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Celtics Want to Acquire a Shooter

Posted by r1zzo23 on January 10, 2009

January 10, 2009…

An article on Yahoo! Sports stated the Celtics were looking to acquire a shooter for the bench:

What GM Danny Ainge wants is a shooter off the bench, but he’s struggling to find one. League sources say he made a bid for the Orlando Magic’s J.J. Redick recently, a guard he’s long coveted, but an offer of J.R. Giddens and Gabe Pruitt couldn’t come close to prying Redick. What’s more, Orlando isn’t motivated to fortify the Celtics. Suddenly, the Magic believe they can beat Boston. League executives say Ainge has become more persistent this week in searching out deals, but as a Western Conference executive said, “He just doesn’t have any players that anyone wants.”

I guess that Eddie House may have fallen out of favor with Doc. Either that or they want someone larger than six feet tall to be their 3-point specialist off the bench. One thing is for certain: the Celtics have NOTHING that other teams would want to trade for. I don’t see any trades being made with the Celtics involved, leaving us to wait for players to be bought out after the trade deadline to bolster our bench.

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Celtics Call Up the Kids

Posted by r1zzo23 on January 8, 2009

Post from January 8, 2009…

According to an article at RealGM.com, the Celtics have recalled JR Giddens and Bill Walker from the D-League.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have recalled rookie guard J.R. Giddens and rookie forward Bill Walker from their NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash.

Giddens appeared in 13 games for the Flash averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 rebounds, 1.46 steals, a team-high 1.54 blocks all in a team-high 37.6 minutes per game. Giddens was ranked 20th in the NBDL in scoring, 13th in field goal percentage (53.5%) and seventh in blocks. The former New Mexico Lobo was the selected by the Celtics with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Walker appeared in 15 games for the Flash averaging a team-high 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.33 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Walker was ranked 11th in the NBDL in scoring and sixth in field goal percentage (55.7%). The former Kansas State Wildcat was acquired in a draft night trade with the Washington Wizards in exchange for cash considerations.

Not sure how much time either of these kids will get with the Celtics or even who will be inactive for either of them to get some playing time. My guess would be Patrick O’Bryant may see a few games in street clothes, but hey, I don’t make the calls.

Looking back at the preseason, it looked as if Bill Walker was much further along in his development as an NBA player than Giddens was, but if JR is finding his shooting touch and can use those abnormally long arms on the defensive end, perhaps he can steal a few minutes with Tony Allen sidelined.

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Lebron: “Not Just Another Game”

Posted by r1zzo23 on January 8, 2009

Post from January 8, 2009…

When asked about tomorrow night’s game against the defending champion Boston Celtics, Lebron James had this to say:

“I can’t say it’s a just another game; I’d be lying. You want to win as many games and try to get home court throughout the playoffs.”

Not just another game for Lebron and the Cavs. The way the Celtics have played last season and so far this year, we don’t get hyped up about any regular season games on our schedule. With the current skid of six losses in the past eight contests, maybe it’s time for us to get “geeked up” for this one. Maybe the Celtics need to look at games like the Patriots of the 2007 season did and find a way to motivate themselves. Maybe I’m just looking too deep into this team’s latest failures.

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GP for Backup PG

Posted by r1zzo23 on January 8, 2009

Post from January 8, 2009…


Sorry for the misleading post heading for all you Gary Payton fans, but I am not looking for the Celtics to call The Glove up and bring him back to Boston for a third stint. I mean he was already angry playing behind Rondo once, and we have our aged veteran point guard sitting on the bench in Sam Cassell.

What I am talking about is Gabe Pruitt, the Celtics’ 2nd round pick out of USC in the 2007 NBA Draft. In college, Gabe mostly played as a shooting guard and combined with Nick Young formed a lethal duo in the Pac-10. When drafted, it was assumed he would have to develop his point guard skills. After his stint in the D-League, it was obvious the kid could score. Now, he just needed to get some playing time.

Pruitt would get in during the waning minutes of a blowout and usually knock down his one or two jumpers while still playing some impressive defense for a young player in Thibodeau’s system. Now he just needed a chance to prove his worth with meaninful minutes. With the Celtics’ bench playing horribly, Tony Allen injured and Doc needing to shake things up, Gabe Pruitt was the first guard off the bench last night instead of Eddie House. He came in and played some good defense and showed he could score against Houston’s rotation guys rather than their scrubs. Sure he had Brent Barry covering him, but buckets are buckets, and Gabe had seven points in his 15 minutes last night. He didn’t have much else in the box score (one rebound, one turnover), but all in all it was a solid outing for the young kid.

Personally, I’ve been a fan of Gabe Pruitt since he was back at USC and was thrilled that the Celtics selected him in the 2nd round. I knew it would take time before he cracked the rotation, but now is his chance. He came in and played shooting guard last night and was very effective. It is yet to see if he can run the point against a team’s first or second squad, but we’ll never know until we give him the chance.

Doc, I’m sure you’ve been rattling your brain with some solutions to this skid and, more importantly, the ineffectiveness of your bench. Put Gabe Pruitt in the game as the backup point guard and let him be the instant offense that our reserves so desperately needs.

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Curse of the Lakers Loss?

Posted by r1zzo23 on January 7, 2009

Post from January 7, 2009…

The Boston Celtics could do no wrong to start the season. They opened up with the best 29 game start in NBA league history, going 27-2. The biggest regular season game on the NBA regular season schedule pitted the top two teams in the league in the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics lost that game and we didn’t think much of it, just a tough loss against perhaps our best competition in the league. Then, the next six games happened.

The following night, the Celtics looked to rebound against the lowly Warriors. They started out strong, but ended up losing by 10 points (outscored 35-17 in the 4th quarter alone). They gave up 28 points to team captain Stephen Jackson and this seemed to be a trend in the five recent losses of the C’s: big scoring outputs by players who shouldn’t dominate the best defense in the league.

Two games later, the Celtics traveled to Portland (after rebounding against a disastrous Kings squad) and allowed Steve Blake to score 21 points. What made this loss sting even more is the fact that Brandon Roy was inactive and the Blazers started three “rookies” in Greg Oden, Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez. Inexperienced teams aren’t supposed to get the best of the reigning champs.

After thumping the Wizards at home, the Green went on to suffer back to back losses and perhaps two of the worst losses of the season. The first one was a trip to Madison Square Garden against the Fun ‘N Gun Knickerbockers. The Celtics lost 100-88 and allowed Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington to combine for 61 points (31 and 30, respectively). Take a second to think about that: Wilscon Chandler scored THIRTY-ONE points against Coach Thibodeau’s defense.

To follow the loss to the Knicks was a trip to Charlotte last night. I truly expected a rebound byt he defending champs, but I had to keep in mind that the Bobcats always play us tight. Paul Pierce was the only one to step up and play a good game, eventually hitting a shot with just a little more than three seconds left to send the game to overtime. In overtime, the Bobcats played great defense and created fast break opportunities for easy transition buckets. The Celtics lost 114-106, allowing Gerald Wallace (23), Raymond Felton (25) and DJ Augustin (20) to all go over the 20-point mark. And we have now lost five of the last seven games.

What gives with the Celtics? Is it a Christmas Day hangover that carried into the new year? Are the Celtics losing their mojo? Are we still the team to beeat?

I’ll be the first to say that this is a horrible stretch of games for the Celtics, but it is definitely not time to hit the panic button at all. Looking at the past two weeks, there are some glaring problems. First, the team defense has looked horrible compared to how they played thier first 29 games. The passion on that side of the floor just isn’t there. On offense, the ball is out of Rondo’s hands too much and it’s too much of the Big Three going one-on-one while the other four stand around. On top of that, the bench has been pathetic and has really given nothing to the team as of late.

One final deciding factor in these games is that every team that the Celtics play is giving them their best game. The Celtics can’t walk into someone else’s arena and expect to just show up and get a win any more because the league is starting to see that we are beatable and are no longer scared of us. We have to come out and show that we are still the best team in the league and it starts on the defensive side of the floor.

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