Old friend Kendrick Perkins gets posterized by Blake Griffin.
Old friend Kendrick Perkins gets posterized by Blake Griffin.
I didn’t see this coming. last night, the Celtics faced off against the Orlando Magic at the Garden. This was the latter of a back the back the Celts had to endure. With Ray Ray and Rondo out, and Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic starting in their place, it looks as though the C’s were in for a beat down. Then something weird happened. Avery Bradley put full court pressure on Jameer Nelson from the tip off, and completely threw the Magic offense out of sync. The rest of the Celtics followed Bradley’s lead, and really worked hard to put the clamps on the Magic shooters. It got really bad for Orlando. Here are some of their pathetic team stats from the game.
56 points scored – 24.6% FG% – 4-16 From Three – a whopping 20 second half points – 23 turnovers
That is awful. Old friend Glen Davis, Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson were a combined 6-32 from the field. The undermanned Celtics imposed their defensive will on the Magic and made them look more like a D league team, than a contender in the eastern conference. Continue reading
It was a good day to be a Boston Sports fan this past Sunday. The Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics were all in action. The Patriots hosted the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Celtics played at Washington against the Wiz, and the Boston Bruins faced off in Philly against the hated Flyers. None of the games disappointed or lacked for action and Boston’s three teams all came out on top.
The Patriots won a heart attack special against the Baltimore Ravens. It came down to the last 30 seconds of the game. Baltimore had 2nd down and 1,with the ball deep in Patriots territory, chasing 3 to tie and a TD to win. This is where things got crazy. Sterling Moore, who started the season playing with the Oakland Radiers(I bet Al Davis is in a cryogenic freezer next to Ted Williams), was cut and signed to the Patriots practice squad. and then starred in the AFC Championship game. with 22 seconds left, he knocked a pass out of Lee Evans grips as he was hauling in the game winning touchdown. The play was amazing. I thought Evans had the touchdown catch locked up, but Moore’s hand, with the help of Myra Kraft from heaven, knocked the ball to the ground and kept the Pats Superbowl hopes alive. On the next play he made a great play on a Flacco pass to Dennis Pitta on around the 2 yard line. This lead to, Billy ‘Wide Left’ Cundiff, missing a 32 yard chip shot wide left, with the help of Myra Kraft from heaven. Thanks again Myra, we needed that. The Patriots took a knee, and the celebration began. Brady didn’t have a good game, but he played well enough to win. That is good enough in my book. Bring on the Giants!
The Bruins and Flyers hate each other. I have hated Philly for as long as I can remember, and LOVE beating them, especially in their house. On Sunday, we took them down in the shoot-out, with Tyler Seguin scoring the game winning goal. The final score was 6-5, which is a little to high scoring for my liking. The good news is, if this was last year, we probably lose that game 5-2 because our offense didn’t have the same punch this years squad has exhibited. The Bruins are 31-13-2, good for 64 points and a first place tie in the conference with the Rangers. The next game for the Bruins is Tuesday night against the streaking Ottawa Senators(60 points, second in northeast division).
The fact that the Boston sports fans are talking about “blowing up the Celtics” makes me ill. You know what I think we should blow up? I think we should shove a grenade up Danny Ainge’s ass and throw him into the Mystic River. What is this? Rhode Island blasphemy? Nope, let’s look at Ainge’s career as the Boston GM.
Ainge took over as the Celtics GM in 2003. The first thing he did was sign Jim O’Brien to an extension through the 2005-2006 season. Then he traded Darius Songalia for two second round picks. Not bad right? Then he spun a deal with the Grizzlies on draft night to pick up Kendrick Perkins and Marcus Banks. We all know what what Perk turned into, six years later.. but he was a project. Right away we see a disturbing trend with Ainge. He likes to pick guys that would be projects rather than guys that can come and help right away. Perk was 18 years-old, skinny, and “raw.” He also resigned some bum vets like Walter McCarty, Mark Blount, Brandon Hunter, and Mike James. He also spun a trade with the Cavs for Jumaine Jones. Yikes. Three months later he traded Delk and Twan Walker for Jiri Welsch, Chris Mills, and Raef LaFrentz. We all know how that worked out. He also extended the contract of Kedrick Brown. To top the year off he traded Brown, Tony Battie, and Erick Williams to Cleveland for Ricky Davis and two other bums. He finished the 2003-2004 season by putting us through the Vin Baker saga, firing Jim O’Brien and his interim replacement.
The Celtics have started the 2011-2012 strike shortened season with an underwhelming 4-8 record. Not only is their record underwhelming, they look old on the court. KG and Jermaine O’Neal seem to be inept in the paint on offense. Pierce’s heel injury has set him back longer than we all thought. He has had some good games of late, but he isn’t even close to championship form. Games on back to back nights are nightmares for old teams. The Celtics are basically penciled in for a loss on the second half of back to backs. With games three days in a row at some points, I’m starting to wonder if this Celtic team will even make the playoffs.
All of this begs the question, is it time for Danny Ainge to blow this thing up. The first big three went to shit with the Celtics, and we ended up suffering for years afterwards to build a contender. With the free agent landscape keeping the top free agents out of Boston next season, we may need to trade away the big three, and start building for the future with Rondo as the teams Centerpiece.
Pierce is the most attractive player of the aging big three. He is the youngest, and still the most talented. He could be the key piece to a contending squads run at the title. With 2 years and 32 million left on his deal, Pierce is somewhat affordable. Allen and KG are in the last year of their respective deals. I don’t think KG is going anywhere. His skills have diminished and he is no longer worth being paid as a maximum level player. His deal is probably to big to move. Allen’s deal is a lot more cap friendly. His leadership and his three point shooting ability would help any teams playoff run. I’d take high first round picks and young promising players for either guy.
The Celtics need to make some moves, and they need to make them this year. They are old and aren’t a championship contender. They may work their way back to .500 and get one of the final playoff spots, but it will just be depressing watching them get spanked by a team like Indiana in the first round of the playoffs. Trade Paul, Trade Ray, Trade KG, and build for the future. It is a sad day in Boston, but one that we knew was coming when we signed KG to that 5 year deal.