Posted on: December 30, 2008 3:29 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 3:30 am
Well, last week was some what of a down week for the Celtics going 2-2. The Celtics will look to rebound this week and improve there NBA best 28-4 record. They Celtics play three games this week vs Portland, Washington and New York. The Celtics should be able to win all three if they stayed focused and don't have jet lag flying back to the East Coast. Let's break down the Week.
December 30th at 10:00 PM ET
Celtics vs Trail Blazers
The Celtics will take on the Portland Trail Blazers up in Portland later tonight. I think this will end up being the toughest test for the Celtics and the most entertaining game of the week. I have a good feeling the Celtics will have no trouble taking care of the Knicks or Wizards but the Trail Blazers are 19-12 and been having a great season. The Celtics will need to be able to slow down Brandon Roy who is the Blazers leading scorer at 23 points a game. The Celtics should be ready as it wasn't a long bus ride or plane flight away from Sacramento and they had an off day on Monday. I think the Celtics take care of the Blazers and win 104-96.
Friday January 2nd at 7:30 PM ET
Celtics vs Wizards
This is the second game of the week for the Celtics and probably the least entertaining and an easy win for the Celtics. I don't see the 6-23 Wizards to be much of a challenge for the Celtics, in Boston. I picked the Wizards to play a tight game with the Celtics they last time they played in D.C. and they got killed 122-88 and I see this game about the same. The Wizards in my mind are a surprise to be this bad. I never saw them at 6-23, ever with Arenas down. I think the Celtics win 124-91.
Sunday January 4th at 6:00 PM ET
Celtics vs Knicks
The Celtics end the week with a pretty good game with the Knicks in MSG. I also enjoy to watch the Celtics play in New York and this should be another fun game. The Celtics should also pick up another win and end the week at 3-0. The Knicks are having a pretty bad season at 11-18 and last in the Atlantic Division. Mike D'Antoni doesn't seem to have his team on the right track right now as they have lost 6 games in a row. I see the Celtics winning 114-96.
Posted on: December 25, 2008 6:01 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:44 am
I've seen some great debate over this topic over the boards and figured I'd explain my view on it. Rajon Rondo has been having a nice season, but as a Celtic fan I think it's time to look at him as an All Star Point Guard. His numbers haven't been amazing but he makes the Celtics offense run and that is what a Point Guard does, right? Rondo get's other players involved and runs the Celtics offense. Rondo has done a great job of not being a shoot first Point Guard. He understands his role and doesn't try to do too much and I think that's what makes him a great Point Guard for the Celtics. In my mind if Rondo wanted too, he could scored 15-20 a night to go along with 6-7 assists and I wouldn't be writing this right now because most everyone would agree he's an all start if he's putting up better offensive numbers. I know Rondo has the offensive ability to score the ball, watching him night in and night out but he doesn't look for his own offense as much as people probably think. Rondo is 4th on the Celtics in scoring averaging 11.6 points per game. Now when you see that your not thinking all star point guard are you? Then you see he leads the Celtics in assists per game with 7.4, now are you starting to think more of an all star point guard? Probably not, 12 points and 7 assists a game isn't exactly MVP material but he's a true point guard. Rondo has the speed and ability to drive by most if not every point guard in the league, he's very quick and athletic and you do see him make moves at the basket, but not as much as he could or maybe should. As Garnett said, Rondo puts some english on the ball to put it in, he's very creative in the ways he scores the basketball. You can't really compare his game to anyones in the NBA or if you know someone that plays a lot like Rondo, please let me know because I can't think of anyone with Rondo's type of game or way of scoring. A lot of people probably don't think Rondo is an all star because he can't shoot the ball. Honestly your right. Rondo doesn't have much of a mid range game and can not shoot the 3 ball. He's only made 4, 3 pointers all season. To think what the average amount for an NBA point guard is, that's very low. Gabe Pruitt has made more 3's, non Celtic fans must being saying Gabe who? That shows the amount of 3's Rondo has made this year. He of course has only shot 14 of them, so he's not encouraged to step back and shoot the ball. All of these questions lead to my point. Is Rondo an all start? The offensive numbers say no, I can't lie. 12 points and 7 assists per game isn't going to get you into too much all start games, but I think this year Rondo has a small chance of making the team. I think many of the coaches and players of the NBA are seeing what Rondo can do on the floor, which should help him, if he makes the team. The Fans vote of course, doesn't help Rondo at all. Another number that could help Rondo out, again with the coaches and players is the turnovers per game. He only turns the ball over 2.2 times a game. That's pretty decent according to how many times he has the ball in his hands every game. That number is less then Paul Pierce who has 82 and Leon Powe who has 71. Devin Harris who most think will start at point guard for the East has 63 turnovers, which is 2 less then Rondos 65, so Rondo does handle the ball well. The bottom line is Rondo deserves to be on the all start team. Yes, his numbers aren't amazing, we all know that but when your the point guard for a team that's 27-2, the best start in the history of the NBA and on a 19 game winning streak you can't argue that your playing pretty good. Devin Harris who again seems to be the favorite to start at point guard for the East does score more points then Rondo, but Rondo is beating him in rebounds and assists. Rondo averages 5.0 rebounds a game and 7.4 assists a game. Harris averages 3.3 rebounds a game and 6.8 assists. These stats are pretty important in my book, as Rondo does it all. He's close to double figures in rebounds on many different nights and is all over the court. I also think Rondo plays much better defense then Harris. Rondo has 69 steals on the season, which is 2.4 a game. Devin Harris only has 37 steals, which is 1.5 a game. You can make your case for having Rondo in or out of the all star game, but I think he deserves to be in.
Posted on: December 24, 2008 5:54 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 1:00 am
What a game we have on Christmas Day! Does it get any better then Celtics vs Lakers on Christmas Day? I don't think so. The NBA couldn't have set it up more perfect and I can't wait! It's gonna be one of the best, if not the best game of the regular season. The game will be played in LA, so that does help the Lakers in a way, but the Celtics have won 19 games in a row, so it even out. Let's break down the match up.
Posted on: December 24, 2008 4:13 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:50 am
Hey guys, sorry I didn't post a preview for this game but I was busy with other things. Anyways, what a game for the Celtics. That's now 19 in a row after the 110-91 beating of the 76ers. The Celtics are now 27-2, the best start in the long history of the NBA. What an amazing start to the season. Can the Celtics be stopped? As of right now it doesn't look like it, but I'm guessing the Lakers will have a great chance of ending the Celtics glory run on Christmas Day. Will have to wait and see. Anyways, let's break down tonight's game.
Posted on: December 21, 2008 10:05 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:48 am
The Celtics played another impressive game tonight. They beat the Knicks 124-105 in Boston. It's now 18 in a row for the red hot Celtics as they picked up there NBA leading 26th win tonight. The Celtics are just playing amazing basketball, just beating up everyone in there path. The Knicks didn't stand much of a chance tonight as I figured. I didn't see the Knicks to have much of a chance tonight. Anwyays, let's break down tonight's game.
Posted on: December 18, 2008 10:47 pm
The Celtics extended there winning streak to 16 games with the win over the Hawks last night. Tomorrow night the Celtics will play the Bulls in the T.D. Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Bulls have been having an average season, as they sit at 12-13 going into Friday Nights game vs the Celtics. There coming off a 115-109 win over the Clippers. The Celtics will look to extend there winning streak to 17 games and try to pick up there 25th win of the season Friday Night. This Bulls team has been well coached in my mind, by first year head coach Vinny Del Negro. I wouldn't have thought they would be 12-13 at this point, so I'd say there having a pretty good start to there season. Will have to wait and see how they fair in this game. Here are my projected starting line ups.
C: Aaron Gray
PF: Drew Gooden
SF: Luol Deng
SG: Ben Gordon
PG: Derrick Rose
C: Kendrick Perkins
PF: Kevin Garnett
SF: Paul Pierce
SG: Ray Allen
PG: Rajon Rondo
Key Match Up
PG: Rajon Rondo
PG Derrick Rose
I'm looking forward to seeing Rose and Rondo battle back in forth in this game. I think Rondo will be able to handle Rose and not allow him to do a lot on the offensive side of the ball. I'm not sure if Rose will be able to shut Rondo's penatration to the rim all game, but will have to wait and see. Rondo has been playing well as of late and I think he will have a good night against Rose and anyone else that might be covering him.
At the start of the week, when I saw this game for Friday Night I figured this would be the the game of the week. I'm very excited to see how Rondo and Rose play eachother on both side of the floor and thats a big reason I think this game will be very entertaining. I think the Celtics should have no trouble winning this one. There playing at home and the Bulls don't look like they will be able to stop the Celtics from putting up a lot of points. The Bulls will need to score a lot of points in this one to have a chance at winning, but the Celtics have such a good defense I don't see that happening. I'm going with the Celtics in this one, 102-91.
Posted on: December 17, 2008 10:31 pm
I'm going to start off by saying what a game! Both teams played hard until the final buzzer. Both defenses showed up in this one, both teams shooting under 40% from the field. It was a very entertaining game to watch. The game came down to a huge block in the final 20 seconds by Perkins when they lead 85-84 to hold the lead and preserve the win by hitting free throws. Neither team had a good night offensively, the 88-85 win by the Celtics made the score lot higher then it was. After the 3 Qtr the score was 62-59. Defense won this game for the Celtics and kept the Hawks in the game all night as they had a bad night from the field. Here are some of the stats.
Here are some of the stats from tonight's game.
Scoring Leaders: Pierce and Garnett both with 18
Rebounding Leader: Perkins with 10
Assists Leader: Rondo with 7
Steals Leader: Rondo with 4
Blocks Leader: Perkins with 4
Scoring Leader: Joe Johnson with 20
Rebounding Leader: Al Horford with 11
Assists Leader: Smith, Horford, and Johnson with 4
Steals Leaders: Johnson with 3
Blocks Leader: Williams and Horford with 2
Both team played there hearts out. The Celtics shot 44% from the field and the Hawks shot 37% from the field, both defenses showed up and played well. The offenses weren't fluent and the shooting percentages make that pretty clear. It was good to see Paul Pierce play well and get a lot of minutes. His knee looked fine. Piece dropped in 18 points to go along with 7 boards in 40 minutes on the floor. Joe Johnson lead the Hawks with 20 points, scoring 16 of them in the second half. All 5 of the Hawks starters played more then 38 minutes in this one, only going 3 deep on the bench. Kevin Garnett played well for the Celtics, scoring 18 points and snatching 8 rebounds in his 37 minutes of action on the court. All in all, the Celtics got it done tonight in there 88-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Posted on: December 17, 2008 7:26 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2008 9:05 pm
Well guys, maybe this is a little earlier but in my mind it's never too early to talk about my beloved Sox! The Red Sox haven't made many offseason moves, yet, of course. Were still in the running to land superstar 1st Basemen Mark Teixeira. He would be a big improvement to the Sox line up in the heart of the order. It should be interesting if he picks the Sox to play for. It would be difficult to shuffle there line up if they do aquire him, with the current line up they have. They would most likely have to trade a player away to make room for him. I've heard some reports that they will be trading away Mike Lowell away, most likely moving Youkilis back to 3rd and having Teixeira play.
The Sox haven't made a ton of offseason moves, but have made a few.
All in all, a pretty quiet offseason so far for the Red Sox. Signing Mark Teixeira would make the Sox offseason in my mind. What this guy brings to the table will make our team last much better. He's looking to sign long term, so if he does sign the Sox would have him for awhile unless something happened. I heard reports the Sox offered 200 million, if that's true he would probably sign, because I think the Angels went as high at 160 million and I'm pretty sure that was the best offer.
SS Julio Lugo, Quadriceps, Expected to be ready for Spring Training
DH David Ortiz, Wrist, Expected to be ready for Spring Training
3B, Mike Lowell, Hip, Hoping to be ready for Spring Training
Projected 09 Starting Line up.
1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2. 2B Dustin Pedroia
3. DH David Ortiz
4. LF Jason Bay
5.1B Kevin Youkilis
6. RF J.D. Drew
7. 3B Mike Lowell
8. SS Jed Lowrie
9. C Jason Variteck
We should have no trouble hitting the ball and scoring a lot of runs next season. There are some questions in the starting line up. As I'm not sure if Variteck will be playing for the Sox next year and if the Sox are going to sign Mark Teixeira, which would change up the line up because a trade would probably be made. The line up is currently strong though and only would get stronger with Mark Teixeira.
Projected 09 Starting Rotation
1. Josh Beckett
2. Daisuke Matsuzaka
3. Jon Lester
4. Tim Wakefield
5. Justin Masterson
I think the top 3 spots will be very solid with Beckett, Matsuzaka, and Lester. Now the bottom 2 with Wakefield and Masterson could be changed around through the season. I'm thinking Wakefield will have a decent season, but with his age, you never know. The 5th spot could change from Masterson to anyone like Buchholz, Pauley, and some more minor league options. The Sox new pitcher Junichi Tazawa, a rookie from Japan has a chance to be in the starting rotation. You may also see home of them in the Bull Pen.
Projected 09 Bull Pen
Closer: Jonathan Papelbon
Possible Set up: Ramon Ramirez
Possible Set up: Manny Delcarmen
Possible Set up: Hideki Okajima
Possible Set up: Javier Lopez
Another Option: David Aardsma
Another Option: Wes Littleton
There are some minor leaguers and other pitchers that have a chance to be in the Sox pen, but it's hard to tell right now. I'm pretty sure the ones I listed will be in the pen, or atleast the top 5. Everyone I listed as possible set up man has a legit chance of being our set up man. I'm thinking Ramon Ramirez has a great chance of being our set up guy, but it's hard to tell right now. The Bull Pen does look pretty solid at this point.
I think the Sox have a great chance of doing that they did last year, making it to the ALCS and having a chance to play in the World Series. Our young players developed a lot last year and should be better next year. I think our starting line up has a great chance to score a lot of runs and our 1, 2, 3 with Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lester should win us a lot of games. It'll be interesting to see how the 4th and 5th spot play in the Sox rotation, because that will be important if the Sox can string together long winning streaks in the regular season and make a playoff berth. We also gotta wait and see where Mark Teixeira goes, because if he picks Boston, will be looking very strong. Overall I think the Sox are in for a good 09 season.