|Celtics fold in second half, fall to Hawks in Atlanta||12.02.14 at 10:02 pm ET|
Evidently, there is no lead too big for the Celtics to bungle.
After the Celtics raced out to a 42-point first quarter and 16-point lead at the half, the Celtics were outscored by a staggering 20 points in the second half in suffering 109-105 loss. The Celtics have lost five straight and eight of nine, falling to 4-11 on the year.
The team’s game-ending woes are becoming an ongoing theme. The C’s entered the night being outscored by 4.6 points a night in the second half (third worst in the NBA) and 5.4 points per game in the fourth quarter (worst in the NBA). In this case, Boston was outscored by 20 in the second half and nine in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics once again offered little defensive resistance in the 59-point second-half eruption. Their average yield of 107.7 points per game remains the worst total in the Eastern Conference.
The Hawks shot 52 percent from the floor, with Kyle Korver (8-of-9, 6-of-7 on 3-pointers) leading the way en route to 24 points and Paul Millsap filling the box score with 19 points, six boards, seven assists, three blocks and three steals. The Celtics received 25-point nights from both Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green.
Rajon Rondo had a game that was alternately brilliant and sloppy, scoring just two points (1-for-8 from the floor) and committing seven turnovers (two shy of his career worst), but he grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 19 assists, his career high for a road game.
|5 Things We Learned From Celtics’ Loss to Grizzlies||11.21.14 at 10:37 pm ET|
A sometimes-lethargic Celtics team was manhandled in Memphis by the Grizzlies. The C’s, who entered the contest having permitted the third most points per game in the NBA (107.5, behind only the 3-7 Timberwolves and 3-9 Lakers) once again permitted an opponent to score at an alarming rate. The Celtics lost, 117-100, with Memphis shooting 52.7 percent for the night. The defenseless Celtics fell to 4-7 on the season, with the kind of defensive night that screams lottery.
Four other takeaways:
RAJON RONDO HAD ONE OF THE WORST GAMES OF HIS CAREER
Rondo’s far-reaching skills were nowhere to be found. In 28 minutes, he scored four points with five boards and four assists, just the 15th time in his career and the second since 2008-09 that he’s had no more than five of any of those categories in a game where he played at least 24 minutes. The four assists matched his fewest in a game since he had a three-assist night on Nov. 28, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
|WEEI.com predicts 2014-15 Boston Celtics season||10.29.14 at 8:59 am ET|
The Boston Celtics season is upon us, and our WEEI.com round table of Ben Rohrbach, Mike Petraglia, Kevin O’Connor, Julian Edlow and Sam Packard weighs in on five questions facing the C’s this season.
1. What will be Rajon Rondo‘s fate this season?
@brohrbach: We’ve seen “National TV” Rondo, but we’ve never really witnessed “Contract Year” Rondo, and that could be an awful lot of fun. He’s almost two years removed from the ACL surgery, and the broken bone in his hand appears to be only a minor setback. I’m on board with Celtics president Danny Ainge’s assessment that his four-time All-Star point guard will enjoy a career statistical year as the most exciting player on a blah team. Even then, haters will find something to complain about.
As for whether he’ll be traded or not, the Celtics will sure as heck try, but the number of teams in need of a starting point guard, willing to meet Ainge’s asking price and lining up to pay Rondo max money isn’t a long list. It’s a coin flip, but I’m now leaning more toward no deal than deal.
@Trags: Traded by January.
@KevinOconnorNBA: For Rondo to be dealt by Boston, another team needs to get desperate close to the trade deadline. Looking around the NBA, I don’t see many teams willing to cough up what it’ll take, so for now I think he’ll remain with the Celtics all season.
@julianedlow: Rondo plays the year out in Boston. If he was ever going to be traded, it needed to happen by draft night. There are just no realistic packages out there that make sense for Ainge to deal Rondo. I won’t venture a guess as to what happens after this season, but I guarantee it won’t be boring.
|Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty arraigned on larceny charges||10.23.14 at 2:45 pm ET|
According to WCVB, Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned in Framingham District Court on Thursday morning on a charge of larceny. The station said that the charge stemmed from accusations of repeatedly bouncing checks to a contractor who installed approximately $39,000 worth of cabinets in McCarty’s home.
“This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building,” McCarty said in a team-issued press release. “We hope to resolve the matter soon, but I simply cannot comment further while the case is pending.”
McCarty pleaded not guilty and was released without bail, with a hearing date of Dec. 11. According to WCVB, a court document said that McCarty’s identity was stolen, playing a role in the bouncing of checks. McCarty spent 10 seasons in the NBA (eight with the Celtics). He’s in his second season as an assistant coach with the Celtics.
|Rajon Rondo expected out 6-8 weeks after surgery on broken hand||09.26.14 at 7:18 pm ET|
In a press release, the Celtics announced that point guard Rajon Rondo required surgery this morning after breaking his left hand in a fall at his house on Thursday night. Rondo is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, according to the team, which would mean that he’d miss approximately eight to 14 games depending if he returns between mid-November and the beginning of December.
Here is the press release from the team:
“The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Rajon Rondo underwent successful surgical fixation of a left metacarpal fracture this morning at New England Baptist Hospital. The injury was a result of a fall at his home last night. The surgery was performed by Dr. Hervey Kimball and Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon. Estimated timetable for return is six to eight weeks.
“Rondo, a 6’1’ guard, appeared in 30 contests (all starts) for the Celtics last season and averaged 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 1.33 steals in 33.3 minutes per game. He recorded a season-high 22 points against Atlanta on February 26, a season-high 11 rebounds against Philadelphia on April 4. On March 9 against Detroit, Rondo recorded 18 assists and zero turnovers, passing Bill Russell for fifth highest assist total in Celtic franchise history.”
|Jackie MacMullan makes waves with Rajon Rondo comments||09.01.14 at 12:18 am ET|
With training camp a month away, here comes more Rajon Rondo rumors.
In a recent appearance on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” ESPNBoston.com’s Jackie MacMullan — during a behind-the-scenes clip from the episode — was firm in her take that Rondo is hoping to get out of Boston.
“It will happen because he’s told them, he wants out,” MacMullan said. “No one believes me, but that’s the truth. And I don’t see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him. Tell me where.”
The subject of Rondo possibly reuniting with former coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles also came up, with MacMullan responding, “[Rivers is] done with Rondo. I mean, they went a good long way together, but that guy Rondo drives him nuts.”
|Report: Celtics finalizing deal with free agent Evan Turner||07.21.14 at 5:16 pm ET|
Turner, the second overall pick in 2010, averaged a career high 14.0 points per game last season, but he averaged just 7.1 after getting traded from the 76ers to the Pacers in February.
Turner made headlines in late April when he and Lance Stephenson reportedly got into a fist fight in practice during the Pacers’ first-round series against the Hawks. Turner wound up playing just 12 minutes per game in the playoffs, as he floated in and out of the Pacers rotation.
Turner is a 6-foot-7 swingman and former Ohio State star.
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