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Farewell D-Miles

10.20.08 at 10:45 am ET
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So, late last week I made a sort of half-ass case for keeping Darius Miles. I knew even as I posted it that things looked grim, but I was hoping that the old Darius would show up, and soon. It didn’t happen and today he got the axe.

It makes sense from the Celtics perspective because he was the only one without a guaranteed contract and Bill Walker (particularly) and JR Giddens have shown flashes of being useful NBA players sooner rather than later. Gabe Pruitt, obviously, showed what he can do if called upon, and there’s something comforting about keeping Sam Cassell around in case of an emergency. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make an NBA Schedule

10.20.08 at 9:12 am ET
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Ever feel like the same teams roll through Boston year after year? Or wonder why the Celtics had such a demanding West Coast road trip last season? Mike Zarren, the Boston Celtics Assistant Executive Director of Basketball Operations, explains the thought process behind an NBA schedule on Celtics.com.

There are basic requirements for the Celtics, such as a home and away game against every Western Conference team. They also have to play two home and two away games against each team in the Atlantic Division. Then there are other factors, including coordinating their schedule with the Boston Bruins as well as boosting those ratings on national TV.

Zarren does a great job of breaking it all down here so you’ll never have to question why you catch the New Jersey Nets every time you go to the Garden.

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Powe Goes Numb, OK After Game

10.19.08 at 3:42 pm ET
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A week after injuring his hand against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Leon Powe was sent back to the trainer’s room on Sunday. Powe was injured when he went up for a rebound and one of the New Jersey Nets landed on his left foot, hitting a nerve. Powe lost all feeling in his left foot for 30 minutes. After the game he said he can put pressure on it again and is not expected to have further complications. As for his left hand, it is still noticeably swollen but he is playing through the injury.

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Celtics Beat Nets 83-66

10.19.08 at 2:56 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets 83-66 behind 44 solid minutes from Gabe Pruitt. Kendrick Perkins led the Celtics with 18 point and 9 rebounds. Ryan Anderson scored 20 for the Nets. A few postgame notes:

  • Pruitt was the talk of evening as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce sang his praises. KG pointed out that Pruitt goes up against Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo every day in practice, naturally improving any player. “Playing against the Truth, giving him a good taste of what the Truth is all about will make you better,” he said.
  • Nets head coach Lawrence Frank gave kudos to Perkins and called him “dominant presence in the game.” He also noted that his team got caught up in rotations, weren’t hitting their shots (31.9% FG), and failed at keeping the Celtics off the glass.
  • On that note, the Celtics outrebounded the Nets 56-29. Pruitt (12 rebounds) grabbed more boards than Nets starting big men Bobby Simmons, Yi Jianlian, and Brook Lopez combined.

The Celtics will take on the New York Knicks on Tuesday night in NYC.

Fourth Quarter Reserved for Reserves

10.19.08 at 2:50 pm ET
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Doc Rivers said he wanted to learn more about “3-4″ guys before he made cuts and today he’s taking a look at everyone but Sam Cassell. With four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Gabe Pruitt, J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker, Darius Miles, and Brian Scalabrine are on the court. This lineup is without a true center so they are pressuring on the perimeter to prevent a mismatch at the hoop. And just in case you thought anything has changed since last season, the fans are still chanting “Scal-a-bri-ne” every 30 seconds.

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More Eddie House

10.19.08 at 2:34 pm ET
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Eddie House is back at it again. After shooting 7-for-11 from three-point range on Friday night, he has quickly nailed a pair of treys at the start of the fourth quarter. The Celtics lead is now up to 20.

KG’s Night Done (Probably)

10.19.08 at 2:26 pm ET
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Leon Powe just replaced Kevin Garnett and it looks like his evening is over after scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds.

This is going to be a fascinating year for Garnett. As we all know, the one thing missing from his career– an NBA championship–has been fulfilled. Garnett is one of the most self-motivated players I’ve ever been around, in any sport. Keeping up his intensity won’t be a problem for him.

A couple of people I talked to this summer think that he is going to be better in Year II with Boston now that he has the trophy. The theory is that while he would never admit it, not winning one was a huge mental drain on his psyche. Now that he doesn’t have to prove anything he is free to play his game without any of the press baggage weighing him down.

We shall see. Check out Jessica for the fourth quarter.

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