What A Night, What A Series

3 05 2009
Chicao Bulls center Joakim Noah can only pray that his team pulls through after fouling out in the last minute of Game 7. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Chicao Bulls center Joakim Noah can only pray that his team pulls through after fouling out in the last minute of Game 7. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By Brendan Tyman

The Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls provided more drama than a teen romance. There was everything from all of the overtimes (7 in seven games) to all of the buzzer beating treys launched by Ben Gordon and RayAllen.

Game 7 was anticlimatic compared to the other six games of the series in which four went into overtime. The score was not decided until the final minute and there was no extra time.

The C’s used a 22-2 run in the second quarter to spark a 109-99 victory over the Bulls. This stretch lasted 7:40 and it got the Garden roaring.

After the contest, Paul Pierce walked back to the locker room looking as weary as Max Baer in “Cinderella Man.” after his bout with Jimmy Braddock.

In this final edition of one of the best series of all time, the Celts’ bench came alive as Eddie House made all 5 of his jumpers (including four 3-pointers) and scored 16. Brian Scalabrine added 8. Mikki Moore even got on the scoreboard with 4 points. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce led the team with 23 and 20 points, respectively.

Ben Gordon led all scorers with 33. John Salmons really struggled after lighting up Boston in Game 6 with 35 points, as he only shot 3-12 from the field. Derrik Rose posted 18 points. Joakim Noah grabbed 15 boards before fouling out in the final seconds.

A few things taken from this series is Boston is still resillient and they are battle-tested. If the Bulls resgin Gordon (impending free agent) this summer and with Luol Deng coming back, they could be a very frightening squad. Just ask Doc Rivers.

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green

18 03 2009
The Celtics' Kendrick Perkins is looking to drive against the Bulls' Joakim Noah. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The Celtics' Kendrick Perkins is looking to drive against the Bulls' Joakim Noah. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

By: Brendan Tyman

The Chicago Bulls wore green uniforms for St. Patrick’s Day and everything seemed to come easily for them. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics continue to lose not only games, but more players.

Players are falling faster than a rock in the air for the C’s as they lost Leon Powe to a bruised knee in the first few minutes of the ballgame. He will be reevaluated today. Then Rajon Rondo twisted his ankle in the 3rd quarter, but he was able to come back.

In a back-and-forth contest in which both teams surrendered a double-digit lead, the Bulls were able to take control late in the final few minutes and win 127-121.

Paul Pierce was the leading scorer for the Celts with 37 points. Rondo (26 points and 10 assists and Kendrick Perkins (14 points and 10 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles. Ray Allen added 17.

John Salmons looked like LeBron James last night as the Celtics could not stop him from driving to the basket especially in the 4th quarter. He finished with 38 points. Brad Miller’s size hurt the C’s as he chipped in with 21 points and 14 boards off the bench. Tyrus Thomas contributed 17 points including shooting 10 of 13 from the free throw line.

There were some controversial calls made throughout this game including technical fouls on Doc Rivers and Bill Walker late in the 3rd quarter. Rivers got ejected by Bill Kennedy (who should think about getting another job in the future) in the final minute with the result still not determined.

The Celtics are in real trouble right now having only two big men (Mikki Moore fouled out in the final frame) with the earliest possible return for Kevin Garnett being this Friday. They may be falling behind both Cleveland and Orlando soon if they do not get key players back for this crucial stretch heading into the postseason.





Tough Loss In LA

26 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

After putting together one of their best displays of team basketball, the Celtics left their flawless play in Denver. They lost to one of the biggest laughingstock franchises in the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers. LA has not been kind to Boston this year as the C’s have lost to both the Lakers and the Clippers at the Staples Center this season.

Boston had 21 turnovers and shot just 68 percent from the charity stripe. Despite playing through a dislocated thumb in the 2nd half, Paul Pierce finished with 20 points. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each scored 17.

Coming off a suspension for punching Louis Amundson in the face, Zach Randolph killed the Celts with 30 points and 12 boards. Marcus Camby also posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Baron Davis knocked down 16 and recorded 7 rebounds.

After the C’s took an 82-73 lead early in the 4th quarter, the Clips went on a 20-9 run to close the game.

Mikki Moore added 4 points and 2 assists in his Celtic debut.

The Celtics finished the 6-game swing with a record of 4-2 and now find themselves behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.





C’s Add Moore, Possibly Marbury

24 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

With today’s announcement of the signing of recently released Mikki Moore, the Celtics improved their roster as far as depth is concerned. The day got even better with the news of the New York Knicks buying out Stephon Marbury’s contract and likely coming to Boston.

Marbury brings some baggage with him because he has been known as a malcontent throughout his career. This move will work if he buys into the team concept that the Celts employ. He is playing for a new contract (think Manny Ramirez) and teams will refuse to sign him if he causes trouble.

On the court, Marbury gives the squad a legitimate backup point guard who can handle the ball. This will allow Eddie House to do what he does best, which is shoot. “Starbury” just needs to be a complementary player.

Meanwhile, Moore is a 7-footer who brings size and energy. He has played with the C’s before when he was signed to a 10-day contract in 2002-’03.

Overall, the Celtics gain depth with these moves at a needed time. After trading Sam Cassell and Patrick O’Bryant last week, they created roster spots for these moves to happen. It could not have come at a better time as Boston currently has 10 players active with Tony Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Brian Scalabrine being out for an extended period.

These signings could determine how the Celtics perform in the playoffs because Marbury and Moore will be able to compete come playoff time since they were signed before Sunday, the deadline for organizations to add ballplayers who could be placed on the playoff roster .