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Celtics Circuit: Five Bold Predictions For Summer

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will be the first chip to fall this summer.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will be the first player to come to Boston.

The Boston Celtics finally finished their 2013-’14 season with a 25-57 record after their 118-102 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Celtics tied the Utah Jazz for the fourth worst record in the NBA. On Friday, the Jazz won the coin toss for the fourth spot in the NBA Lottery.

Before the season began, I predicted the Celtics would finish with 28 wins. There were many games where the Celtics had a chance to win. I also believed that the Celtics would look to trade veterans like Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace. They kept Humphries and Wallace, but the Celtics sent Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies and Jordan Crawford to the Golden State Warriors. I thought the team would play better when Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup in January, but the Celtics actually were better without Rondo in November and December. At the end of December, the Celtics were 13-18.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said there would be “fireworks” this off-season. Danny Ainge will attempt to upgrade the Celtics roster. With the Lottery on May 20th, the Celtics will find out where they pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.



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Here are my bold predictions for the summer:

1. Celtics won’t get a top-5 pick in the Draft. The Celtics poor luck will continue in the Lottery. In 1997, the Celtics lost the Tim Duncan sweepstakes  Like in 2007, this misfortune will lead the Celtics to complete a trade.

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Celtics Tweets of Interest: C’s Visit Walter Reed Center; Jared Sullinger Echoes Brad Stevens

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After Monday night’s loss to the Bulls in Chicago, the Boston Celtics (23-52) were officially eliminated from the postseason.

Nobody expected the Celtics to make the postseason since they are undergoing a transition and their best player, Rajon Rondo, was out for half of the season. Rondo has also been unable to play in back-to-back games because he is resting his surgically repaired knee. Like their defeat on Monday night, the Celtics remain competitive until the fourth quarter when they lack execution on both ends of the court with young players. The Celtics are also without a scorer they can isolate or run pick-and-rolls in the final stretch.

Rondo made his debut as the color commentator on Monday. While Rondo was quiet at times early in the game, he did provide some interesting comments. Rondo noted that Bulls guard “Kirk Hinrich is one of the most physical guards in the NBA.” Hinrich is a solid two-way player who can defend on-the-ball while shooting from the outside. Over his 10-year career, Hinrich shoots at nearly a 38% clip from beyond the three-point line. Cedric Maxwell debated this notion when he sat with CSNNE’s Mike Gorman in the second half. Maxwell said there are more talented defensive guards in the NBA such as the Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade. Rondo also told a story about how he and Bulls center Joakim Noah came to an understanding after spending a decade with the two competing against each other through AAU, college basketball, and in the NBA. Both players played in the same conference (SEC) in college with Rondo at Kentucky and Noah playing for Florida. They are both highly competitive who can produce baskets for themselves and their teammates. The Celtics point guard also said that one of Brad Stevens’ plays worked because the Bulls love to tag cutters. This is all part of Rondo’s knowledge and recognition through game film.

Here are the tweets:

This is a tweet from the Celtics with a picture of Brad Stevens and a few Celtics players with Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and designated hitter David Ortiz. The Celtics and Red Sox both visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Tuesday. Players such as Brandon Bass, Jerryd Bayless, and Kris Humphries were all in the picture with a wounded warrior. Both teams are in the Beltway region as Celtics took on the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and the Red Sox are in the midst of their opening series against the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox also visited the White House on Tuesday morning to celebrate their 2013 World Series championship.

It’s nice to know that Celtics players are not tuning out Stevens and the coaching staff as the 2013-’14 season is coming to a close. The Celtics have played hard throughout this tough season. Sullinger tweeted a message from Stevens as he was watching the Dayton-Florida game on Saturday evening. The top overall seed Florida advanced with a 62-52 win, but Sullinger was rooting for Dayton since Sullinger was raised in Ohio. The Celtics forward played for Ohio State, who coincidentally was upset by Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In a side note: On March 28th, the Celtics observed a moment of silence for the Boston Fire Department before their game against the Toronto Raptors. Then in last Sunday’s loss to the Bulls, the Celtics wore black warm-up shirts to honor the Boston firefighters. My prayers go out to the families of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Michael R. Kennedy as well as all of the Boston firefighters who risk their lives everyday.

Celtics Remain Quiet At Deadline

Celtics forward Brandon Bass will stay with the team for the remainder of the season.

Celtics forward Brandon Bass will stay with the team for the remainder of the season.

The Boston Celtics did not make any moves before the NBA Trade Deadline expired at 3 PM on Thursday.

Overall, the whole day proved to be a dud with only minor moves being made. The biggest deal was the Indiana Pacers receiving Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers for Danny Granger.

The Celtics were unable to unload contracts like Brandon Bass and Jeff Green. Teams were unwilling to surrender their first-round picks, which weakened the market for Bass, Green, and Kris Humphries.

During the week, several reports swirled that Rajon Rondo could be sent to the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors. Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears reported the Kings offered Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas, and two first-round picks for Rondo. This trade did not go through because the salaries didn’t match. Danny Ainge wants the moon and the stars for Rondo because Rondo is in the prime of his career.

While many fans may be upset with the lack of movement by the Celtics, the front office did not have to make a transaction if the move did not improve their team. The Celtics are in rebuilding mode and they can let these contracts expire or hold onto them for the summer. Lastly, the Celtics could have as many as 17 picks, including 10 in the first-round over the next five years.

When teams have more flexibility to complete trades this off-season, the Celtics can fall further under the luxury tax. This deadline proved that the market was low and teams are attempting to avoid being repeat offenders in the tax under the new CBA.

There remains a logjam at power forward and the Celtics are unable to provide more minutes for rookie Kelly Olynyk. The Celtics are still under $1 million below the $75.71 luxury tax limit.

All of this sets the stage for a very interesting summer with the NBA Draft and free agency.

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Rajon Rondo Recommends “RoboCop;” Jared Sullinger Supports Alma Mater

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The Boston Celtics have won four out of their six games in the month of February. They are entering the All-Star break on a sour note after their 104-92 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.
 
With a week until the trade deadline, the rumors are swirling. Earlier this week, there were reports from the New York Daily News that Danny Ainge was shopping Jeff Green to the Atlanta Hawks. Sam Amick of USA Today mentioned the New York Knicks are willing to take Green or Gerald Wallace in a package that included Rajon Rondo. In the exchange, the Celtics would receive Amar’e Stoudemire and young players. Some Celtics fans are running a swap of Rondo for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in the ESPN Trade Machine.
 
The most likely scenario is Ainge will look to unload some of the bigger contracts such as Brandon Bass, Green, Kris Humphries, and Wallace for future draft picks or veterans on short deals. In New York, the Knicks are desperate to add another star next to Carmelo Anthony and they are still holding out hope that Ainge loses his mind. The Knicks do not have any first-round picks to offer unless they swap choices with the Celtics. While fans would like to dream of Westbrook and Kevin Love (reunite UCLA stars) in a Celtics uniform, it would not make any sense for Thunder General Manager Sam Presti to ship his injury-riddled point guard for another point guard who just returned from ACL surgery last month. This does not even take into account that the Thunder extended Westbrook’s contract last year while Rondo will become a free agent in the summer of 2015. While Ainge has been known to make bold moves, my prediction is if he does trade Rondo, then it will come this off-season. The Celtics still have a trade exception from the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce deal this past summer. There is a possibility that multiple moves could happen from the Celtics, but the team is looking to take unwanted money off their books.
 
The Celtics signed guard Chris Johnson to a contract for the rest of the season. Johnson will cost $320,000 and a non-guaranteed season for next year. This will give the Celtics time to develop Johnson or use him in a trade. The Celtics have one roster spot open and they have less than $1 million to use in a trade before the deadline on February 20th.
 
Here a couple of tweets while everyone enjoys All-Star Weekend:

Rondo wants his followers to go see the remake of “RoboCop.” The original film with Peter Weller and Joan Allen was great, but Hollywood doesn’t have any unique ideas. This new movie opens on Friday. Hopefully, Rondo is correct and this new “RoboCop” is just as good as the first one.

Sullinger is showing his support for his high school Alma Mater. The 6-foot-8-inch forward played for Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio.They are competing in the Ohio state tournament. Sullinger’s teammate was Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz.

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.

Celtics Circuit: Late Poor Execution On West Coast

Brandon Bass and the Celtics were a notch below LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Brandon Bass and the Celtics were a notch below LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

The Boston Celtics just came off a winless five-game road trip on the West Coast. The first two games consisted of a poor effort on both ends of the court and led to lopsided defeats in Oklahoma City and Denver. Then the next three games, the Celtics played with more intensity, but came up short to the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and Portland Trail Blazers.

Everybody knew the Celtics would struggle in the fourth quarter, especially when the score was close. Since Rajon Rondo is out, the Celtics lack their floor leader who can create shots for others as well as himself. In the fourth quarter, teams need that presence on the court because players need to produce in their half-court sets on offense while clamping down on the defensive end. Rondo can run the sets efficiently while preventing point guards from dribble drives with his speed. While Jordan Crawford had a nice run early in the season as the starting point guard, he has reverted to his old form of forcing bad shots.

In the first contest against the Thunder, the Celtics played a supremely talented team who has one of the best players in the NBA in Kevin Durant. While the Celtics hung with the Thunder in the first half when they put up 56 points, they still allowed 66 points. The Celtics let Reggie Jackson score 27 points and Durant nearly posted a triple double (21 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds) as the Celtics fell 119-96. The Thunder was able to get many easy baskets around the rim, especially in the second half.

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