Green Street
NEED TO KNOW
Don't forget to follow Ben on Twitter.
A WEEI.com Celtics Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Boston Celtics’
Too many whistles while he works 03.18.09 at 11:21 pm ET
By   |  2 Comments

‘€œFoul on number seven, Mikki Moore.’€

Those words have become all too familiar since Moore joined the Boston Celtics in February.

Moore has fouled out of the last two games, including Wednesday night’s overtime win against the Miami Heat. (He was gone after playing less than 17 minutes.) Over the last five games, he has been whistled for a league-leading total of 26 personal fouls. (Recap here)

‘€œI’m playing aggressive, trying to do the right thing, and most of my calls are just touch fouls,’€  Moore said after the game.  ‘€œThat’s why I’m frustrated. But a foul is a foul. I have to make my fouls count.’€

Moore explains there is a difference between a good foul and a bad foul. He should know. He led the NBA with 310 personal fouls during the 2008 season.

‘€œA bad foul is when it goes negative to the team, when it’s a turnover,’€ he said. ‘€œLike if it’s an offensive foul or if I try to come off somebody’s back and get an offensive rebound. That’s a real bad foul. And if it’s low on the shot clock and I foul a jumpshooter, that’s a bad foul. But if it’s just a hustling foul or I’m going for a loose ball, I don’t think that’s a bad foul.’€

Moore admits that part of his foul trouble has come with learning a new system. He is anxious to get adjusted, but knows he has to be patient.

‘€œI’ve got to stop trying so hard,’€ he said. ‘€œKG told me tonight, ‘Just relax and play, man. Stop trying to do everything.’ That’s what I’ve got to start doing.’€

Garnett’s advice was echoed by head coach Doc Rivers.

Said Moore, ‘€œHe said, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day so you’ve got to keep working hard.”€

Read More: Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Mikki Moore,
Competition among friends at 10:47 pm ET
By   |  2 Comments

Bill Walker and Michael Beasley were more than roommates at Kansas State. They were each other’s toughest competition.

‘€œOh man, we competed at everything,’€ Walker recalled earlier this season. ‘€œOn the basketball side, out of basketball, video games, we competed in every thing. Everything was a competition.’€

On Wednesday night the rookies faced off as Walker and the Boston Celtics took on Beasley and the Miami Heat. (RECAP HERE) Just like their friendship, the game was a back and forth battle. But it still doesn’t compare to their one-on-one games back in college.

‘€œThat’s probably the most intense basketball I’ve played in my life,’€ Beasley said. ‘€œWhen he won, I didn’t want to leave. And I when I won, he’s not leaving. So sometimes you could win three or four straight and he just won’t quit, or vice versa. I remember there were times we were in the gym until four or five o’clock in the morning just playing one-on-one.’€

Walker dubbed Beasley, ‘€œThe Beast from the East,’€ and the two saw everything has a chance to win. Little things walking to the car became a race. Game days were another opportunity to one up each other.

‘€œHonestly, we prepared for a game by bringing our Xbox into the locker room and then playing games until pregame stuff,’€ Beasley said. ‘€œWe’d always play as ourselves and be Kansas State versus Kansas State.’€

Their must-win mentalities pushed one another to become better than they were before.

‘€œIt teaches you a lot about yourself,’€ said Walker. ‘€œEspecially when you go up against somebody that’€™s just as competitive as you are and he’€™s skilled in the same manner you are, that really challenges you.’€

Read More: Bill Walker, Boston Celtics, Michael Beasley,
Not over yet at 9:38 pm ET
By   |  1 Comment

The stage was set for Paul Pierce to be the hero. But after running down the clock, his last second shot circled off the rim. It’s overtime for the Celtics and Heat, tied at 100 apiece.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Paul Pierce,
A foul first half at 8:14 pm ET
By   |  1 Comment

The Celtics were already shorthanded before the whistles started blowing. But their bench became depleted when their big man could not stay out of foul trouble in the first half. The Celtics are in tough shape at the end of the second quarter:

Mikki Moore: 4 fouls in 8 minutes

Glen Davis: 4 fouls in 14 minutes

Kendrick Perkins: 3 fouls in 17 minutes

Read More: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Mikki Moore,
He couldn’t wait til next month at 7:40 pm ET
By   |  1 Comment

March really isn’t the best time of the year to see Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers hit a three against the Boston Celtics. Just brings back all sorts of bad memories …

Read More: Boston Celtics, Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat,
Wade out against Celtics at 6:34 pm ET
By   |  1 Comment

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not play on Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics with an strained right hip flexor.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat,
Luck of the Irish runs out 03.17.09 at 11:29 pm ET
By   |  1 Comment

The Luck of the Irish had been on the Boston Celtics side on St. Patrick’s Day. On Tuesday night, it ran out in Chicago (RECAP HERE). In spite of this loss, the Celtics have enjoyed success on March 17 over the last 10 years:

2009: Chicago Bulls 127, Boston Celtics 121
Already undermanned, the Celtics lost Leon Powe (knee) in the first half. Paul Pierce tried to keep the Celtics alive with 37 points and seven rebounds, while Rajon Rondo posted 26 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds.  The Celtics, however, could not overcome injuries and foul trouble. They fell 4.5 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Look ahead: The Celtics will take on the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in Boston.

2008: Boston Celtics 93,  San Antonio Spurs 91
The Celtics overcame a 22-point deficit to top the Spurs and jumpstart their sweep of the Texas Triangle. Sam Cassell stepped up his game in place of Ray Allen (ankle) to contribute 17 points off the bench. Despite a scoreless evening from Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics starters outscored the Spurs starting five 67-39.

Flashback: A day later, the Celtics snapped the Houston Rockets 22-game winning streak.

2007: Boston Celtics 91, San Antonio Spurs 85
In the midst of a dismal season, the Celtics won in San Antonio for the first time in 17 years. And this wasn’t the Big Three version of the Celtics. Paul Pierce (30 points) got help from Delonte West (23 points) and Al Jefferson (20 points) while Rajon Rondo added 14 rebounds. It was just the Celtics 20th win of the season.

Flashback: The Celtics had not won in San Antonio since February 14, 1990.

2006: Orlando Magic 84, Boston Celtics 77
The Celtics blew a fourth quarter lead and gave up 18 points and 13 rebounds to a then-20-year-old Dwight Howard. The Cs went cold in the final 12 minutes, shooting 3-for-23, and no one on the team made more than five field goals. They also had six shots blocked by Darko Milicic.

Flashback: Raef LaFrentz was the Celtics starting center.

2004: Boston Celtics 104, Denver Nuggets 100
Paul Pierce, Chucky Atkins, and Mark Blount combined for 68 points, 27 rebounds, and 16 assists while Walter McCarty added 17 points off the bench. Then-rookie Carmelo Anthony posted 20 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in his Boston debut. But the Celtics got hot from long-range (10-16 3PG) and a jumper from Pierce iced the win with less than 30 seconds to go.

Flashback: John Carroll was the interim head coach.

2000: Boston Celtics 114, Atlanta Hawks 90
Antoine Walker scored 30 points to lead the Celtics to a 24-point victory. Paul Pierce and Vitaly Potapenko scored 16 points apiece. Pierce picked five steals from Dikembe Mutombo and the Hawks.

Flashback: Less than 12,000 people attended this game in Atlanta.

1999: Boston Celtics 118, Los Angeles Clippers 84
The Celtics outshot the Clippers 57% to 37% from the field in their commanding win. Kenny Anderson led the Celtics with 21 points. Then-rookie Paul Pierce scored 12. The Celtics outrebonded the Clippers by 19 boards.

Flashback: Future Celtic Michael Olowokandi posted 17 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Paul Pierce,
2013 NBA Draft Board
2014 NBA Draft
Celtics Headlines
NBA Headlines