Friday, January 30, 2009
In a game where Kendrick Perkins was ejected for a flagrant 2, the Celtics held back several Pistons rallys to win 86-78 at The Palace tonight. It was Perk's 1st "serious" emotional outburst in a while. If you remember, at the beginning of the season Perk was getting T'ed up on a nightly basis. He basically put Jason Maxiell in a headlock on a shot attempt under the basket. The refs viewed the replay and immediately ejected Perk after it was clear he made no play on the ball whatsoever. Paul Pierce was 2 of 2 from 3 pt range and scored 20 pts, and KG led all Celtics' scorers with 22. AI and Rodney Stuckey both had 19 for Detroit. Celtics next play on Sunday at Noon as they welcome Big Al Jefferson and the TWolves to the Garden. Goodnite Celtics fans...
Posted by KWAPT at 9:35 PM
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tonight at 7pm on TNT's NBA Tip-Off, the 2009 All-Star reserves will be announced. Let's hope P2, SugarRay, Rondo and maybe even Perk make it. The C's mascot, Lucky, was fired today. C's say it was a "mutual" parting. C's back in action tomorrow night in Detroit vs the Pistons. Tip-off is at 7pm. Goodnite Celtics fans, and we'll miss you Lucky...
Posted by KWAPT at 7:04 PM
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Career-high 8 three pointers for Eddie House tonight as the Celtics clobber the Kings 119-100 tonight at the Garden. Tony Allen returned to action tonight and had 10points and 8 boards in 11 minutes of play. Rondo dropped 24 on 10 of 15 shooting with 9 assists as well. We'll see tomorrow night at 8pm which other Celts make the All-Star team. TNT will have the reserves on their 8pm pre-game show tomorrow night. It will also be interesting to see if E.House gets invited to participate in the 3 pt. shootout at All-Star weekend. Have a great night Celtics fans.
Posted by KWAPT at 10:21 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Brian Scalabrine apparently suffered a concussion at the hands of Dirk Nowitzki on Sunday. In practice today, Patrick O'Bryant collided with Scal further injuring him. Scal was brought to NEBH hospital and will be out Wednesday according to Doc Rivers. No news on the Marbury front. ESPN says Boston, Miami and Dallas are interested.
Posted by KWAPT at 2:23 PM
Monday, January 26, 2009
Nothing new on the Celts signing anyone. Marbury blurbed about the C's verbally committing to him, but we all know until the Knicks' brass buy him out, nothing will change. Celtics are off until Wednesday when they host the hapless Kings. Until then, enjoy "The Art of War." Thanks to Moose at roostofrondosretinue.blogspot.com.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The Celtics absolutely pasted the Mavs today at TD Banknorth Garden. Ray and KG both scored 23 to lead the C's to the 124-100 win. If not for the blowout, Rondo probably would've stayed in for the 4th to collect a triple-double. This game was an absolute clinic, mostly offensively. Their was alley-oop after alley-oop to Ticket, Eddie House draining 3's (7 to be exact), Rondo driving the lane and SugarRay burying outside bombs as well. Add a couple of blocks from The Beast, and you get a convincing win over Dallas. Jason Terry looked like the only Maverick who had a pulse. I had the pleasure of sitting next to 2 guys from Oregon-one a Lakers fan who grew up in L.A., the other a die-hard Celtics' fan(see pic-guy on the left). The Celtics are now off before facing another cupcake team on Wednesday-the Sacramento Queens. Enjoy a short clip of KG right before tip-off. Goodnite Celtics fans...
Posted by KWAPT at 5:18 PM
Friday, January 23, 2009
C's off tonight. I think after last night's convincing win over Orlando, many including myself think the C's are "back". Next month will be another good gauge. They play 75% of their games on the road, with another tough trip out West. C's return to action tomorrow vs Dirk and the Mavs. Myself and a couple friends will be there. Tip-off is at 1pm. Until then, enjoy a good reason to watch out for ice when going down your front stairs...
Posted by KWAPT at 11:52 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Celtics beat Orlando behind some great defense and more clutch shooting tonight. Final score 90-80. KG hit a couple clutch mid-range J's in the 4th and Big Baby did the same. Celtics now enjoy 2 days off before playing Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs at home Sunday. Tip-off for the nationally televised ABC game is 1pm. Goodnite Celtics fans....
Posted by KWAPT at 10:26 PM
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Behind the shooting of Ray Allen and Eddie House, the Celtics beat Miami 98-83 tonight. The Heat started to creep back in during the 4th quarter, but some clutch shooting by SugarRay squelched that very quickly. The C's next face Orlando, who have been off for a couple days now. Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard have both been playing excellent ball lately. Tip-off for this nationally televised game is 8pm on TNT. Goodnite Celtics fans....
Posted by KWAPT at 9:45 PM
Behind Eddie House's absolutely torrid shooting, the Celtics are up 57-34 at the end of the 1st half. Eddie's 7 of 9 from the field and 6 of 8 from long range, for a total of 20 points in 12 minutes of action. The Celtics have done a pretty decent job slowing down DWade so far.
Posted by KWAPT at 8:38 PM
Monday, January 19, 2009
That's the best way to describe tonight's game. My sister and I sat in Section 17 and watched as the Celtics hit shot after shot, dunks, 3's, layups, you name it. Amare Stoudemire was held to 3 points and had NO FIELD GOALS. Yep..NONE. Final score 104-87. Rondo led the C's with 23 points. Next-Miami in Miami's house on Wednesday night. Goodnight Celtics fans...Oh yeah, and Goodnight Haters. Haters need love too....
Posted by KWAPT at 11:24 PM
Shaq, Amare and Steve Nash are in town tonight as the Celtics take on the Phoenix Suns. According to Doc, T.A. and Perk will both be out again tonight. Shaquille O'Neal generally sits out the 2nd game of back to backs, but w/Perkins out, I would think Mike D'Antoni would jump at the chance to get Shaq active down low. The Suns report no injuries. Tip-off is 8pm as the game will be nationally televised on TNT.
Posted by KWAPT at 5:38 PM
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Celtics are ALL OVER the Nets this afternoon. Between Ray's shooting and Rondo's passing, the Celtics have built a 68-39 lead at halftime. SugarRay leads the assault with 20 points. Lawrence Frank is visibly frustrated with his team, and has come close to getting T'ed up a few times. My guess is if this keeps up, he will lose it.
Posted by KWAPT at 2:19 PM
Friday, January 16, 2009
I spoke with Brad Carroll via email today. Brad works for Cinetech-the company who's technology will be used to let many Americans watch this year's NBA All-Star Saturday in HD 3-D. Boston, and Massachusetts for that matter, does not have a theater equipped with the technology to show the 3-dimensional images. He says that they are working with some cinemas in Massachusetts to bring the technology here someday. So it looks like diehards who want to see Dwight Howard do his thing in 3D this year will have to travel to New York. Celtics back in action tomorrow afternoon vs New Jersey. They will be without T.A. and Perk again according to Doc Rivers. Goodnight Celtics fans...
Posted by KWAPT at 11:12 PM
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Celtics off tonight. Next game is Saturday at NJ. The following week I believe we will really find out if they are in fact "back." Phoenix at home, and then visits to red-hot Orlando, and Miami and MVP candidate D-Wade. Until then, enjoy a clip of Paul Pierce, Vince Carter and a few others participating in a high-school slam dunk contest. Good night Celtics fans....
Posted by KWAPT at 8:02 PM
Celtics win 3rd in a row over NJ tonight, 118-86. Game was pretty much over early on as Boston was firing on all cylinders. P-Double led all scorers with 22 points. Celts next game is Saturday afternoon at NJ. Tip-off is at 1pm. The Lakers lost to the surging Spurs tonight who have now won 10 of their last 12 games. The Kings just beat Golden State in a triple-OT marathon. Goodnight Celtics fans....
Posted by KWAPT at 1:40 AM
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
C's up 51-41 at the half. KG leads the Green with 14 points. Great play off the bench tonight so far from Glen Davis. Baby hit his 1st NBA 3 pointer ever at the end of the 1st, and has had some big rebounds and a couple great buckets. Devin Harris (no surprise..) leads the Nets with 13...
Posted by KWAPT at 8:50 PM
Monday, January 12, 2009
Celtics come out victorious in OT tonight over the Raptors, 115-109. Paul Pierce led the C's with 39 points. This game was really the Raptors' for most of the 1st 3 quarters. The Celtics, especially KG, had some trouble hitting shots early, and the Raptors were just shooting the lights out for a while. Then, in the 4th quarter, the Raps went cold and Paul Pierce took over. He couldn't however hit the 1st of 2 free throws near the end of the 4th, enabling Andrea Bargnani to drill a 3 and send it into overtime. (after a failed Pierce to Rondo alley-oop attmept with 1.6 seconds left) Pierce hit a couple big jumpers and KG had a key block in the extra frame. Next up, Devin Harris and the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 7:30pm in the Garden. Goodnight Celtic's fans....
Posted by KWAPT at 10:22 PM
Comcast Sports Net just reported that Kendrick Perkins reinjured his shoulder and will be out for a week. That means Scalabrine and Davis will get alot more playing time. Perk may return next Monday against Shaq and the Phoenix Suns next week in Boston. More adversity...
Posted by KWAPT at 6:39 PM
I know this is a Celtics blog, but I'd be doing a big disservice if I didn't congratulate a Boston baseball legend on making the Hall of Fame. Jim Edward Rice was finally voted into Cooperstown today. This was his last year of eligibility. There has been much controversy over Jim being left out the last few years. Many said it was his lack of being "media-friendly" during hios career that hurt his chances. Congrats Jim Ed. Now, back to the task at hand, winning Banner 18. The Celtics face Toronto again tonight on the back end of a home and home series at the Garden. No word (that I've heard) on whether or not Perk will play tonight. Tip-off at the Gahden is 7:30pm on CSN....
Posted by KWAPT at 4:04 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Celtics pulled one out today that shouldn't have needed pulling. Celtics were outscored 33-19 in the 4th quarter, but managed to win the game 94-88. Ray Allen
shot the lights out with 36 points on 11-14 shooting. KG struggled with his shot, Rondo had 14 pts, 11 assists and 6 rebounds. Paul Pierce hit a big jumper towards the end of the 4th quarter and some free throws finished off the Raptors. I rushed out of work when I saw they were up double-digits at the half. I needed to see and feel a Celts win so bad in fact, that I rushed out of the bank lobby and left my ATM card in the machine. Luckily the machine will eat your card after 10 seconds, and I was able to call and freeze the card right away. The Celtics face the Raptors again tomorrow night at the Garden. Back to back wins would be a great confidence booster for the Celts.
Posted by KWAPT at 3:10 PM
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Another cold snowy night in The Bean. C's will be back in action vs Toronto tomorrow afternoon. The last few games against the Raptors have been rather physical and heated. I'm sure Toronto would like nothing more than to kick the C's while they're down. Jose Calderon will most likely be out again with his injured right hamstring. Tip-off is at 12:30pm. I added a new widget from ESPN. It is a direct link to the Celtics' portion of ESPN.com's NBA section. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were affected by yesterday's horrendus crash/accident on Huntington Ave. Goodnight Celtics fans...
Posted by KWAPT at 10:01 PM
Friday, January 9, 2009
Celtics go down, again, this time 98-83 to Lebron James and the Cavaliers. Lebron looked unstoppable at times, scoring 38 points on a repertoire of 3's, dunks and layups. Celtics looked dejected, lost and stunned at one point. Next up, Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon. It is very hard to watch your team struggle. If you are a fan like I am, it hurts, and you feel it deep inside. Goodnight Celtics fans...
Posted by KWAPT at 10:34 PM
Calling tonight's tussle with the Cavs a "big game" does it no justice. The Celtics
really need a confidence and morale booster. Beating a team that is 19-0 at home so far would probably do it. The Cavs' big man, Zydrunas Ilgauskas is out tonight, so hopefully Perk can exploit that some what. Tony Allen will be on the bench again for us, and Bill Walker and JR Giddens will rejoin the big club tonight. I will be interested to see if Walker gets any minutes. We saw a glimpse of just how explosive he can be in the preseason. This will definitely be fun to watch, and I personally am looking forward to it. Tip-off at the "Q" is at 8pm.
Posted by KWAPT at 4:12 PM
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Celts are off tonight. They face LeBron and the Cavs in Cleveland tomorrow night. Tip-off at 8pm. Obviously a big game and it should not be hard for the C's to get up for this one. Let's hope not-the intensity has been lacking a bit lately. In other news, the Celtics recalled both JR Giddens and Bill Walker from Utah of the D-League. They both led the Flash in numerous statistical categories. Tony Allen did not accompany the team to Cleveland. Walker could bring some much needed energy off the bench. He showed some flashes of brilliance in the preseason. Goodnite Celtics fans...
Posted by KWAPT at 8:25 PM
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Yao Ming and the Rockets beat the Celtics tonight, 89-85. Celtics shot 24% in the 4th quarter. That's not going to get it done. Celtics travel to the Quicken Loans arena Friday to play the white hot Cavs. Cavs have not lost at home this year. That is followed by a trip to the always tough Air Canada Centre to face Toronto on Sunday. Time to regroup. The C's will be doing some soul-searching on the plane ride to Cleveland. Believe that. Goodnite C's fans....
Posted by KWAPT at 9:57 PM
In a pretty even game, Celtics are down 52-49 at halftime. KG leads the C's with 14, Yao has 13 for Houston. If there was anything significant I noticed, it was: 1)The C's completely lost momentum near the end of the 2nd half-it was like the wind was sucked right out of them. 2)Yao is much bigger than everyone else.
Nothing new on Marbury today. I’m thinking Marbury is just what this team needs to shake things up a bit. God knows they need some shaking up. I could really see Eddie House trying to coerce some passion into those guys last night, but it just wasn’t there. I guess for P2 Ticket and Ray it’s a strange time. They got what they always wanted and celebrated for a while, then there was Banner night, and then the win-streak. Now I think it has finally hit them-it’s time to REALLY dig deep again and go back to work…This slump/skid/funk could be the best thing to happen to the 2008-09 Boston Celtics.
Posted by KWAPT at 3:13 PM
The Celtics hope to get back to their winning ways tonight in the Jungle. They'll face a beaten up Rockets team. Two of Hosuton's best players, Ron Artest and Tracy McGrady, have been battling back from injuries. McGrady played last night, but Artest has not played in the last two games for the Rockets. The Houston Chronicle reported that the Rockets' athletic trainer was optimistic Artest would play tonight. You would think guys like Artest and T-Back (as in back pain)would be chomping at the bit to get a shot at the champs. Especially since we went into their building earlier this season and beat them. Tip-off is @7:30pm.
Posted by KWAPT at 1:39 PM
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Celtics.com front page @9:43pm tonight:
The Celtics Escape Charlotte With The Win
In a back-and-forth game on Tuesday night, the Celtics squeaked out of Charlotte with a 110-109 victory. Paul Pierce led the team with XX points and Ray Allen chipped with XX. Down by double-digits in the third quarter, the Celts fought back with strong rebounding and timely shooting in overtime to come out victorious.
The Celtics come back home on Wednesday to square up against the Houston Rockets, a team they have beaten three straight times. Game time is set for 7:30 EST.
By the way, the actual final score: Bobcats 114 Celtics 106. Let's hope some home-cooking gets the Celtics back on the right track tomorrow. Rockets/C's @7:30pm. I'm tempted to start pointing fingers and get angry like just about every other local Celts blogger right now, but I'm not gonna do it-yet. Goodnite C's fans......
Posted by KWAPT at 9:43 PM
Bobcats up by 6 at halftime. The Celts are led by Ray Allen with 13. Gabe Pruitt and Scal have filled the spots where we would normally see T.A. Danny Ainge is out in Orem, Utah watching the D-League showcase. When asked by NBA TV about the Marbury situation, Ainge said he "can't and won't" comment on it. Danny then went on to bust Gary Payton's chops about the pink shirt he on. Danny then was asked about Rondo's development, to which he said "he's not at the level of one of the great ones yet." He also said when asked if he had any concerns about this year's Celtics "not yet."
Posted by KWAPT at 8:19 PM
T.A. is going to be out for at least tonight. Tony suffered an ankle injury in Sunday night's loss to the Knicks. He says he continued playing after he initially hurt it, and now wishes he would've stayed out of the game. Doc was quoted as saying Scal and Gabe Pruitt would get more minutes. Gabe has done well the last few times he played. He'll get a chance to try and prove that he can be consistent now. Looks like T.A. may also miss Wednesday's game vs the Rockets @ the Garden. Tip-off tonight in Charlotte is 7pm...
Posted by KWAPT at 3:52 PM
Monday, January 5, 2009
Old friend Antoine Walker was arrested in Miami Beach early this morning for D.U.I.
Police alleged he was driving his black Mercedes-Benz with the lights off. He was being held on $1,000 bail. The Celtics are off tonight. They face the Bobcats in Charlotte tomorrow night at 7pm. The general feeling I get from fans/websites is that people are panicking. I obviously am not happy with the C's performance lately, but I do have faith that they will pull it together. It's called Celtic Pride...
Posted by KWAPT at 5:04 PM
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Celts fall 100-88 to the Knicks tonight in NYC. Two Knicks, Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington both went for 30+. Pierce led the C's with 31. Next up, Charlotte on Tuesday night, then back home to face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Friday brings the biggest game since the Xmas showdown vs the Lakers-Lebron James and the Cavs in Cleveland, where they have yet to lose. Goodnight Celtics fans......
Posted by KWAPT at 8:28 PM
Celtics and Knicks at MSG tonight. Tip-off @6pm. There is no love lost between these two teams, so expect a gritty, hard-fought battle that will be physical. The Celtics have won 8 in a row against the Knicks, and 6 in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics are all healthy-the Knicks report Eddie Curry and Danillo Galinari as out. Wonder if Stephon will make an appearance.....
Posted by KWAPT at 2:47 PM
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
The Celts easily disposed of the Wizards tonight 108-83 at the Garden. Paul Pierce was on tonight-9 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 from 3 pt land. This game was never close. Next up, the Knicks at MSG on Sunday night. They fell to Indiana tonight in NYC. Just finished watching a great game on NBA TV. Kevin Durant hit a 3 pointer with 2.7 left for Oklahoma City at home against the Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony then got the ball in the corner from out-of-bounds-he dribbled once and then drilled a 3 of his own with 0.01 left and the Nuggets won. Goodnight Celtics fans....
Posted by KWAPT at 10:41 PM
Celts up 58-34 at halftime. P-Double leads the Celtics with 17 points. Andre Blatche, forward for the Wizards left the game with an ankle/leg injury and will not return according to Greg Dickerson of CSN. Matt Cassell is sitting courtside with Steve Pagliuca....
ESPN's Marc Stein reported today that a "source" claims Stephon Marbury is going to end up with the Celtics. After PJ Brown saying he is definitely "done", the C's options are dwindling. I think it's pretty obvious we need another big man off the bench, but a solid scorer like Marbury couldn't hurt. However, we all know the negativity that surrounds Stephon. Some of the words used have been: "cancer", "ball-hog", "thug", and the list goes on. My personal opinion is that if he can control his attitude and commit to being a team-player, this guy is a proven scorer and experienced PG. Granted, we have Eddie House who can shoot the 3 off the bench, but wouldn't we want a "pure scorer" as opposed to a streaky shooter like House...? Those are the questions that Danny Ainge, Doc, Steve Pagliuca and the rest of the GreenTeam will have to answer. Oh yeah, and by the way, there's a game tonight! The Wizards are in town. Caron Butler, who is coming back from an ankle malady is expected to play tonight. Tip-off is @7:30pm at the Garden. Figured I'd stir up some memories with this picture.....
Posted by KWAPT at 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 1, 2009
An article in today's Times-Picayune, a New Orleans newspaper, quotes PJ Brown as saying he is done with the NBA. He goes on to say that the Hornets, Celtics and a few others showed interest in him, but he is trying to "move forward." I would think with the Rockets re-acquiring Dikembe Mutumbo the C's now have to hope that Joe Smith's contract is bought out. The other name being tossed around is 'Zo. We'll see...Remember to keep voting for the Celtic's players to go to All-Star 2009. There are 18 days left to vote. You can vote by using the widget on my blog's page....
Posted by KWAPT at 4:18 PM
No NBA games today. For those who need their hoop fix, luckily we have NBA TV. Right now, they are showing last year's All-Star game. Watch for Ray Allen to put on a shooting clinic. Then, at 5pm, they are airing a one-hour condensed version of Game 6 of last year's finals. May be therapeutic for those of us still frustrated by the West Coast trip. I have seen it a few times, but I guess I never get tired of watching the Lakers get blown-out by almost 40 points. Happy 2009 Celts fans, and enjoy Charles Barkley's (sweaty) mugshot. He was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Arizona a couple of days ago. The strangest part of the story is that he was out clubbing that night with Jaleel White-the guy who played "Urkel." Go figure....
After last night's loss, my general feeling is disappointment. Not worry, not panic, just disappointment. I've noticed some stat geeks and wanna be coaches on other blogs/websites always want to tell Doc how to run the team. Or KG to play better D, etc, etc. People started comparing these guys to the Bulls teams of the 90's during the last win streak. Too much, too soon. I think they are a great team also, but I believe the next month and a half will give us a much clearer picture-we will see what these guys are made of. After the Wiz this Friday, we play Houston, we go into Cleveland, and also have home and home/back to back with Toronto. Then, in February, we get the Fakers again, then go on another West coast trip that is divided up by the All-Star break. We are on the road for 90% of February 2009. Ubuntu will be put to the ultimate test. I believe our guys have what it takes to repeat, they will just have to really work together and perhaps grab another big. Happy 2009 and goodnite Celtics fans. Enjoy the above pic I found on Yahoo's "Ball Don't Lie" blog.
Posted by KWAPT at 12:32 AM