The Boston Celtics followed up their best win of the season to this point with back-to-back home losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Such is the fate of a young team who cannot play consistently from quarter to quarter.
On November 8th, the Celtics traveled to Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back and held onto a 106-101 over the Bulls. Both teams were without their star point guards. The Celtics’ Rajon Rondo had to get a screw removed from his surgically repaired left hand. Meanwhile, the Bulls’ Derrick Rose sat out with a sore hamstring that has forced him to miss several games early in the season.
In the 109-94 loss to the Thunder, the Celtics jumped out to an 18-3 advantage over a shorthanded Thunder squad. Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow (both players scored 28 points) led the Thunder backcourt in a second-half comeback to wipe out the Celtics. The Thunder shot 14-of-19 from the field in the fourth quarter. This was the most frustrating loss of the season because the Thunder have been reeling without Kevin Durant (fractured foot) and Russell Westbrook (broken hand). After a strong first quarter by the Celtics, their play fell off and they failed to show much effort in the second half.
The Celtics fell to the Cavaliers with another poor fourth quarter performance. The Celtics held a 19-point lead in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers were 13-of-17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving nailed three straight three-pointers to cut the Celtics’ lead to 10 and LeBron James posted 40 points to give the Cavaliers a 122-121 victory. The Celtics had a chance to win the game on their final possession, but Rondo was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded.
The Celtics are 3-5 and the schedule does not get any easier. Their next game is at home on Monday against the Phoenix Suns, who just missed the playoffs last year in the stacked Western Conference.
Here are the notable tweets from this week:
The country celebrated Veterans’ Day on Tuesday. Rondo sent this tweet in support of the United States’ military who protect Americans and the world everyday.
ESPN had another great documentary on Randy Moss on Tuesday. The documentary depicted Moss’ upbringing in Rand, West Virginia. Moss reached stardom at Marshall University as a wide receiver, but he dealt with off-field problems throughout his college and early NFL career. The 6-foot-4-inch wide receiver is considered one of the best players of all-time. He broke Jerry Rice’s single-season record for touchdown catches (23) in 2007 with the New England Patriots. Celtics guard Marcus Thornton was one of the viewers for this special on Moss.
The Boston Celtics have endured a long week. When the Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, the celebratory mood was subdued over the left ankle injury to Marcus Smart. After the game, the team announced that Rajon Rondo would miss Saturday’s game in Chicago against the Bulls because Rondo needs to get a screw removed from his surgically repaired left hand.
Also, the Celtics dropped three straight games during the week. The Celtics went 1-for-25 from beyond the three-point line against the Houston Rockets. On Monday, the Celtics fell behind as many as 30 points in the first half in Dallas. Despite a late comeback, the Celtics lost 118-113, to the Mavericks. Then the Celtics blew a 16-point advantage before falling, 110-107, when they hosted the Toronto Raptors.
Danny Ainge said Smart will be out at least two to three weeks with a left ankle sprain according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. The rookie guard was showing promise as a tenacious defender who could guard multiple positions. He showed an improving shot from the perimeter through the first five games.
Here are the tweets:
Emily Austen of celtics.com sent this tweet on Thursday night when the Celtics displayed their gray-sleeved uniform. I am not a big fan of the sleeve jersey and the color of this shirt. The Celtics should just stick to “Green Runs Deep.” The picture shows guards Avery Bradley (left) and Smart (right) showing off the alternate uniform.
Smart was able to play in front of family and friends in Houston and Dallas this week. The Celtics top draft choice thanked all of his supporters, including posting a picture of this young Celtics fan wearing his jersey. Smart was born in Dallas and there were dozens of family and friends to cheer for the rookie guard.
Brad Stevens won’t be giving instructions to Rajon Rondo for too long.
The Boston Celtics come into the 2014-’15 season with similar questions from the end of last year. Will Rajon Rondo, who is a free agent next summer, still be with the team at the end of the season? How will Marcus Smart fare in his rookie season?
The Celtics did not improve their team from the 25-win 2013-’14 squad. Many prognosticators are predicting the Celtics to finish with a similar record this year.
When the season starts on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo might be on the floor. The All-Star point guard broke his left hand on September 26th. He has missed all of training camp and he just went through his first full-contact workout on Friday.
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo added more fuel for his critics with the story of his broken left hand.
As the Boston Celtics prepare to begin training camp on Tuesday, the team issued a press release on Friday night that Rajon Rondo fractured his left hand when he suffered a fall at his home.
Rondo will be out 6-8 weeks. This means that Rondo could miss the first month of the season. Brian Robb of CelticsHub said that Rondo could be out for 10-15 games.
The injury is to Rondo’s non-shooting hand, but this diminishes his trade value. Rondo is entering the final year of his contract and he has made statements that he is willing to test free agency next summer.
Will the 2014-’15 season be Rajon Rondo’s last year with the Boston Celtics?
The Boston Celtics released their schedule for the 2014-’15 season on Wednesday. The Celtics will play only one nationally televised game on January 14th at home against the Atlanta Hawks. This means the Celtics are not a premier team in the NBA.
Their lone star (Rajon Rondo) is in the final year of his contract. Their roster is filled with either players who have been disappointments (Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and Tyler Zeller) and rookies like Marcus Smart and James Young.
The Celtics schedule in November looks to be daunting. They have to travel to Houston (Rockets), Dallas (Mavericks), and Chicago Bulls. The only game where they could be favored is on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers. Then they have a six-game road trip through the Western Conference from January 19th through January 28th.
Here are some notable games for Celtics fans to look forward to.
-October 29th – The Celtics open the season versus the Brooklyn Nets at the Garden. Kevin Garnett could be back with the Nets. This might be Garnett’s final season in the NBA.
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens joined in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week.
The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS has created widespread attention, especially among the professional teams in Boston. New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and Boston Bruins forwards Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand have been shown on the local news completing the Challenge.
On Monday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens accepted his challenge from WEEI.com’s Ben Rohrbach.
Stevens dedicated his efforts to his friend Matt White and Boston College Sports Information Director Dick Kelley, who died of ALS in 2011. The second-year coach challenged all of the Celtics fans.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and newly signed Evan Turner participated in the Challenge.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has gained widespread attention for ALS and the Pete Frates #3 Fund. Frates was a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012. The ALS Association has reportedly raised $1.3 million since the end of July.