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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 Tweets of Interest: Jeff Green Prays For Rich Peverley; Kelly Olynyk Enjoys St. Patrick’s Day

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The fans of Boston sports are enjoying a bountiful of riches. Currently, the Bruins are on a 10-game winning streak. The New England Patriots are reloading for another championship run with the signings of All-Pro cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner as well as wide receivers Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell. The Red Sox are preparing to defend their 2013 World Series championship. Then there are the Celtics.

At this point, Celtics’ fans are eagerly anticipating the NBA Lottery in May. Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck recently said,”there will be fireworks” in the off-season. Certainly, there will be fireworks on the Fourth of July, but there are many questions on how the Celtics proceed during this upcoming summer.

Jerryd Bayless, Avery Bradley, and Kris Humphries will become free agents. Bradley will be a restricted free agent, which means the Celtics have the opportunity to match any offer from another team. The biggest uncertainties will be whether the Celtics move point guard Rajon Rondo, who has a year left on his contract after the 2013-’14 season. Rondo stated that he is willing to test the market. Will Danny Ainge ship Rondo to another team or will the two sides come together on an agreement? Every player on the roster, including Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, could be used as trade chips. There are many high-caliber players entering the last year of their deals in 2014-’15, especially power forward Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving. The Celtics will have the room both financially and roster openings to bring these stars to Boston. It already happened in 2007 when the Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.

The Celtics also potentially have 10 first-round picks over the next five years. This year’s draft class is loaded with prospects such as Duke’s Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. The Celtics own the sixth worst record in the NBA. The Celtics could hold onto these selections and rebuild with a young roster like the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

We do not know whether “fireworks” will explode in the Celtics organization, but the summer of 2014 will play a big role in the Celtics future.

Here are the tweets:

This was a scary incident that affected every sports fan, especially Boston fans. Peverley was a key player for the Bruins 2010-’11 Stanley Cup championship and Peverley nearly helped the Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. On July 4th, the Bruins traded Peverley and Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. Peverley’s collapse had an effect on Green because Green was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. The Celtics’ forward was forced to miss the 2011-’12 lockout-shortened season while he underwent surgery. While Green was able to come back to the court, it is unknown whether Peverley will be back on the ice. If Peverley is able to play again, he will have a huge fan in Green.

Olynyk wished his followers a Happy St. Patrick’s Day on Monday. The Celtics wore special uniforms this weekend for the occasion. They wore green-sleeved jerseys for three games during the weekend. The shirt had gold trim around the neck. Also, the team name on the front of the jersey and the players’ numbers were written in gold. While the players’ last name and the shamrock logo on the back of the shirt were designed in white. Meanwhile the shorts were green with gold on the sides and the shamrock logo was within the gold coloring. These jerseys were worn in recognition of the 1946-’47 team who wore similar-style uniforms.

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: Five Things To Watch For Down The Stretch (VIDEO)

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Tommy Heinsohn ponders about who the next Bill Russell could be

In what has been a dreary season for “green teamers” and bandwagon fans alike, the Boston Celtics are in line to make some interesting moves during the offseason, including their own lottery pick which should at least be in the top seven of a highly touted draft. Here are five interesting subplots for the current roster to keep track of as the season winds down:

1. Assessing Chris Johnson, Phil Pressey, and Chris Babb

One of the few good things about losing is that it allows the flexibility to give unknown players with ability and a desire to succeed a chance to get minutes at the NBA level. While it would be relatively shocking to see all three back next season, their contracts are flexible enough to package into deals or keep at the end of the bench. Pressey, the diminutive point guard from Missouri, has enjoyed his fair share of ups and downs. If he’s able to develop a consistent jump shot, Pressey could become a valuable back up point guard. Both relative unknowns, Johnson was signed to a 10 day contract after the Celtics traded away Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks, and was eventually signed for the remainder of the season. Johnson’s value rests in his three point shot. After playing for the Celtics farm club team – the Maine Red Claws – Babb was called up when Gerald Wallace went down with a season ending injury. Already possessed with an NBA ready body, Babb’s statistics may not pop out at you, but he has shown a clear physical gift in bodying up with opposing wing players. During summer league action, Babb was one of the few players to stand out.



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2. Getting Rondo Back up to Speed

Despite what you may think of the newly minted captain, it behooves Rondo supporters and detractors alike for him to get back to playing at the elite level we’re accustomed to seeing. Coming off of a serious ACL injury, it was only natural to see Rondo get acclimated to playing at game speed again. After 17 games played, the eye test tells us that he is still not at his normal speed, but the quirky skills that set him apart from every other point guard are starting to reappear. In the three games played in March he is nearly averaging a triple double, with 15 ppg, 6 rpg, and 9 apg. He has also shockingly somehow surpassed his career season best in three pointers with 20.

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Celtics Tweets of Interest: Celtics Honor Louis Corbett; Jared Sullinger Celebrates Birthday

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Through the majority of the 2013-’14 season, the Boston Celtics played close games only to wither at the end due to a lack of talent. This week, the Celtics showed two different traits in home losses to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

The Pacers and Warriors are among the NBA’s elite teams so nobody expected the Celtics to win these games. On Saturday, the Celtics gave their fans something to cheer about when they took a 78-76 lead into the fourth quarter. In the 108-88 defeat to the Warriors, the only applause from the fans came when a man who resembled deceased rapper, Tupac Shakur,  was shown on the Jumbotron. Later in the fourth quarter, there was a chant for former Celtic and current Warriors assistant coach, Brian Scalabrine.

During the 102-97 loss to the Pacers, the Celtics placed six players in double figures in points. Kris Humphries brought the crowd to their feet late in the third quarter with some hustle plays. Meanwhile, the Warriors scored 58 points in the paint, the Celtics committed 22 turnovers, and they never showed any fight.

With 21 games left in the season, the Celtics are not going to make a surprising run into the playoffs. Fans understand this team is not good enough to make a run and they would not rather the organization be stuck in mediocrity. This is a transition season, but these players must compete for their next contracts. These players must display their talents within the framework of the team to showcase themselves to the Celtics as well as the other franchises in the league. There cannot be any more nights like Wednesday when the team showed a lack of interest and effort.

These next six weeks are basically like tryouts for the players on the Celtics. The players will decide whether they want to be professionals in a trying situation or they can play out the string in embarrassing fashion like they did not Wednesday night.

Here are a couple of tweets:

This is a nice story with the Celtics able to grant this 12-year-old his “wish list” of viewing a Celtics game at TD Garden. Louis Corbett has a rare eye disease that will cause him to become blind. Corbett (who hails from New Zealand) was able to meet the team in the locker room before the Celtics played against the Warriors, including captain Rajon Rondo. The team honored Corbett at halfcourt during a break in the game. After PA announcer, Eddie Palladino, told the story of Corbett, the boy received a standing ovation from the crowd. According to Jay King of Masslive.com, the credit goes to Red’s Army bloggers Jay Oullette and John Karalis for bringing Corbett’s story to Corrine Grousbeck, who is the wife of a Celtics co-owner. Unfortunately, the Celtics did not play well in front of Corbett.

Celtics forward Jared Sullinger celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday. Sullinger overcame back surgery last year and an arrest for assault charge against his then-girlfriend, Deann Smith, in September. The second-year player is showing promise as an undersized forward with his ability to rebound, especially on the offensive end. Sullinger played in the Rookie-Sophomore game during All-Star Weekend on February 14th. The 6-foot-9-inch forward is averaging 13.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds. Since the Celtics are in the midst of a five-game home-stand and did not have a game on Tuesday, Sullinger was able to celebrate his birthday without any repercussions for missing a team flight.

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