|Pregame: Scal to Start against Knicks||11.18.08 at 5:12 pm ET|
Brian Scalabrine will get the start on Tuesday night against the New York Knicks in place of the suspended Kevin Garnett. Doc Rivers went with Scal to keep in second unit in tact. This will be just the 51st start of Scal’s eight-year career and 28th with the Celtics.
Garnett’s suspension was the hot topic before the game for both teams. Rivers cited Shaquille O’Neal’s recent fine in comparison to Garnett’s punishment. “I was just surprised. I’m not going to get into this long because I thought it was a ridiculous suspension. I really did,” he said. Rivers also pointed out that KG isn’t even allowed in the building tonight.
Inside the Celtics locker room Garnett’s teammates were cautious when giving their opinion of the ruling.
“Ya’ll want me to say something bad, huh?” Kendrick Perkins said with a smile before adding, “I don’t know, it’s kind of crazy. But you know it’s something we’ve got to deal with. I think he’s handling it well but what can we do about it?”
Said Leon Powe, “Well I can’t really say but, you know, I wouldn’t have suspended him for that. But it’s the league and there are rules so whatever they decide, we’ve got to roll with. So now we’ve got to go out there with KG but we’ve got to still be a team and we’ve still got to go out there and fight and play together.”
As for the Knicks, they are looking to take advantage of the defensive void on the Celtics. “KG is pretty much the anchor defensively,” said Jamal Crawford. “He really gets after it defensively but they’re still a good defensive team without KG. But with him, he just takes them to a different level. It’ll be a lot of similar things that we were going to do before but you make minor adjustments.”
Paul and I will be bringing out the latest live from the TD BankNorth Garden, so tune in during the game for all the most up-to-date information.
|Celtics Know How to Beat Knicks without Garnett||11.17.08 at 7:11 pm ET|
On Tuesday night the Boston Celtics will take on the New York Knicks without Kevin Garnett as he serves a one-game suspension for his conduct on Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Garnett was penalized without pay for striking Andrew Bogut in the face in the fourth quarter of the Celtics 102-97 overtime win. Bogut’s foul on Garnett was also upgraded to a Flagrant Foul Penalty One on Monday.
This isn’t the first time the team has been without KG since acquiring him nearly 16 months ago. Last season Garnett sat out nine games with an abdominal strain that he suffered on a game-saving play against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics went 7-2 during that stretch.
This isn’t the first time the team will take on the Knicks without KG either. Last February 13 the Celtics defeated them 111-103 at Madison Square Garden.
So how did the Celtics get it done without Garnett?
(I know, I know, beating the Knicks isn’t earth shattering but the Celtics still have to make adjustments.)
That night Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for 45 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. The duo hit 17-of-18 from the free throw line (Allen missed one). Rajon Rondo also shot 64% from the field to score 18 points. Garnett wasn’t the only starter out of the lineup that night. Kendrick Perkins was sidelined as well, so Leon Powe and Brian Scalabrine got the starts in their place. Powe chipped in 18 points while Scal lasted just under three minutes before James Posey took over.
On the defensive end, they limited the Knicks to 29% three-point shooting and held them to 20 assists (the Celtics dished 29). The Cs also blocked six shots to the Knicks zero.
The Celtics turned to their bench to get it done last time and Tuesday night will be no different.
|Mark Cuban and the SEC||11.17.08 at 10:56 am ET|
Just finished reading the complaint against Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, that was filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission today. The SEC (not the one with Knowshown Moreno and Tim Tebow) is charging Cuban with insider trading and asking for 750K in connection with a PIPE (econ talk for when a public company asks for money).
The gist of the argument is Cuban sold his shares in something called mamma.com (now known as Copernic) before he was legally allowed to divest after learning information about the PIPE. That would be ‘insider trading.’
Government documents are always fun, so let’s see if there’s anything in the complaint that might make our Monday more interesting. Read the rest of this entry »
|Allen Discusses Son’s Diagnosis||11.16.08 at 10:42 pm ET|
Ray Allen’s life changed last June, and it had nothing to do with winning his first NBA Championship. His infant son Walker was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes during the NBA Finals, a storyline of personal anguish which was highlighted during the Boston Celtics title run.
Five months later, winning the championship may be in the past but the Allen family’s struggle is still very present. Allen and his wife Shannon sat down with WCVB Boston to discuss the daily ups and downs of raising a child with diabetes.
“Being on this world stage, we said, ‘Why is this happening? Wow, God works in mysterious ways,’” said Allen. “It’s like, he put this on our plate at this point in time in my life. He’s giving me this mantle to step up and be somewhat of a flagship for this disease and making sure other families understand and know what they’re going through, make sure kids aren’t misdiagnosed, make sure no child has to die because they are misdiagnosed.”
To watch the complete interview, click here.
|Bowl for Charity with Pierce and the Celtics||11.16.08 at 6:24 pm ET|
On a rare day off from the Boston Celtics demanding schedule, Paul Pierce is hitting the lanes for charity.
On Monday, November 17 at 6pm, Pierce is hosting his star-studded bowling tournament, “The Truth Strikes Again,” at Kings Lanes (50 Dalton Street) in Boston. Pierce, his teammates, members of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, as well as other celebrities will be bowling to raise money for Pierce’s foundation for disadvantaged youth, The Truth Fund.
At this event Pierce will launch his newest initiative, “The Truth on Health,” which promotes healthy living and exercise to inner city youth in the Boston area.
Limited tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com/truth. Pierce is also hosting an online raffle at www.netraffle.org in which one grand prize winner will receive 16 tickets to a Celtics game in Pierce’s luxury suite, a meet-and-greet with the Celtics captain, and an autographed jersey. Raffle tickets cost $2.00 each and can be purchased online until Monday, February 24 at 9am.
More information on Pierce’s Truth Foundation is available at www.paulpierce.net.
|Sounds of the game… Nuggets 94, Celtics 85||11.15.08 at 2:49 pm ET|
Call it fatigue. Call it sluggishness, or being outplayed or a combination all three. But the Denver Nuggets showed the Celtics Friday night that they are human on their home court. They hadn’t lost at home in the regular season since last March 26 to Philadelphia, a string of 11 straight wins on the parquet. But that changed when the Nuggets closed the game with a 10-1 run. Now the focus is on the Bucks in Milwaukee, where the Celtics are right now, trying to make sure one bad night doesn’t turn into two.
|Celtics Assign Giddens to D-League||11.15.08 at 11:35 am ET|
In a move that seemed inevitable, the Boston Celtics assigned rookie J.R. Giddens to their NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash on Saturday.
The Celtics selected Giddens out of New Mexico with the 30th overall pick in this year’s draft. That night Celtics president Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers praised his athleticism and defensive intensity.
However only 12 players can suit up every night and there have been minimal opportunities for Giddens. He averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes during preseason play but has been on the inactive list the entire season.
The Celtics demanding schedule has not allowed Giddens to get in quality practice time.
“We haven’t had any really so it’s really tough,” Rivers said before Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. “It’s tough for all those guys right now.”
Giddens is the Celtics first assignment to the D-League this season.