Category Archives: Boston Celtics

Boston Sports Blogapalooza Is On The Comeback Trail!

BSB_LOGO_FINAL_NoIIfixed-300x278

After a one year hiatus, Boston Sports Blogapalooza is on the comeback trail! Planning is in the works to nail down a venue, sponsors and a date. Right now Chazzrock Productions is working feverishly to confirm all the details!

Our friends at Ring Communnications have been lending a helping hand for booking the wicked awesome location!  We are targeting Mid May so stay tuned on all the usual channels!

Boston sports blogapalooza 2013

Sponsors are still needed to make this event a reality, so if your company or someone you know may be interested, please email chazzrockproductions@gmail.com for more information.

For those who have attended Palooza since it’s inception in 2010, you know what to expect!

For those who never heard of Boston Sports Blogapalooza, it is the networking event where Boston sports and digital media collide! If you have a blog, like to tweet or have a podcast about the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics or Bruins this is place to meet other people in your craft!

This is something you NO LONGER do in your Mom’s basement, so keep checking back and get ready to GET YOUR BLOG ON AGAIN at #PaloozaSpring16!

Be Like Me – The Boston Celtics Edition (IMAGES)

kelly_olynyk_by_sproslc-d6mdz4x

As you may have noticed, there seem to be a lot of posts on Facebook that have a stick figure and a list of random facts listed. These Facebook posts are created through an app called “Be Like Me” and they seem to be the next Facebook craze that people are participating in. The Celtics Facebook fan page even went as far as creating one for Kelly Olynyk:

12592310_10153835268957667_2036357762250438802_n

So to beat a dead horse (like we usually do with BST&N posts), we created a few more Boston Celtics “Be Like Me” images for your viewing pleasure:




Isaiah Jae (1) Marcus

Celtics Need To Play To Their Strength In Close Games

celtics

Your Boston Celtics currently stand in 5th place in what is panning out to be a mediocre, but competitive Eastern Conference. However with the amount of close games the Celtics have dropped, it is plausible that they could even be higher in the standings at this point in the season.

Closing out games has been the biggest theme for the Celtics since the Brad Stevens era began. Whether they jump out to an early lead or claw their way back from a deficit, the Celtics have been in almost all the games they’ve played. Rarely, have they been blown out. Their point differential is +3.4 a game which is good for 6th in the NBA, but their win loss record tells a different story (24-21). Unfortunately, only the record counts for anything.

There’s no cold-blooded closer like Paul Pierce playing for the Celtics, which has been a common objection from the media and analysts. With this team that’s not really the reason for the their 4th quarter fades. It’s really more about the team’s execution. Too many times, offensive turnovers and ill-advised shots have crippled them. At the same time, opponents are much more aggressive against the Celtics D, and are able to take advantage of second chance rebounds against the C’s 3-guard lineup of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas lineup.




Really, the underlying issue is the Celtics are having trouble adjusting to 4th quarter play. The fact is, the fourth quarter play in the NBA is different from the first 3 – which is why this team is running into issues. Generally the game slows down, defense becomes more intense and foul management comes into play. The Celtics know how to play the first 3 quarters, but it seems like when the game intensifies, they become less aggressive – particularly on the offensive end, and taking the ball to the hoop.

The Celtics season will come down to whether or not they play to their strength – their team defense. In the few memorable late game wins they’ve had, the Celtics defense has played an integral part – particularly defense that transitions to offense. The Pacers game in January was a great example. The team came up with 4 key steals in the last 3 minutes of a close game in which they came back from a 92-89 deficit to win 103-94.

We know the Celtics are going to be competitive this year. As a city we have acknowledged they are relevant again with their playoff push last year. However, if they want to be in the upper-echelon of teams in the Eastern Conference and the NBA they need to figure out how to win in close games. The more close games they play, the better this team will be. Until then, they just need to stick to what they are good at.

Celtics Circuit: 5 Reasons The Celtics Fade in The 4th Quarter

chin010216Celtics-Nets_spt3

So-Why Have The Celtics Struggled In The Fourth Quarter?

Before winning their last game, the Celtics were on a putrid losing streak in part to poor 4th quarter play. So congrats on being 1 for your last 7 in close game wins! Just because the shamrock squad pulled it together last night, doesn’t mean this is any less of a problem in the future. It is, and will most likely continue to be if the team doesn’t play to its strengths. Here are five reasons why the Celtics flop in the 4th:

They Don’t Have Enough Pure Scorers

This is probably the most apparent reason, and has been so since the start of the year. Sure, Isaiah Thomas is a gifted scorer, especially given his height. He can create a shot for himself, but there aren’t other players on the squad who can do the same. Evan Turner is the second closest option in my mind, but after that, there isn’t much. Not many can create a shot for themselves if it came down to it. Relying on Isaiah won’t always work, so there needs to be another solution, or solutions.




Games Slow Down in The 4th

The Celtics are at their best when they can force turnovers and go directly into a fastbreak. But in terms of the half court offense, they’re at their best when they work the ball for the best shot. As mentioned, not many players can actually create their own shot, but with quick ball movement, they can find good shots. In the fourth quarter however, the game slows down. There aren’t as many fast breaks, and opponent defense picks up in crunch time. As a result, quick passes gets more difficult to execute.

They Are Still A Young Team

With youth, comes inexperience. Inexperience in late game situations. It’s plays like Marcus Smart getting blocked for a late game layup and then giving an unnecessary foul at the other end of the floor. The team as a whole needs to get better at taking the best shot, not turning the ball over, etc. The Celtics need get in as many close games as possible this season. Experience can be painful, but also a learning experience to build off of.

Inconsistent Lineups

This team has players that have a lot of different skill sets. Finding the group of players that match the skill sets needed for crunch time, and play well down the stretch has been difficult. Brad has been handed a tough task in that regard, no doubt. But more stable rotations down the stretch would help this team hit their groove late in games. I’m not saying it has to be the same every night, but keep it somewhat consistent if possible.

Bad Team 3-Point Shooting

This team has a lot of pretty solid players, that also happen to be pretty awful behind the arc. 3 point shooting is just not their game. I rip my hair out of my head when players on this team shoot late game threes who shouldn’t be. But that’s not the point. The point is, opponents know that certain players can’t shoot, which collapses the D. 3 point shooters stretch the floor, and the more guys who can hit threes, the more effective it is. If you don’t have that, it makes driving to the hoop that much more difficult.

 

But think back to why the Celtics won last night. What was it that kept them from barfing up the lead in the 4th quarter like they normally would? Defense. Defense, defense, defense, defense. 4 key steals in the last 3 minutes of the game.

Again, if this team can play to its strength in the 4th quarter-particularly in the final five minutes, they could actually do some damage. Defense is their strength. I’m all about it this year (not that it’s not important every year) because they are gifted. That’s how they need to win games.

For The Celtics, Winning Comes From Defense

Avery Bradley has done a nice job covering the elite back-court players in the NBA.

Approaching Mid-Season, Celtics Have Found an Identity Through Defense

A year and 10 days ago today, the Boston Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. Two weeks after being traded that Rajon Rondo admitted to not playing any defense during the tail-end of his Celtics stint. “I haven’t played defense in a couple of years. I’ve been able to hide it with Avery Bradley on the ball.” To a degree, he was right. Avery would often times guard the best backcourt player of opposing teams. But it did come off as someone who didn’t give much of a sh*t on defense.




Among the players the Celtics got back in return were Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and Jae Crowder, Crowder being the only that would stick beyond the trade deadline that year. Like many people, I thought the Celtics could have done much better on the return, assuming they would try to trade Wright or Nelson.

I had gone down to Dallas a month before the Rondo trade happened to visit my former college roommate, a Mavericks fan. We went to a Mavs game that weekend, and I remember seeing Jae Crowder play. He was a fan favorite down there, in the sense that Scal was in Boston – a super-role player, who hustled a lot and brought the intangibles. I remember my friend kept raving about him, saying how good he’ll be in the league if he just had a better opportunity, and I kept saying “ I really don’t see it, man”.

The Rondo trade cemented what seemed to be a new approach that many didn’t exactly see coming at the time. While the Celtics were stock-piling draft picks left and right by trading Rondo and Jeff Green and flipping those returns for more draft picks and building for the future, they were also quietly accumulating a core of young players who could blossom into defensive assets for the Celtics – players like Jae Crowder.

Generated by IJG JPEG Library

Jae Crowder has drastically improved since being traded to the Celtics a little over a year ago.

The Celtics now have 3 of the better defenders in the NBA in Bradley, Smart and Crowder. Between those 3 and the help of the rest of the team, this Celtics defense has been a bend-not-break type of good to start the season. It’s been their defense that has kept them in the game until the end, even when they probably shouldn’t have been with their offense.

The C’s defense is tied for second in the NBA in defensive rating, checking in 97.4. They are bordering the top 5 in points per game allowed, tied with Indiana at 6th with 98.7 ppg allowed. The biggest success however, has been turnovers. Forcing turnovers, has unquestionably kept this team in ball games they shouldn’t have been, and given early leads when things have been going well offensively. Celtics as a team check in at first in the league, forcing 16.6 turnovers a game. They are also 3rd in the league with 19.3 points a game off of turnovers.

As a franchise, the C’s are all in on defense this year. Danny Ainge not only went into rebuild mode when they traded away Rajon Rondo but they started to build a current roster with an emphasis on team defense. It’s been a priority with Ainge and Stevens, and it’s the focal point of this team. While this young team still tries to figure it all out offensively lacking a true superstar that can score, the defense will continue to keep them in games.

 

Follow me on Twitter

Celtics Circuit: 5 Things We’ve Learned

The Celtics have shown they can run with the best this year, although they have been inconsistent during the season at times. They are team that hustles on the court and plays some serious defense. Brad and the boys have some competition on their hands though, as the Eastern Conference is more competitive this year than projected, and the Celtics are on the outside looking in despite a winning record of 14-12. Here are 5 trends this year that will either make or break the Celtics, and their chances to squeak into the playoffs:

Nov 16, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) has shot blocked by Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the second half at Toyota Center. Celtics won 111 to 95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Success Runs Through Their Defense

Defense for the Celtics has quietly been a priority since the rebuild started. No question the Celtics have a great defense, and it’s really the backbone of their team identity. Their defense has kept them in games. They were once top 5 in opponent points per game, “Gang Green” have fallen to 11th in the league. They are however still first in the league in opponent turnovers forced, at 17.2 a game. Once Marcus Smart gets back on the court, this team will be a guaranteed top 5 defense.

 

Excessive 3-Point Shooting Hurts To Watch

As good as their defense has been, their 3 point shooting has been poor. This is a team that tragically relies on their sub-par three point-shooting. How bad is it? They are shooting 33.2%- 22nd in the league. They also take the 4th most three pointers in the league, meaning a lot of missed threes. There are a handful of players that shoot too many threes. Every time Jared Sullinger bricks a three-point attempt in late game situation, at least 3 people in the Boston area break their TVs.




 

Jared Sullinger, 2.0

Besides his 3 point shooting, everything about Sully this year has impressed me. I was a guy who questioned his ethic. He struggled with his weight last season and came into camp as the odd man out, but he earned his spot as starter with a great training camp. While his numbers aren’t what you’d call great, he’s taken leaps and bounds to improve himself defensively. He was liability last year because he was out of shape and smaller. This year, he has held his own on the defensive end of the floor, and rebounding.

 

avery-bradley-victor-oladipo-nba-boston-celtics-orlando-magic-850x560

AB 0 & Isaiah Are Worthy All-Stars

Isaiah is a shoe-in all-star in the minds of most. Isaiah is their scoring motor, averaging 21.2 points per game, and has also been an underrated facilitator. He’s really one of the few ball handlers on the team that can penetrate and dish. Avery should be as well, but honestly, he may not get in. Avery is probably the best two-guard in the league. He’s shooting very efficiently and he one of the most ferocious guards defensively.

 

They Are Still Figuring it Out in Close Games

It just seems like they still don’t have the best execution down the stretch, but it is improving from last year. I don’t think they necessarily need a go-to player. The Celtics seem like a team that can surprise opposing teams with who will take the last shot. A lot players have the ability to. If Stevens can draw up a play that gives a player a good look, I honestly think that can be enough- that and experience of playing in close games.

 

 

« Older Entries