Tag:NBA
Posted on: December 25, 2008 6:01 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:44 am
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Rondo An All Star?

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
 

Celtics vs Lakers Christmas Day Preview

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.

Boston Celtics
27-2

C: Kendrick Perkins
PF: Kevin Garnett
SF: Paul Pierce
SG: Ray Allen
PG: Rajon Rondo


Los Angeles Lakers
23-5

C: Andrew Bynum
PF: Pau Gasol
SF: Luke Walton
SG: Kobe Bryant
PG: Derek Fisher

I think most NBA Fans are pretty excited for this game. I'm a die hard Celtic fan, so I might be a little bias when I say this may be the best game in the regular season this season, but I can't think of a game that can top it. For starters it's the oldest and biggest rivalry in the NBA and not only that there playing on Christmas day. I think that has the making of a fine ball game. Then you factor in the Celtics are 27-2, the best start in the history of the NBA and have won 19 games in a row vs the Lakers who are having a great season of themselves at 23-5. On top of all of that, the games being played in Los Angeles, a great place and maybe the best place to see a basketball game. If that didn't get you excited your not a fan of either these teams or the NBA for that matter. I honestly can't wait to see these two teams battle it out. The Lakers wanna end this winning streak badly and the Celtics wanna extend it out to 20 games and continue there quest to breaking the all time mark of 33 games. The Lakers will be a very tough match up for the red hot Celtics, playing in LA I think favors the Lakers big time. If this games was being playing in front of the Boston crowd on Christmas day, I'd pick the Celtics in a second, but it's in front on the Laker fans, so I'm not sure. It is a home coming for Paul Pierce and he usually played well in the Staples Center. The Lakers right now are coming off a nice win vs the Hornets on Tuesday night when they won 100-87. The Celtics are coming off a big win on Tuesday night, when they beat the 76ers 110-91. Both teams have off days on Wednesday before the big match up on Christmas Day. So basically both teams come into this match up hot, winning there last game by double digits. Both teams should also be pretty well rested as they have the off day Wednesday after there wins Tuesday night. Anyways, you should tune in on Christmas Day at 5:00 PM ET and 2:00 PM local time after you done opening presents and seeing family for a great game!

Posted on: December 24, 2008 4:13 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:50 am
 

Celtics vs 76ers Review

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.

Well, I gotta start off by saying what a game for the Celtics. It was just another win for the Celtics, there NBA leading 27th win of the season. Now after they 27-2 starting the question needs to be brought up, can they win 72+ games this year. Many thought after the Bulls did it in 96 it would never be done again in this time period of sports, but the Celtics are that dominant. Now remember the Celtics only lost 16 games last year, can they lose 7 less games and break the Bulls 96 record mark? I'm not sure if they will be able to continue this high pace all year, but I think the Celtics can do it if they stay focused. Doc Rivers takes pride in defense and knows defense wins championships, just like last season, so he will keep his group of guys playing great defense night in and night out. We all know Garnett, Allen and Pierce can score the ball, it's a no brainer and that's why Doc knew if we can play defense will win a championship. That's same logic will be the difference if the Celtics break the Bulls regular season record. The Celtics will be able to out score people and win games, they could probably play bad defense and still only lose 12-15 games this year, that's just how good there offense is. I know the Celtics can win 73+ plus games this year, but the defense will need to be top notch to do so.

Anyways, I got off topic which was tonights game. It was an entertaining game to watch as the Sixers played tough early and the Celtics only lead by 4 after the 1 Qtr. The Celtics jumped onto the Sixers in the 2nd though, out scoring them by 10 and taking a 14 points, 58-44 lead in the locker room. The 3rd Qtr was the only Qtr that Philly won and they cut the lead down to 12 going into the 4th. The Celtics played well in the 4th and closed down the Sixers chances of winning and went on to win 110-91. The Celtics shot the ball pretty well, at 45% from the floor. They also shot well from the FT line, making 29 of 34 free throws. They also shot well from deep once again, at 50%, making 7 of 14, 3 pointers. It was a good night shooting night for the Celtics. The Sixers also shot the ball fairly well, going 37-77 from the floor. The FT line did hurt them though, shooting 62%. They also shot terrible from deep, missing all 11, 3 pointers attempted. Garnett and Rondo lead the team in scoring, dropping in 18 points a piece. Allen had a decent night scoring 16 points along with 6 boards. Pierce scored 10 points and Perkins round out the Celtics starting 5 with 8 points. Powe and House came off the Celtics bench to score in double figures. Powe scored 15 and House scored 13. The Sixers were lead by Williams and Speights who came off the bench to score 16 points a piece.

Players of the Game
 
Rajon Rondo is in my mind the player of the game for the Celtics tonight. He's been playing great as of late and had another great tonight, scoring 18 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Rondo's 18 points was tied with Garnett as the scoring leader for the Celtics tonight. A very nice performance for Rondo in the Celtics 110-91 win over the 76ers.

Posted on: December 20, 2008 3:39 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2008 9:03 pm
 

Celtics vs Knicks Preview

Next up for the red hot Celtics are the New York Knicks. The game is tomorrow night at 6:00 PM in Boston. The Celtics who are now winners of 17 games in a row will look to extend that streak to 18 games while picking up there NBA best 26th win of the season. They should have no trouble winning this game in my mind but the Knicks could give the Celtics a challenge and possibly win the game. Will have to wait and see.



New York Knicks
11-15

C: David Lee
PF: Al Harrington
SF: Wilson Chandler
SG:  Nate Robinson
PG: Chris Duhon



Boston Celtics
25-2

C: Kendrick Perkins
PF: Kevin Garnett
SF: Paul Pierce
SG: Ray Allen
PG: Rajon Rondo

Prediction

In my mind the Celtics should have no trouble taking care of the Knicks. I see them winning this game and improving there winning streak to 18 games. I can see the Celtics blowing out the Knicks and bringing in a big lead into the locker room at halftime and this never really being a game, but as I said I see the Celtics winning 114-93.
Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:52 pm
 

Celtics Season Prediction

As a die hard Celtic fan, winning the NBA finals last year, was amazing to see but I wanna see the same this year. I think if you talk to any Celtic fans, there gonna say we can win it again. It'll be interesting to see what the Celtics can do this year. As of right now there 23-2, that's an amazing start and could that possibly lead to the best regular season in NBA history? Now I know the 96 Bulls won 72 games, but can the Celtics win 72+ games this year? I honestly think that is possible and the Celtics have a legit chance. Now you think about it, about 1/4 of the season is over and only 2 losses, at this point last you they had 3. Rajon Rondo is playing better and is developing into a great NBA point guard and I think that is key if the Celtics have any chance of winning 72+ games. Last year, Rondo was afraid to score the ball. He had a great supporting cast, so it's not like he was encouraged to to much scoring. All he really had to do was dish the ball to players like Pierce, Allen, and Garnett, but because he wasn't scoring the ball, defenses weren't playing up on him. This year he's doing a lot of driving to the hoop and playing more aggresive. He's forcing the defense to cover him as he's become a legit threat to score. The more and more Rondo's developes into a scroing threat, the better the Celtics are going to be. He's in my mind the x factor for the Celtics season. If Rondo can score the ball, I think the Celtics can win 72+ games. If Rondo trys to do more then he can handle and only hurts the team, there chances at winning 72+ aren't very high.

Now let's get real. Only one team in the history of the game has won 72 games and that was the Bulls in 96 as I said. Can the Celtics do it? It's a question I've been thinking about and I want some honest feedback on. I think the Celtics will challenge the Bulls 72-10 mark and maybe just maybe lose a single diget amount of games, meaning they would win 73+ games. I think the Celtics can do it? Any thoughts on this?
Posted on: December 16, 2008 3:43 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2008 9:11 pm
 

Celtics vs Hawks Preview

The Celtics are on a roll, now winners of 15 straight contests. The Celtics have a test tomorrow night in Atlanta when they will be taking on the Hawks. The Hawks almost beat the Celtics earlier this year in Boston, it took a miracle shot with 0.5 left to go by Paul Pierce to beat them. This game should be just as entertaining.



Boston Celtics

The Celtics are 23-2 on the season and are on tops of the NBA. They will look to extend there streak to 16 games in this one. Here's my projected starting line up.

C: Kendrick Perkins
PF: Kevin Garnett
SF: Paul Pierce
SG: Ray Allen
PG: Rajon Rondo



Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks are 15-9 and look like there in for a solid season and another playoff berth. It's still early, but they have impressed me. There coming off a 83-79 win vs Charlotte. Here's my projected starting line up.

C: Al Horford
PF: Zaza Pachulia
SF: Josh Smith
SG: Joe Johnson
PG: Mike Bibby

Prediction

This is gonna be a true test for the Celtics. The Hawks seem to always play them tight and are playing on there home floor, a place the Celtics went 0-3 in the playoffs last year. Expect the fans to into this game and to have a packed house. Paul Pierce could miss this game after have Okur rolling over his knee with 31 seconds left in the Celtics win over the Jazz Monday night. I'm pretty sure he will play, but if he doesn't, the Celtics might be in trouble. I think the Celtics win, 95-88.
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:41 pm
 

Celtics Week 7 Review

Well this review is coming a little earlier, but the Celtics don't play on Sunday, so the week is over. The Celtics had 2 games this week and won them both, so you can't complain. They played the Wizards and Hornets. The Celtics as I said won both games and improved there record to 22-2  and extended there winning streak to 14 games.

Thursday, December 4th
Washing Wizards


On Thursday the Celtics took on the Wizards in D.C. I predicted this game to be a close hard fought game, as you probably know I was completely wrong. The Celtics simply pounded the Wizards in front of there home fans. The Celtics jumped on the Wizards early and were up 10+ during the 1st Qtr. The Celtics ended up ending the 1st Qtr up 36-21. The Celtics continued to play well in the 2nd Qtr and went into the locker room up 63-39. The 3rd Qtr favored the Wizards, but putting yourself down 24 at the half is a hard hold to dig out of. The Wizards outscored the Celtics 35-26 in the 3rd Qtr and made a dent into the Celtics big lead, but that wasn't enough to come back. The Celtics went on to win the game, 122-88. The leading scorers for the Celtics were Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, both of them dropping 22 points. Perkins had 12 points while Kevin Garrnett and Rajon Rondo rounded out the starting 5 with 11 points a piece. The Celtics had 7 players score in double figures as Eddie House and Tony Allen came off the bench to score 14 and 10 points respectivly. The Washington Wizards were lead by Caron Butler who scored 19 points. This was a good win for the Celtics

Friday, December 5th
New Orleans Hornets

On Friday night the Celtics were coming off there blow out with of the Wizards when they played the New Orleans Hornets at home. This was back to back games for the Celtics, so it was intresting to see how well they would play. To say the least, they played well. I predicted the Celtics to win in this one and they didn't let me down. The 1st Qrt was tight, both teams exchanging baskets and some lead changes. The Qtr ended with a 21-21 tie. The 2nd Qtr wasn't much different, the Hornets won the Qtr 19-18 and took a 1 point, 40-39 lead into the break. The 3rd Qtr was won by Boston, both teams were playing good defense in this one as the score was 69-64 at the end of 3. This game, unlike the game the night before for the Celtics would be won or lost in the 4th Qtr. The Celtics played great defense and only allowed 18 points and ended up winning the game by 12, 94-82. Paul Piece again lead the Celtics in points as he put in 28 points. The Celtics had 2 other scorers in double figures, Kevin Garnetts 19 and Rajon Rondos 10. Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins rounded out the Celtics starting 5 with 9 points a piece. Eddie House also came off the Celtics bench with 9 points. This was another quality win for the Celtics.

Review

As a Celtic fan, I can't complain. They played well in both games and ended the week at 2-0. Beating the Wizards by 34 on the road, was the best game of the week in my mind, but beating the Hornets by 12 at home is also another quality win. The Celtics as I've pointed out won both games this week by double digits. You can't do much better then that. All in all a good week for the Celtics.
Category: NBA
Posted on: December 12, 2008 1:01 am
 

Celtics vs Hornets Preview

Last night the Celtics beat up on the Wizards to improve there record to 21-2, the best start in team history. They also extended there winning streak to 13 games with the 122-88 beating of the Wizards. Now up for tonight is the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets sit 12-6 ans should test the Celtics winning streak. The Hornets are tied with Houston for the lead in the Southwest Division. Bryon Scott has done a excellent job coaching this team, since he arrived. This game will be played in the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, should be a fun game.

Here are my projected starting line ups.

New Orleans

C: Tyson Chandler
PF:  David West
SF: Peja Stojakovic
SG: Rasual Butler
PG: Chris Paul

Boston

C: Kendrick Perkins
PF: Kevin Garnett
SF: Paul Pierce
SG: Ray Allen
PG: Rajon Rondo

Prediction

Well, last night I predicted the Celtics and Wizards games completely wrong. I picked that game to be tight in the 4th and the Celtics to only win 103-94, so as you see I was way off. I also think this game will be close. The Celtics are playing back to back, so that plays into the hands of the Hornets. The Hornets are also a better team then the now, 4-16 Wizards. I see the Celtics jumping on the Hornets Early, there playing on there home floor in Boston, so they should be pumped and ready to go. I think the Celtics will open up a quick double digit lead in the 1st half and take the lead into the locker room at half time. I do expect Byron Scott to make some adjustments and have his team ready for the 2nd half. I see the Hornets and Celtics both making some runs in the 2nd half, trying to control the game. You'll probably see a lot of lead changes in the 2nd half. I do see the Celtics winning, 104-97.
 
 
 
 
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