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Posted on: December 30, 2008 3:29 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 3:30 am
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Celtics Week 10 Preview

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 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 21, 2008 10:05 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2009 12:48 am
 

Celtics vs Knicks Review

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.


The Celtic's looked very impressive tonight in there 124-105  win over the New York Knicks. The Celtics opened this game up earlier, when they lead 40-21 after the first Qtr, the Knicks defense just wasn't there from the start. They played much better in the 2nd Qtr only allowing 26 points, but when you give up 40 in the 1st Qtr, the chances are you go into the locker room down. Which they did. The Celtics went into the locker room down 66-58. The Celtics controled the 3rd and 4 Qtr's and had no trouble holding off the Knicks as they went on to win 124-105. Rondo played another impressive game. He has a career high 26 points, 6 points, and 5 assists. 7 Celtics scored in double figured including the 4 other starters, Tony Allen and Leon Powe. Eddie House also chipped in with 9 points.


The Knicks defense looked bad in this one. Plain and simple. They gave up 124 points, that pretty much shows how bad there defense played. The Celtics shot 65% from the field, you'll never win if a team shoots 65% from the field. The Knicks only shot 43% from the floor and just didn't look very fluent on offense or defense for that matter. They shot 20-26 from the FT line and only turned the ball over 12 times to the Celtics 23, but the game was still a 19 point blow out. Quentin Richardson had a nice evening for the Knicks dropping 29 points on the Celtics. Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 23 points and Chris Duhon dropped 20.
                                        
Quention Richardson had a great night in Boston.  He scored 29 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nate Robinson also played pretty good with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.The Knicks didn't play that bad on the offensiveside of the ball. They did put 105 points on theboard and shot an ok 43% from the field. They also shot 76% from the free throw line, which is also pretty average but not too bad. They took care of the basketball also, only 12  turnovers. They also shot well from beyond the arcat 39%. The offensive numbers were there tonight. The Celtics had a good offensive and a pretty average defensive night compared to some of the games the Celtics have played on defense this season. On offense they out up 124 points, so you can't really complain and on defense they only allowed to shot 43% from the field, so not a bad effort. The Knicks shot 39% from the beyond the 3 point line and that helped there 105 point total for the night. They hit 13 of 33, 3 pointers, which is a good night of long range shooting. The Celtics shot 65% from the floor and 50% from behind the line, so a very good shooting night for the Celtics. They didn turn the ball over 23 times, which is a little odd for the Celtics, but it's not a big concern of mine.

Player of the Game
Rajon Rondo had a nice good tonight and I think he deserving of the player of the game honors. He had a career high 26 points, breaking his career high of 22 set on Monday of this week. He also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists and was a big part of the Celtics 124-105 beating of the New York Knicks.

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 18, 2008 10:47 pm
 

Celtics vs Bulls Preview

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.

Bulls

C: Aaron Gray
PF: Drew Gooden
SF: Luol Deng
SG: Ben Gordon
PG: Derrick Rose

Celtics

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.

Prediction

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.

Go Celtics!!
Posted on: December 17, 2008 10:31 pm
 

Celtics vs Hawks Review

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.

Stats

Here are some of the stats from tonight's game.

Boston
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

Atlanta

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

Game Breakdown


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.

Go Celtics!
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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