|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 11, 2013 at 5:15 AM||comments (0)|
Doc is finally coming back to Boston, with love from his former players, and with love from some fans. My feelings on Doc haven't changed in some ways. I lost a lot of respect for him, and I wasn't thrilled with his coaching, when it came to playing certain players, and when it came to his love for the "Big 3", and how it hurt the overall team at times because of it. That's all over and done. The Celtics now have a new coach that is the future of the franchise, and the model for other franchises when it comes to who they pick to run their teams.
Sullinger didn't hide how much Rivers meant to his own development.
"I can’t be a rookie -- that’s one thing he kept telling me [last season]," Sullinger said of Rivers' coaching in his first NBA season. "That if you want to play, you can’t be a rookie. He always pushed me. I was the hardest he coached throughout the team [last season], and every little thing I did, I couldn’t get away with. He was always on me. Almost like playing for my father [Satch] all over again."
Across the locker room, Jeff Green likewise gushed about Rivers' impact on him.
"What he’s done for me, individually, he made me look in the mirror and try to figure out what type of player I want to be," Green said. "He gave me a chance to really showcase what I can do. And he gave me an opportunity that I needed to present myself out there to people, to come with the aggression each night. I’ve known Doc since I’ve been a sophomore in college. ... He’s done a lot for me, he’s done a lot for this organization as well.
"It’s going to be fun to see him again, but when the ball is thrown up in the air, he’s on the other team, he’s the enemy. And we’re going to try to beat his team."
First-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens, the man tasked with navigating the rebuild that Rivers had no desire to endure, was asked if he wanted to beat his predecessor in their first head-to-head meeting.
"No, I want [the Celtics] to play good basketball," Stevens said. "I don’t know Doc very well. I’ve met him maybe once, at the coaches’ meetings in September and I’ve talked to him on the phone maybe twice in my life. I have a lot of respect for him, a lot of respect for what he accomplished here, what he’s doing there, and the coach he is. And his staff. But there’s nothing extra for me. It’s not about me."
Even Rajon Rondo suggested he'll be emotionally detached from seeing his first NBA coach.
"I’m not an emotional guy, so I won’t tear up or anything," Rondo said.
I'm with you Rondo. I don't feel all warm inside when it comes to what Doc did in Boston. I felt like he quit on the franchise, and even though the Celtics are in a better place because of it. I still feel betrayed by Doc. Maybe if he just walked away from the NBA, then I would be okay with it. I don't know, I really don't care about Doc leaving, but I still dislke him. Perhaps in a year or two, I'll forget about it, and I'll let go.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 11, 2013 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
This team win or lose plays hard every single night. That was the case against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night, when the Celtics couldn't overcome the Nets in Brooklyn. The Celtics took care of the ball with just 9 turnovers, and they knocked down the three ball, eleven of them to be exact for over 50% from beyond the arc. The problem was that the Celtics couldn't contain the duo of Lopez and Williams. The duo burned the Celtics for a combined 49 points. Brad Stevens warned the media before the game, and after the game that this wasn't the Nest who went into the game Tuesday night 6-14.
“I think you saw what I was talking about with Williams,” said Stevens. “End of the shot clock, guy makes a play, driving it in, kicking -- he made huge plays, I thought, for them. And, probably the most important thing was, when we got after them in the backcourt, they subbed him in, which was a good move. And they handled [the defensive pressure] better with him on the floor. I thought he was the biggest difference in the game, though the obvious difference was also Lopez’s size.”
Despite the loss, Stevens liked how his team went down swinging. “I thought we fought. I thought we played hard, I thought we played with effort,” said Stevens. “I didn’t think we played well, but I thought [the Nets] had a lot to do with it. I’m not going to get caught up in, necessarily, the little things as far as how we feel after winning or losing. I think you have to get caught up in, we came here, we took a really good shot from a really good team on their home court and played competitively, really competitively most of the night, when we could have gone away at points.”
The Celtics defense lacked a bit, but the teams offense suffered when it came to the shots that were missed in Brooklyn. The Celtics missed shots that they were making with ease during the three game winning streak. Crawford who was coming off player of the week honors, shot just 6-of-14. I wasn't upset with this team, they fought hard all night battling back when the Nets would take big leads. They got within striking distance many times, but they just fell short. On to the Clippers tonight.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 11, 2013 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
I still believe in some weird way, that Paul Piece will retire with the Boston Celtics. His contract is up after this year with the Nets, and perhaps KG is playing his last year in the NBA. Even if Paul signs with the Nets for one more year to play with KG for another season, if he decides to play another season. Paul will still be young enough to return for a season on a minimum deal following KG's contract being up with he Nets,and possible retirement looming soon after. Well that's a story that can wait. A story to talk about now is Pierce's thoughts on the current roster of the Boston Celtics.
Pierce had said that he didn't think it would be too emotional playing the C's in Brooklyn. He wasn't surprised by any emotions once he got on the court.
"Not really," he told CSNNE's Abby Chin. "I was just focused on trying to get back for my team after being injured for about a week and a half. Trying to get us back on the winning track. That was my whole focus today."
Pierce finished with 4 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in 22 minutes of playing time off the bench.
The Celtics trailed by 15 at one point in the 4th point, but came back to make it a five-point game late in the quarter. That wasn't a surprise to Pierce at all, who knows that wearing the Celtics jersey instills more will to win.
"I love those guys," he said. "They're going to continue to fight. That's that Celtics pride, and they all wear it with pride. You see it the way they play, the way they coached, you hear [Rajon] Rondo on the sideline coaching. They're going to continue to be the Celtics and they're going to always play with pride."
Deron Williams had a solid 25 point game in his return, but one would think that Paul misses having a pass first point guard, and a player that's going to get you the ball. Those days are over for Pierce, and now he's focusing on being the best role player possible. Pierce has pride, and maybe he's using the pride that he picked up while wearing the green and white. Paul gives the Celtics kudos for giving the Nets a true fight, in their Atlantic Division showdown Tuesday. The Celtics fought all night, and you can't blame effort for the loss in Brooklyn.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
The NBA knows how to work a storyline or two. The Celtics get the Nets and Clippers in back-to-back nights? The Nets game didn't have the pop that it will when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to Boston January, 26th.
"I think it was a setup," a light-hearted Sullinger said. "I think once they saw the trade happen, I think they set it up to have a back-to-back -- former teammates and then former head coach. I think it was all a setup. At the same time, it’s another game. That’s the beauty of the NBA. We took a loss today, but we've got another shot to get another win."
I'm not thrilled that the Celtics could be at a disadvantage against Doc's Clippers, coming off a back-to-back flying in from Brooklyn, which isn't far, it's the point of it all. Regardless of the back-to-back, I feel like the Celtics will have the home crowd to aid the extra gear that the Celtics will need to get through the emotional game Wednesday night.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
Boston jumped out to an early 12-5 lead in the first quarter, but then the Nets started to post up Brook Lopez and that opened the game up for the Nets. The Nets led 31-20 after the first quarter. Another aspect to this game was the return of Deron Williams who burnt the Celtics with a 25 point game and the Nets looked like the Nets that we all thought they would be. Lopez finished up with 24 points and the Nets fought off many Celtic runs in this game to finish them off with a 104-96 win.
The Celtics played hard, but the shots that have been falling didn't fall Tuesday in Brooklyn. The Celtics were blazing hot from three shooting 50% making 11 three-point bombs. Jordan Crawford finished with 15 points but off 6-of-14 shooting. He miss a lot of shots that he normally makes it was just one of those nights for Jordan. Avery was in a groove for most of the night he finished with 22 points. Jeff was 4-of-4 from three for 19 points.
The Celtics were solid with 9 turnovers on the night, and you can't complain about that at all. I guess the big story going into this game was the fact that KG and Pierce were facing their old team. It wasn't magical, and thats because the game was in Brooklyn. Paul finished with 4 points off the bench, and KG was solid with 11 points, and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes of work. The Celtics will return home tomorrow night to see Doc and the Clippers.
|Posted by Yenu on December 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (1)|
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 10, 2013 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
A morning full of people lost in their lives perhaps waking up to an alarm that rests on their night stand. All of us wake with a clear mind, or until the morning coffee kicks in, and then were left with regret or love, and maybe just a touch of stress heading into work or waking up the kids to get them ready for school.
Sometimes people wake up and they can't feel nothing.Is there anything else to feel they think to themselves. This is what I call emotionless behavior. There's nothing that they can feel when it comes to the past and who they are. Paul Pierce may not be that guy 100%, but when it comes to the Celtics he's lost in his own stress with the Nets.
Who could blame him for not caring much about a game against the Celtics when the game is being played in Brooklyn. When the back story with Pierce. He spent 15 years with the Celtics and won a NBA title with a Finals MVP.
“I’ve already been past that a long time ago,” Pierce said Monday. “I’m a person that’s always been when it’s time to move on, you move on. You can ask any girlfriend I’ve ever had. That’s just the way it is. There’s no hard feelings. I’m here. This is where I’m at now, and you’ve gotta move on. You can’t mourn or put your head down. (You) just go to work.”
Pierce has had a tough time adjusting to his new team. In 15 games with the Nets (6-14), he’s averaging just 12.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting.
Pierce has missed the last five games due to a broken bone in his right hand. He thinks there’s a “good chance” he’ll play against the Celtics on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, but isn’t certain.
“I’ve had my ups and downs, but it’s not about me,” Pierce said. “It’s about getting this team healthy right now and trying to see if we can reach our potential.
“One of our goals before the season was to try and win a championship. Unfortunately, we didn’t get off to the best start, and I probably haven’t been playing the best basketball, due to some other minor injuries I’ve been dealing with. But I feel like as we continue to get healthy and guys come back and we get our chemistry, we’re gonna be there toward the end.”
Pierce still thinks the Nets have the potential to be a championship team.
“It’s just putting it all together, developing chemistry, getting healthy and then seeing what we’ve got,” he said. “We’ve seen flashes of it at times, but it’s tough when you don’t know who’s going to be in the lineup and who’s going to be out. But injuries happen to every team and it’s something we have to deal with. But I’d like to see us when we get fully healthy and see what our potential can possibly be.”
Pierce believes the Nets have a chance, and they might I suppose with the season being young and with the East so weak. The Hear are a fragile bunch with Wade already dealing with knee issues and some other health matters this season. The Pacers look near unstoppable at the moment though. Paul is so wrapped up with his problems on his own team that he doesn't have time to reflect on his career in Boston. He'll have time for that on January 26th when he returns to the Garden.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 10, 2013 at 2:55 AM||comments (0)|
Paul Pierce has been dealing with a fractured bone in his hand, and the rookie Olynyk has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past couple of weeks.
Olynyk injury update.
"There might be a chance [to play versus Brooklyn]," said Olynyk. "It depends on how I feel, how [the ankle] reacts to this [workout], how the warm-up goes [before Tuesday's game]. It’s still a little bit tough to go 100 percent, max jump. We’ll see how it goes."
Olynyk said he doesn't have much problem with straight-line running, but it's jumping and cutting that are the concern at the moment.
"It's getting better, still al title bit of pain, a little bit of restrictions," said Olynyk. "But better than yesterday, better than the day before. Trending well, I guess you could say."
News on Pierce injury.
The injury occurred against Houston on Nov. 29.
"It was like the first quarter," Pierce said. "I was trying to get through a screen, got an elbow dead-center of my hand as I was going up. As I brought my hand up, the elbow came right on top of the hand in the first quarter."
He played another quarter afterwards.
"Then it just got too unbearable," he said.
While acknowledging that he still had some pain in the hand, Pierce added that "there's a good chance" of him facing his former team for the first time in a regular season matchup.
However, Pierce said he didn't get to work out the kinks with the injury in a manner that he would have liked to on Monday.
"It didn't really get tested like I like to get tested, where I get hit," he said. "But I thought I shot the ball really well, got up and down the court pretty good."
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 10, 2013 at 2:40 AM||comments (2)|
You know must feel mixed about the mess in Brooklyn. But at the same time he wants to beat them. Rondo's image tour continues and I love it.
Rondo with the opposite answer from what KG had to say over 15 months ago. Rondo didn't lose Ray's number.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 10, 2013 at 2:35 AM||comments (1)|
The Celtics had a perfect week, and it was capped behind a 41 rout of the Knicks. Crawford 23.3 points per game and nearly 7 assists per game during the Celtics 3-0 week. Jordan also hit a career high 6 three-pointers against the Knicks Sunday. Jordan deserved the honor, and I just want to say I called this one.
|Posted by Morena on December 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
This was so exciting that I almost couldn’t believe it!! The game was early, so it was one of those rare situation where I can actually follow the game live and not just check everything the following morning. While I was looking at my computer screen, my eyes grew bigger and bigger, and my smile was larger with every minute of play. A friend of mine, who was following the game, was literally astonished, having seen us play against Houston last time. He couldn’t believe he was looking at the same team.
It’s true that the Knicks are off to a pretty tough start this year, but they had a two games winning streak going on, during which they looked pretty good, scoring a lot of points. I had some doubts before the game because I thought they were starting to get it going. Instead, after the first quarter we were up by 24 points. Knicks box score looks almost unreal: they shot 34% from the field, and their starting backcourt went 0for12 with 2 rebounds and 2 assist. I’m not sure I could believe something like this without looking at it myself. But let’s look at the Celtics now. It’s hard to find something negative to say after a game like this, maybe the turnover were a bit up, but when the game is like this, you also take some risk that you wouldn’t have taken if the game had been closer.
That said, we shot 54% from the field, and 56% from the three point line. The +/- numbers looks almost a mistake.
Bass played great, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. What I like more is that even though we were winning safely, he’s been aggressive the whole game, getting to the line, and fighting for rebounds. As of lately, it seems he find his zone and he’s been consistently big for us. We needed this. Sometimes, his numbers don’t reflect what he does on the field, and I’ve criticized him because of what his stat line said, but then I got to read reports that confirmed he’s been really solid since the beginning of the year. Right now instead, the numbers are in line with his performance.
Green was right behind him with 16 points and 6 rebounds, adding also 3 assists. Speaking about consistency, I can say about this guy what I wrote about Bass. After going up and down at the beginning of the season, he found consistency and he’s playing like this for a while now. His stat line looks almost the same in the last games. I love his energy when he plays like this.
Sully instead is playing like this since the beginning of the year. With Bass and Green grabbing more rebounds as of lately, he has a little less space off the boards, but I don’t mind it, as long as is someone of our team who grabs the ball!! He took advantage on this on the offensive end, shooting almost 70% for 21 points. He keeps playing hard, and he leaves it all on the floor every minutes he spend on the court. He didn’t want to hear fans talking about tanking, and he’s backing up his talk big time while on the field. A competitive fan can’t help but love his attitude.
Bradley didn’t shot the ball as well as his teammates, but he still finished with a double double, scoring 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. Moreover, if the Knicks backcourt finished without points, I believe we should give him some credit.
Crawford just keeps coming up big. The 6 for 12 from the three point line looks crazy. And he also had the time to dish out 7 assists.
And to think that almost none of these guys played in the fourth quarter!!
Our bench was in line with the whole team. Humphries, after a really big game last time, gave us another solid performance with 6 points and 7 rebounds, while Lee was the best scorer off the bench with 10 points. Another guy who keeps impressing me is Brooks. Once again, he had the chance to play just a few minutes, but he make a good use of the time Stevens gave him, scoring 8 points in 6 minutes, and shooting 100%. He doesn’t play a lot, but he sure help when his number is called.
And what’s more impressive about our team, is the fire with which we play.
I want to feel this fire burning tomorrow night with the Nets. As Green said, let’s not look at the record. Let’s keep this going.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 9, 2013 at 5:15 AM||comments (2)|
Doc Rivers who? I think we've all moved on, and I couldn't imagine having Doc Rivers around stumbling with this young talented team. Doc can't build a team and that's why he freaked out and bolted once he figured out that Danny was building a team around Rondo while building for the future. Doc is a great coach for veteran players and veteran teams, but asking him to run a team that has Jordan Crawford as the starting point guard would have been awful under Doc. Hell he's not having the best time in LA just yet as their in the middle of the West elite right now.
After his team's third loss in its last four games, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers called his players out for "pouting" in their 88-82 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers and said they're not where they need to be "maturity-wise."
"We did a lot of pouting in the game," Rivers said Saturday. "You can't play that way. You have to keep playing. I always call them emotional hijacks, and we had a lot of that going on. That happens, but you have to be able to pull yourself out of it individually or as a group, and I don't think we did a good job of that."
"When we become a good team, if we become a good team, it will be because we miss 30 shots in a row and you wouldn't know it," Rivers said. "We just keep playing. You get some bad calls on you and you just keep playing. Right now we're not at that point maturity-wise. When we go bad, we start thinking bad. That's an area we have to grow in. …You can preach it but it's a habit and you have to get over it. There's been times where we've fought it and did good job, and this is one of those nights where we didn't."
Both Boston and LA are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but the Clippers have dropped 3 of their last 4 games. While the Celtics have won 3 in a row, and they've won 4 of their last 5 games. The Celtics are pretty much healthy, and the Clippers have lost some depth with the loss of Redick. Doc and the Clippers come into Boston searching for an identity, as the Celtics may have found an identity.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 9, 2013 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
Being over confident, isn't in our best interest, as of now the Celtics are in the playoff picture, and their the Atlantic Division front runner with the lead so far this year over 20 games in. Instead of wasting time talking about getting better. The Celtics actually put all of their available energy, into doing something productive. Whatever you have in mind when it comes to banner 18. You must hold off on that, and you must except what's going on with your favorite team.
You could be pursuing a dead end if you like the Celtics to will win it all this season. There's a lot of things that you can get involved
with when it comes to this season. There's no need to come off too strong with your hopes. Just like Stevens we must stay focused on the plan.Stevens isn't over confident with this team. Doc was at times, and it cost us dearly I think. Stevens is probably more encouraging with his players. He does a fine job conveying his message.
"Never as good as you think you are, never as bad as you think you are, and you're never far from either," Stevens said. "It's one of those days in a lot of ways. But, also, we played pretty well. Can we play like that every day? Probably not. But can we bring the same intensity level and be as much of a team as we were today? Hopefully."
Who saw this coming? The Celtics have been full of surprises, and Brad has been clear all season about this team. He's not overly pumped with the small things. He wants to be something bigger, and that is likely a championship, but right now he's focused on getting his guys on the same page.
"We've gotten better; we still got a long way to go," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
That about sums it up from Brad, and it's the truth. Despite all of that. I'm still confident in a playoff spot and the future of this club.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 9, 2013 at 2:55 AM||comments (3)|
We already know with Brad Stevens that he doesn't go overboard, and he doesn't get carried away with the small stuff. He's a big picture guy, and it's something that's refreshing with a new coach. So many coaches are rushed to make a team a winner as soon as they take over a team. Danny Ainge hooked Stevens up with a six year deal. Danny has great confidence in Brad, and I think we all do as well at this point. If you don't then you need to get your head checked. As I stated a couple of sentences ago Stevens is a coach that builds for the future even though he's coaching in the now.
For all that went Boston's way in their 114-73 win over the Knicks, those two plays were two of the clearer examples of how much this team is starting to take on the cool-as-they-come demeanor of their head coach Brad Stevens.
"Coach (Stevens) day-in and day-out shows great poise," said Boston's Brandon Bass. "It's rubbing off on me. And I think it's rubbing off on other guys."
Even in the aftermath of the biggest blowout in his still-short NBA career as a head coach, you would have thought the Celtics won by four and not 41 on Sunday by his reaction afterwards.
"I'm not doing cartwheels," Stevens said after the win. "They know me well enough to know I'm not doing cartwheels (about the win).
He added, "But I was impressed."
Brad would make a good comedian in my book. Stevens should be an early front runner as well for coach of the year. If the Celtics continue to win then you can't tune him out as a possible choice for the award. I would to hear Brad's response if a reporter brought up the coach of the year award. The comments below are from ESPN Boston and it sums it up about Stevens.
"I've already learned in this league, you can be on the good end or the bad end of [games like this]," Stevens said. "We were lucky today to be on the good end. Everything we did will get over-exaggerated, everything they did will get over-exaggerated, but the bottom line is, we just played better today for 48 minutes."
Stevens nailed it, and as you guys recall Stevens talked about playing a full 48 minute game with consistency, and the Celtics did that. What more can you ask for? The Celtics will see the Knicks in Boston Friday night and will see what the Knicks have in-store for the Celtics. Will they rally around the 41 point loss to Boston in New York, or will they fall apart once again? You can count on one thing after the rematch. Stevens will look the same, and his coaching is the same.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 9, 2013 at 2:35 AM||comments (3)|
I'm sure most of you have seen this story on other blogs by now. The story is Crawford letting Simmons know that he's listening to what he has to say about the Celtics. Bill Simmons has been pro tanker, and that alone to me is zero tolerance. I discredit anyone who believes any team should tank games. I wouldn't go as far as the coach from Duke saying it's not American if you want to tank, but it's telling of someones character.
So what was said by both of these guys?
Bill Simmons tweeted this: "Boston upped the stakes for Riggin' For Wiggins. Starting at PG tonight... the one and only Jordan Crawford! Your move, Utah!"
Crawford replied simply with this: "@BillSimmons you mad? Lol"
Jordan continues to blossom under this system, and he should be considered with player of the week honors after averaging 23 a game in three Boston wins along with 6 assists per game.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 9, 2013 at 2:30 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by celtsfan on December 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (1)|
Brad Stevens talked about playing for 48 minutes after the Celtics let go of a 27 point against Denver. The Celtics won the game anyways, but this Sunday the Celtics put together a great 48 minutes jumping on the Knicks early 34-11 in the first quarter and never looking back. The Celtics would take their lead all the way to 40 points in this game, and they would hold onto that with a 41 point win over New York 114-73.
Jordan Crawford had a game high 23 points and Sully followed that with 21 points. The Celtics continue to have a decent size lead in the Atlantic, and the tanking is dead! This team is playing with a sense of purpose. Could Stevens be an early front runner for coach of the year?
|Posted by Morena on December 8, 2013 at 8:30 AM||comments (6)|
An interesting report came out this week: a source said that Melo is trying to recruit Rondo to play for the Knicks.
And it's not some unknow person to say that, but it's Steve Smith, who coached them both at Oak Hill Accademy.
"Whether he stays in Boston or not who knows. I know, talking to Melo, he's recruiting Rajon to come to New York," Smith said in the interview. "Melo thinks he'll come too. You never know about that stuff though. I think either way, Rajon will be fine."
Steve Smith had some interesting things to say about Rondo in the past, and he appreciate the guy. I don't think he's lying, no need to.
If this was just a lie, he could have just shut up.
When asket about this interview, Melo didn't confirm and he just replied:
"C'mon, man. In my book, that's tampering,"
The players in fact, are not allowed to recruit other players that are under contract with another team.
Melo is probably doing nothing illegal, maybe he just talked to Smith telling him how much he would like to play with Rondo. Many players in the league had positive word for Rondo when asked about it, and Melo is just one of those who would appreciate to play with him. Then again, who wouldn't? A guy that can make everyone around him better is good for everybody.
Asked about this situation, Rondo briefly commented:
“Well, (Smith) must know something that I don’t know,” Rondo said with one of the season’s great non sequiturs."
I'm pretty sure that even if the knew something about it, he wouldn't have said anything different
I don't see Rondo playing for the Knicks. Honestly, I don't see Rondo going nowhere unless the Celtics decide to trade him, but our path seems far from this possibility, as for the first time, it seems like they're building around him.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 8, 2013 at 5:15 AM||comments (2)|
Crawford is averaging 16.3 points, 7.1 assists and 4 rebounds during Bostons past 7 games, and the Celtics happened to be 5-2 in that stretch. Crawford has all of us on notice this season after many have Crawford as the worst player on this roster who would likely drive all of us insane with circus shots and deep three's out of the blue. Crawford is still taking those shots, but they make sense, and they also go in the basket.
I've come to the conclusion that Crawford is the guy that will aid Rondo in his quest for rest. Year after year Danny had nobody on this roster who could back up Rondo and now that player is in Boston. The question is if Crawford wants that? He's earning a lot of exposure around the league, and his value is high. I hope we can keep him in green next year, and I wouldn't have said that before the start of the season.
Could Jordan Crawford earn some most improved player votes this year? The Celtics have the best possible 6th man on the roster. He reminds me of a more well rounded version of Jamal Crawford
Crawford is providing Boston with a much-needed offensive jolt and, while prone to dribble penetration, is working hard enough on the defensive end to mask being the weakest individual link. More importantly, he's providing that much-needed intangible. As Stevens has noted multiple times recently, "He's not scared of the moment."
No, Crawford is playing inspired basketball and some Celtics fans, who would have been OK with Boston moving him for nothing this offseason, are now left wondering how the team will possibly find enough minutes for Crawford once Rajon Rondo is healthy enough to return to the lineup.
For now, just enjoy the show. Recently, the Celtics' rebound rates spike with Crawford on the floor, the turnover percentage drops noticeably, and the pace quickens. Boston's lack of a true point guard opened the door for Crawford, who has taken full advantage of what's in front of him.
Maybe it shouldn't surprise us. Crawford isn't short of confidence, as his recent late-game exploits confirm.
"Confidence is most of it in the NBA," Crawford said. "If you're confident in yourself and you play as a team, you can make a lot of great things happen."
Jordan is full of confidence and he isn't worried about taking the big shots. A must for any good 6th man on a playoff team .