What do all of these dates have in common? Well, all of them have taken place in the past year and all of them take place during basketball season. More importantly, all of these dates are ones where Rajon Rondo has been suspended for some type of on court issue. Lets revisit them, shall we?
The first incident took place in February last season during a game at Detroit. After not receiving a foul call following a hard drive to the basket, Rondo tossed the ball and hit the official in the chest. Rondo received a double technical, was ejected from the game and resulted in a two game suspension. The Celtics lost both games while Rondo was suspended.
The second incident also involved a referee, this time taking place during the 2012 playoffs. During a quarterfinal match up against the Atlanta Hawks, Rondo was once again arguing an official’s call and bumped a referee in the final minute of the game one loss. Rondo once again received a double technical, was ejected from the game and would later be suspended for game two of the series. The Celtics won that game behind a 36 point effort from Paul Pierce.
The Boston Celtics continue their frustrating start to the 2012-’13 season. Through 15 games, the Celtics look like a .500 team and they are just 8-7. They are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
The Celtics looked to break through by beating the defending Western Conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then they barely escaped in overtime against a young Orlando Magic team who no longer has Dwight Howard and they looked pathetic in a 95-83 loss at home to the Brooklyn Nets. Rajon Rondo got ejected for shoving Nets forward Kris Humphries after Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett in the final minute of the second quarter. Rondo was issued a 2-game suspension. The Celtics looked lifeless throughout the game and Doc Rivers called the team “soft.”
These Celtics are not defending, rebounding, or playing with any mental toughness. They look like they are going through the motions and they make silly mistakes.
Avery Bradley did a commercial for Dunkin Donuts. The Celtics could use Bradley’s defensive pressure. Bradley seems to be getting closer to returning after having double shoulder surgery this summer. He is participating in shooting drills and he could gain clearance to take part on contact drills within the next couple of weeks. Bradley’s play last year uplifted the team and with his return, he could bring energy.
Prayers go out to coach mchale and his family!!!!!
Courtney Lee played for Celtics Hall of Famer Kevin McHale and the Houston Rockets last year. He sent this tweet in response to the unfortuante death of McHale’s 20-year-old daughter, Alexandra. Alexandra passed away on Saturday after suffering from Lupus.
Glen Davis' contract status reamins a big question mark for the Celtics this offseason.
With a slow time for Boston Celtics news with the continuing lockout, one of the biggest dilemmas the Celtics have is the resigning of Glen Davis. Barring a continued lockout, the Boston Celtics have only one true center under contract (Jermaine O’Neal). With size at a premium in this league, the C’s have to consider Davis’ uncertain free agent status a premium concern. Affectionately known to the Boston community as “Big Baby,” Davis is currently an unrestricted free agent meaning he has the ability to sign an offer sheet with any NBA team without the Celtics having the ability to match the offer. This freedom has to concern the Celtics concerning a player that they relied on heavily over the course of the 2010-2011 NBA season. Davis averaged 29.5 Minutes per game, while providing stability to the second unit by averaging 11.7 PPG off the bench. What’s more impressive is the fact that Davis spent the bulk of those minutes complementing the ‘Core 4’ of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen especially during crunch time. It is without question that Davis is a huge asset to the Celtics rotation, and is a significant piece of the puzzle when it comes to their success.
While Davis’ contract status is certainly a priority, Celtics fans have to refer to a balancing scale of good and bad when it comes to his behavior. The words “cautiously optimistic” can be heard from the Garden faithful when gauging the baggage that Davis has undeniably carried with him over his career. In a united locker room tagged with the phrase “Umbuntu,” Davis has shown some of his rather childish characteristics, which have helped him hold onto the nickname “Big Baby.” As recently as 2008, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Davis was seen crying on the Celtic’s bench during a timeout in which Garnett tried to huddle the team together to motivate them. While many will attest that Davis has grown since then, they also must be alerted to the beginning of the season in 2009 when Davis broke his thumb, on his shooting hand, in an altercation with his friend and missed over 30 games due to the injury. These rather silly infractions can’t be tolerated on a Celtics team that will need all the help it can get as it gears up for one last shot at the NBA Title this coming fall. The last thing to be considered was Davis’ lackluster performance during the 2011 NBA Playoffs, where he averaged 4.9 PPG. Definitely a far cry from the 11.7 PPG he posted during the regular season.