Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paul Flannerty Says "Give Bill Russell A Damn Statue"...

Flannery says...
In Boston, we now have statues of three sports figures — Orr, Red Auerbach, and Ted Williams — sprinkled throughout the city. (Williams, oddly, also has a tunnel named after him.) That’s quite a list, actually. But there’s one glaring omission: the one sports star — no disrespect here to Teddy Ballgame or Tom Brady — who left a bigger mark on this city than any other. I’m talking about a guy who won 11 championships in 13 seasons. Whose name has become synonymous with victory, hard work, and shared sacrifice. I’m talking about Bill Russell.

Read the whole article here:

Kevin Garnett Out Only 2 Weeks

Results have came back negative today's MRI. Kevin Garnett has suffered a mild calf strain on his right leg.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Marquis Can Do It All

When The Boston Celtics signed Marquis Daniels two years ago he was billed as a guy who could affect the game in basically every way, and after an injury infested 2009, we were starting to wonder how they came to that conclusion. But this season Marquis is injury free and showing us the goods. The 8th year undrafted guard/forward can run the point, score in the paint, pass out of the post, guard every perimeter position, hit his free throws, and every once in a while he'll show off his athleticism around the rim.

With Rondo out and Nate Robinson's Point-Guard ability questionable at best, Marquis has been asked to play some crucial minutes. Take tonights game for instance, against The Indiana Pacers, his former team, Marquis put out an all around effort, and his presence in the second half turned a double digit deficit into a double digit victory. Here's his statline:

Your not getting too much better than that, and if Marquis can bring this same effort night in and night out he'll be a serious game changer off the bench. Once Rondo comes back Marquis won't be playing as much time at the point, but hopefully The Celtics will still be able to find him touches because he's proven to be a weapon.

Daniels' thoughts on tonights game:

6 Patriots Named To The Pro-Bowl

Tom Brady will be making his 6th pro bowl appearance. Brady is an obvious choice for the Pro-Bowl seeing as in how he's the obvious choice for League MVP. Brady leads the league in touchdowns, passer rating, has the highest scoring offense in the league, and hasn't thrown an interception since mid October. Tom is a starter.

Logan Mankins is selected for the 3rd time. Mankins is widely considered as one of the best guards in the league, it's going to be tough to turn down an extension this off-season. Logan has been also selected as a starter.

Vince Wilfork is in for the third time. Big Vince has 43 tackles and has been one of the MVP's of this young defense, esspecially with his ability to stuff the run. Vince will start at DT for the AFC.

Brandon Meriweather earns his second invitation. Meriweather has 67 total tackles to go with 3 interceptions. Meriweather will once again be a reserve.

Jerod Mayo makes it for the first time. The 3rd year Linebacker leads the NFL with 168 tackles (110 solo), has 2 forced fumbles, and a sack. Jerod will be a reserve.

And rookie CB Devin McCourty will be appearing as reserve as well. McCourty is third on the team with 81 total tackles. He has also recorded six interceptions for 110 yards, one sack, 15 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and 11 special teams tackles. Devin is the 4th Patriot player to be selected to the Pro-Bowl as a rookie, he joins Mike Haynes (1976), John Stephens (1988) and Curtis Martin (1995). McCourty will also be a reserve.

Gronk! Gronk! Gronk!

Back in April when Bill Belichick picked Rob Gronkowski many dismissed him as the next New England Tight-End too fall miserably below expectations. There were also the more positive observers who looked at this as a sign that The Patriots were going to make Tight End a position of more focus. It's easy for me to say that i was in the latter category because of Gronkowski's incredible rookie season, but in all honesty i was pretty confused how anybody could doubt the kid.

Draft Night:

When Gronkowski chanted "Gronk!" over and over with his family he had me excited, when he came out with The Patriots helmet he got me pumped up, and when I went to opening day of training camp all i wanted to see was how Gronk looked catching passes from Tom Brady.

8 months later and Rob has turned in one hell of a rookie campaign. He's played in every game, grabbed 36 receptions for 444 yards, and leads The Patriots in touchdowns with 9, not to mention that there's one game left, and all this was done while sharing time with fellow rookie Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez of course is considered by many to be another extremely promising rookie tight end.

Gronk's 9 TD's is second best for a Rookie Tight End, the only player with more is commonly known as the man who invented the position... Mike Ditka. Now obviously i don't want to get ahead of myself with crazy comparisons, but i was hoping that in a couple of seasons he'd turn into "A Poor Man's Ben Coates". As of right now he's just the favorite Red-Zone Target of The NFL's Most Valuable Player. Needless to say i've set the bar pretty high for Rob Gronkowski.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Law Firm Just 72 Yards Away...

BenJarvus Green-Ellis needs just 72 yards against The Miami Dolphins to have 1,000 on the season. If Benny can do it he'd be the first Patriot do pass the mark since Corey Dillon in 2004.

Other players to pass the mark for New England include Curtis Martin, Jim Nance, Craig James, John Stephens, Antowain Smith, Robert Edwards, Leonard Russell, Tony Collins, and Patriot's All-Time Leading Rusher Sam Cunningham.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Turk Is Back

The Orlando Magic have agreen (in principle) to send Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat, and a 2011 1st Round Pick to The Phoenix Suns. In return Orlando will receive Jason Richardso, Earl Clark and reacquire Hedo Turkoglu. This will be a smart deal for both teams as Orlando can dump Vince Carter and get back Hedo, who was a major part of their team when they made it to The 2009 NBA Finals. The Suns will finally get the center they’ve been looking for, and could probably sell The Phoenix fans to the idea of Vince Carter still be a superstar (the potential of Michael Pietrus will help.)

The Magic are also in talks to send Rashard Lewis to Washington in return for Gilbert Arenas, straight up.

Probable lineups for all three teams:

Orlando: Nelson, Richardson, Turkoglu, Bass, Howard (Arenas 6th man)

Phoenix: Nash, Pietrus, Carter, Warrick, Gortat

Washington: Wall, Young, Lewis, Blatche, McGee

Thursday, December 16, 2010

All Aboard!

The Celtics were in a dogfight early without Rondo, Shaq, Jermaine, and Delonte. But on Thursday night it was more about who was there instead of who wasn’t. Boston had six players score in double digits including double-doubles from Pierce, Garnett and Big Baby. Rookie Semih Erden played his best game as a Celtic with 10 points with some night highlight dunks.

The "KG’s Revenge” storyline continued against Atlanta as Kevin completely dominated. Garnett’s 17 points came on 8-10 shooting, and his 14 rebounds gave him his 13th double double of the season. On the other side of the coin he and Pierce had Josh Smith pulling his hair out. “J-Smoove” had a night to forget, shooting 0-8 from the field, with 1 lonely point from the foul line. Head to head KG is shooing 16-20, Smith is 0-11. It’s safe to say that The Big Ticket is back.

Another story of the night was the early playing time of Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody. Bradley was noticeably nervous as he immediately got stripped and gave Jeff Teague a breakaway dunk. Avery would redeem himself shortly thereafter with a steal leading to a transition basket for Marquis. Luke Harangody on the other hand seemed cool as a cucumber, Heinsohn 2.0 would go 2-4 from the field and fight for an offensive board. It’s clear that once these guys get experience they’ll be a couple pretty good players. Also worth mentioning, Harangody is a 4 year college player nearly 23 years old, Bradley is barely 20.

Pierce on Avery Bradley
We’re trying to get his feet wet at different times especially back to backs, try to get his young legs in there, get him some confidence. He came in there, he’s handling the ball a lot. We’re asking a lot of him. He’s just got to understand the mentality he has to have. Being a bench player, guy who doesn’t play every night, but when he’s called on he’s just got to be ready, not to ease into the games. He’s learning so much. I really like the kid actually because i see how he works. He soaks so much up at practice and you can see him wanting to get better. He’s always asking questions. He’s always in the huddle. Just the little things we can see, we know this kid is going to be a player. It’s all about getting more time and experience.

Pierce wouldn’t be too bad himself tonight posting double digit assists. With Nate’s passing a little bit off in the first half, The Captain would start to take more of a playmaking role. With Pierce handling the ball it seemed to propel Ray Allen coming out of halftime. Pierce is going to show just how valuable he is in the absence of Rondo. The Truth really is one of the greats.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Amare Can Talk It, Pierce Can Walk It.

Paul Pierce drained a step back jumper over Amare Stoudemire with 0.4 seconds left to seal the victory over NY. Pierce led Boston with 32 Points and also chipped in 10 boards. Stoudemire went off tonight as well putting in 39 points including 25 in the first half.

Boston has now won 11 in a row.

Celtic Knick Rivalry?

Only for about 70-77. Think about it, when was the last time New York and Boston were competitive at the same time? Larry Bird and his crew dominated in the 80’s. Then through the retirement of Bird and McHale, and the death of Reggie Lewis, Patrick Ewing would go on a run with New York winning 18 straight of the head to head match ups.

But let’s go back to the 70’s where Boston and New York both captured two NBA titles. With Russell retired The Celtics would fall to the Knicks early in the decade with The Knickerbockers winning it all in ’70 and 73’. But once Havlicek and Cowens got it rolling they’d reclaim the reigns as the leagues top dog.

ESPN is trying to convince you that this rivalry is filled with great match ups between Ewing and Bird. The rivalry is between Havlicek and Frazier, Cowens and Reed, Jo Jo and Earl The Pearl… those are the players in this matchup. The only problem is that those guys were all done playing 30 years ago.

Just for kicks this is probably the most intense point for Celtics/Knicks competitiveness. 1973 Eastern Conference Finals. Boston had one of the best regular seasons in NBA history at 68-14. With John Havlicek nicked up New York knew they had a chance, after all they had won 57 games themselves. The winner of this series would go on to play The Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kevin Garnett 2011 Mix

Garnett has re-emerged as the dominant force he was from 95-08. With his knee injury in the rear view The Big Ticket is taking revenge on all the lesser opponents who took advantage of his injuries. KG is dominant again and so are the Boston Celtics. Like Kevin said all those years ago, "Look out world... here i come."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Emloyee Number 8 Returning To Form

Antoine is starting to show flashes of what made him so exciting all those years ago. Sure he’s a little overweight, sure he’s playing against kids, but he’s starting to get his game back. ‘Toine blocked a shot from about 8 feet out, gathered the loose ball, and began dribbling down the court, he passed to his teammate but the youngster mishandled the pass. With 2 seconds left on the shot clock the ball found it’s way to Antoine for a buzzer-beating three… by the way it was about a 30 foot shot. At the end of the third quarter with the clock winding down, Walker could have jacked up another four pointer, but instead he threaded the needle to get a teammate an easy lay up. And for his last trick he gathered a defensive rebound, turned, fired a three quarter court pass with some nice backspin, his wide open teammate finished with an easy lay in. He might not have been dominant but throughout the game he reminded the fans of what he was, and teased us with the possibility of maybe what he is.

The former Celtic captain finished with a decent statline:

Min: 23
Pts: 13
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
PF: 5
TO: 5
Blk: 1

FG: 5-11
3PT: 1-2
FT: 2-2


Idaho: 119 Utah: 94

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Carl Crawford Headed To Beantown.

Carl Crawford has agreed to a 7 year, 142 Million Dollar contract with the Boston Red Sox. Theo Epstein has seemingly outdone himself with Gonzalez and now Crawford, this offseason has now outdone last year as far expectations go. A lot of fans should be excited about this one. Not to mention Boston is stocking up on a lot of gold glove winners.

Crawford is coming off of a year where he posted an impressive statline that could be a peek of whats to come.

2010: .307 Average, 19 HRs, 90 RBIs, 100 Runs, and 47 Steals.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Could Damon Be The Answer?

Kevin Millar says that Johnny Damon could be a good cheap fit for a one year option in left field.

When asked if Damon would accept The Red Sox invitation, Millar responded:

“I know he would, i spoke to Johnny last night, i’m having dinner with him tonight. I know he would come to the Red Sox, The Rays are another fit for him. [Johnny Damon] turned down Boston last year because he thought Boston was out of the playoffs, and Detroit was 12 games behind at that point. If no ones going to the playoffs there’s too much stuff to go through with your family and moving people around.”

This could be a nice idea, especially since Crawford’s asking price is way beyond his worth. And That’s not just my opinion.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Adrian Gonzalez To The Sox… I Promise

The All-Star first baseman is coming to Boston, but the extension isn’t finalized during the MLB’s window for negotiations, or apparently the extension is completed but not being announced until after opening day. This is being done to avoid paying extra cash via the luxury tax.

Basically i’ve gone through every emotion today, excitement, anger, confusion, sadness, then relief… It’s tough being a Red Sox fan.

In Boston Adrian Gonzalez will use his raw ability, all-star teammates, and the Green Monster to become an MVP Candidate year in and year out. Mark it down.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sturm Still A Bruin.

Health issues have held up the deal that would move Marco to Los Angeles, and Sturm understands why Boston attempted to move him. With Marco’s 3.5 Million still counting against the cap another move could be imminent.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Marco Sturm traded to LA Kings.

With Sturm going to LA for a conditional draft pick, Andrew Ference remains the only player remaining from the Joe Thornton move, and the funny thing is that he wasn’t even a direct return. Even still this move could be considered an intelligent one. Boston has cleared off a player who seems to be constantly injured or recovering from a prior injury, Sturm’s 3.5 Million dollar cap hit will also be flown out to Los Angeles.

Marco Sturm did provide some nice production during his time in Boston, and it wouldn’t shock me a bit to see him score 20+ goals this season.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Big 3: 150-50

Tonight’s game was Pierce, Ray, and KG’s 200 game together. With the win it puts them at 150-50, I’d say that 75% is a pretty good winning percentage.

Celtics Get Down, Then Up, Then Down… Then Win

Paul Pierce set a new season high with 28 Points

The Big Ticket and The Ticket Stub would combine for 33 points on 13-20 shooting

Rajon Rondo would get his 9th Double-Double of the season

Marquis didn’t put up big numbers but definitely played a big game defending Roy for a big stretch in the second half.

The Shaq Attack added 14 points, and put a serious bruising on Portland's front line.

Then with 10 seconds left, after going 2-11 from the field and 0-5 from deep, Ray Allen hit a huge Three-pointer in the faces of Andre Miller and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Game Over.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Antoine Walker: Call It A Comeback

Antoine Walker will be signing with The Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. This will be ‘Toine’s first professional basketball since March when he played in the Puerto Rican League. Antoine put up some decent numbers what didn’t quite look like he was the Walker of old.

After realizing in April that he still has NBA aspirations, Antoine called his former College and NBA coach Rick Pitino to personally work him out. The former Celtic Coach flew the former Celtic Captain down to Louisville and whipped him into shape. In 3 months Antoine worked off 35 pounds and was able to regain some of his game.

Walker is now hoping to get a second shot in the NBA, not only to make money, but to prove that there’s more to his story than lessons learned and punchlines. Antoine has said that he still loves this game and that he has left the game too early. He says that there’s still some game left along with that veteran experience, he could be an asset to a team in Championship Contention.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Celtics Best Toronto In Dunktastic Fashion.

The Celtics started off hot and opened up a 14 point lead in the first quarter. They did it with explosive alley-oops to both Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal. Then after dropping to a 4 point lead they picked it back up by forcing TO’s and converting on the other end.

Rajon Rondo got 14 assists in his first game back, but seemed a little rusty as he was charges with 8 turnovers.

Notes: Paul Pierce played in his 900th Regular Season Game
Kevin Garnett had his 7th double-double of the season.
Ray Allen is now 79 Three Pointers from eclipsing Reggie Miller as the All-Time Champ.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

West Leaves Game With Wrist Injury

Delonte just took a hard fall after a layup in the second quarter, he landed awkwardly on his right wrist. West appeared to be in agonizing pain as he let out a couple grueling screams. No word yet on the injury but it didn’t look to good.

Update: Broken Right Wrist.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Shaq Leads C’s As They Fly Past The Hawks

Boston beats Atlanta 99-76 and it wasn’t even that close. The Celtics came out with a fire in their eyes and led from start to finish as Atlanta appeared to give up 15 seconds in the game. Paul Pierce hit his first shot of the game, and felt love from the away crowd, that basically summed up the mood of the building.

Shaquille O’Neal had 9 points, 9 rebounds in the first half and Al Horford was shaking his head in dismay. Garnett would perform in similar fashion against Josh Smith hitting 8-10 for 17 points. But the bigs didn’t just show up with points, KG and The Black Tommy Heinsohn would help Boston outbound their counterparts 50 to 30. Replacing Rondo, Nate Robinson would have a double double with 16 points and 10 assists. In response Atlanta’s All-Star Guard Joe Johnson would attempt his patented “everyone look out, i’m scoring” play early and often, the only problem is that he hit only 2 shots all night. Every Celtic player from one through ten did their part in building a lead and keeping it. The Hawks just walked into an ambush.

This win may come as a surprise to some, but i really don’t understand how it could. This Boston team has their eyes set on the finish line, and as a result they have a bad habit of underestimating inferior teams. But no one can doubt that when they’re facing a worthy opponent they can show up and show up big. With losses to Cleveland, Toronto, and Oklahoma without Durant some “experts” will make the mistake of saying that this team is old, or that they can’t keep up with athleticism. That’s just not the case.

Rookie Avery Bradley would make his NBA debut in garbage time scoring 2 points with 1 assist, and 1 rebound.

This is a huge win, and an example of how good this team really is when they actually try. The challenge continues as their next two opponents are the lowly Nets and Raptors. Maybe we can get a few more blowouts, but those huge wins don’t come when you walk in with your swagger in full effect, you still have to put in the effort.

Belichick’s Chameleon Style Of Football Shines Yet Again.

Bill Belichick has shown over the years that his team can morph into whatever type of style it takes to defeat the opponent. From week to week you see completely different offensive strategies in order to combat what Bill views as the opponents fatal flaw. It has worked over the past decade, but you can see evidence in just the past two games alone.

In Pittsburg, The Patriots threw all over the Steelers and as a result it opened up the running lanes. Then at home versus The Colts, Tom Brady handed it off to Green-Ellis. Once the Law Firm proved that he could effectively run all over Dwight Freeney and that undersized front, Tom Brady used play action to nullified their All-Pro Pass Rush. And with that pass rush out of the picture (for the most part) Tommy Terrific threw quite effectively against the Colts’ secondary. He was a Julien Edelman drop away from having 3 TD’s.

Let’s see what Bill has up his sleeve for his Thanksgiving match against the lowly Lions.

Celtics’ Afternoon Cruise Turns Into A High Speed Chase.

Boston once again under estimates it’s opponent despite having to play without their All-Star point guard. Nate Robinson would provide plenty of scoring, but the team as a whole appeared to make no effort in the “hustle play” department. All the numbers show a fairly balanced game in every category but Boston was destroyed on the glass, Bargnani scored at will, and Toronto was twice as aggressive attacking the rim. Boston started off with a lead, turned it into a deficit, and then had to battle just to make it close. Another winnable game that was thrown away due to sleepwalking and missed opportunity.

Hopefully some looking in the mirror will help this team out, because turning that defensive switch on when you need it sometimes doesn’t work. The power has been out for the past to games, and if they perform lackadaisical against the Hawks tomorrow it could end up in a blowout.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Celtics Bump Their Collective Head

Without Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, Boston should be looking at a 20 point blowout at home against The Thunder… right?

Looks like Boston has once again underestimated their opponent and thought they could just show up and win it. But as they learned earlier in the year against Cleveland, that’s not the way this league works. After giving the Thunder life in the first half with poor decisions, weak defense, and silly turnovers, Boston had a hard time shutting them down as they proceeded to hit just about everything. Russell Westbrook, who is known as a weak outside shooter, was hitting everything throughout the first three quarters. Even offensively challenged guys like Serge Ibaka and Royal Ivey got hot when it mattered.

In the fourth quarter Boston fought their way back into it. But with injuries to Rondo, missed free throws, and lack of ball movement, they just couldn’t get over the hump. Delonte would miss a wide open three pointer that would’ve sent the game to over-time, but he’s definitely not to blame with this loss.

Doc would go on to say after the game, “ The basketball gods just aren’t going to let you get a win when you approach the game like we did tonight.”

*Kevin Garnett pulled down just 2 rebounds.

*Ray Allen shot just 3 of 9, including 0 for 2 from deep. (8 points)

Rajon Rondo is listed as day to day with his strained left hamstring.

Turning It Up

As strange as it is, most fans will be wishing that New York was as good as they were billed to be. Boston could have a hard time staying aggressive after winning the division by Christmas. Hopefully the Big 10 can sustain that eye of the tiger throughout the whole season. Injuries or not, this team should finish atop The Eastern Conference.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Best Is Yet To Come

Possession by possession breakdown throughout the first three quarters against Pittsburg.

First Possession

1st) 3 Yard Run- Ron Brace TKL
2nd) Incomplete Pass- Tipped at the line by Gary Guyton
3rd) Incomplete Pass- Broken up by Kyle Arrinton
4th) (punt)

Second Possession

1st) 3 Yard Run- Vince Wilfork TKL
2nd) Loss of 3- Jerod Mayo TKL
3rd) 17 Yard completion- James Sanders / Devin McCourty TKL

1st) (Holding)
1st) Incomplete Pass- Bad Throw
2nd) Loss of 10- Garty Guyton SACK
3rd) Loss of 8- Mike Wright/ Shawn Crable SACK
4th) (Punt)

Third Possession

1st) 3 Yard Run- Gary Guyton TKL
2nd) Incomplete Pass- Broken up by Patrick Chung / James Sanders
3rd) 7 Yard Completion- Patrick Chung TKL

1st) 3 Yard Run- Gerard Warren / Jerod Mayo TKL
2nd) 6 Yard Completion- James Sanders /Gary Guyton TKL
3rd) 3 Yard Run- Gary Guyton / Jerod Mayo TKL

1st) Incomplete pass- Devin McCourty Coverage
2nd) Incomplete pass- Devin McCourty Coverage (bad pass)
3rd) Loss of 8- Tully Banta-Cain SACK
4th) (Punt)

Fourth Possession

1st) 2 Yard Pass- Patrick Chung TKL
2nd) 2 Yard Run- Rob Ninkovich TKL
3rd) 16 Yard Scramble- Patrick Chung TKL

1st) 1 Yard Run- Brandon Spikes TKL
2nd) 25 Yard Run- Brandon Meriweather TKL

1st) 19 Yard Pass- Out of bounds

1st) 3 Yard Run- Brandon Spikes TKL
2nd) Incomplete Pass- Broken up by Kyle Arrington / Brandon Meriweather
3rd) False Start Defense- Jermaine Cunningham
3rd) Incomplete Pass- Patrick Chung Coverage
4th) (Field Goal) – 22 Yards

Fifth Possession

1st) 3 Yard Run- Devin McCourty TKL
2nd) Illegal Formation Offense
2nd) Incomplete Pass- Sergio Brown Coverage
3rd) Incomplete Pass- Broken up by Devin McCourty
4th) (Punt)

Sixth Possession (PREVENT DEFENSE)

1st) 13 Yard Pass- Jerod Mayo TKL

1st) Incomplete Pass- Thrown Away
2nd) 30 Yard Pass- Sergio Brown TKL

1st) Incomplete Pass- Jerod Mayo Coverage
2nd) Incomplete Pass- Broken up by Aaron Hernandez


Seventh Possession

1st) 3 Yard Pass- Rob Ninkovich TKL
2nd) Loss of 4- Mike Wright / Jerod Mayo TKL (Patrick Chung Blitz Pressure)
3rd) Loss of 9- Mike Wright SACK
4th) (Punt)

Eighth Possession

1st) 4 Yard Run- Brandon Meriweather TKL
2nd) 7 Yard Run- Devin McCourty TKL

1st) 10 Yard Pass- Devin McCourty / Jerod Mayo TKL

1st) Defensive Pass Interference (35 Yards) – Brandon Meriweather

1st) 2 Yard Run- Devin McCourty TKL
2nd) Incomplete Pass- Gary Guyton Coverage
3rd) Incomplete Pass- Kyle Arrington Coverage (Bad Pass)
4th) (Missed Field Goal)- 26 Yards

Ninth Possession (Spread Offense from this point forward)

1st) Incomplete Pass- Thrown away
2nd) 20 Yard Pass- Brandon Meriweather TKL

1st) 6 Yard Pass- Patrick Chung TKL
2nd) 10 Yard Pass- Devin McCourty on the force out.

1st) 10 Yard Pass- Devin McCourty TKL

1st) Offsetting Hold Penalties

1st) 18 Yard Pass- Devin McCourty TKL

1st) 16 Yard TOUCHDOWN pass (Score is 23-10 Patriots in the 4th Quarter)

Tenth Possession

1st) 11 Yard Pass- Kyle Arrington force out

1st) Interception Return for TD- Patrick Chung deflection / James Sanders INT

Monday, November 15, 2010

Delonte West-Welcome Back-

Gronk Bounces Back, Pats Bring The Pain.

After a horrific afternoon last week in Cleveland, Rob Gronkowski came into Pittsburg and put on a show. Rob had 5 grabs for 72 yards and 3 TD’s. The Polish Hammer now leads the team in Touchdowns with 6, Welker and Moss have 3 each.

The Patriots successfully protected Tom Brady as the offense ran on all cylinders. Tom was sacked zero times as he put up his best game of the year throwing 30-43 with 350 yards, 3 passing TD’s, and a rushing TD. Ben-Jarvis Green Ellis also successfully ran late against this famed Steeler Defense, Law Firm posted 87 yards on 18 carries.

The Patriots Defense on the other hand were all over Big Ben with 5 sacks on the night, including 2 from Tully Banta-Cain. And if Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t such a house they could have had even more. Also, don’t be fooled by the stats for Pittsburg. The Steelers were throwing against a prevent defense from late 3rd Quarter on, The Patriots dominated this game in every way possible.

*Pat Chung would leave in the 4th Quarter but only after playing another huge game. Pat had 10 tackles, along with some huge hits leading to interceptions and fumbles. Chung’s knee seemed to be acting up throughout the game, but ultimately would keep fighting through it to help his team win.

*James Sanders score on a 32-yard interception return, pass was initially broken up by Chung.

*Wes Welker seemed to be almost back to normal with 8 catches for 89 yards.

*Deion Branch also seemed to be in Championship form with 7 receptions for 71 yards.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

How Important Is Patrick Chung?

After missing two straight games due to a knee injury, Patrick Chung is still second on the team for individual tackles with 33. The second year safety trails only middle linebacker Jerod Mayo, who is also the NFL Leader with 65 solo’s and 30 assists. Just for conversation’s sake let’s compare Pat’s numbers with some of the elite NFL Safeties:

Player A: 32 Tackles, 12 Assists, 2 INTs, 0 Forced Fumbles, 2 Passes Def.

Player B: 22 Tackles, 4 Assists, 1 INT, 4 Forced Fumbles

Player C: 39 Tackles, 15 Assists, 0 INTs, 0 Forced Fumbles, 3 Passes Def.

Player D: 37 Tackles, 7 Assists, 1 INT, 0 Forced Fumbles, 2 Passes Def.

Player E: 33 Tackles, 14 Assists, 2 INTs, 0 Forced Fumbles, 2 Passes Def.

A: Polamalu
B: Roman Harper
C: Antoine Bethea
D: Antrel Rolle
E: Pat Chung (has played in 2 less games than the other four players)

Chung can tackle like a linebacker, run like a receiver, can cover like a corner, and is a special teams superstar, he’s a Bill Belichick guy. Despite the fact that he is in only his second year, he is undoubtedly a leader on this defense, the prototypical “Anti-Meriweather”, Chung talks with his performance, makes the smart plays, and can make huge hits without moving the chains for the other team. Start getting used to seeing 25 flying around the field because, along with Mayo, Spikes, and McCourty, he’s going to be here for a while.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

He STILL Got Game.

Ray Allen scored his age tonight putting in 35 points, including 7-9 from beyond the arc. At one point Reggie Miller stated, “I’m just going to go over to the Celtics’ bench right now and give him my record.”

By the way the MVP-Caliber SG he was guarding went 2-12 with 6 turnovers. Just saying’

(PS Ray is 92 away from being the All-Time 3 point champion)

Glen Davis is Leading the Charge.

Very nice video by my friend MrTripleDouble10

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hey Ray, Your Almost by Him.

Ray Allen now has 2,466 Three-Pointers Made. That’s 94 shy of Reggie Miller.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How Paul Pierce Became My Favorite Celtic Ever.

We all know the story by now. How the highly regarded Kansas Jayhawk dropped from the top 5 because of drafting for position, player promises, and that old luck of the irish. In head coach/GM Rick Pitino’s four years as Don of The Boston Celtics many would say he only made one good decision, and it couldn’t have been a tough one. Immediately after The 1998 NBA Draft reports were flying out that Boston caught the steal of the draft. Boston was buzzing.

Michael Holly reported:

"Lester Conner, the Celtics' newest assistant coach, had raved about Pierce to Pitino. He told the coach he and Magic Johnson -- who works out with Pierce in Los Angeles -- always said Pierce would be an All-Star. They said Michael Olowokandi, who was taken first by the Clippers, would be a fine pro. But Pierce wouldn't be far behind.”

On February 5th, 1999 --after four months lost to the lockout-- Paul Pierce made his grand debut in Boston. He scored 19 points on 7 for 14 shooting, including 2 for 4 from long distance. The rookie would stuff the line with 9 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. But despite the 21 Year-Old’s effort, Boston was embarrassed in a 11 point loss that was worse than the score would indicate. Vince Carter and The Raptors obliterated Boston on the boards 54 to 27. "I waited seven months for this season to start and I never thought it would get here,” said Pierce "I wish things were a little different, but it is only one game and there are 49 to go.”

Paul’s biggest game as a rookie would come nearly 3 months later. With Antoine Walker out, the rookie led Boston to a victory over the heavily favored Miami Heat. Pierce would lead all scorers with 31 points along with 3 blocks, 2 assists, and 5 boards. Despite being a sub. 500 squad for the year, the Celtics were 3-0 against The Miami Heat. Pat Riley’s team was known for it’s defense, and it’s defense was very good. Out of the 50 games played that year Miami had allowed over 100 points just five times, the top two of those came from Boston. The Celtics weren’t a playoff team, but the seeds were being planted.

After failing to make The Playoffs for the next 2 seasons, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics were starting to make some serious noise, and it was being noticed. Both Pierce and teammate Antoine Walker were selected as 2002 NBA All-Stars --an honor that Celtic Coach Jim O’Brien felt was deserved one year earlier-- nevertheless Paul was very pleased to be with considered among the NBA’s elite. "This is a place where I feel I belong,” Pierce said while addressing the media, “I hope this is just the first of many.”

On May 3rd, 2002 Paul Pierce would lead The Boston Celtics to the first playoff series victory since Larry Bird’s clutch comeback against the Pacers in ’91. Pierce would absolute destroy Allen Iverson and the 76ers to the tune of 46 points on 16 of 25 shooting, including a dazzling 8 of 10 from deep. The Celtics would go on to beat the Detroit Pistons in 5 before losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to Jason Kidd and The Nets. Despite not making The Finals, Boston had made it well beyond expectations. It was clear that Paul Pierce had grown into a superstar, and the 2002 NBA Playoffs cemented it.

Expectations were high going into the 2002 regular season, perhaps a little too high. Despite the presence of All-Stars Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker, Boston lost key veteran contributors like Rodney Rogers, Kenny Anderson, and Erick Strickland. With no real additions O’Brien was forced to spread minutes between a much weaker bench. The 02-03 Celtics were a much slower paced team than the year before, they also shot more three’s at a lesser percentage, simply put Boston just didn’t have the scoring to compete in the Playoffs against New Jersey. They were swept in the second round.

After a first round defeat in 2004, Doc Rivers was called in as Boston’s new head coach. The 04-05 season would see big changes made in Boston’s core. Rookies Al Jefferson and Tony Allen would see minutes along with veteran additions Gary Payton and Raef Lafrentz. Ricky Davis would finally find a home in Boston as he finished as one of the league’s top 6th men. But The Boston Celtics would still ride the back of their captain as Pierce would score 20 or more in 50 games that season, he’d finish with 17 double-doubles, and 2 triple doubles. General Manager Danny Ainge would re-acquire Antoine Walker at the trade deadline in an effort reload for the playoffs. But despite the addition of 3 time All-Star, Boston went on to lose in game 7 at home versus Indiana. The Pacers blew out Boston holding them to 39 percent shooting, It would be Antoine Walker’s last game as a Celtic.

Two years of disappointment would go by for Pierce and The Celtics. The combination of injuries and lack of experience would equal out to 57 wins over 2 seasons, Paul Pierce was starting to get sick of losing. After failing to get the #1 overall pick in 2007 the city of Boston was beginning to lose hope with it’s legendary franchise, but after a couple draft day trades Danny Ainge turned around the Celtics fortunes. Boston was buzzing again. The arrival of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett turned the Celtics into an instant contender, and Paul Pierce couldn’t have been happier.

The 2007 Celtics would complete the best turnaround in NBA history, going from 22 wins to 66 gave them the league’s best record. Paul Pierce was happy again, and despite sharing the rock, he still right at 20 points per game. In February ’08 The Celtics sent three players to the All-Star Game for the first time since Bird, McHale, and Parish in 1991. But the real fun would start in the playoffs.

On May 18th Paul Pierce would reintroduce his dominance to the NBA Playoffs. It’s game 7, in Boston, with one of the games best scorers lining up against him. Unlike Iverson’s 76ers six years prior, Lebron would compete. Paul and James would match each other shot for shot and it was close down the stretch, but with Pierce at the line late in the fourth quarter he’d clinch the game and his 2nd trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After defeating Detroit, Pierce would finally make it to The NBA Finals. Facing the team he grew up loving, Paul would unleash his fury upon Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Averaging 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists per game, he would lead Boston to victory in only 6 games, including a comeback win from 24 points down. Following the 131-92 game 6 massacre, Paul Pierce would be name MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals. In his speech he would appear extremely emotional, shouting out to the city of Boston for sticking with him through all the hard times, “10 long years, blood, sweat, and tears!”

Over the past 3 seasons Boston has continued to be ranked as one of the leagues major contenders. With Paul’s 20,000th point on Wednesday night he would prove what was already known by most, The Truth is one of the greatest players in The Boston Celtics storied history. At 33 years old Pierce appears to be in the best shape in years, and with Rajon Rondo breaking assist records he’s getting more open looks than he’s ever seen. In all likelihood Paul will be selected to his 9th All-Star selection, and as he said back in ’02, that’s a place where he feels he belongs.

If all goes according to plan Paul Pierce will retire his #34 jersey in 2014. By that time he should be somewhere around 25,000 points, putting him as one of the league’s top 15 scorers… not bad for a kid that barely got picked in the top 10 of his draft.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kevin Garnett responds to Charlie V.

Said Garnett to Villanueva,

“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball."

Rajon Rondo - 2010 Playoffs (HD)

KG Disrespects Villanueva, Calls Him “Cancer Patient"

KG has been known to talk more trash than anyone, but is this a little too far?

Via Charlie V’s Twitter:

Maybe he’s gone a little too far, and perhaps Charlie deserves an apology. But isn’t this the stuff that we’re not supposed to hear? Does anyone really think that Garnett is the only player who crosses the line? No players have ever made a joke about Glen Davis’ weight? Nobody dropped a line to Tony Parker about his wife? Not a single player has brought up Kobe’s bogus rape accusations? I’m not condoning what KG supposedly said, but maybe Charlie Villanueva is opening up a can of worms… what if all our favorite players are really just grown up bullies?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oh Captain, My Captain

Paul Pierce is 23 points away from 20,000 for his career. Heres a nice little mix for The Truth. Go get ‘em tomorrow.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!


J. STOCKTON, 1989-90

In 89-90 Stockton ended up averaging 14.5 assists per game. If Rondo can keep this up it would be phenomenal. But Rondo has to limit the turnovers, and he knows this. “I probably played the worst half of basketball i’ve played since being a Celtic…”, said Rondo on the turnovers. Rajon sometimes needs to be more aggressive with scoring the basketball, there are times when the defense plays him to pass and he still tries to dump it off. But on a night like this beggars can’t be choosers. 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 24 assists, that’s not the type of stat-line you can expect every night… but it sure is the type of stat-line he’s aiming for.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It’s a Trap!

Well it’s safe to say that The 2011 Boston Celtics are still a work in progress. After an excellent showing at home against Miami, Boston walked into an ambush in Cleveland. The Cavaliers, lead by 21-year-old forward J.J. Hickson, looked anything but intimidated against Boston.

After going blow for blow through the first quarter, Boston seemed to be taking control halfway through the second. But Cleveland continued to make the hustle plays, grab the tough rebounds, and convert the second chance baskets. It’s clear that these guys were done crying about the loss of their former King.

Now let’s get to Boston. It seemed as if The Celtics were almost always out of position. The O’Neal Twins were consistently late on rotations, everyone outside of KG seemed uninspired when boxing out, and the second quarter was the place to be for scorers missing bunnies.

All that being said, the game was tied with three minutes remaining. The Boston Three Party were held to just 2 points in the 4th quarter after pitching in 16 just one-night prior. This game came down to which team could make the big play in the end. Hindsight suggests that Anthony Parker’s quick 3-pointer was just that type of play. Give Cleveland credit, they earned this one.

(Despite the loss, there were a couple bright spots as far as Boston is concerned.)

1. Glen Davis appears to be the real deal. Glen is scoring efficiently from all over, and then continuing to make shots even in crunch time. Davis has also gained a reputation for being on of the best at drawing charges. If he keeps it up Davis might be able to find himself in 6th Man of The Year discussions.

2. Kevin Garnett grabbed 15 rebounds. This is the most he’s grabbed since January of 2009. Only one of them was on the offensive glass but it’s still a sight for sore eyes. Once his offense gets back into the flow The Big Ticket will be in full effect.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

That Nifty Number Nine

On a night full of Big Threes, it was a fifth year point guard who made the biggest impact. Rondo once again played his roll of “puppet master” to absolute perfection. His mark of 17 assists was two more than Miami’s entire team, and absolutely obliterated Lebron’s total of 3. It’s not often that a player scores 4 points and is so clearly dominating the game.

Due to his pedestrian outside shot and low scoring numbers, Rajon hardly ever is recognized as the games best point guard, but don’t let the skeptics fool you. Like Jason Kidd and John Stockton before him, Rondo is the type of player who would easily choose 20 assists over 20 points. He gives the game what it needs, if you need a big rebound to seal the game, or a clutch steal to ensure victory, he’s the type of guy that miraculously comes up with the play. In a starting lineup that features four 1st Ballot Hall of Famers, isn’t that the type of guy you want distributing the rock?

This season look for Rajon to break The Boston Celtic assist record that he set just last year. Rondo will also earn his second All-Star selection, as his reputation throughout the NBA is rock solid.

18-year veteran Shaquille O’Neal has quoted the late great coach John Wooden when describing Rajon, “the definition of a great player is one who makes the players around him better, Rajon does that”, said Shaq. And it’s not only Rondo’s teammates who have expressed their feelings on the subject. Hall of Famers Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, and even Magic Johnson have praised the 24-year-old All-Star. Some of which have even set aside his place in the Hall right there next to them. Needless to say… we obviously have something special on our hands.

Rajon Rondo and the Super Celtics continue their quest for Banner 18 tonight against the Cavaliers. Let’s just see how heated that Cleveland-Boston rivalry is after The King’s big decision.