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Celtics Morning Joe: Should any Celtic make the all-star team?

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM



If the basketball gods go by records the Celtics are not sending anyone to the all-star game. If they go by pure stats, the Celtics won't send anyone to Orlando. Is that a bad thing this year? Does all-star voting even make sense? Should the Knicks have anyone in the starting unit? Something is wrong with the system when injured players make the team, or when players have bad seasons. We know the voting is all wrong. But I still love watching the game. With the rough start this season do the Celtics send anyone to the big game? I really do see no Celtic making it this season. For the past four seasons the Celtics have sent at least three Celtics to the game. If you had one Celtic to send who would you send? I really can't make my mind up. If Rondo wasn't hurt I would say he was the likely choice. Now I think it would be Pierce. Maybe the Celtics missing the game isn't a bad thing at all. It's good for rest, and for  payback.


Have a second cup of Joe:

Things have changed since the Celtics, and Knicks locked up on Christmas. The Celtics are rising, and the Knicks are fading. People, fans,media, all said the Knicks would own the Celtics this season. In the first meeting maybe, but overall no way.


“They beat us in a tight one at the start of the business,” said the Celtics center. “We’re in a different place right now mentally. They’re having a bit of a struggle right now with the way they’re playing. There’s going to be a surge of excitement as we each try to will ourselves to a win. We feel that if we play the right way again we can beat anybody. We can beat a tough team like New York.”

But New York, too, may be a different team, over and above the fact the Knicks are 2-8 in their last 10 games.

“Atlantic Division rival, a team that’s getting ’Melo back,” Paul Pierce [stats] said of Carmelo Anthony’s return from ankle trouble. “Maybe Baron (Davis) will play. You can’t take anyone for granted. We just want to keep building on this home stand, and try to build up as many wins as we can before we head out on the road.”


The story is different going into this game. Pierce is playing, but is Rondo? I can't wait to see how the Knicks react to Bardley, and the newly in shape KG.

 


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8 Comments

Reply jlil89
6:12 AM on February 3, 2012 
I agree with you on the all star. If it was not for Rondo's injury, he would be in the all star game. Pierce has proven himself that he is sailing the Boston ship as captain once again. The man is a leader with a jack of all trades. He can step up to anything when it is needed. I expect him to be there. Allen? Maybe. Joe Johnson will probably take that spot since he is on fire with Atlanta right now.

As for the Knicks... hehe... let's just say we will be giving them their Christmas present a little late this year. :P
Reply paul
8:36 AM on February 3, 2012 
Seriously, if the Cs were to send anyone, it should be Bradley! Sounds silly, doesn't it? But he's the guy who has made the biggest difference so far this season. Pierce and Rondo have both had their highs and lows, and both have had injury problems. If the season weren't so short, Pierce and Rondo would probably be there too. If you have an injury or some off games it's magnified this year.

Good one, Jlil!
Reply Celticslifer
10:53 AM on February 3, 2012 
paul says...
Seriously, if the Cs were to send anyone, it should be Bradley! Sounds silly, doesn't it? But he's the guy who has made the biggest difference so far this season. Pierce and Rondo have both had their highs and lows, and both have had injury problems. If the season weren't so short, Pierce and Rondo would probably be there too. If you have an injury or some off games it's magnified this year.

Good one, Jlil!



I like your faith in Bradley, but you know he wouldn't make the team, and the kid isn't an all-star just yet,or even close. I will say his defense is all-star quality, but his passing, and scoring have a long way to go. He's been good since Rondo has been injured, but he's started as much as Rondo.
Reply paul
11:23 AM on February 3, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
I like your faith in Bradley, but you know he wouldn't make the team, and the kid isn't an all-star just yet,or even close. I will say his defense is all-star quality, but his passing, and scoring have a long way to go. He's been good since Rondo has been injured, but he's started as much as Rondo.


I hear you, but the thing is, he's the Celtics key player so far this year. I guess that's why no Cs will go to the all star game.
Reply celts
1:53 PM on February 3, 2012 
Like i keep saying bradley has been awful in 5 out of the 8 games.... 3 games doesnt make him an allstar and hes not even close to being a starting a pointguard until he learns to dribble, on another note since carmelo got selected as a starter(which i dont see considering hes shooting like crap) pierce and rondo might get selected.
Reply paul
2:21 PM on February 3, 2012 
celts says...
Like i keep saying bradley has been awful in 5 out of the 8 games.... 3 games doesnt make him an allstar and hes not even close to being a starting a pointguard until he learns to dribble, on another note since carmelo got selected as a starter(which i dont see considering hes shooting like crap) pierce and rondo might get selected.


You can keep saying that all you want. I don't even know what the hell you mean by it. Bradley's crazed 'honey badger' defense is what turned this season around. You seem to be using some kind of measuring stick for quality that I don't understand.
Reply jlil89
2:27 PM on February 3, 2012 
NBA.com has predicted that Rondo and Pierce should be reserves. The reasoning makes legit sense as well.

http://tinyurl.com/8xmabg9
Reply celts
4:58 PM on February 3, 2012 
paul says...
You can keep saying that all you want. I don't even know what the hell you mean by it. Bradley's crazed 'honey badger' defense is what turned this season around. You seem to be using some kind of measuring stick for quality that I don't understand.

What changed the season around was people getting in shape and pierce finally getting it going bradleys defense was amazing against orlando in that one game the rest of time theres been parts of games where his defense was good, but he is nothing special and should never start. moore in my opinion especially lately has outplayed him by miles, im not trying to hate on bradley or your opinion, but i think hes gotten to much hype for this winning streak when pierce has just turned it up another notch which im happy to see he can still do.