score three baskets won. On the first possession, Leon Powe suffocated Kevin Garnett at the top of the key and forced a turnover. Paul Pierce, Eddie House, and J.R. Giddens each knocked down multiple shots.
- Ray Allen, Tony Allen, and Gabe Pruitt stuck around after practice to get in some extra long range shots.
The Celtics left at 3pm for a flight to Detroit. They will play Allen Iverson and the Pistons on Sunday at 6pm on NBA TV.