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Celtics Tweets of Interest: Jeff Green Prays For Rich Peverley; Kelly Olynyk Enjoys St. Patrick’s Day

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The fans of Boston sports are enjoying a bountiful of riches. Currently, the Bruins are on a 10-game winning streak. The New England Patriots are reloading for another championship run with the signings of All-Pro cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner as well as wide receivers Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell. The Red Sox are preparing to defend their 2013 World Series championship. Then there are the Celtics.

At this point, Celtics’ fans are eagerly anticipating the NBA Lottery in May. Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck recently said,”there will be fireworks” in the off-season. Certainly, there will be fireworks on the Fourth of July, but there are many questions on how the Celtics proceed during this upcoming summer.

Jerryd Bayless, Avery Bradley, and Kris Humphries will become free agents. Bradley will be a restricted free agent, which means the Celtics have the opportunity to match any offer from another team. The biggest uncertainties will be whether the Celtics move point guard Rajon Rondo, who has a year left on his contract after the 2013-’14 season. Rondo stated that he is willing to test the market. Will Danny Ainge ship Rondo to another team or will the two sides come together on an agreement? Every player on the roster, including Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, could be used as trade chips. There are many high-caliber players entering the last year of their deals in 2014-’15, especially power forward Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving. The Celtics will have the room both financially and roster openings to bring these stars to Boston. It already happened in 2007 when the Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.

The Celtics also potentially have 10 first-round picks over the next five years. This year’s draft class is loaded with prospects such as Duke’s Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. The Celtics own the sixth worst record in the NBA. The Celtics could hold onto these selections and rebuild with a young roster like the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

We do not know whether “fireworks” will explode in the Celtics organization, but the summer of 2014 will play a big role in the Celtics future.

Here are the tweets:

This was a scary incident that affected every sports fan, especially Boston fans. Peverley was a key player for the Bruins 2010-’11 Stanley Cup championship and Peverley nearly helped the Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. On July 4th, the Bruins traded Peverley and Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. Peverley’s collapse had an effect on Green because Green was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. The Celtics’ forward was forced to miss the 2011-’12 lockout-shortened season while he underwent surgery. While Green was able to come back to the court, it is unknown whether Peverley will be back on the ice. If Peverley is able to play again, he will have a huge fan in Green.

Olynyk wished his followers a Happy St. Patrick’s Day on Monday. The Celtics wore special uniforms this weekend for the occasion. They wore green-sleeved jerseys for three games during the weekend. The shirt had gold trim around the neck. Also, the team name on the front of the jersey and the players’ numbers were written in gold. While the players’ last name and the shamrock logo on the back of the shirt were designed in white. Meanwhile the shorts were green with gold on the sides and the shamrock logo was within the gold coloring. These jerseys were worn in recognition of the 1946-’47 team who wore similar-style uniforms.

Celtics Circuit: Gerald Wallace Adds To Injury List

Celtics' forward Gerald Wallace became a leader for the team this year.

Gerald Wallace played 58 games for the Boston Celtics in 2013-’14.

The Boston Celtics have enough injuries to look like they could fill in for the cast of “The Walking Dead.”

Gerald Wallace has a torn meniscus in his knee and the 31-year-old forward will undergo season-ending surgery. Wallace also has bone spurs in his ankle. This news broke on Friday after Wallace had an MRI on Thursday when he had increased swelling in his knee.

Wallace still has two years remaining on his contract after the 2013-’14 season at over $20 million. Wallace is overpaid and has dealt with numerous injuries over the past two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and the Celtics. In 2012-’13, Wallace missed 13 games with a sprained ankle among other ailments. Also, Wallace has diminished skills and he does not have the athleticism that turned him into an All-Star with the Charlotte Bobcats. All of these factors will present problems for the Celtics to find a trade partner for Wallace.

The Celtics have other injury issues. Jared Sullinger is day-to-day with a concussion. He has missed the last three games after receiving an elbow to the head from Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Chris Kaman in the Celtics’ loss on February 21st. Kelly Olynyk is in a walking boot with a sprained toe and the rookie sat out the 115-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Avery Bradley will not play in the game tonight against the Indiana Pacers due to his sprained ankle. This will be the eighth game that Bradley has missed. Vitor Faverani is suffering from a knee injury.

With the lack of bodies, the Celtics signed guard Chris Babb to a 10-day contract. Babb was one of the last cuts from the Celtics’ training camp. The Iowa State product has been playing for the Maine Red Claws, who is the Celtics’ D-League affiliate. In 32 games with the Red Claws, Babb averaged 11.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds.

The Celtics have only 23 games left in the season. With these injuries piling up, it will be difficult for the young players to make progress. The Celtics must determine who they should keep on the roster in the future in their rebuilding process.

Celtics Circuit: The Evaluation of Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley shows off his trademark defense against Dwayne Wade

Is Avery Bradley good?  Well, of course he is.  He’s been a starter and a contributor for an NBA team, but is he good as a long term commitment for the Boston Celtics?  That is the question Danny Ainge and Co. must face sooner rather than later.

The NBA trade deadline is only a few days away, but more importantly, Bradley is due to become a restricted free agent this offseason. That “restricted” tag does allow the Celtics to match any offer Bradley may receive elsewhere, but also puts the onus on the team to decide on if they feel Bradley is a worthwhile investment.

There was a reason Bradley slid to the nineteenth pick in the 2010 draft.  At 6 foot 2 and lacking the true decision making  and ball handling skills of a point guard, as well as the three point shot required for shooting guards to succeed, Bradley was caught in some sort of hybrid zone.  After barely playing his rookie season, Bradley finally was able to showcase his elite athletic ability the following season.  Due to Ray Allen’s injury, Bradley slid into the starting lineup amongst a group of players who would take the pressure off of him.  Rondo was there to handle and distribute the ball, while KG, Pierce and Bass were on the floor to score.

Fast forward two seasons later and a lot of the same questions still persist.  To his credit, Bradley has improved his entire game steadfastly since his rookie season and has to be considered one of the better players on a below average team this year.  He’s averaging 43% shooting, including, a respectable 35% on three pointers.  Asked to carry more a scoring burden, Bradley has responded with 14 points per game.  His defense is rightfully lauded by opponents to the point that opposing point guards dread taking the ball up the court against him, and his pure athletic ability remains on par with players of similar size.  He has also seemed to harness the ability to slow games down a bit after a disturbing showing in last playoffs Knicks series.

With the recent explosion of advanced statistics in sports (particularly in the NBA), one has to wonder how “nerd” stats view an undersized two guard whose offensive pedigree is predicated on mid-range jumpers and backdoor cuts.  According to Basketball Reference, Bradley’s PER (Player Efficiency Rating) settles in at 12.3, oddly the same rating as Ray Allen, the guy he subsequently replaced.  PER is a bench mark example for just how efficient a player is on a per minute basis.  Kevin Durant is the league leader this season at 30.9, while the league average lands at 15.

Bradley’s true shooting percentage lies at 313rd in the league, while his usage rating is 81st.  True shooting measures a player’s efficiency in two point field goals, three point field goals, and free throw accuracy.  Usage rating simply estimates the percentage of team plays ran for a player when he is on the court.  A player doesn’t solely exist on a stat sheet, but briefing over Bradley’s case, it is clear that he must keep improving as an offensive player as the team relies on him more and more to be a consistent scoring threat.  He will also need to develop more of a dependable three point shot, as team personnel have slowly tried distancing their players from taking long contested two point shots – considered now to be the most inefficient shot in basketball.

Injuries have robbed Bradley in recent seasons, missing 31 last year, and eight this season.  The recent status on his right ankle is murky at best, indicating he may not be back when the Celtics resume play in Phoenix on Wednesday.  Celtics officials have to be frustrated with the inability of Bradley and Rajon Rondo (an oddly dynamic duo when healthy) to get on the floor at the same time.  Evaluating a player is difficult enough, but add in a bucket full of injuries, and the task gets that much more difficult.

Bradley will be dangled at the trade deadline for the right price, but expect Ainge to try to muster up a long term deal for the former Texas Longhorn.  He has a clear desire to improve, and by all accounts, appears to be a good locker room presence.  The question is, for what price?

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Brandon Bass’ On “Simply Ming;” Kelly Olynyk Autographed Ball

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As the All-Star break approaches, the Boston Celtics face an easier schedule in the month of February. The Celtics own the sixth worst record in the NBA, but the Celtics stand just five games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. While the majority of fans prefer the Celtics to be in the NBA Draft Lottery, the Celtics could climb back into the playoff race if they can get on a lengthy winning streak.

The trade deadline is only two weeks away (February 20th) and Danny Ainge could unload some players to clear some room to get further under the tax line. Currently the Celtics are barely under the luxury tax line at $71.75 million.

The Celtics front office also needs to decide whether they want to keep guard Chris Johnson for the rest of the season. Johnson’s second 10-day contract expires at midnight. The guard has played well in his brief Celtics tenure. He is averaging 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 24.1 minutes during his eight games with the Celtics.

The Celtics have many questions to answer and they need their young players to make progress. As of right now, the Celtics can hold onto Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, and Jared Sullinger. Jeff Green disappears at times, but he has not been able to play much with Rondo. CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely had a piece where he explains Green’s role with the Celtics and the reasons for his frustrating play. Everybody else can be shipped elsewhere for the right cost.

Here are a couple of tweets from Celtics’ players:

Bass retweeted this post from the television series, “Simply Ming” on PBS. Chef Ming Tsai hosts this show that is in its 11th season. The 6-foot-8-inch forward joined Tsai to cook for the children in the YMCA of Boston. This tweet displays a picture of Bass looking on while Tsai is in the process of cooking healthy food.

Olynyk sent out an advertisement for Roster Store in the Natick Mall. Roster Store is giving away an autographed ball by Olynyk. Celtics’ fans can click on the Facebook link underneath the picture and they need to say who is their favorite all-time Celtic for an opportunity to win this basketball.

Opinion: Expect Celtics To Deal Rondo

In spite of the recent stamp of approval by President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, and Head Coach, Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo’s promotion as captain of the Boston Celtics will have no meaning in his future with the organization.

Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo discuss offseason plans

Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo discuss offseason plans

Per ESPN Boston, addressing Boston’s trade potential, curator Chad Ford writes, ” If the Celtics get a great offer for Rondo — he’s going to have to start playing more like he did on Sunday versus the Magic (19 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds) — I believe he will be traded. If they can’t get a great offer for him, anything and everything else is on the table — Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, young guys such as Kelly Olynyk, even their lottery pick. But as always [Danny] Ainge is going to drive a hard bargain.”

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Celtics Tweets of Interest: Jared Sullinger Selected to Rising Stars; Phil Pressy’s Community Work

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On January 26th, fans of the Boston Celtics were able to display their appreciation for Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. In an ugly game, the Celtics fell 85-79. The return of Garnett and Pierce provided a welcome distraction from the Celtics’ losing streak.
The Celtics continued their slide with a lackluster performance in New York as the Knicks rolled to a 114-88 victory. In Wednesday night’s buzzer-beating defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics set a record for the most losses in a month (15). January was not a kind stretch for the Celtics. The team went 2-15 in January and have lost 19 of their last 22 games.
Currently, the Celtics own the third worst record in the NBA, yet they are only five and a half games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Such is life in the putrid Eastern Conference. The Celtics seem like they are in full-out tank mode. Rajon Rondo sat out against the Sixers for rest on the second night of a back-to-back. While Jerryd Bayless returned against the Knicks, Avery Bradley remains out of the lineup.
Jeff Green continues to disappear at times and the Celtics lack a go-to-scorer down the stretch. They are not talented enough to pull away from their opponents. The fans who are looking towards the Draft Lottery in May have smiles on their faces.
Here are a couple of noteworthy tweets:

Second-year forward Jared Sullinger was selected along with rookie Kelly Olynyk to the BBVA Compass NBA Rising Stars game on Friday February 14th in New Orleans. This game will be televised on TNT at 9 PM. In this game, rookies and second-year players compete against each other. The rookies and sophomores will be mixed together for the third consecutive season. The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Draft will be held on February 6th on TNT at 7 PM. There are nine players for each side.

Phil Pressey spent time last week with Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh to teach children about practice. The event was sponsored by New England Baptist Hospital. Pressey tweeted some pictures with the youth of Boston and Waslh.

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