Boston Celtics Starting To Heat Up

C’s On A Roll With Five-Straight Wins

So much for the Boston Celtics getting old — fast.  The 34-year-old Ray Allen led the Boston Celtics to their fifth-straight victory with 27 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range as the Celtics became the first team to score more than 100 points against the Bobcats this season with a 108-90 victory over Charlotte.

As a team, Boston hit 10-of-17 3-pointers in Tuesday’s matchup as the C’s have reeled of five in a row after skeptics rumored that the Green Team was running out of steam at this early juncture of the season.

So much for that talk.

The Celtics are 7-1 on the road this season and with the resurgence of Kevin Garnett, in the past two weeks, Celtics fans can become giddy at the play of their team.  

Boston is in the midst of a four-game road trip as the C’s head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Thursday before heading to Oklahoma City on Friday.  Doc Rivers team is facing its biggest challenge of the season with two road games down and five more coming in their next six games.

Celtics fans now have a reason for some Celtic Pride as some may start to Bleed Green.  

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Celtics Hit The Road With A Win

C’s Put The Heat On Ice In Miami

With the turkey and stuffing digested into their system, the Boston Celtics hit the road to start a four-game road trip with a contest against Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat on Sunday.  The C’s showed up in style in Miami, providing the stuffing and gravy to win their fourth straight. Boston improved to 13-4 on the season with a 92-85 victory over the Heat at American Airlines Arena on Sunday.  
Kevin Garnett looked like the KG of old with 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting, with eight rebounds as Garnett notched his second 20-point game of the season.  The Celtics, despite a meager 12-point third quarter, managed to hold off Wade and the Heat in the fourth quarter with solid play from Rajon Rondo, 12 points with 11 assists, and a key three-pointer from Ray Allen in the final two minutes.
Kendrick Perkins set up the perfect screen for Allen on the crucial three-point play as the Celtics big man added 14 points of his own with a team-high 13 rebounds and three blocks.  Boston has now won nine of their last ten contest with the Heat and will look to extend their four-game winning streak to five on Tuesday when the C’s head to Charlotte to take on Larry Brown and the Bobcats.

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Ray Allen Will Rejoin Team

Allen To Be Back With Celtics In Time For Heat

Father first, professional basketball player second.  

That’s what Ray Allen has been this weekend as Walker Allen, Ray’s two-year-old son, has been in the hospital with health issues revolving around his diabetes.  Allen went to the hospital after the Celtics victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night and missed practice on Saturday to be with his ailing son.  Allen’s status for Boston’s four-game road trip was up in the air before he rejoined his teammates on Saturday to fly down to Miami with the squad.

The Boston Celtics are set to square off against the Miami Heat on Sunday with the help of guard Ray Allen but rest assure his mind will be elsewhere.

Which is understandable and exactly where it should be.

 

Celtics Wrap Up Third Straight Win With Victory Over Raptors

Boston Celebrates Holiday Weekend With Win Over Toronto

With Wes Welker and Adalius Thomas court-side to watch their hometown counterparts, the Boston Celtics didn’t want to disappoint as the two Patriots gear up to play their biggest game of the year on Monday.  

The Celtics certainly didn’t disappoint with a 116-103 victory on Friday night over the Toronto Raptors to extend their winning streak to three games, their longest since starting the season 6-0. Ray Allen led the way for the C’s with 20 points as Rajon Rondo added 12 points, 11 assists, and four assists to dish the Celtics another victory.  

Boston’s monstrous 33-point third quarter set the tempo in the second half and quieted the rumors that the “old” Celtics were merely a first half team.  They outscored the Raptors by 16 in the third to jump out to a 15-point advantage heading into the final quarter.  The Celtics bench added 36 points, led by Rasheed Wallace who had 15 of his own, as each Celtics starter had at least 12 points each.  

The Boston Celtics (12-4) squared off against familiar foe, Hedo Turkoglu, who scored 20 points for the Raptors, who have lost six of their last eight games.  The Green Team will now start a rough stretch in their schedule with seven of their next eight games on the road starting with a Sunday tipoff against Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat.

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Garnett & C’s Set To Play With Magic

Revenge On The Line Tonight

The Orlando Magic stomped on the Boston Celtics dreams of repeating last season with a runaway victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  

So now the Celtics will look to exact a little revenge on the new, but similiar, Orlando Magic squad featuring Vince Carter rather than Hedo Turkolgu and Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass, and Jason Williams.  Oh and the oft-injured Jameer Nelson is once again, injured.  But this time, the C’s will have a healthy and active Kevin Garnett to help take on the Magic as the Green Team was without their defensive centerpiece for their squabble with Orlando in the postseason.

The Celtics are coming off a victory over the Golden State Warriors and will look to keep the momentum going with a win over the Magic at the Garden on Friday.  Expect Mr. Garnett to be a key cog in the Celtics attack, keeping in the back of his mind what could’ve been last season and exerting that anger out on the Orlando front court.  

Pierce Nicked Up As Hawks Knock Off Celtics

C’s Stumble At The Garden Against Atlanta Hawks

The Boston Celtics fell to the Atlanta Hawks by the final of 97-86 on Friday but could have lost more than just a game as forward Paul Pierce strained his left knee in the third quarter of Friday’s loss.

After being stepped on in the third quarter, Pierce left the game before returning in the fourth quarter wearing a black knee brace and tape to support his left knee.  He scored five points in the quarter but it wasn’t enough for the C’s as they lost for the second time this season.  

Pierce noted that his knee was “a little tender” and is going to wait and see how it feels before suiting up for tonight’s game with the Indiana Pacers.  Losing Pierce’s production, 18.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg, would hurt the C’s but the injury isn’t believe to be too serious.  

But lest not forget Kevin Garnett’s injury in Utah last season.  Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge will be hoping for a better prognosis this time around regarding “The Truth” and his tender knee.

Best Celtics Team Ever?

The C’s Are Rolling, Off To 8-1 Start

Excuse me for being a little premature in my examination and in result, my exclamation, of this years Boston Celtics squad but…  How could I not be?

The C’s are rolling thus far in the 2009-10 NBA season and even with one loss to the Phoenix Suns, does anyone else think this might be one of the most talented Celtics teams of all-time?  Albeit Kevin Garnett does look a little sluggish on the court after knee surgery in the off-season, but I think KG’s situation is comparable to that of Tom Brady this year as it may take a few weeks or months into the season for Mr. Garnett to feel 100 percent comfortable with his knee.

Putting that issue to rest, lets examine all other facets of the team.  

We have the starting five and what a fine group of players we have.  Rajon Rondo, newly locked up to a long-term deal, has solidified himself as one of the premiere point guards in the NBA.  Not only has Rondo improved offensively this year, the way he distributes the ball and creates for his teammates makes him a spark plug for a group of veterans.  Oh, and his defense is menacing for opposing point guards on a nightly basis.  

Kendrick Perkins is next on my list, and he is averaging a career best 9.2 ppg, even with four-less minutes of playing time per game.  My point– Perkins is entering his prime at the age of 25, putting up better numbers than any years prior, and he is getting rest in the fourth quarter because of the way the C’s are blowing out every opponent they face.

The Big Three round out the starting five and Paul Pierce is proving why he is the truth as Pierce is putting up great numbers in 34 minutes of play, averaging just over 18 ppg with 4.3 assists per game.  Although Ray Allen’s points, rebounds, and minutes are down from his career averages, it just proves that the Celtics aren’t exerting all their energy at the early point of this season which will produce benefits at the latter end of the season and into the playoffs.

The bench may be one of the best I have ever seen for a Celtics squad as the play of Shelden Williams, Rasheed Wallace, Eddie House and Marquis Daniels have all been bright spots for Doc Rivers and the C’s.  With the return of Glen Davis to come some time in the near future and the return of good health to Brian Scalabrine, the C’s depth will only increase, in time for the most grueling parts of the season.

So why does this squad look better than the teams of the Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, and Larry Bird?  Because this team is coming off a disappointing end to last year and are newly motivated to prove that they are not too old or too slow to win another championship.  This year’s Celtics squad has the energy, poise, and know-with-all to compete and dominate, night-in and night-out, as their current 8-1 record is a good barometer for what the rest of the season should look like.

Boston has set a franchise best 21.6 ppg margin of victory thus far this season which indicates this team could be the best of all time.  Time well tell if this is true as the C’s have to avoid the injury and fatigue bug, but there have been nothing but good signs so far and it could very well lead to the raising of an 18th banner.  

Wolves Re-United With Celtics

Former Minnesota Players Look To Take It To The T-Wolves

Kevin Garnett has been a member of the Boston Celtics for three years now and it seems like an eternity ago that he was the key cog for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But KG spent 12 years with the Minnesota franchise, and will always look back on his years with the Timberwolves as years of disappointment and years of what could have been, but never happened.

Shelden Williams spent 15 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves and somehow he feels the same way, regarding the bottom-dwelling organization.  The two Celtics will face their old team tonight in hopes of extending its winning streak to six games.

And exacting a little hidden revenge. 

The C’s are off to a hot start in 2009 due to the re-emergence of Garnett and solid play of Williams.  The former Duke University basketball star is filling in nicely for injured Glen “Big Baby” Davis by averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds this season.  

With speculation already that the Celtics will beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls squad who managed only ten losses in 82 games,  the C’s still have a goose egg in the loss column, but are only five games through the 2009-10 NBA season.  There is still a lot of work to be done, just ask Kevin Garnett or Shelden Williams.

Celtics vs. Timberwolves, 8 p.m. in Minnesota.  

Rondo & Celtics Close To Extension

C’s Set To Lock Up Point Guard For The Future

Although the lines have been dotted or crossed just yet, it seems that the Boston Celtics and point guard Rajon Rondo have reached, in principle, on an agreement that will keep the 23-year-old in Boston for many years to come.

The deal is believed to be worth $55 million over five years.  Boston and Rondo were faced with the possibility of not striking a deal as the NBA’s deadline for contract extension was set for Monday night.  

Rondo’s current deal nets him $2.3 million a season, as his current contract is in the final year of his rookie contract.  It was unclear whether or not the C’s and Rondo would strike a pact before the deadline as Danny Ainge and the Celtics brass were unsure of the mental makeup that Rondo possessed and brought to the locker room.  But apparently Ainge and company liked what they saw in training camp and the first four games of the season to put their doubts aside and lock up their young power forward.  

Celtics & Rondo Agree To Terms

Deal not signed yet but both are on the same page on dollars & term.

The Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo(notes) have reached an agreement in principle on a contract extension, Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, said early Monday.

League sources said the extension is for five years and guarantees Rondo at least $55 million. With the two sides facing a Monday deadline to get a deal done, Duffy said he called Celtics president Danny Ainge on Sunday to inform him Rondo was prepared to play out his contract and become a restricted free agent next summer because they weren’t satisfied with the team’s previous offers. Ainge, however, surprised Duffy by responding that Rondo’s contract hopes would be met.

“As much as we were willing to wait his contract out, the Celtics stepped up to the plate to meet the original request,” Duffy said by phone. “This is a really fair contract. We wanted him to be paid like one of the top five point guards around. It also allows the Celtics to maintain continuity to continue to be one of the best teams at this time.”-Full Yahoo News Story

Celtics Blow Out Bobcats In Home Opener

Boston Returns To Parquet In Grand Fashion

After defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the season-opener last night, the Boston Celtics were back to their old (and new) tricks on Wednesday night as the C’s stifled the Charlotte Bobcats with a 92-59 victory at the TD Banknorth Garden.  

A night characterized by the return of Kevin Garnett to the Garden parquet and sub-sequentially the return of the Celtics premier defense, the C’s led throughout on the heels of Garnett’s 10 point, seven rebound performance.  The starters were able to rest most of the second half as Rajon Rondo registered his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 assists as Ray Allen, the only starter to play in the fourth quarter, scored 18 points,and Shelden Williams grabbed nine rebounds on the night.

Boston held the Bobcats under twenty points in each of every quarter and outscored Charlotte 50 to 28 in the second half to seal the Cats’ fate.  The C’s host the Chicago Bulls on Friday as the Green Team looks to remain perfect in 2009-10.

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