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.

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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.