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Irish Coffee: What to expect from Celtics’ buyouts
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On March 3, 2011 @ 10:40 am In General | 2 Comments
Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee …
The buyout additions of Troy Murphy and (reportedly) Sasha Pavlovic are designed to give the Celtics depth, and surely they will. But every move is made to win basketball games, right?
So, can Murphy and Pavlovic help the C’s win enough games to hold off the Heat or Bulls for the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed — and then contribute to victories as the team chases Banner No. 18?
Throughout the new Big Three era, the Celtics have made similar buyout acquisitions in addition to luring P.J. Brown out of retirement before the 2008 title run. Here’s what they gave you over the past three seasons …
I think we can all agree that the 30-year-old Murphy is a better option at this point in his career than any of the aforementioned guys. Heck, a 27-year-old Pavlovic might be, too, considering four of the five guys above never played again — and the one who did (Moore) played just 23 more games in his career.
Since 2008, those five other players reached double-digit scoring 18 times in 191 combined games, and the Celtics finished 16-2 on those occasions — including seven playoff wins.
It’s quite possible Murphy and/or Pavlovic could reach double figures 18 times between the two of them over the course of the next 23 regular-season games and however many playoff games follow. And that bodes well for the C’s in 2011.
JEFF GREEN WANTS TO STAY IN BOSTON
The four-year, $35 million extension Kendrick Perkins signed with the Thunder wasn’t lost on new Celtics forward Jeff Green. In a conversation with the Sporting News , Green said he’d be open to signing an extension with the Celtics — although he hasn’t had a discussion with the C’s brass about it yet.
“I mean, sure, this is a great team and the future is bright for this team with the pieces that we have,” Green told Sporting News on Wednesday. “If it comes to (signing a long-term contract), yeah. It hasn’t come up, though, not at all. We’re focused on getting to the Finals and winning a championship. The contract extension is something that, yeah, I would like that, but it is something that I am going to hold off on.”
KEVIN GARNETT: ‘THE NEW GUYS ARE GOING TO HELP US’
Kevin Garnett provided another insightful behind-the-scenes look into the Celtics in his blog  on schoe company Anta’s website. While the Kendrick Perkins trade clearly took its emotional toll on the team, Garnett claims the trade is “setting in” and “the new guys are going to help us.”
“It’s been a crazy week. People don’t really think about the emotions, the connections you make in this game and the friends you make on the way in this journey when you’re in the league. Perk is gone and it’s setting in. It’s been difficult at times, to be honest!
“Now that I got that out of the way. The new guys are going to help us. Green is versitile and can really help us with depth. “Kris” [Nenad Krstic] is more active then I remember and has been finishing around the hoop. When we give them more info about our system, we’ll do better.”
That admission should go a long way in helping the C’s move forward, as the tension was evident even on the floor prior to Wednesday night’s blowout of the Suns. Here are a few more highlights from Garnett’s blog entry:
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: CELTICS 115, SUNS 103
WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery and D.J. Bean tag-teamed the news before (the Sasha Pavlovic rumors), during (Glen Davis‘ injury) and after (Garnett’s quips). Here’s a taste of each of their entries before you delve into the tasty Irish meal they created …
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 a conversation with the Sporting News: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2011-03-02/jeff-green-wants-to-stay-with-boston-but-not-pushing-the-issue
 his blog: http://kgnba.qzone.qq.com/
 to have MRI: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2011/03/03/glen-davis-to-have-mri-on-left-knee/
 Ainge’s vision: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/paul-flannery/2011/03/03/pieces-fall-place-ainges-vision-becomes-cl
 Things end better: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2011/03/02/things-end-better-for-kevin-garnett-celtics-vs-suns-this-time-around/
 asking for playoff tickets: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2011/03/02/kevin-garnett-says-suns-coach-alvin-gentry-was-asking-for-playoff-tickets/
 Fast Break: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2011/03/02/fast-break-total-eclipse-of-the-suns/
 expected to sign: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2011/03/02/source-celtics-expected-to-sign-sasha-pavlovic/
 Murphy active: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2011/03/02/troy-murphy-i-fit-in-better-with-the-way-boston-plays/
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