|Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis crying about ‘overrated’ Doc Rivers||02.17.17 at 12:22 am ET|
It was the former Celtics head coach who brought Davis into the NBA via the 2007 draft, and then brought him over to the Clippers for the 2014-15 season. Evidently, those turn of events don’t matter much to the current free agent.
There are definitely some hard feelings coming from Davis.
Appearing on Chris Broussard’s podcast, the former Celtic called Rivers “lucky as hell” and “overrated” when asked about his former coach.
According to FoxSports.com, this is how the exchange went …
Davis: Because what Doc had in ’08 was special and he was lucky as hell … Lucky as hell. The year before that they was wearing trash bags … But then the next year they win it, now he is one of the best coaches ever? I’m just not feeling that. You know what I mean? You give credit to KG. You give credit to Paul Pierce. You give credit to Ray Allen. Those are the guys who made sure whatever Doc needed to be done, got done.
And see now it’s easy for Doc to do his job. And then you give credit to Danny Ainge. That’s the one you give credit to. Because I know multiple times [Ainge] had to talk to Doc, just to say ‘Hey Doc, leave em alone. Hey Doc, ease up.’
“I’m off that Doc tip. He’s a great guy but as far as that basketball stuff but I try to …”
Broussard: Is he overrated as a coach?
Davis: I think so.
|What Serge Ibaka going to Toronto means for Celtics||02.14.17 at 11:55 am ET|
The first salvo has been fired as the NBA storms towards its trade deadline.
According to multiple reports, the Raptors have secured the services of forward Serge Ibaka thanks to a trade with Orlando.
Orlando has agreed to trade Serge Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 14, 2017
Toronto will send lower of its two first-round picks to Orlando in 2017, league sources tell @TheVertical. Toronto has the Clippers' pick.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 14, 2017
The 27-year-old Ibaka had been one of the rumored targets of Danny Ainge and the Celtics, averaging 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Magic.
The Raptors have slipped to the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference, four games in back of the second-seed Celtics. The C’s currently reside two games in back of conference leader Cleveland, while sitting 2 1/2 games in front of Washington, and four ahead of Atlanta.
Ross was averaging 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 22.4 minutes per game for the Raptors.
One of the factors in moving on from Ibaka for Orlando was the reality that the former first-round pick could walk at the end of the season as a free agent.
Ibaka has not played well in his two meetings against the Celtics this season, netting four and eight points. The Celtics play the Raptors one more time in the regular season, traveling to Toronto on Feb. 24.
|Win over Jazz should make you start wondering about bigger things for Celtics||02.12.17 at 9:08 am ET|
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Celtics — even without trading what could very well be the No. 1 pick in the draft — have entered the NBA’s elite.
The C’s are just 2 1/2 games out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and have now won nine of their last 10 games. During that run Brad Stevens’ club managed wins over the East’s No. 4 team (Toronto), and the third-, fourth-, and fifth-best teams (Houston, Utah, Clippers) in the Western Conference.
The latest reminder came Saturday night, when the Celtics picked apart one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, the Jazz, on the way to a 112-104 win over Utah. (For a complete recap, click here.)
This time around the non-Isaiah Thomas scoring came from reserves Kelly Olynyk (19 points) and Gerald Green (16 points), with Al Horford doing his thing with 16 of his own. But what the win over the Jazz did was once again remind us what a good coach Stevens is.
The Celtics had already come away with a win over the Jazz at the Garden, so a very good Utah team had every opportunity to adjust when hosting the C’s this time around. But Stevens managed an offensive game-plan that exposed the Jazz’ usual lock-down defense.
For the night, the Celtics finished shoot 59 percent fro the field, keyed by Olynyk and Green going a combined 15-for-19. Sure, there is still the prevailing notion that the Celtics are a player away. (Watching Kevin Durant return to Oklahoma City Saturday should have gave C’s fans a quick jolt of what-might-have-been.) But, the way this team has found a way to make the most of what they have should at least make the Cavaliers nervous.
The Celtics should be favored in the remaining six games they have in February, leaving two contests that should be circled: March 1 at Cleveland and the March 8 road game against the Warriors. By the time those games roll around, Danny Ainge could very well have secured that one piece everybody is looking for.
It coast would seem to be clear if Celtics fans wanted to adjust expectations a bit.
|Knicks evidently not giving up hope they can ship Carmelo Anthony to Celtics||01.30.17 at 12:19 pm ET|
The Globe is reporting that while Danny Ainge has told New York he isn’t interested in dealing for Anthony, the Knicks continue to push for a deal with the C’s, showing interest in some of the pieces on Boston’s roster. It was reportedly the impetus for a Knicks’ scout’s attendance at the recent Celts win over the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Anthony does have a no-trade clause in his deal, but has identified the Celtics as one of the teams he would accept a trade to.
The 33-year-old forward is currently averaging 22.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the underachieving Knicks, which hold the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 21-27 record.
To read why Anthony might be a good fit for the Celtics, click here for John Tomase’s column.
|It looks like Celtics might be eyeing Magic big man Nikola Vucevic||01.29.17 at 7:44 pm ET|
So hearing CSNNE.com reporting the Celts have expressed interest in acquiring Vucevic should make all the sense in the world.
The report states the Celtics and Magic have talked about a deal involving the 26-year-old center, who has just two fewer double-doubles (19) as the entire C’s team. The 7-foot Vucevic is currently averaging 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds a game for lowly Orlando.
Vucevic’s appeal also extends to the team-friendly four-year, $53 million rookie contract extension he inked. The deal pays him $11.75 million this season, $12.25 million next season and $12.75 in 2018-19.
Two seasons ago, he averaged 19.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest, while totaling 18.2 points and 8.9 boards a game in 2015-16. Vucevic was taken 16th overall in the 2011 NBA draft out the University of Southern California. After his rookie season, he was dealt to the Magic in a four-team trade involving Dwight Howard.
|Raptors’ win proved Celtics will remain 3rd fiddle until they get some help||01.10.17 at 10:29 pm ET|
This was supposed to be as inspirational as a mid-January game could be.
Beat the Raptors, draw even with Toronto for second seed in the Eastern Conference, and prove yourselves to closer to Cleveland than ever before. That was the plan for the Celtics.
The plan fell apart with one Raptors’ fourth-quarter flurry. Toronto boosted its lead over the Celts in the conference standings to two games after completely dominating the final seven minutes of what would end up as the Raptors’ 114-106 win over Brad Stevens’ club in Toronto.
The Raptors would out-score the C’s, 34-22, in the fourth quarter. But the ultimate dagger would reveal itself in the form of a 23-6 run by the hosts to close out the Tuesday night loss, leaving the Celtics just one game ahead of the Hawks for the conference’s third spot.
The frustration that came with the Celtics blowing a 16-point, third-quarter lead was just a small part of the equation. The big picture reality should have been much more painful.
While Toronto’s backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were taking over the game down the stretch, the Celtics were left defaulting to their fourth-quarter superstar Isaiah Thomas. This time, however, Thomas couldn’t keep up. Simply watching the collapse unfold, you could get that feel that something was missing for the Celtics.
|Win over Jazz reminded us it might be time to start finding out what Jaylen Brown is all about||01.03.17 at 10:03 pm ET|
Sitting at No. 3? Jaylen Brown.
Such identifications start making some wonder. What if this player who was supposed to emerge into piece of the Celtics’ foundation was a miss.
Brown came into the Celtics’ tilt against the Jazz Tuesday night 24th among rookies in points per game (4.9), having also landed at 26th among the group for minutes per contest (13.4). Both classifications would certainly support the notion that things weren’t going as planned for the No. 3 overall pick.
But the reality is that Brown will ultimately be just fine. And proof of the promise came in the Celts’ 115-104 win over Utah, with the forward scoring 10 minutes in his 12 minutes. It was the first time since Dec. 11 he had totaled double-figures, and only third occasion since Nov. 11.
With the roster as currently constituted, the Celtics will continue to patience. But performances like Tuesday night make one wonder if the training wheels might be at least loosened a bit.
Clearly, Celtics coach Brad Stevens wants to prioritize those who he know can defend off the bench. That was once again made clear with Stevens’ comments prior to his latest win. And this might be a good reason while Brown hasn’t played more than 18 minutes in any of the last 12 games.
But it would also behoove the Celtics to find out if Brown is ready to add some offensive electricity. It’s not as if Brown hasn’t been efficient, having made 10 of his last 16 shots from the field over the past three games.
And while it might seem this isn’t a priority, especially considering the Celtics’ offensive output the best of any opponent against the Jazz this season, time is somewhat of the essence. The C’s simply have to start figuring out what they have — whether it’s for their future, or somebody else’s.
It’s ironic that Joe Johnson was in uniform for the opposition on this night considering he represents what could be a very real scenario for Brown and the Celtics. It was Johnson who was dealt to the Suns by the C’s after averaging 6.9 points in 48 games as a rookie.
That Johnson deal brought the Celtics Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk, and with them came a legitimate path to the Eastern Conference. At the time, it was worth it for the Celts. Now, with Brown as perhaps one of their best non-draft pick trade chips, they have to figure out if it’s worth it once again.
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