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Celtics Tweets of Interest: Kelly Olynyk Watches Boston Bruins; Jerryd Bayless Disappointed Over “Boardwalk Empire”

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There are only 11 games left in the regular season for the Boston Celtics. While some Celtics fans’ attention shifted towards the NCAA Tournament, the Celtics were routed in Brooklyn by the Nets on March 21st. The Celtics then fell to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, 99-90.

There were some fans who tuned into the Tournament this weekend so they could see how some of the highly touted players performed on a grand stage, including Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke’s Jabari Parker. Both players did not fare well as their teams were unable to make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Duke was upset by an experienced Mercer squad in the second round last Friday and Kansas fell to 10th-seeded Stanford in the third round on Sunday. Parker scored 14 points, but he took 14 shots and only made four from the field. Wiggins was a rather pedestrian 1-of-6 from the floor.

The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn pointed out in a story from Monday’s edition that neither Parker, Wiggins, or any other young athlete should be expected to “Carmelo-ize” a school or NBA team. Washburn was referring to Carmelo Anthony’s immediate success when Anthony led Syracuse to the national championship in April of 2003 as a freshman. Three months later, Anthony became the third overall pick in the NBA Draft for the Denver Nuggets. Danny Ainge even discussed that while the 2014 draft class is talented, this is not the best class.

I was a huge fan of Parker this season with both his ability and competitiveness. He played for an undersized Duke team, but he battled on the glass and displayed a versatile skill set. None of the games has swayed my opinion, but I understand that Parker could have bumps along the road in the NBA. If the Celtics do draft Parker, he will need time to acclimate himself into the NBA. Every superstar has dealt with some kind of adversity early in their careers because they either play for rebuilding organizations (after all there’s a reason why that franchise holds a top-five selection) or they suffer an injury. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder) competed for teams with losing records in their first few seasons. Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers missed his entire rookie season due to surgery on a broken left kneecap.

The Celtics will not regain instant success with their rebuilding process, but Ainge and the Celtics’ ownership have a proven track record. They will work on drafting and developing their young talent as well as dealing for critical pieces. The Celtics have a list of possibilities this summer when they are able to clear money off their books.

Olynyk was watching the Boston Bruns play the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Olynyk is a hockey fan because he grew up in Toronto. Unfortunately, the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak ended in a shootout loss. The Bruins clinched a playoff berth last week and they currently own the best record in the NHL.

In another sad note, Bayless sent a tweet expressing his disappointment that next season will be the final season of the hit series, “Boardwalk Empire.” This was a truly entertaining show, but the fifth season will bring forth many intriguing questions about what will happen after last season’s thrilling conclusion.

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Rajon Rondo Promotes Bracket Challenge; Kelly Olynyk Follows Gonzaga

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As the Boston Celtics’ 2013-’14 season winds down, the team continues to play hard.

Since the 108-88 defeat to the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics are 2-2. In the 91-84 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics were fortunate the Nets struggled from the three-point line even when the Nets had open shots. The Nets missed their initial 17 shots from beyond the arc and they finished just 4-for-30. On March 9th, the Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons as the Pistons are struggling. The Celtics were at home and they took advantage of the free-falling Pistons. Rajon Rondo compiled 18 assists and Kris Humphries posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Celtics fell to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. After falling behind by 15 points, the Celtics sliced the deficit down to two at 77-76. The Pacers pulled away with a 6-0 run and held on for a 94-83 win. Then the Celtics lost to a red-hot New York Knicks squad who could not miss a shot in the first half.

Here are this week’s tweets:

Rondo is asking his fans if they have signed up for the Yahoo! Sports NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge. If someone picks a perfect bracket, then he/she will win $1 billion. Selection Sunday is on March 16th and the NCAA Tournament begins next week.

We continue with the March Madness theme as Kelly Olynyk sent his support for Gonzaga on Tuesday night. Gonzaga overcame a late rally from BYU in the West Coast Conference championship game. The Bulldogs received an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and they will wait to find out their opponent as well as where they will be playing on Sunday evening. Olynyk played at Gonzaga and I’m sure the former Bulldog was happy for his ex-teammates.

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 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.

Celtics Circuit: Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce Tributes (VIDEO)

Paul Pierce (left) and Kevin Garnett (right) were greeted with applause from Celtics' fans.

The TD Garden was rocking on Sunday night as the Boston Celtics honored Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with separate video tributes. Fans shared tears with both Garnett and Pierce. The crowd gave a standing ovation for the two stars and chanted their names even when current Celtic Kris Humphries shot free throws.

The Garnett tribute came during a television timeout near the end of the first quarter. In the video, there were clips of Garnett’s introductory press conference and when he shouted, “Anything is possible.” The latter moment was after the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals. Garnett spent six seasons with the Celtics. The Celtics made two appearances in the Finals (winning in 2008) and the Celtics lost in the Eastern Conference finals in 2012 to the Miami Heat. He was the defensive anchor as he played both power forward and center. Garnett averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

 

Pierce’s video occurred after the opening quarter concluded on Sunday night. Pierce spent his whole career with the Celtics before he was traded along with Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets this summer. In Pierce’s 15 years with the Celtics, he made the organization relevant again with multiple playoff appearances. He hit many clutch shots in his career with the Celtics and was named MVP in the 2008 NBA Finals. The 6-foot-7-inch forward was not only embraced on the court, but he was an inspiration off the court with his charity work in the community. In 1998, the Celtics drafted Pierce with the 10th overall selection. Pierce became the second leading scorer in Celtics history with 24,021 points behind only John Havlicek (26,395). Pierce’s nickname was “The Truth” (given by Shaquille O’Neal) and he will go down as one of the greatest scorers in Celtics’ history.

 

The Nets defeated the Celtics, 85-79. The fans at the Garden enjoyed a truly special night.

BST&N’s Top 5 Celtics Moments Of 2013 (VIDEO)

Although this year brought many memorable moments in Boston sports as the city dealt with tragedy (the Boston Marathon bombings) and celebrated the triumph of the Red Sox capturing the World Series, we are reminded that the Celtics were the lone team in the four major professional sports leagues to not play in a championship game. They have given us some exciting moments, but Celtics fans also waved goodbye to Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.

Here are the top five moments in 2013 for the Celtics:

5. Celtics lose to New York Knicks in Eastern Conference quarterfinals in six games:

Nobody knew this would be one of Paul Pierce's final shots in a Boston Celtics uniform.

Nobody knew this would be one of Paul Pierce’s final shots in a Boston Celtics uniform.

The Celtics fell 88-80 to the Knicks in Game 6 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. This team was playing without point guard Rajon Rondo. Even though the team went on a run after Rondo tore his right ACL in January, the Celtics clearly displayed their flaws against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. The Celtics nearly forced Game 7. They fell behind by over 20 points in Game 6 at TD Garden before they cut the deficit down to two possessions late in the game. The Knicks hung on to survive and move on to the next round. This game proved to be the final game for Rivers, Garnett, and Pierce. It was not the ending that any Celtics fan hoped for when the Big Three formed in 2007. All good things must come to an end.

4. Celtics honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in Toronto:

The Celtics were supposed to square off against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on April 16, but the game was cancelled as the city mourned the tragic events that transpired at the Boston Marathon. Instead, the Celtics wrapped up their 2012-’13 season in Toronto on April 17th. Toronto held a pregame ceremony with both the Celtics and Raptors players and coaches meeting at halfcourt for a moment of silence.

3. Celtics Hire Brad Stevens:

Danny Ainge (left) was all smiles after the Boston Celtics gave Brad Stevens (right) a six-year contract.

Danny Ainge (left) was all smiles after the Boston Celtics gave Brad Stevens (right) a six-year contract.

Most media members were expecting the Celtics to replace Rivers with a young coach since the team was rebuilding. The prevailing rumor was the Celtics would promote Jay Larranaga, who is the son of the University of Miami (FL) head coach Jim Larranaga. Jay Larranaga was coaching the Celtics’ Summer League team and Rivers was reportedly trying to lure Larranaga onto his staff with the Los Angeles Clippers. On July 3rd, Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge shocked everyone when he tabbed Butler’s lead man, Stevens. Stevens had previously rejected several top-flight college programs to remain at Butler University. The hiring of Stevens brought both optimism and pessimism. People recognized the success that he had at a mid-major program like Butler and other people looked at his age (37 years old) as well as lack of experience on the professional level.

2. Celtics send Rivers to the Clippers for 2015 unprotected first-round pick:

 Doc Rivers joined the Los Angeles Clippers after a lengthy negotiation for his trade.

Doc Rivers joined the Los Angeles Clippers after a lengthy negotiation for his trade.

On May 3rd, Rivers said after the Celtics’ defeat to the Knicks that he would need time to think about coming back to the Celtics. Over the next month and a half, Ainge commented that he believed Rivers would be back. Then there were reports that the Celtics were shopping Rivers and Garnett to the Clippers for a package that included center DeAndre Jordan and point guard Eric Bledsoe. NBA Commissioner David Stern stepped in and said that teams cannot make a transaction that involved both a head coach and a player. Instead, the Celtics managed to receive a first-round choice and Rivers was granted his wish to coach a contender for the NBA title. While Rivers’ exit was unceremonious, this did not have an effect on the relationship between Rivers and the Celtics’ fans. When Rivers returned to Boston on December 11th, the Celtics’ faithful gave him a standing ovation. The organization compiled photos of Rivers’ days with the Celtics on the JumboTron. Rivers was forced to wipe away tears and expressed his love for Boston in his postgame press conference.

1. Celtics trade Garnett, Pierce, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn Nets for Keith Bogans, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, and three-first round draft picks (2014, 2016, and 2017).

Paul Pierce (left), Kevin Garnett (middle), and Jason Terry (right) show off their Brooklyn Nets jerseys.

Paul Pierce (left), Kevin Garnett (middle), and Jason Terry (right) show off their Brooklyn Nets jerseys.

The Celtics were able to clear money from their salary cap and the Nets believed they were closer to a championship at the NBA Draft on June 27th. The trade was not made official until the NBA moratorium period ended on July 12th. Both teams can swap first-round picks in 2017. This showed that the Celtics were clearly in rebuilding mode. Pierce was a Celtic for all fifteen years of his career up until this past summer. Garnett spent six memorable years with the Celtics. Both players helped the Celtics capture the organization’s 17th title. They nearly won another championship in 2010 when they lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Lakers. This trade was already seen as a steal for the future because the Celtics received three first-round picks. The Nets are currently a team in disarray with a 10-20 record while the Celtics are in a better position than what most people thought they would be early in the 2013-’14 season. The Celtics are competing with the Raptors atop the Atlantic Division while the Nets are at the bottom.

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