The Gordon Hayward Injury

Wow. Unbelieveable. I’m still having a hard time processing the whole thing. I didn’t see it like. I was actually watching the Yankees game when Aaron Judge was at bat. I came back into my room and saw everyone at the game standing around and heard Reggie Miller comment on the murmuring in the building. I was like “What is going on?”.

So I did the 15 second rewind that Xfinity has, and kept going back and back and then I saw Hayward on the ground. Then I went back once more and saw the play and heard Marv Albert exclaim “Gordon Hayward broke his leg”. And as I was processing what he just said the camera cut to that shot and I was like OMG!

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The NBA’s Case of Tighty Whities

As many of you know, Nike is the new uniform supplier for the NBA, taking over for Adidas. New with Nike’s takeover is the use of the maker’s mark on the jerseys themselves.

Previously, with Adidas, Reebok, and other manufacturers, the league kept the logos off the uniforms, allowing only the team and league logos to be present. It was the only league that was like this, but now, they too are like the other major sports.

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Celtics Coach Brad Stevens Dunks In Practice

….with the help of a trampoline. But regardless, when do you see a NBA head coach throw down? Like never, right? And ok, it’s not actually like a team practice, but whatever. He dunked. That’s all you need to know.

 

BTW, just so you know, in case you didn’t, Celtics have the best record in the East since January 23rd.

Celtics Top Clippers in OT, 139-134.

Wow, awesome game. And I only saw the OT live.

Down 6 in the OT, they came back and played tough basketball, thanks to some big shots by Evan Turner. He hit a nice hesitation jumper in the paint, got a nice And-1, and another jumper in the lane.

A big three by Sullinger kinda started this run. It was a ballsy play because Isaiah Thomas had what looked like an easy 2 but he kicked it out to the open Sullinger for the 3.

Check out the stat line for Thomas.

Really nice win. Nice bounce back after that disappointing loss to the Bucks.

This team is fun to watch. They might surprise some people out there, but Boston knows what this team can do.

BTW, as Pierce walked off the TD Garden court, for possibly the last time, he had a nice smile on his face. That in itself is like a little bonus win. Always love Pierce.

Warriors Get Bucked

I knew this would happen.

I really though the Celtics would win last night. And they almost did. They took the Warriors to two overtimes and nearly walked away with the W.

But the Bucks had the Warriors on the second half of a back to back, in which the first half was a double OT game.

Here’s my analogy. Indulge me if you will.

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The Clippers Have New Logos and Uniforms….Aaaaaand Nobdy Likes Them

Here they are, you 2015-16 Los Angeles Clippers Uniforms!

And they’re not that great.

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Should the Celtics Go After David Lee?

ESPN – David Lee, who is the second-longest tenured player for the Golden State Warriors and as close to Steph Curry as any member of the newly crowned NBA champions, has likely played his last game for the team, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Sources said the Warriors have privately acknowledged to Lee and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that it would be unfair to the former All-Star to ask him to continue to serve in a limited role next season after Lee accepted his diminished minutes without complaint all season.

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The Celtics are in need of another big man. Lee is a solid player. I know he didn’t play too much in the finals but he did have a good game when Kerr starting him.

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These Celtics Are Fun To Watch

Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

We’re in the lull before March Madness and Opening Day. The NFL off season is in full swing, and the playoff pictures in both the NHL and NBA are starting to get clearer.

Last year at this time, the Bruins were heading into the playoffs with the best record in the league, looking to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals after a heart breaking loss to the Blackhawks in game 6.

This year, however, has been a different story. They are fighting to hang on to the 8 spot, and though they have been playing better as of late, they haven’t had the season many of us wanted, or expected.

That brings us to the Celtics. The Celtics lost a good amount of games last year, but it only got them the fifth selection. They seemed to be headed to a similar place again this year, especially after trading away their two biggest stars, Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green.

But believe it or not, the Celtics aren’t looking towards the lottery this year, they are trying to get into the playoff race, and are within a game or so of doing it.

That’s part of why this team is so fun to watch. The expectations are low, so when they win, it’s a pleasent surprise. Sure, they blew a 26 point lead against the best team in the league (the Warriors) but hey, the Warriors are the best team for a reason.

Starting this year, we knew coach Brad Stevens was going to have to handle a lot of players in another rebuilding year. He’s had a carousel of a bench with new faces seemingly appearing out of thin air. The Celts have an Italian on the team? And his name is Luigi? Really?

Yes really. And he’s pretty good too. He can knock down threes and knows when to take his shot. So does fellow European, Swedish shooter Jonas Jerebko. Another guy who was wasting away on the bench of a bad team has been rejuvenated on this Celtics team. He also can hit the three, and with Olynyk getting back after injury, the Celtics three game has been pretty good.

There’s also Jae Crowder who came over in the Rondo deal and has been on of the more consistent guys on the team (Did I mention he can hit three’s? I see a theme developing)

All of this winning though, has a large part to do with one of Danny Ainge’s best acquisitions of recent memory. Isiah Thomas.

Whoops, wrong guy. I meant Isaiah Thomas. The one who is currently playing in the league, not the former Piston great. This Thomas has an extra A and that A might as well be the grade he gets so far in his Celtics career.

Thomas can score. He can shoot. And he can come up big in the fourth quarter, a time and place where the Celtics and wither away (and still do at times).

He’s done what Rondo couldn’t do. And don’t get me wrong, I loved Rondo, but Rondo is an assist first PG. That worked well when he had Paul Pierce, KG, and Ray Allen to dish the ball to. But when he was one of the guys counted on to score, his game suffered, of course, unless it was a Sunday afternoon game on ABC, where he always seemed to thrive.

Jeff Green was another guy who showed glimpses of being the next “Guy” after Pierce, but couldn’t live up to the expectations set for him, whether that was fair or not. He led the team in scoring at the time of his trade, but never became the Go-To guy many fans believed he could be.

As it gets closer to the end, I’m glad I can watch the Celtics with great interest instead of wondering if they’ll be lucky in the lottery. Plus, Danny has a stockpile of draft picks, so I’m not worried there either. I have a feeling in the next year or two, the Celtics won’t be on the outskirts looking to get into the playoffs, but a tough to play force in the East.

Could This Be Jeff Green’s Year?

Ever since the Perkins trade, which puzzled many at the time, one of the biggest questions has been “When will Jeff Green be the player we know he can be?” He’s always shown flashes of brilliance, like when he dropped 43 on LeBron and he Heat last year in tough 105-103 loss. It showed he can rise to the occasion in big games. But then, he could disappear at times. After that 43 point performance, he tallied only 35 points combined over the next 3 games.

This year though, he’s been off to a great start, averaging 20 points a game, nearly 6 points more than his career average. He’s been playing consistant on a nightly basis, and he’s one of the reasons the Celtic’s are always competitive in their games.

Now, he’s always been able to throw down, and last night he had two great dunks. He’s probably the best dunker the Celtics have had in recent memory. Yeah, Gerald Green (no relation) won the dunk contest but he wasn’t the player that Jeff is. Jeff has a well rounded game.

One of my favorite of his dunks

So hopefully this year, Jeff can keep up the work and help this team finish off some of these games.