Tag Archives | Boston Celtics

Ranking Derrick’s playoff debut

Derrick Rose’s first playoff game made NBA history, alongside the other all-time great postseason debuts of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Chris Paul, John Williamson, Gary Brokaw and whoever else you want to name. But I felt it was necessary to rank Derrick’s performance against several other real-world examples of incredible awesomeness in order to provide the proper […]

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D-Rose vs. the World (Champions)

On Friday, Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub revealed: “Rose scares me. … If Derrick Rose can break down the defense either through one-on-one penetration or screen/rolls, I worry that as the C’s big men help, Thomas and Noah will be able to find the right spots on the floor before Davis/Powe/Perkins can get back to […]

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Q&A with Celtics Hub

Update! You can now read my Q&A at Celtics Hub. Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub was kind enough to answer a few Leprechaun-related questions leading into the Bulls-Celtics playoff series. 1. With Kevin Garnett, the Celtics surrender only 90.8 PPG. Without him, they’re giving up 99.4 PPG and (gulp) 107.5 PPG versus playoff teams. Why […]

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Bulls-Celtics: The series preview

The basics: The Chicago Bulls (41-41) versus the Boston Celtics (62-20). The Bulls are 28-13 at home (yay!) but only 13-28 on the road (boo!). Meanwhile, the Celtics are 35-6 in Boston (the third-best home record in the league) and 27-14 outside of Beantown (tied for the second-best road record). Is it a bad sign […]

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Trapped by the Raptors

Me and my big metaphorical mouth. Yesterday on Basketbawful, I made what was, in retrospect, a rather rash and foolish statement regarding Philadelphia’s loss to the Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen-less Celtics: “The defeat will almost certainly cost the Sixers the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs (unless the Bulls lose at home to the Raptors […]

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Fresh ink: March 18, 2009

Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Derrick Rose saved his best for last Tuesday. The Bulls rookie star guard was without a field goal through three quarters. But Rose turned it on in the fourth to help lead the Bulls to a 127-121 win, which extended the Bulls home streak to seven games. Rose, who […]

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Stopping the Celtics

The Bulls beat the NBA champs! Okay, so the Celtics (or should I say “Celtics”) were missing Kevin Garnett, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine and then lost Leon Powe after he bruised his right knee in a collision with Ben Gordon a few minutes into the game. But still, Chicago executed down the […]

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Celtics-Bulls preview

The Basics: Boston (50-17) at Chicago (30-37). The Celtics are 23-11 on the road, while the Bulls are 20-11 at home. Advanced stuff: Boston is ranked 5th in Offensive Rating (scoring 110.6 points per 100 possessions) and 1st in Defensive Rating: (giving up 101.5 points per 100 possessions). Chicago is rankled 20th (106.9) and 17th (108.2), respectively. So, in addition […]

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