|Meet Marcus Landry||02.18.10 at 4:40 pm ET|
Talk of Nate Robinson being dealt to the Celtics has been buzzing for days. At the last minute, a new name was added to the trade mix. A source close to the situation told WEEI.com that Marcus Landry also is coming to Boston. Here are a few quick facts about the Celtics’ reported newest addition:
Height/Weight: 6-7, 230 pounds
Birthdate: Nov. 1, 1985
NBA Experience: Rookie
• Landry played four years at the University of Wisconsin. He averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists his senior year of 2008-09.
• While at Wisconsin, Landry was featured on ESPN.com for juggling academics, athletics, and fatherhood.
• He went undrafted out of college in 2009 and played for the Sacramento Kings’ summer league team. He posted 9.4 points (48.5 percent FG, 41.7 percent 3PG) and 3.6 rebounds in five games.
• Following summer league, Landry paid his own way to try out with the Knicks in New York. While there he stayed at an $80-a-night hotel, out of his own pocket.
• Landry played in 17 games this season for the Knicks, averaging 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.4 minutes. He most recently scored three points in seven minutes against the Bulls on Tuesday.
• He’s the brother of NBA player Carl Landry, who also was traded Thursday, from the Rockets to the Kings.
|Celtics vs. Lakers: Just Another Game?||02.18.10 at 12:18 am ET|
To Rajon Rondo, a trip to the Staples Center in the middle of February feels the same as a stop at any other arena.
He sees a basketball court, not the banners hanging above it. And regardless of the rivalry against the home team, he is simply focused on leaving with a win.
“It’s not like a championship game,” he explained. “It’s not a series. It’s one game. It helps our record or hurts our record, one way or the other. It’s another game.”
On Thursday, the Celtics will take on the Lakers in their final match up of the regular season. The last time the teams met on Jan. 31, the C’s blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead and watched Kobe Bryant sink a game-winner with 7.3 seconds left.
In spite of the desire to avenge their loss, Rondo’s right. This isn’t a championship game. In fact, at this point in the season it is more about the Celtics vs. themselves rather than the Celtics vs. the Lakers.
The C’s have been their own worst enemy lately, surrendering leads and making mistakes down the stretch. This game against Los Angeles, the second stop on a four-game West Coast road trip, will be a test for them to get back to Celtics basketball after a recent departure.
“It’s important,“ Paul Pierce said of the entire road trip. “We want to go out there and start playing better, start playing more consistent basketball. We know it’s a tough trip, and maybe this is a chance for us to get out on the road and get ourselves back together because we really struggled over the last month-and-a-half.”
The loss to the Lakers capped off a three-game losing streak and a month of January in which the Celtics went 6-8. They entered the All-Star Break on a two-game skid, still struggling to put together 48 minutes of basketball.
A win over the Lakers would give them momentum to jumpstart the second half of the season. They narrowly edged the 18-win Kings on Tuesday night and will face the playoff contending Trail Blazers, Nuggets, and Cavaliers over the course of the next week.
“Next is down to business,” said Kevin Garnett. “Obviously trying to play better, consistent basketball for the Celtics and being productive. So that’s what’s next for us.”
|Scal’s All-Star Scrapbook||02.16.10 at 12:22 pm ET|
As the NBA gathered in Dallas for All-Star Weekend, Brian Scalabrine spent the break with his family and shared his photos with WEEI.com. Click on the photo below to launch the slide show.
|Rondo’s All-Star game plan||02.12.10 at 7:02 am ET|
This weekend, Rajon Rondo will be making his NBA All-Star team debut representing the East. He learned a lot from his trip to the 2008 All-Star Weekend as a member of the Rookie-Sophomore game — “It’s a lot of work, really,” he said. “There’s not as much free time as you think” — and is ready for Dallas.
Dressed to Impress: In addition to the game, All-Star Weekend is filled with events that draw the “who’s who” of the NBA.
“I’m sure everybody’s going to be in their best, probably. I try to dress my best all the time, but I’ll just have fun with it, I guess. I’m definitely big on my appearance but I look forward to just packing and probably taking a long time to pack. I’ll pick out what I want and I’ll probably overpack. I usually do that on the road trips so, so I’m sure with All-Star Weekend I’ll probably overpack.”
Red Carpet Must-Have: Flashy suits aren’t Rondo’s thing. It’s all about what’s on his wrist.
“Probably a nice watch, really. Clothing, I mean that’s just pretty much is what it is, but a nice watch probably sets the outfit off right. A nice — I wouldn’t say expensive — but a nice, casual timepiece. [My dream watch is] a Patek Philippe. I have a couple of IWCs, a couple of Bell & Rosses, I have a Breitling. Probably a Patek Philippe.”
Undercover Kicks: Rondo won’t reveal just yet which sneakers he’ll be sporting for the All-Star Game.
“Nike will provide me with them. I think I’m going to have two, but I think I pretty much know which ones I’m going to be wearing. They’re low-cuts, that’s about all I can really say. I can’t really describe them. I’ve played in them already, but they’re not All-Star colors.”
Cheering Section: Friends and family of No. 9 will be making a trip to Dallas.
“Everybody — brother, sister, high school coach, cousins, friends I haven’t seen in 17 years … I actually only reserved like eight [tickets], but I don’t know if I’m going to get all eight.”
Hitting the Gift Shop: There’s just one souvenir Rondo wants for himself from All-Star Weekend.
“I’m sure they’ll have all the souvenirs, I probably won’t get much. As long as I get my jersey, that’s all I pretty much need. Put the jersey in the house and put it in frame, but other than that, I’ll bring other people other stuff. Maybe hats, T-shirts, socks, practice gear.”
Dunking Predictions: This year a rookie has caught Rondo’s eye to take the Slam Dunk trophy.
“I’ve got to go with [DeMar] DeRozan, if he gets in. He’s pretty athletic, he’s a rookie, something new, nobody’s ever seen him dunk before. Maybe he’s got something crazy.”
Showing His Support: Rondo plans to be front and center when Paul Pierce competes in the Three-Point Shootout.
“I’ll probably be baseline with a 34 jersey on. “
|Daniels fueled by adrenaline in return||02.07.10 at 6:58 pm ET|
All along, Marquis Daniels has said he didn’t want to play with any fear when he returned from his thumb injury.
More than two months have passed since Daniels underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. On Sunday against the Magic, he stayed true to his word.
Daniels was greeted by a standing ovation when he made his debut with 4.3 seconds left in the first quarter — “I appreciate that,” he said. “Thank ya’ll. Thank you everybody.”
Doc Rivers told Daniels he was looking for him to be aggressive, and Daniels listened. He shook off a careless foul he committed as Mickael Pietrus shot a 3, and had confidence in his own shot. He knocked down his first attempt (a turnaround jumper) just 46 seconds into the second quarter.
“It’s always a good feeling to make your first shot,” he said with a laugh. “The basket started looking wider, so it was just a good feeling just to make the first one.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Fast Break: Celtics vs. Magic||02.07.10 at 5:09 pm ET|
The Celtics had this game in their grasp. They led by 11 points at halftime. All they had to do was hold on for another 24 minutes.
That task proved too difficult. The Magic went on a 19-0 run in the third and outscored the Celtics 36-11. It was the least amount of point the Celtics have scored in a quarter all season (previous low was 12 against the Heat on Nov. 29).
Ray Allen, Kendrick Perkins, and Paul Pierce went scoreless in the third, while Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, and Rashard Lewis combined for 26.
The Celtics got back within eight late in the fourth and flirted with a few runs, but their third-quarter hole was too deep to overcome. They lost 96-89 to the Magic.
Turning point: Lewis tied the game 60-60 off a three-pointer with 4:36 left in the third. The Magic took the lead off Carter trey, 63-60, immediately following a timeout. Kevin Garnett was whistled for an offensive foul on the next possession, and the Magic continued to extend their lead from that point on.
Player of the Game: The trio of Carter, Howard, and Lewis stepped up in the second half to drive the Magic to a come-from-behind victory. Howard also grabbed 10 rebounds during that stretch.
•Paul Pierce scored 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3PG, 2-2 FT) in 30 minutes after coming back from a foot injury. Marquis Daniels looked impressive in his return from thumb surgery in December. He scored eight point (4-7 FG) in 13 minutes.
•Howard dominated the match up against Perkins. Despite being called for five fouls, Howard still posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Perkins, on the other hand, added just two points and three rebounds in 22 minutes.
•The Magic won the regular season series 3-1. Last season the Celtics split the series 2-2.
|Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Magic||02.07.10 at 4:27 pm ET|
The Celtics blew a nine-point halftime lead to let the Magic take over in the third quarter. They trail 76-62.
The Magic went on a 19-0 run to tie the game at 60 apiece and outscored the Celtics 25-2 in the final seven minutes of the quarter.
Dwight Howard scored nine points in the third and Rashard Lewis added eight. Kevin Garnett scored all six of his points in the quarter but both Ray Allen and Paul Pierce went scoreless.
The Celtics committed eight turnovers as they lost control of their lead.