Monday, March 31, 2014

Where are they Now: 2008 Championship Team Edition

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Without the help of several key bench players such as James Posey and Brian Scalabrine, the Celtics would have never been able to win it all back in 2008. Today we will revisit some of those players and found out where they are now.

James Posey

Age: 37
Status: Assistant Coach for Canton Charge of D-League.

After opting out of his contract with Boston, Posey signed a 4 year deal with the New Orleans Hornets(now Pelicans). After nearly 2 seasons in New Orleans, he was dealt to Indiana along with Darren Collison. He was amnestied at the end of the following year. He was then hired as assistant coach by the Charge in September of 2013.

Eddie House

Age: 35
Status: Retired

A crucial part of the 2008 Celtics championship run, House was re-signed to a 2 year deal after the season. He played most of the two years in Boston but wound up being traded to the New York Knicks in the trade that brought Nate Robinson to Boston. Following the 09 campaign, he returned to Miami. He was waived in December of 2011, which paved the road for his retirement.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis

Age: 28
Status: Signed with Los Angeles Clippers

During his 4 years in Boston, "Big Baby" enjoyed success in Doc Rivers' coaching system. A fan favorite, Davis helped Boston reach the playoffs multiple times. He had his best season in  the pros during the 2010 season when he averaged 11.7 points, and 5.4 rebounds. He  was involved in the trade that brought Brandon Bass to Boston. He experienced more playing time there as he was the primary starter at PF during his tenure. After two seasons, He and the Magic agreed to a contract buyout earlier this season which led to him reuniting with Doc Rivers in LA.

Tony Allen

Ag:; 32
Status: Signed with Memphis

After signing a three year deal in July of 2010 with Memphis, Allen went on to reflect on his final seasons in Boston. He said he felt 'overshawowed' by the veterans especially Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. In his first season, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team. The following season he was named "Best Perimeter Defender" by fellow GM's. He signed a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies in July of 2013.

Leon Powe:

Age: 30
Status:  N/A

Powe was a huge aid down the stretch during the 2008 regular season and playoffs. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 11.4 minutes per game. During the Playoffs, he averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 boards in 11.7 minutes. Powe stayed in Boston 1 more year before signing a 2 year deal with the Cavs. He was waived the following season while the Cavs were clearing roster capacity. He signed with the Grizzlies for the rest of the 2011 season. He went on to play overseas the following years but his current whereabouts are unknown. He played for Puerto Rico last season and will play for the Bulls in the summer league.

Kendrick "Perk" Perkins:

Age: 29
Status: Signed with OKC

A fan favorite throughout his time in Boston, Perk was known for his toughness and durability. Besides his first two seasons, Perk never averaged less than 5.0 rebounds. He had his best season in 2010 when he averaged 10.1 points and 8.1 rebounds(both career-highs). Perk was shipped to OKC during the 2011 season in the trade that brought Jeff Green to the Celtics. He signed a multi-year extension in March of 2011.

Brian Scalabrine

Age: 36
Status: Assistant Coach for Santa Cruz Warriors

Perhaps the best player in Boston Celtics History. Brian Scalabrine. When thinking about the all-time greats, one has to put Scalabrine up against Michael Jordan as the G.O.A.T. Although he did not play in the 2008 playoffs, one has to question whether the Celtics would have won it all without him on their bench. He was unquestionably the MVP. After leaving Boston, The White Mamba signed with the Chicago Bulls. He was there for 2 seasons before departing to become a commentator. Scalabrine is now trying to become the best coach ever in history as he is currently an assistant coach in the Golden State Warriors organization. He was previously demoted to the D-League. Mark Jackson called it called a "difference in philosophies."
He later went on to say,
"I made the decision," Jackson said Tuesday after practice, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm fortunate enough to have an ownership group and a management group that allows me to pick my staff. We're just going in a different direction. That's that."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Where Are They Now?

    Remember when the Celtics took the Heat to 7 games during the 2011-2012 season? Besides the Big 4, who helped Boston make it all the way to the ECF? Names like Avery Bradley and Kenyon Dooling come to mind, but today we will take a look at some of the small name-players who helped as much.
    E'twaun Moore:
    Drafted out of Purdue in the 2011 draft, Moore has become a role-player since leaving Boston. During his stint with Boston, he averaged 2.9 points on 38% shooting in 8.7 minutes. He was traded during the offseason in the 3-team trade involving Portland and Houston that brought Courtney Lee to Boston. The Rockets decided to waive him, shortly after, which led to him signing with the Magic. He has put up decent numbers this season, averaging 6.4 points in 19.3 minutes.
    JaJuan Johnson:
    Johnson played alongside his Purdue teammate, E'twaun Moore, during his short tenture in Boston. The Celtics valued his raw skills, but inconsistency led to limited playing time. He was traded along with Moore in the 3 team trade. He was waived 2 months later. He then spent some time in the D-League, before signing with Giorgio Tesi Pistoia of the Italian League.
    Greg Stiemsma:
    An undrafted big man out of Wisconsin, the Celtics signed the excellent rebounder to a contract for the rookie minimum. He showed signs of potential throughout the season. He finished with averages of 2.9 points and 3.2 rebounds for the 2011 season. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves offered him a contract during the 2012 season. He is now signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. Free Agency and the Celtics decided not to match. He was released.
    Mickaël Piétrus:
    Two days after the Suns waived him, Boston signed Piétrus. He was a big aid during the 2011 playoffs as he came of the bench and delivered some great performances. He averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds for the season. Many fans wanted him back for the 2012 season, but salary cap issuses would not let this happen. He ended up signing with Toronto. Since then, he has publically stated several times he would like to return to Boston. He is currently a Free Agent.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Faverani out for Season

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Vitor Faverani underwent season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
The Brazilian center was enjoying a decent rookie season before going down. He was averaging 4.4 points per game and 3.5 rebounds in 37 apperances.
"On the other end of the floor, anybody with that size, you need him to protect the rim as well as he possibly can. And he really had some good moments doing that, and he had other moments when he didn't do it as well. I think it's just going to be a process of growth with him and getting better at that. And hopefully he gets healthy so he can work on some of the things that will help him do that better."
Faverani started the season off strong against the Raptors with a 13 point performance, but went downhill from there. He has two years left on his contract, that includes $2 million guranteed for the upcoming season. The final year is non-guranteed.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Celtics News and Notes 3-11-14

Should the Celtics sign Kris Humphries long-term?


Last Summer, many NBA analysts and Celtics Fans alike felt that the Celtics were on the losing end of the blockbuster deal. Now with the playoffs looming overhead, the question on everyones mind is "Who won the trade?" While both teams have had decent production from their new players, there is one player that really stands out. Look no further than Kris Humphries. Humphries was seen as someone who would eventually be traded through the course of the season because of his $12M salary. With the season nearly over, there have been many outbursts of signing Humphries long-term. Tommy Heinsohn once even compared Humphries to the legendary Bill Russell. Although Humphries has been seeing most of his playing time from the bench, he has been effective in his limited starts. In 17 starts, Humphries has averaged 10.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, while shooting 94% from the charity stripe. Overall, he has averaged 8.1 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Additionally, he is enjoying his best month of the season as he is averaging 11.8 PPG and 7.8 RPG. Humphries is currently in the last year of his 2 yr/$24M deal. He is only 29 years of age so he still has plenty left in the tank. Humphries has even stated he would like to remain in Boston, " I want to be a part of this whole, building this team and doing all that stuff with the new coach and all that, I want to be here," he said. With Humphries not speculating much interest, a long-term deal with Boston is not far-fetched.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beantown Ballin' (3/3 - 3/9)

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The Celtics only had to play two games this week, and to start off their week they could not grab the win against the Golden State Warriors, however they did manage to come out victorious against the Brooklyn Nets.

Golden State Warriors

In Jordan Crawford's return to the Garden, he managed 15 points on 7-12 shooting off the bench. Solid numbers, but it was great to see Crawford during the pregame talking with some of his former teammates, as indicated by the picture above. Fortunately for Crawford, and unfortunately for the Celtics, the Warriors came away with a 108-88 victory. David Lee and Klay Thompson had 18 points apiece to lead the Warriors in scoring. Normally, the Warriors are synonymous with outside shooting, but in this game they pounded the ball in the paint. A major factor in this game was the Warriors' 58 points in the paint compared to the Celtics' 32. Golden State also ran out in transition and totaled 25 fast break points compared to Boston's 11. Kelly Olynyk led the Celtics in scoring with 19 points off of the pine, and Rondo tallied 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 turnovers. Brandon Bass led the team with 8 rebounds to go along with 11 points.

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Brooklyn Nets

This was a strange game. The Celtics committed a season high 28 turnovers, but also outrebounded Brooklyn 62-37. The fact the that the Nets shot 4-30 from behind the arc worked to the Celtics favor as well. In fact, Brooklyn compiled the worst three point field goal percentage in NBA history with more than 30 treys being dropped. Rondo was also a huge part of Boston's winning efforts dropping 20 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. For the Nets, Joe Johnson (21) and Deron Williams (20) led the way in scoring. However, even with those two putting up 20+ the Celtics were still able to hold on for the victory.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pierce on Finishing His Career with the Celtics:

"Yeah, why not?” Pierce said when asked if he would possibly play for the Celtics again. “Maybe as a player, maybe as a coach. Who knows what the future holds?”
The 36-year-old Pierce scored 10 points in 33 minutes in a game in which the Nets trailed by a large margin for most of the night. But with the possibility that an injured Kevin Garnett will retire, Pierce could see himself looking for a new home again when he becomes a free agent this summer. …
“I am going to still have relationships here. I’m always going to come to this city. Every year, when I’m done, I’m going to have a reason to come here.”

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wallace Likely Done for the Season

Gerald Wallace is out for the season. What does it mean for the Celtics?
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Following the Celtics 115-104 W over the Hawks last Wednesday, Wallace told staff that he felt discomfort in his left knee after a 12 point, 10 rebound performance.

 "[Wallace] had some knee soreness [so Thursday he] went to the doctor and had MRI. It shows he has a torn meniscus," Stevens said before the team's practice Friday at HealthPoint. "He's sitting there and he had no idea. I feel bad for him. I told you many times: Gerald's a warrior, he plays through anything and everything. Literally, anything and everything is what we're learning. The next step for him will be determined in the next couple of days, but obviously we want to prioritize his health."

Wallace will likely undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn meniscus. This will end his 2013-2014 campain.

To add depth, Boston signed Chris Babb of the D-League Maine Red Claws.

Wallace was averaging 5.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 2.1 APG in 58 apperances, including 16 starts.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Where Are They Now?

Shavlik Randolph grabs a rebound in his short stint with the Celtics
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Many players have had the honor of donning the green and white jersey over the years. They have come and go. It seems as if every year, the Celtics roster has been altered in a way. Have you ever wondered where some of those players have gone?

Fab Melo-

Drafted as a big man out of Syracuse, Melo was expected to crash boards and block shots. He did anything but that in the NBA. But he did break the D-League record for most blocks with 14. He went back and forth between the NBA and D-League. Melo was then traded to Memphis for Dontè Green. Fab Melo was waived by Memphis 6 days later. He then signed with the Dallas Mavericks only to be released the following month. The Maine Red Claws (Celtics D-League Team) proceeded to trade his rights to the Texas Legends. Maybe 2 more years at Syracuse could have helped him.

Terrence Williams- 

Signed to a 10 day contract, Williams made his debut against the Lakers. Not only were his shoes amazing, but his style of play as well. This led to Boston signing Williams to a mutli-year deal, only to be waived on June 30 due to legal troubles. Williams then signed with the Turkish, Türk Telekom, only to leave after 2 games. He then signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he broke the single-game scoring record with 50.

D.J. White-

After being signed to a pair of 10-day contracts, White was signed to a multi-year deal. Although he saw most of his time on the bench, It seemed as if Boston thought he could help them down the road. He wound up being traded to Brooklyn in the block-buster trade. He was waived 6 days later. He joines the Chicago Bulls for training camp, but was waived. He then signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales for the 13-14 CBA Season. He is currently with the San Miguel Beerman. 

Shavlik Randolph-

Signed to a multi-year deal, after two 10-day contracts, Randolph was a fan favorite who crashed the boards. He put up averages of 4.4 PPG, and 4.2 RPG. He was eventually released when the Celtics had to trim down their roster. After, he signed with the Foshan Long Lions of China. He then signed with the Phoneix Suns on March 1 for the rest of the season.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Beantown Ballin' (2/23 - 3/2)

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In a three game week, the Boston Celtics could only come away with one win.

Utah Jazz

When a team loses to the Jazz, it is never good. In a 12 point defeat, the Celtics couldn't break the 100 point barrier and lost to the Jazz 110-98. Rajon Rondo and Kelly Olynyk both had monster games. Olynyk came off the bench to score 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. Rondo dropped 18 points and 10 dimes. Jeff Green also managed to score 21 points and also had four rebounds. However, Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams did not want to lose and had big point totals of 20 and 19 respectively. An ugly loss by Boston.

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Atlanta Hawks

The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 115-104 in the TD Garden in a game that proved to be relatively one sided. It was a rare win for the Celtics who seem to be in full on tank mode entering the final stretch of the NBA season. Rajon Rondo and Jerryd Bayless were the standout performers for the Celtics as they eased to a victory. Bayless, the Celtics latest acquisition, put up a team high 29 points to go along with 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal in 35 minutes of play. Rondo posted a double double of 22 points and 11 assists in 35 minutes of play. Rondo also posted three steals over the course of the game.

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Indiana Pacers

The Celtics should be proud of how they played this game. Coming into this game, no one thought they would win. The Pacers are the top team in the East while the Celtics are cellar dwellers. However, the Celtics made the game competitive and only lost 102-97. Jeff Greens went off in this game scoring 27 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Rondo had 12 points and 11 assists and Kris Humphries had 18 points and 10 boards. However, the Pacers had five players in double figures and proved to much for the lowly Celtics.

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Top 3 Shooting Guards in Boston Celtics History

Honorable Mentions:

Frank Ramsey

Reggie Lewis

#3: Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman was an excellent shooting guard for the Boston Celtics, posting career numbers of 17.8 points 3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. It's unknown how many steals or blocks Sharman recorded because they didn't keep track of those stats back then, but he was a good defender and is estimated to have around 1.5 steals per game. Sharman was one of the best free throw shooters ever, leading the league in that category 7 times and being 11th all time in free throw percentage.

#2: Sam Jones

Jones, one of the best shooters in Celtics history, is known for his clutch shooting and unstoppable bank shot. He led the team in scoring three times and played all 12 of his seasons in Boston. He's the seventh best scorer in Boston Celtics history, with 15, 411 career points. Sam Jones played with Bill Russell and won 10 NBA titles. 

#1: John Havlicek

This choice is controversial because Havlicek is more of a small forward than a shooting guard. Nonetheless, Hondo is the best SG in Celtics history because if he played today, he would be a shooting guard. The 6'5 sharpshooter has played the most minutes in Boston Celtics history, has made the most field goals, and is second in assists. His career numbers are astounding: 20.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game. Havlicek won 8 NBA Championships, including 4 in his first 4 seasons. Hondo spent all 16 of his NBA seasons with the greatest NBA Franchise in the history.