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Celtics Circuit: C’s Release 2014-’15 Schedule

Will the 2014-'15 season be Rajon Rondo's last year with the Boston Celtics?

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.

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Celtics Hope For Reversal Of Fortune At Lottery

The lottery machine that decides the order of this year's draft.


10.3; 1997; 2007; these are the figures Celtics fans will have on their minds when Celtics Co-Owner Steve Pagliuca represents the team at the NBA draft lottery tonight.

Of course, 10.3 represents the percent chance the Celtics have to land the top pick, which hasn’t happened since 1950.

The year’s 1997 and 2007 represent ‘what if’s’ for Celtics fans. Coming off of a disastrous 15 win campaign from then head coach M.L. Carr, and with two lottery picks and a 36 Percent chance of winning the lottery, the Celtics were in line to nab Wake Forest center and future hall of famer, Tim Duncan.

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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 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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Celtics Circuit: Jeff Green Must Take Aggressive Approach

Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green needs to reach his potential this season.

This is the first season in which forward Jeff Green has been completely healthy during his time with the Boston Celtics. Green was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Celtics in February 2011 for popular center Kendrick Perkins.

When the lockout was lifted in December, the Celtics’ medical staff found an aortic aneurysm in Green’s heart. He was forced to undergo season-ending surgery and there were doubts whether Green could return to the court. Green and the Celtics organization believed that Green would be back with the team for the following season.

Last year, Green made his return to the court. During the season, Green mainly came off the bench as he only started in 17 of the 81 games he made an appearance on the court. Green averaged 12.8 points per game and he became a force after point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a torn right ACL in a January 27th game against the Atlanta Hawks. Despite a 105-103 loss to the Miami Heat on March 18th, Green scored 43 points without Kevin Garnett in the lineup.

In Green’s time with the Celtics, he has played behind Paul Pierce. Pierce received more attention from opposing defenses. Since the Celtics sent Pierce and Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets this summer, opponents will try to neutralize Green and prevent him from going to his right when he attacks the net.

Green can play three different positions and he was the fifth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. He also helped lead the Georgetown Hoyas to the Final Four in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Throughout his career, Green has always been a reluctant star in which he can affect the game on so many different levels, but he disappears at times. He is a 6-foot-9-inch forward who can score and he has the length to defend top scorers like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Green has never found any consistency in his career. The Thunder traded Green to the Celtics because they already had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They were not willing to hand Green a big contract.

With a rebuilding roster, Green will be asked to provide a significant chunk of scoring for the Celtics.He is also one of the few Celtics players who can create their own shot. Since the Celtics lack an experienced center, Green will have to improve his rebounding. Overall, the Celtics need Green to finally display the glimpses of potential he has shown throughout his career on a daily basis.

Without a go-to-scorer, the Celtics have struggled finishing out quarters in the preseason. During the regular season, Green must take an aggressive approach and he will be the player who is asked to make plays down the stretch in close games.

Will Green be ready to lead the Celtics?

 

 

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Avery Bradley at Texas; Jeff Green’s Birthday

boston-celtics-logo (1)The Boston Celtics have been in the news for the wrong reason this week with Celtics forward Jared Sullinger being arrested for domestic violence. Sullinger was eventually released on bail.

There were other Celtics’ players who enjoyed this past weekend as they celebrated a special occasion. College football season began last week and Avery Bradley visited the campus at University of Texas-Austin. Bradley played at Texas under head coach Rick Barnes.  Jeff Green celebrated his 27th birthday last Thursday.

Bradley was in Austin to see the Texas Longhorns football squad take on New Mexico State. Texas routed the Aggies, 56-7. Bradley spent time with other former Longhorn basketball players like  T.J. Ford and Royal Ivey. Bradley played one year at Texas in 2009-’10 when the Longhorns went 24-10 and lost to Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder All-NBA forward Kevin Durant sent birthday wishes to Green. The two played together for the Thunder for three and a half seasons before Green was traded to the Celtics in February 2011. Green also tweeted pictures of himself and he looked healthy. This is good news for Celtics fans. Last year there were murmurs about how Green would come back after having surgery for an aortic heart in December 2011 that caused him to miss the 2011-’12 season. There have been so many changes in one year. Green is now going to be one of the key players on the 2013-’14 season. He will need to showcase his talent throughout the full 82 games because the team does not have Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce to rely on to provide the scoring load this year.

 

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