|Poll: With no Rajon Rondo, what should Celtics do?||01.27.13 at 6:58 pm ET|
The Celtics are marching through the rest of the 2012-13 season without Rajon Rondo, with the point guard lost for the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell gave their opinion on the latest ‘OT with Grande and Max Podcast.’
So, what do you think?
|Ray Allen ‘will deal with whatever emotions are’ in TD Garden Sunday||01.27.13 at 8:00 am ET|
LeBron James doesn’t anticipate a warm reception for Ray Allen from the TD Garden crowd Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t expect it to be good,” James told the Miami Herald. “If you don’t wear green in that building, they don’t like you. We’re there for him.”
Allen – the guard who spurned the Celtics’ two-year, $12 million offer in favor of the Heat’s two-year, $6 million deal – isn’t quite sure what to expect.
“I will deal with whatever emotions there are,” he told the newspaper. “You never know until you get there. Regardless of how they respond to me, it won’t change how I feel. I have great memories.”
Allen is coming off the bench for the Heat, playing nine fewer minutes per game than a year ago (to 25.5 mpg). He is also averaging a career-low 11.4 points per game. The guard is, however, shooting better than his career average, both from the field (45.8 percent) and on threes (44.3 percent).
“I’ve moved on, but who I was as a Celtic will always be inside of me,” he told the newspaper. “I look back and think about all the great times that we had. I will always cherish those moments there.”
Added Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, “We just want to play well for him.”
|Celtics blow 27-point lead against Hawks on way to sixth-straight loss||01.25.13 at 10:50 pm ET|
The Celtics blew a 27-point first-half lead, eventually dropping a double-overtime, 123-111 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta. It was the Celts’ sixth-straight defeat.
According to Celtics’ play-by-play announcer Sean Grande the C’s had won 153 straight games when leading by more than 19 points, having last blown a lead as much as 27 points on Dec. 5, 2003 in Phoenix.
The Celts, who had jumped out to a 29-10 lead after one quarter, finally succumbed to the affects of playing back-to-back games, being out-scored, 16-4, in the second overtime. The visitors were also outscored 21-2 to start the third quarter.
“I thought it changed once we put the starters in with about five minutes left in the second quarter,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game, adding, “I told our guys you can’t win without humility. … We started breaking rules you can’t break in grade school.”
Both Kevin Garnett and Jared Sullinger fouled out, with Garnett playing 38 minutes (scoring 24 points), while the rookie failed to score 24 minutes.
Rajon Rondo did manager a triple-double, scoring 16 points, dishing out 11 assists and hauling in 10 rebounds. The Celtics’ bench also produced with the combination of Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry teamed for 45 points.
Atlanta exposed the Celtics from beyond the three-point line, with Kyle Korver making 8-of-12 from beyond the arc.
“It’s me,” Rivers said. “I have to figure out a way to push buttons with each individual. … I keep telling myself and telling my coaches we have the right group. But we have to act right.”
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|Doc Rivers rips Celtics after latest loss: ‘We’re taking the wrong approach’||01.21.13 at 2:25 am ET|
After the Celtics suffered a 103-88 blowout loss to the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday night, coach Doc Rivers blasted his team for its lack of intensity and effort. He hinted at changes to either the lineup or the roster if the team continues the dispassionate play that the coach suggested had characterized not just the team’s three straight losses but even some of the victories towards the end of a six-game winning streak that preceded the current string of defeats.
“I think this team wants everything easy,” Rivers told reporters in Detroit after the Celtics fell back to .500 at 20-20. “They want the easy way out. They want to win easy. And I told them the only way you’re going to win easy is you’re going to have to play hard. The harder you play, the easier the games become. We’re taking the wrong approach. I’ve got to either find the right combination, the right guys, or we’re going to get some guys out of here. It’s the bottom line. Because this group right now, they are not playing right. It’s in them to play right. But right now they haven’t been — either because I’m not getting to them, or they are not getting to each other. But at the end of the day, either we’ve got to do that, or we’ve got to make changes.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Running on fumes: Celtics sputter against Pistons||01.20.13 at 10:14 pm ET|
Despite the return of guard Avery Bradley to the starting lineup, the Celtics lost their third straight game as the starting lineup endured a dreadful performance, falling in Detroit to the Pistons, 103-88. The quintet of Bradley, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass shot a woeful 17-of-48 from the field while combining to score just 40 points.
Rondo had just eight points on 4-of-16 shooting, and though he had nine rebounds and 15 assists, he also matched a career high by turning over the ball nine times. Garnett and Courtney Lee led the Celtics with 16 points each.
The Pistons featured a balanced attack with six players scoring at least 13 points, with Andre Drummond leading the way with 16 points off the bunch. Center Greg Monroe added 15 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes.
With the loss, the Celtics dropped back to 20-20, including a 7-12 road record. They will now travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
|Avery Bradley gets an unexpected start for Celtics||01.20.13 at 8:40 pm ET|
Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who missed Friday’s game against the Bulls with a rib injury, was back in the Celtics lineup on Sunday night in Detroit against the Pistons. His presence among the starting five came as something of a surprise, given that coach Doc Rivers had suggested that the third-year player was doubtful for Sunday.
Entering Sunday, Bradley was averaging 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The Celtics are 6-2 in his first eight games.
|Doc Rivers: Rajon Rondo ‘really’ wants spot on All-Star Team||01.17.13 at 10:30 am ET|
Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, the morning after the Celtics had their season-best six-game winning streak snapped at TD Garden in a 90-78 loss to the Hornets, who entered the game with a 12-26 record on the season.
“I thought we dropped our guard with the way we practiced the day before,” Rivers said when asked if he thought the Celtics were overconfident against the struggling Hornets. “I thought we were very relaxed, just a lot of those things. I thought the Austin [Rivers] thing had an impact on some of our guys, because they know him. It was one of those nights when we couldn’t make a shot but we never took a shot in the paint, everything was a jump shot and we took the easy way out the entire night.”
Rivers coached against the son, Austin, for the first time on Wednesday night, and the rookie played well, scoring eight points in 22 minutes. Rivers was asked to describe his feelings during the game as he watched his son for the first time in an NBA game.
“You’re competing against your son and it’s just a different dynamic,” Rivers said. “You always want your son to do well, but I never go into a game wanting any player on the other team to do well. That’s the dynamic that’s just so different, it was difficult but after that it was a game and we didn’t play very well and that was disappointing.”
Austin Rivers was the 10th pick of the 2012 draft, 11 picks before the Celtics made their first selection. If Rivers had somehow slipped to the 21st spot, would the Celtics have selected him?
“We would have taken him,” Rivers said. “Danny [Ainge] wanted him from the beginning, so that would not have been hard for us. After watching him play this year, I don’t think that would have been that hard. I think he’s going to be a really good player, I just think it’s going to take some time to get comfortable and to play at his speed. But he’s a guy, as you saw last night, that can get his shot and get to the basket and that’s something we need so we would have taken him.”
The starting lineups for the NBA All-Star Game will be announced on Thursday, and both Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett have a good chance of landing spots in that lineup for the Eastern Conference. Rivers was asked if making the All-Star team was a source of motivation for Rondo (who has played in the last three All-Star Games but has never started) or Garnett (a 13-time All-Star).
“I think Rondo really wants it, young players really want to be on the All-Star team,” Rivers said. “Kevin, I would say, he enjoyed the break last year, he went home to Malibu and had a great time and he would enjoy doing that again. But I think it would be an honor for him, at this age to make the All-Star team is amazing.”
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