|Sunday Celtics Thoughts||11.02.08 at 1:41 pm ET|
Just passing along a few Celtics-related items…
It’s not that the C’s blowout loss in Indiana was completely unexpected. (The NBA: Where sleep-deprived blowouts happen). What is disconcerting is that this sort of thing never happened last year.
The Celtics were 8-0 in road games the night after home games last season, which reveals something about their A) Preparedness, B) Professionalism and C) Mental toughness. I’ll be curious to see what happens Tuesday against Houston, but if getting run off the floor against a mediocre Indiana squad doesn’t get their attention, nothing will.
After the jump, three more things while trying to figure out what to do if a Cheetah gets loose on your plane.
|What to Watch For: Bulls vs. Celtics||10.31.08 at 11:40 am ET|
The banner is up, the rings have been delivered and Paul Pierce won’t be thanking his extended family before the game. (We kid, Paul. We kid). It’s Game 2 of the NBA season for the Celtics who welcome the Chicago Bulls to town for their second-straight nationally televised game. You can catch it all on Comcast, of course, with plenty of Mike and Tommy goodness.
It’s Halloween night, or as friend of ‘eei Ian Browne called it: Grown-ups without kids night at the Garden. After the jump, five things to watch for while trying not be scared of Drew Gooden’s new look. Read the rest of this entry »
|Farewell D-Miles||10.20.08 at 10:45 am ET|
So, late last week I made a sort of half-ass case for keeping Darius Miles. I knew even as I posted it that things looked grim, but I was hoping that the old Darius would show up, and soon. It didn’t happen and today he got the axe.
It makes sense from the Celtics perspective because he was the only one without a guaranteed contract and Bill Walker (particularly) and JR Giddens have shown flashes of being useful NBA players sooner rather than later. Gabe Pruitt, obviously, showed what he can do if called upon, and there’s something comforting about keeping Sam Cassell around in case of an emergency. Read the rest of this entry »
|KG’s Night Done (Probably)||10.19.08 at 2:26 pm ET|
This is going to be a fascinating year for Garnett. As we all know, the one thing missing from his career– an NBA championship–has been fulfilled. Garnett is one of the most self-motivated players I’ve ever been around, in any sport. Keeping up his intensity won’t be a problem for him.
A couple of people I talked to this summer think that he is going to be better in Year II with Boston now that he has the trophy. The theory is that while he would never admit it, not winning one was a huge mental drain on his psyche. Now that he doesn’t have to prove anything he is free to play his game without any of the press baggage weighing him down.
We shall see. Check out Jessica for the fourth quarter.
|Shutout in Progress||10.19.08 at 2:15 pm ET|
More than five minutes have elapsed in the third quarter and the Nets have yet to just scored. New Jersey is playing without Vince Carter, Eduardo Najera, Jarvis Hayes, Stromile Swift and Josh Boone who are all designated NWT–Not With Team. (In my next life, I want that to replace personal days on my vacation calendar).
So, if you’re scoring at home, through a quarter and a half the Celtics starters have outscored the Nets’ starters 44-23.
|Pruitt Slips, Seems OK||10.19.08 at 2:10 pm ET|
Gabe Pruitt was just about to go up for an alley-oop dunk when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor. He was down for a minute or so but is now jogging off the floor and seems to be OK. The sweat-mop guys are now working overtime.
|Defense Ready||10.19.08 at 2:05 pm ET|
Snapshot: Devin Harris gets into the lane where he is surrounded by three Celtics. Against any other team there should be someone wide open weakside cutting through the lane. So Harris shovels a pass in that general direction, but Paul Pierce busted back to recover and intercepted it.
After a Celtics miss, Harris again races downcourt. This time Pierce breaks him down and forces him into a pull-up jump shot, which he missed. The defense, at least from the starters, is just about ready for the season.