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Boston Sports Blogapalooza Is On The Comeback Trail!


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)


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:


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


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.

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.



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.



A Quick Word Before The Celtics Season Starts…

“We made it to the playoffs this year and nobody expected us. Why not get to the championship? No one is expecting us to do it. Why not?”- Avery Bradley


There’s been a lot of talk about how the Celtics don’t have a “bona fide star” going into the season, and how the NBA is a “star driven league”, and that’s why the Celtics ultimately won’t go that far this season.

First, I don’t think that is all that true, but just my opinion. The Warriors had Steph Curry last year, but can we agree that he was a breakout star? Preseason expectations would have never predicted that. Maybe we have a breakout superstar in this roster, like Steph Curry was last year.

And second, even if we don’t have a breakout star, that doesn’t mean sh*t. You can have an high-performing starting lineup without a real star (think 2004 Pistons). The 2014 Spurs didn’t have a “superstar”. Sure Duncan is a Hall of Famer, but he’s not playing like a superstar in his late 30’s. Ditto for Tony Parker and Manu. The Spurs were a deep team, did a lot things well, most importantly played team basketball. 

So it can be done without a superstar. Sure, it helps if you get one, but please don’t kid yourselves. I just hope that this is the year people change their opinions about success in the NBA. I hope it’s the 2015-16 Boston Celtics that completely change this myth.

With that said, good luck to Brad and boys on Causeway. Here’s to another great NBA season, Celtics fans.

With the 2015-16 Celtics, Comes Roster Competition

Celtics Huddle 2

It has been an interesting but successful training camp and preseason for the Celtics, given their roster. On paper it seems each position is even deeper than that of last year’s team, which was already deep to begin with. Starters could very well be bench players on this team and vice versa. Guys who sit could very well be bench players. Across the board, there is a lot of depth and not much separation in terms of player skill level. So I ask plainly and directly to Celtics fans, is the competition on the roster for playing time and starting roles a good thing for this team? Do you think it will it be moving forward?


The Upside

It seems to be working so far, as the team finished with a 6-1 preseason record. Players are responding in the fight for playing time, positions and roles. Particularly guys like Jared Sullinger, who suddenly is fighting for playing time and roles with Amir Johnson, Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, and David Lee, and Marcus Smart, trying to earn the starting point guard position on the team. Having guys compete with other talented and players on this team ensures that they aren’t just handed a role or position, and so far in the preseason, both guys have played well enough to earn better roles in the regular season. Must be the mohawk haircuts.

Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger are two players who are seeing increased pressure to earn team roles.

Can Brad Stevens juggle the minutes and matchups? More players that have different skill sets gives Steven more lineups to play with, like going bug or small, 3 point shooting, late-game free-throw situations etc. Stevens is also known for giving minutes to guys who play best together, so he tends to favor the best combination of players out on the court over the talent of individual players. If Stevens can work lineups to his advantage (and from handling last year’s lineups, I think he can) the large roster could work out for the Celtics.


The Downside

At the same time there are only so many minutes to go around, and players could get unsatisfied with their roles. The player talent level is so even on the team that a few guys are going to be cut out of the rotation completely that probably don’t deserve it. In that case, we can hope that Ainge could wheel n’ deal some players in order to clear out the log jams. It’s important to note that Zeller, Lee, and Turner and Amir Johnson can all hit free agency next year. 


After cutting Perry Jones III, players next in line to see includes rookies Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey – all of which seem like players who are ready to contribute in the rotation. However due to the roster, they may see a lot of time in the D-League, along with James Young, who spent a significant amount of the time the D-League last year for his rookie year. This doesn’t do young players much good in terms of development or confidence if they prove they can play in the NBA.



James Young should see more playing time this year at the NBA level, but will he find his NBA game?


The Season Moving Forward

It is well documented how Danny Ainge operates. He is an opportunist who thinks of players as trade chips when it comes to transactions. I don’t expect him to stop trading until he gets a marquee star player on his roster, something Ainge has been working toward since the Pierce & Garnett trade. There are a lot of intriguing chips this year he can use to flip, in order to do so.


Until trades happen, it’s up to Stevens to utilize this deep roster to his advantage. With of active roster management from both Stevens and Danny Ainge, I don’t see why the Celtics can’t compete again this year in the eastern conference. Stevens will tailor lineups based on match-ups, team chemistry and game situations. Don’t get too comfortable seeing the same starting lineup either, Celtics fans – it may take a while to find the right one. But if all goes well, things will fall into place and player roles will become more clear. The Celtics have the pieces to make some noise this year, but I the level success will ultimately come from the execution from Stevens and Ainge.

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