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End It Now, Marbury Won’t Be A Cancer

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 27, 2009

Post from February 27, 2009…

Stephon Marbury Checklist:

  • He’s a cancer.
  • He only plays for himself.
  • He can’t play any more.
  • He will try to take over the locker room.

Anyone who thought that Marbury was a bad addition by the Boston Celtics should just cut their losses now because this is going to turn out to be the best move they could have made. After not playing in a regular season game in over an entire calendar year, Marbury came in and showed flashes of how good he still is.

He shot four for six on from the floor for eight points and also dished out two assists. He hit his first shot attempt from the short corner on the left side of the floor like he has been doing it every day for the past year. His first touch was running a pick and roll with Leon Powe and watching Marbury make the pass, you knew that he still had his court vision.

Ladies and gentlemen, embrace Stephon Marbury as a member of the Boston Celtics. He will not be a cancer to this team. There’s just too much leadership in the locker room to allow that to happen. He will add some swagger to the bench and gives us some much needed insurance in case Rondo were to ever get hurt.

Will this hurt the progression of Gabe Pruitt? Most definitely, but when it comes to winning titles, we can’t worry about getting our young guns some run as much as getting wins not only now, but in the postseason.

Stephon Marbury… Welcome to the Boston Celtics!

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Marbury Suiting Up, Pruitt Benched 2 Games

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 27, 2009

Post from February 27, 2009…

Quick post with some good news and then some bad news. Of course, everyone likes to hear the good news first…

The Celtics will be hosting the Pacers tonight at home (7:30PM EST) and Stephon Marbury is expected to suit up and play tonight. Now he hasn’t played in an NBA game in over a full calendar year, so look for Marbury to just get his feet wet tonight. But if Rondo were to get into foul trouble, Steph could be called on to do much more than we would expect in his first game. Eddie House is still there, but he’s still not a true point guard.

Then there’s Gabe Pruitt. He stands to lose the most playing time to the Marbury acquisition as anyone else in the backcourt, but with his arrest on Wednesday night the Celtics have suspended him for the next two games. That’s a fitting punishment for the crime and I bet Pruitt will regret it immensely. These next few games were probably his last chances to get some decent playing time, but now he’ll be in street clothes (that conform to the NBA dress code) for the next couple games.

By the way, Stephon Marbury will be wearing the #8 for the Boston Celtics. Last two Celtics to wear that number: Antoine Walker and Al Jefferson. Looks like he’s got quite the shoes to fill.

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Clipped in LA; KG the Answer?

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 26, 2009

Post from February 26, 2009…

Last night, the Celtics sleep-walked into the Staples Center. Half the time, the court is dawned in the glorious purple and gold of the Lakers. But this trip, the red and blue of the Clippers were out, along with some Hollywood stars. These stars are usually at the Lakers game, but this night, they came to see the Celtics play. Unfortunately, the Green didn’t put on any performance worth watching.

Watching the pre-game show on FSN New England, Donny Marshall pointed out a great point that couldn’t be stressed enough: do not just show up to play! The Celtics needed to grind out another game and just give three more hours of their best basketball before they could return home. Doc agreed with Donny, but he doesn’t play point guard in the league any more. Ultimately, it was up to Rondo to push the tempo last night, and that didn’t happen.

The Celtics allowed the Clippers to not only hang around, but to lead for a lot of the game. This is where the, in my opinion, the absence of Kevin Garnett was detrimental to the team. After being on the road since the All-Star Game, the team was tired and just wanted to get home. Plus, it’s easy to look at the schedule, see the Clippers and then take it easier than you would most other teams. If KG were on the court, I don’t think he would have allowed that to happen. I don’t think he would have allowed Zach Randolph to go for 30 against arguably the best defenses in the league. The energy would have been there right from the opening tip and the Celtics wouldn’t have gotten fooled into playing at the Clippers’ pace.

Thing is, Kevin Garnett wasn’t available and the Celtics did sleep walk into and out of last night’s game, with a loss no less. Celtics need to beat the Clippers, even without Kevin Garnett, if they want to claim the coveted #1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs this season. Hopefully, thi slip up won’t happen again for the rest of this season.

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Let Marbury Play Friday!

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 26, 2009

Post from February 26, 2009…

There’s skepticism floating around that after Marbury officially signs tomorrow (Friday) morning with the Celtics that he will play tomorrow night at the TD Banknorth Garden against the hobbled Indiana Pacers.

No Danny Granger. No Mike Dunleavy Jr. No problem? Not so fast. We just lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, arguably the worst franchise in sports history. We will not have Kevin Garnett’s services. Brian Scalabrine is still having his neck injury examined. Paul Pierce gave us a scare last night with his thumb, but it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Gabe Pruitt just got arrested for suspicion of a DUI.

With that all said, I think this should be a comfortable win for the Celtics. The big sticking point is that the Celtics will be returning to Boston for the first time since before the NBA All-Star Game. The fans will pack the house and be as loud as ever, looking to start a new winning streak.

Assuming Gabe Pruitt is out of the lineup for tomorrow night’s game, I think that means that Stephon Marbury has to play. I wouldn’t mind seeing Marbury on the floor with Eddie House and the other backups. Hopefully Marbury will be able to give the bench a spark of scoring and consistent point guard play that we have been lacking. A lineup of Marbury, House, Ray Allen or Paul Pierce, Leon Powe and Mikki Moore would be exciting to watch.

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Gabe Pruitt Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 26, 2009

Post from February 26, 2009…

From RealGM.com:

Gabe Pruitt of the Boston Celtics was arrested early Thursday morning in the Los Angeles area on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, celebrity gossip web site TMZ.com reported.The Celtics were in town to play the Clippers Wednesday night.

A search of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department web site found that someone with Pruitt’s exact name and birthday was arrested at 3:07 a.m. and booked at 5:57 a.m. Bail was set at $5,000.

I’m pretty disappointed in Gabe about this, but there are two reasons I could give for this happening. One, Pruitt was born in LA and played his college ball at USC, so this is a homecoming for him. I asked why weren’t the Celtics on a plane home after that game since they’ve been on the road for over two weeks now. I’m sure captain Paul Pierce wanted to spend a night in his home town of Los Angeles as well, so the Celtics stayed the night.

Lastly, I think the foregone conclusion of the Celtics signing Stephon Marbury may be a downer to Gabe. He was beginning to play some decent minutes game in and game out, but now with Marbury coming, his minutes could be all but gone. Personally, I don’t think that will happen, nor do I think it should effect Gabe in any way, but you never know with these athletes nowadays.

My buddy told me this was the curse of Stephon Marbury rearing its ugly head already. First KG gets hurt, then we got a scare with Paul Pierce last night, we lost to the Clippers and now this. Personally, I think he’s just a hater.

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Marbury Close to Dawning Celtic Green

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 24, 2009

Post from February 24, 2009…

Reported on ESPN.com:

The New York Knicks and Stephon Marbury were nearing a buyout agreement Tuesday afternoon that would clear the way for Marbury to sign with the Boston Celtics, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources briefed on the state of the talks told ESPN.com that the Knicks and Marbury are on the verge of finalizing a separation package that will make Marbury eligible to play in the playoffs for another team because his release from New York would come before the league’s Sunday deadline.

The New York Times first reported on its Web site Tuesday afternoon that “all indications were that the two sides had reached agreement on a contract buyout that will free [Marbury] to join another franchise for the stretch run.”

Said one source to ESPN.com: “Look for Steph to get bought out today.”

Another source close to the process indicated that Marbury and the Celtics have already commenced discussions on a contract.

I’m sure we all thought this would come, but didn’t know if the Knicks would buy him out in time to be playoff eligible. With one roster spot remaining for the Celtics, you would have to think it’s going to Marbury. Personally, I think Gabe Pruitt has progressed nicely, but can we trust him in the playoffs? Marbury will most likely be a one-year experiment and hopefully it can aid the Celtics to a second NBA title in as many years.

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