“Cinderella” Story

23 04 2009
Boston Celtics Stephon Marbury (left) and Paul Pierce (right) were able to enjoy a laugh after sitting out the final few minutes of the Celtics rout of Chicago in Game Three.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Boston Celtics Stephon Marbury (left) and Paul Pierce (right) were able to enjoy a laugh after sitting out the final few minutes of the Celtics rout of Chicago in Game Three. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

By Brendan Tyman

The real question in this series is who is the underdog in the Celtics-Bulls series? The Celts are the defending champs yet Chicago was favored by 5 going into Game Three tonight.

Boston overcame the loss of Leon Powe to devestate the Chicago faithful 107-86 in front of a sold out United Center crowd. After losing the first game, the C’s hold a 2-1 advantage in the first round series.  They jumped to an early lead and did not step off the gear. They led by as many as 30 points in the final quarter.

Paul Pierce broke out for the first time in this series leading all players with 24 points. Rajon Rondo (20 points and 11 rebounds) had another great night and showed he is one of the best pure point guards in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Stephon Marbury came off the bench to post 13.

The C’s forced 22 turnovers and the Bulls to shoot 38% from the floor in their best defensive performance in the series.

Ben Gordon came back to Earth and scored 15 points, but was shut down for most of the contest. Joakim Noah added 10 boards.

The Celtics are reminding their fans of the 2003-’04 New England Patriots. People have underestimated them because of the injuries, but they continue to display that desire to win.

Keep wearing those slippers because they look good in green.





Powe, Celtics Rebound From Short Losing Streak

14 03 2009
Boston's Stephon Marbury (left) and Leon Powe (right) trap Memphis' O.J. Mayo along the baseline during the fourth quarter (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia).

Celtics’ Stephon Marbury (left) and Leon Powe (right) trap Memphis’ guard O.J. Mayo along the baseline during the fourth quarter (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia).

By: Brendan Tyman

After enduring a tough week with Rajon Rondo and Glen Davis going down with injuries in successive games, the Celts received the perfect medicine with the return of Rondo. They also were fortunate to have the Memphis Grizzlies on their schedule.

The Grizzlies’ average age in their starting lineup is 21.6 years, which is younger than John Calipari’s starting lineup for the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Championship a year ago.

Leon Powe gave another strong effort as he started for the second time due to a thin frontcourt. He scored a career-high 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots. Ray Allen added 22 in leading Boston to a 102-92 victory at TD Banknorth Garden.

After a tough first quarter in which Rondo looked rusty coming off the ankle injury, the C’s bench came up big with Stephon Marbury playing his best game in the short time he has played for the Celtics. Marbury finished with 9 points and 5 assists.

Memphis’ Rudy Gay recorded 26 points. Rookie O.J. Mayo tallied 21 and Marc Gasol finished with a double-double (11 points and 15 boards).

With only a month left in the season, the Celtics hope to return some key men soon with Kevin Garnet hoping to come back next week.





C’s Late Rally Falls Short

9 03 2009
Boston's Ray Allen goes up for a jump shot over Hedo Turkoglu of the Magic in the Celtics' tough loss versus Orlando yesterday  (AP Photo/Winslow Townson).

Boston's Ray Allen goes up for a jump shot over Hedo Turkoglu of the Magic in the Celtics' tough loss versus Orlando yesterday (AP Photo/Winslow Townson).

By: Brendan Tyman

Until an hour before game time, the Boston Celtics decided to start Stephon Marbury because Rajon Rondo was out after spraining his ankle in the win over Cleveland Friday night. This did not work out as the Celts committed nine turnovers in the first 12 minutes en route to an 86-79 loss at the hands of the Orlando Magic.

After the 1st quarter, the Magic imposed their will and showed that Boston has too many bodies missing. Orlando raced to a 51-33 lead at halftime. The first half was the worst half of basketball the C’s have played since the 2006 – ’07 season.

Add Glen Davis to the list of players out with sprained ankles and knees as he got injured in the third quarter.

Despite the awful play in the first half and losing more players to injury, the Celtics fought their way back into the game in the final frame. They were down 82-79 when Ray Allen (32 points and nine rebounds) missed a trey in the final minute.

Paul Pierce added 16 and Leon Powe finished with 12 points and 7 boards despite fouling out in the final seconds.

The NBA’s version of Superman, Dwight Howard, led the Magic with 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Hedo Turkoglu (a Celtics killer) tallied 16 and Rashard Lewis dropped 15 points.

News surfaced that Kevin Garnett will not be able to play until Sunday at the earliest. Rondo is hoping to be back in the next game at Miami on Wednesday. It is still unclear when Davis will be in uniform again as he was walking on crutches after yesterday’s defeat.

They cannot afford to keep losing any more of these players coming down the stretch.





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 .