|Kevin Garnett says Leandro Barbosa’s season over after knee injury||02.11.13 at 11:11 pm ET|
The Celtics endured a dual setback on Monday night, losing 94-91 to Charlotte and also seeing guard Leandro Barbosa exit the game due to a non-contact injury to his left knee. Barbosa had to be carried off the floor in order to keep weight off the knee.
While coach Doc Rivers told reporters that Barbosa’s injury “doesn’t look great,” he also said the team would know his diagnosis more precisely after an examination on Tuesday. Teammate Kevin Garnett, however, suggested that the initial prognosis for Barbosa was ominous.
“It’s tough, man. It’s tough all the way around,” Garnett told reporters. “You work with these guys and all of a sudden you see a season-ending injury. We’re grinding right now, on top of a back-to-back emotional game. Tonight was a very tough game.”
Barbosa did not talk to reporters after the game. He reportedly left the locker room under his own power but limping.
The 30-year-old Barbosa, who signed with the Celtics in October, entered Monday averaging 5.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while averaging 12 minutes a night. However, he’d emerged as an increasingly important contributor in the aftermath of the injury to Rajon Rondo, scoring 8.7 points with 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in an average of 22 minutes per game in the seven contests without Rondo.
|Celtics run out of steam in loss to Bobcats||02.11.13 at 9:39 pm ET|
An exhausted Celtics team, coming off a triple-overtime triumph over the Nuggets on Sunday night, ran out of steam down the stretch in Charlotte on Monday night, falling 94-91. The loss halted Boston’s season-long winning streak at seven games.
The Celtics entered the fourth-quarter down by three, but managed to surge ahead by four late in the fourth quarter. However, the Bobcats bounced back with a late 7-0 run that included a 20-foot jumper by Ramon Sessions from the top of the key with 25 seconds remaining to give the Bobcats the a 92-91 lead. After a missed 3-point attempt by Kevin Garnett, Kemba Walker hit a pair of free throws to put Charlotte up by three. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley then missed potential game-tying 3-point attempts in the waning seconds of the game to seal the Celtics’ first defeat since losing Rajon Rondo.
Byron Mullens led Charlotte with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 18 points, while Kevin Garnett delivered a double-double, scoring 16 and collecting 13 rebounds. Paul Pierce, meanwhile, scored 13 with eight boards and eight assists.
In the loss, Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee in the third quarter that required him to be carried into the Celtics locker room. He did not return.
|Danny Ainge on Big Show: Not trading Pierce and Garnett ‘by far the most likely thing’||02.08.13 at 2:23 am ET|
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that he considers it unlikely that he will deal either Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce prior to the NBA trading deadline. Ainge said that stance reflected in part on the fact that the age of the two players likely has made them more valuable in the eyes of the Celtics than they would be with another team.
“I think by far it’s the most likely thing,” Ainge said when asked if keeping both players was an outcome that he expected. “Because I’ve been doing this for 10 years, with this group of guys for the last couple years, I don’t see that much changing. There aren’t a lot of times that are trying to pursue players of KG’s and Paul’s age. We value them more than other teams.
“There are so many teams that are trying to get younger. There are so many teams that are trying to rebuild. There are so many teams that are trying to get higher draft picks already. I just think that where we value them as players is just greater than the rest of the league, which I think is common for players that age.”
Ainge did say that he he would have direct conversastions with either Pierce or Garnett if he entertained the idea of trading them — in part because their contracts give them leverage to limit deals.
“First of all, Paul has been here his whole career and he’s a franchise player, plus he has what’s called a trade kicker in his contract, where he would get an increased amount of pay,” he said. “KG has a no-trade clause in his contract. He can veto any trade anyway, so of course we’d talk to him.”
|Report: Clippers interested in trading for Kevin Garnett||02.03.13 at 3:08 pm ET|
‘ Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) February 3, 2013
Garnett does have the right to waive the no-trade clause in his contract.
The two Clippers players mentioned in the report, Bledsoe and Butler, are each average approximately nine points per game. The Clips’ point guard signed through the 2014-15 season (maxing out at just more than $3.75 million), while Butler’s deal stretches until after the ’13-14 campaign (paying him $8 million per season). The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. ET.
|Reports: Celtics meet with center Greg Oden||02.02.13 at 8:09 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the Celtics met with Greg Oden in Boston on Saturday as part of an informational exchange with the free agent center. However, with Oden having stated that he is targeting a return to the NBA in 2013-14, the meeting was described as an opportunity for the two sides to talk without any expectation of a deal being imminent.
“We wanted to talk to Greg to see where he is physically,” Ainge said.
The 7-footer was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007, but he played just 82 games for Portland after sitting out his rookie year with the first of multiple knee injuries. He last played on December 5th of 2009.
The fact Oden is still drawing strong interest from teams despite his medical history is a testament to his talent. He had five double-doubles — including a 13-point, 20-rebound night — in the 21 games he played before being injured in his last year.
“We’re just finding out as much as we can and letting Greg know what we have here,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald. “He’s not ready to play now, but he’s someone who’s very interesting.” Read the rest of this entry »
|NWOA Injury Report: When we can expect Rajon Rondo to return||02.01.13 at 6:32 pm ET|
|Athletes react, send well-wishes to Rajon Rondo on Twitter||01.28.13 at 9:58 am ET|
Gotta give well wishes to Rondo. One of my fav players in the world. My prayers r with u lil bro. I’m here if u need me #respect
Tough one today! On to the next one. Hated to hear the news on Rondo though! Don’t wish that on no one. Get back healthy
Man, sad to hear about @rajonrondo tearing his ACL, I wouldn’twish that on my worst enemy…get well soon bro
My prayers go out to Rondo, hope he has a speedy recovery!
I hope my lil homie get well soon @rajonrondo. Im only a phone call away. Luv bro
Pray for my man rondo please. Get well soon bro
Prayers go out to my homie Rondo, strong kid shoot him a tweet to keep pushing if you could!!!! Green nation
Great win but tough to hear my bro @rajonrondo will be out…get healthy bro
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