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Recently Joe Gill of Boston Sports Then and Now contacted me to assist him with an interview with our friend Jess Camerato of WEEI, we were happy to oblige. Joe and I

collaborated on some questions and we sent them Jessica's way.

Jessica Camerato from WEEI.com, was nice enough to answer some of our questions and hot topics. We touch upon the playoff series with

the Heat, ‘Sheed, and the future of the Green.

Be sure to check out Jessica’s blog, Green Street on WEEI.com.

NSS/BST&N: The Celtics have not lived up to expectations this season. What would now be considered a successful 2010 for the C’s? 2nd round exit? EC Finals? Finals? Banner 18?Jessica Camerato: The Celtics don’t play basketball to win division titles or make it as far as the Eastern Conference Semifinals, like they did last year. Regardless of how they performed during the regular season, this team was built to win another championship. That has remained their goal the entire season.NSS/BST&N: Recently an article was published by Bill Simmons calling Rasheed Wallace the worst Celtic of all-time. What are your thoughts?JC: Rasheed Wallace has been disappointing during the regular season, so the true test will be in the postseason. If he can make a positive impact in the playoffs, that could change his mark on the season. But that’s a big if. NSS/BST&N: If the Celtics do not end up going far into the playoffs, do you believe Danny Ainge will begin the re-building process during this off-season? JC: As I mentioned earlier, this team has championship expectations. If they do not live up to them, the Celtics will have to take a look at what worked, what didn’t work, and what can work moving forward. NSS/BST&N: Can you explain the lack of minutes for Marquis Daniels and Nate Robinson of late? JC: There is a transition period when a player joins a new team. In the case of Marquis Daniels, he suffered a thumb injury early into his first year with the Celtics and never seemed to find his rhythm in the system. The issue with Nate Robinson is that some nights he’s hot (just last week he scored 11 points in less than 30 seconds) and on other nights he’s off. Both have struggled to prove their consistency. NSS/BST&N: What is the key to the Celtics possibly winning the championship this year? Where do you feel their biggest difficiencies lie and how can they be corrected? JC: The first key is defense — it won them a title in 2008 and is the foundation of the team. The second key, and one of their biggest deficiencies, is consistency. Over the course of this season, the Celtics failed to put together 48 minutes of basketball on several occasions. There are only so many chances to bounce back in the playoffs, and the Celtics can’t succeed if they are playing catch up to make up for games they let slip away.NSS/BST&N: What advantages and disadvantages are there for a the Celtics versus the Heat?JC: The Celtics have several advantages over the Heat. Their entire starting lineup has been successful against the Heat in the regular season, so if one of them has an off-night, there’s a cast behind him to help pick up the slack. The Heat, on the other hand, have a steep drop-off after Dwyane Wade. This Celtics team has also played through two postseasons together already. They know each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies, which will only grow stronger this postseason. The Celtics also have a big advantage at the point guard position … and we’ve seen Rajon Rondo turn it on in the playoffs before.The biggest disadvantage is that while the Heat rely so heavily on one player, that one player is one of the most dangerous scorers in the NBA. Wade can single-handedly change a game, so the Celtics will have to contain him without losing sight of his teammates. NSS/BST&N: What player needs to step up for the Celtics to have a shot at another banner? JC: I’m looking for Paul Pierce to lead the Celtics in the postseason. The good news for the Celtics is that he doesn’t need to “step up.” He is going into the playoffs with two very strong games behind him. After scoring 28 points against the Bulls on Tuesday, he this is where he wanted to be this point in the season.

Thursday, 15 April 2010 18:30

Eddie Jordan Was Jobbed In Philly

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Rarely do I come to the aid of anyone or anything that comes out of Philadelphia but I’ll make an exception for Coach Jordan. Dude got a raw deal and not everyone in the NBA knows it. Being the first firing of the end of the season, will he still find himself out of work come September?[caption id="attachment_6188" align="alignleft" width="395" caption="I'll get you, Gadget"][/caption]Eddie made the playoffs four straight years with the Washington Wizards from ’04-’08 before being canned eleven games into the ’08-’09 season after a 1-10 start. After Philly media and fans lamented the hiring (surprise, surprise) he was given the task of trying to implement his style of offense on a mishmash of players.The Princeton offense that is Jordan’s mainstay relies on spacing and movement with well timed cuts and accurate ball movement, basically they type you see in an average high school game. In theory it would work like a charm but like everything, the key is getting guys to by in. Therein lies the problem. No one in the league wants to run except for a select few, i.e. Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Manu Ginobili. You would think with the success those guys have that more players would be on board. Not so, since isolation plays and alley oop finishes are the glamour plays, not moving without the ball.Coach Jordan inherited and awful Elton Brand who somehow managed to average 13 PPG this season, the mediocre roller coaster that is Samuel Dalembert, perennial second fiddle Andre Iguodala and the had the short lived Allen Iverson experiment thrust upon him. I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone (outside of Phillip Jackson) let alone give them a year to try and get that crew to play ball.Ironically, Dalembert quipped, “Forget the Princeton offense, we should have been focused on defense,” after their down season one year removed from a playoff appearance. Dalembert and Brand had both been benched throughout the season for missing defensive assignments and being called out by their coach in the media, a play perhaps taken straight from the Doc River’s coaching handbook.While I don’t really condone coaches airing their beefs with players to the media I can see why Eddie would be driven to make such comments. The situation wasn’t ideal but it wasn’t the worst you could head into. There is some talent there but there is also a general feeling of complacency, something that is currently plaguing the Celtics.I hope Eddie Jordan can find some new digs to settle into for next season. Yes, he has a career winning percentage of 43%, but look at the teams; Sacramento, Washington and Philly. Maybe those cities were powerhouses at one point but it's been a long time since they've made some noise. The coaching equivalent to musical chairs has started and there is always someone who finds themselves without a seat. On the bright side, he could always fill in on NBA TV’s atrocious studio show for the fan’s night games. He couldn’t possibly make that show any worse.
Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:58

NBA Playoffs Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

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Now that the playoffs are here, the Boston Celtics have run out of excuses. The second season begins Saturday and the Miami Heat are looking to take advantage of their season run.The Celtics have not fared well at home. In fact, it seemed like the road was a better option. Opponents would come into the Garden and summarily smash the Celtics in the mouth, and not one of them would fight back.

They became the bullies that everyone had been whispering that they had been in the last two years. Kevin Garnett, the resident alpha-dog of trash talking went gently into the night when Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks chirped at him after a Celtic loss.

They ended the regular season with what else—a home loss.

That's okay, Boston can start to erase the nasty taste of 2009-2010 by beating Miami.

The Miami Heat have the advantage of having a younger superstar and a younger bench—those are two things the Celtics have continuously struggled with.

Dwayne Wade vs. Ray/Tony Allen: Ray is not exactly known for his defense; however, he can slow Wade by running him off of screens. In theory this would affect his legs in the fourth quarter. Tony's defense is more honest; he has the foot quickness to stay with Wade. It is his mind set that will determine how effective he is.

Advantage: Wade

Quentin Richardson vs. Paul Pierce: Richardson's offense has been a little enigmatic this season. His three-point shot has not been as reliable, and he is just now gaining some confidence in his game. It is his defense on Paul Pierce that the Heat will rely on. Pierce likes to post up and Richardson has just enough girth to make it difficult for "The Truth" in the post.

Advantage: Pierce

Michael Beasley vs. Kevin Garnett: This has not been a great season for either one of these forwards. Beasley's inability to be Dwayne Wade's second has the team concerned. This postseason will tell if Beasley will be part of the Heat's future, but for now, he must guard the recently rejuvenated Garnett.

Garnett has shown signs of his offensive game returning, and this will make it a very quick comeuppance for Beasley.

Advantage: Garnett

Carlos Arroyo/Mario Chalmers vs. Rajon Rondo: By all accounts Rondo should be able to handle both of these players without any problems. Arroyo is not quick enough to stay with Rondo, and Doc Rivers might just use him in the low post against Chalmers.

Advantage: Rondo

Joel Anthony vs. Kendrick Perkins: Miami won't be running any plays for Anthony, but his willingness to attack the boards and his shot blocking ability are all they need.

Perkins has a tendency to fake too much when he encounters a shot blocker; this either causes a travelling violation or a rushed shot. He has also been having issues with his knees. Its a good thing there are no back-to-back games in the playoffs, because Perk will have to keep a close eye on Mr. Anthony.

Advantage: Perkins, only because he has more playoff experience.

Summary: Miami had an 11-game win streak, but the quality of their opponents was somewhat questionable. Udonis Haslem, Dorrell Wright and their buddies coming off the bench doesn't exactly imply a major game plan, but it would be in the Celtics best interest to not give them a notion of having a big game.

Boston has added Nate Robinson, Michael Finley, Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels. The only ones that Doc Rivers can count on are Michael Finley and the man-of-a-thousand-NBA-lives himself, Tony Allen. Allen may just be that X-factor the Celtics have been looking for.

Shelden Williams and Glen Davis will battle for the minutes that Rasheed Wallace will most definitely leave on the table.

Winner : Boston Celtics in six games

The Boston Celtics are holding fan appreciation night at the Garden on Wednesday. The Celtics Late Night Show is following in their footsteps as we are showing our appreciation to our listeners on Thursday evening at 8 pm, EST.

The Celtics Late Night Show

Fan Appreciation Night

Special Guest Hosts

KWAPT

and

Aztec Gino

TONIGHT

at

8 PM, EST

The Boston Celtics are holding fan appreciation night at the Garden on Wednesday. The Celtics Late Night Show is following in their footsteps as we are showing our appreciation to our listeners on Thursday evening at 8 pm, EST.

We were not able to secure a key-note speech from Paul Pierce for the show so we did one better. We are making KWAPT Brandon and Nick's guest host and master of ceremonies for the entire show. The show is going to start at 8 pm and will end at 9 pm sharp. We will then be tuning into the Two Man Game for John and Chuck's playoff preview.

Our special guest for the evening is, fan favorite at the Garden, AZTEC GINO!

Aztec Gino has been shrouded in mystery since making his first appearance at the Garden and he is coming on the show to shed a little light on his story. KWAPT has also lined up some other "fan-favorites" from the TD Garden's cast of characters.

The Scotsmen will be present and giving away copies of the "Return to the Rafters" dvd autographed by him. We will also be giving away some other cool prizes.

So, join us Thursday evening for the special addition of the Celtics Late Night Show!

347-215-7771

Listen/Chat Live

Some Images of KWAPT Aztec Gino and other die-hard Celtics fans...

The Celtics Late Night Show

Fan Appreciation Night

Special Guest Hosts

KWAPT

and

Aztec Gino

TONIGHT

at

8 PM, EST

The Boston Celtics are holding fan appreciation night at the Garden on Wednesday. The Celtics Late Night Show is following in their footsteps as we are showing our appreciation to our listeners on Thursday evening at 8 pm, EST.

We were not able to secure a key-note speech from Paul Pierce for the show so we did one better. We are making KWAPT Brandon and Nick's guest host and master of ceremonies for the entire show. The show is going to start at 8 pm and will end at 9 pm sharp. We will then be tuning into the Two Man Game for John and Chuck's playoff preview.

Our special guest for the evening is, fan favorite at the Garden, AZTEC GINO!

Aztec Gino has been shrouded in mystery since making his first appearance at the Garden and he is coming on the show to shed a little light on his story. KWAPT has also lined up some other "fan-favorites" from the TD Garden's cast of characters.

The Scotsmen will be present and giving away copies of the "Return to the Rafters" dvd autographed by him. We will also be giving away some other cool prizes.

So, join us Thursday evening for the special addition of the Celtics Late Night Show!

347-215-7771

Listen/Chat Live

Some Images of KWAPT Aztec Gino and other die-hard Celtics fans...

[caption id="attachment_6162" align="alignleft" width="243" caption="Wyc pray's for the mystique to return to the parquet in the playoffs"][/caption]Not much to say about Wednesday night's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics rested the Big Three, Tony Allen and Perkins. Perkins was rested to avoid the regular season technical foul that would have resulted in being suspended for game one of the playoffs. Sad when your coach needs to keep you off the court to avoid a technical foul instead of just telling you to shut your mouth and you listen. Sad.Paul Pierce and Ray Allen dressed in uniform for fan appreciation night. Though they were a DNP, they were not listed as inactive. Pierce gave a very classy speech to the reluctant TD Garden. He made reference to the contemptuous relationship this version of the C's had with their fans. He also promised to "protect their home court better in the playoffs" then they did in the regular season. Paul Pierce has really settled into his own as a Celtic and has developed a bond with the fans that will never be broken. After the boo-bird's got the best of KG in their last home game, Pierce knew exactly what to say to relax the crowd and he said it well. remaining in the locker room throughout the game, Garnett did not make an appearance on court for the fans.The Celtics lost the game, 106-95, behind the Bucks bench pouring in the points. Stackhouse (17 points), Ilyasova (15 points), Ridnour (17 points) and Gadzoric (14 points), came off the bucks bench to out-scored the Celtics "starters", 63-59. Rajon Rondo scored, a team high, 21 points and added 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 15 assists. Rondo became the first ever Boston Celtic to lead the league in steals. Easily the Celtics MVP, Rondo broke Rick Fox's single season steal record and Bob Cousy's (50 year old) single season assist record. He has given constant glimpses of the greatness his future will hold in green. Truly, Rondo provided the very few bright spots to the season.Wednesday night was a meaningless game and yet, I again, fell into the Sheed-Trap. I felt last night was a good time for Rasheed to show the "worth" all of his fans have been talking about all season. Instead he notched another average night, 9 points and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. He didn't pick up a technical foul though-- That's a plus. "Rasheed's season" begins this weekend and I am anxious to see his 15 points and 8 rebounds off the bench every night. That's the only redemption for this guy who has epitomized the Celtics (shockingly) lackadaisical approach to 2010.Over-all, 2010 proved to be the most unimpressive 50 win season I have witnessed in my 25 year's of watching NBA basketball. It's possible the high expectations for this team coming in are what's making this season taste so bad. After-all, 2010 is the first time the Celtics have notched 3 consecutive 50+ win season's since Larry Bird was launching fade-away jumpers and dishing no-look passes. Putting that into context, In his 13 season's, Bird's Celtics never had a season less than 52 wins. The only exception is 1989 when Bird played just 6 games and I don't count that.My closing thoughts... Larry Bird is not walking through that door this weekend. Too bad for the C's.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 10:00

Kevin McHale To Be Doc Rivers' Replacement?

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Kevin McHale spent thirteen season's playing for the Boston Celtics. He also drafted Kevin Garnett and worked closely with him during Garnett's tenure in Minnesota. Kevin remains best friends with Danny Ainge and they are always in close contact. Kevin is currently not coaching or working with any NBA team as he is now doing a superb job as color commentator for TNT and NBATV.Does this make McHale Doc Rivers' likely replacement if Rivers' is to retire after the playoffs?I think it may. McHale stated his reasons for not venturing back into coaching as his desire to spend more time with family and reduce travel. In other words, Kevin has not found a job that intrigues him enough. Ainge owes McHale for helping his Celtics win the title in 2008 by sending Kevin Garnett to Boston.Can hiring McHale to re-join the Celtics be the perfect payback for the Garnett assist? I don't know but it is an intriguing idea.
More details to follow...

Between my guest visit's on various NBA internet show's and my normal appearance on the Celtics Late Night Show, I had made it clear that I felt we were watching Doc Rivers' last season on the Celtics bench. To my (not) surprise, Steve Bulpett spoke with Doc last night and he had this to say, “Part of it is true,” Rivers said of the speculation. “Every year I sit down in the middle of the summer and I have a family discussion. We talk about what we want to do. That’s nothing new, but every year it gets stronger and stronger. And I think people are making some common sense reads. I’ve got three seniors next year, two in college and one in high school. That’s important to me. We’re all family men. We all have kids.“Every year you’ve got to weigh what’s best for your kids. That’s just the way it is. But, I don’t get into it now. I don’t talk about it. I’ve never told anyone one way or the other, and that’s how it’s always been.”Rivers even avoided the subject when general manager Danny Ainge wanted to negotiate a contract extension. The coach has one year left on his deal, but he has thus far passed on the chance for a new pact.“Danny already brought it up, and I told him I didn’t want to talk about it,” Rivers said. “Danny came to me early in the year, and I said I didn’t think it was fair to the players for the coach to be talking about his contract during a season. He said, ‘Well, I think we need to do something,’ and I said, ‘Well, we’ve got all summer.’ ” So, we all know Doc has debated this during the off-season but never really took it too seriously. This is the first time his leaving the bench has ever been mentioned while the season is still under-way. Four day's removed from the kickoff of the postseason, Doc has decided to go public with his internal dilemma. Could this be on of Doc's head games centered around motivating his struggling team-- losers of 6 of their last 9 games?I think not.I have made it clear that my feelings are that a shake-up needs to occur in Boston during the off-season. With the Celtics limited in payroll options, the coaching staff seems to be the only likely maneuver to be made before the 2010-11 season commences.Doc made it clear that he feels the Celtics can still be a contender next season. He told the Herald, “Well, I don’t really think anybody knows what next year’s going to be,” he said. “Kevin (Garnett)’s going to be healthier next year, because it’s going to be a year further away from the surgery. Hopefully Ray (Allen) will be back, and Paul (Pierce) will still be a force. You never know what can happen with trades and free agency.“So I think the demise of the Celtics may be greatly exaggerated. People think this is it, and I don’t think anyone in our office feels that way. But as far as I’m concerned, I can tell you I try never to make a decision in the season. That’s the worst time. You’re emotional either way about it.” The Celtics are in total disarray as the playoffs approach. They are out of sync and struggling to find a rhythm. The rotations, a topic of scrutiny throughout the entire season, continue to be an issue. In Tuesday night's loss to the Bulls, Doc decided to play Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels extended minutes. They had fallen under his radar as of late but re-emerged against the Bulls as Tony Allen was out with the flu.The drama that is 2010 continues.... Stay tuned for more updates.
The Boston Celtics are holding fan appreciation night at the Garden on Wednesday. The Celtics Late Night Show is following in their footsteps as we are showing our appreciation to our listeners on Thursday evening at 8 pm, EST.The Celtics Late Night Show Fan Appreciation Night

Special Guest Hosts

KWAPT

and

Aztec Gino

Thursday Evening

at

8 PM, EST

The Boston Celtics are holding fan appreciation night at the Garden on Wednesday. The Celtics Late Night Show is following in their footsteps as we are showing our appreciation to our listeners on Thursday evening at 8 pm, EST.

We were not able to secure a key-note speech from Paul Pierce for the show so we did one better. We are making KWAPT Brandon and Nick's guest host and master of ceremonies for the entire show. The show is going to start at 8 pm and will end at 9 pm sharp. We will then be tuning into the Two Man Game for John and Chuck's playoff preview.

Our special guest for the evening is, fan favorite at the Garden, AZTEC GINO! Aztec Gino has been shrouded in mystery since making his first appearance at the Garden and he is coming on the show to shed a little light on his story. KWAPT has also lined up some other "fan-favorites" from the TD Garden's cast of characters.

The Scotsmen will be present and giving away copies of the "Return to the Rafters" dvd autographed by him. We will also be giving away some other cool prizes.

So, join us Thursday evening for the special addition of the Celtics Late Night Show!

347-215-7771 Aztec Gino in Full Effect...

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:18

Celtics Fall For Sixth Time In Nine Games, Bulls Roll 101-93

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[caption id="attachment_6144" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Money"][/caption]As the playoffs draw ever closer, the Celtics hopes of making any noise in them are fleeing faster than Usain Bolt after jobbing a 7/11. Boston has lost six of their last nine games with five of those L’s coming at home and at the hands of scrubs. They’ve secured the fourth seed in the East and have assured themselves a spot at taking on the Cavs in the second round, should they make it that far.Derrick Rose had a career high 39 PTS with 7 ASTS in 46 minutes and basically locked down Rajon Rondo, holding him to just 4 PTS and 6 ASTS for a largely ineffective night. 17 of Rose’s 39 PTS came in the fourth when the Bulls poured it on with a 14-4 run to begin the quarter. Kirk Hinrich was the other part of the 1-2 punch with 30 PTS while no other Chicago player scored in double digits.Paul Pierce led the scoring for Boston with his 28 PTS on 12-17 shooting. The biggest thing that stood out to was that Pierce only attempted one three pointer and missed that. Paul did all of his damage inside the arc with layups and iso plays which are vintage Pierce. Ray Allen handled the scoring from deep as he went 4-7 from three which accounted for all but one of Boston’s made threes. Ray finished with 25 PTS.The Celtics received no help whatsoever from the Center position with Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace combining for 4 PTS and 17 REBS. In fact, you could probably drop that to 2 PTS since Wallace tipped in a rebound, except it was in his own basket. The kicker is that it was totally uncontested as the Bulls team had already crossed half court by the time Wallace was going up for the board.Glen Davis continues to play awful basketball and make stupid mistakes. Davis is good for a combination of four things on the offensive side every night; going up in a crowd of defenders and getting stuffed like a thanksgiving turkey, a travel, a three second violation and a pivotal role in a shot clock violation. It’s getting to the point where I’m really wondering how long Doc can stick with him as the first option off the bench for Garnett’s replacement.It is unclear to me what the Celtics can do, if anything, to right the ship when it really matters. Going into the playoffs stone cold isn’t the best strategy and they lack that proverbial on/off switch that fans hear about every year. Boston is more like an old Geo Prizm; you need to let it warm up for a while and it will eventually get you to where you’re going, though it’ll be an ugly ride. Someone needs to brave the cold and warm up the C’s before their series with Milwaukee.

The Celtics Late Night Show

Fan Appreciation Night

Special Guest Hosts

KWAPT

and

Aztec Gino

Thursday Evening

at

8 PM, EST

The Boston Celtics are holding fan appreciation night at the Garden on Wednesday. The Celtics Late Night Show is following in their footsteps as we are showing our appreciation to our listeners on Thursday evening at 8 pm, EST.

We were not able to secure a key-note speech from Paul Pierce for the show so we did one better. We are making KWAPT Brandon and Nick's guest host and master of ceremonies for the entire show. The show is going to start at 8 pm and will end at 9 pm sharp. We will then be tuning into the Two Man Game for John and Chuck's playoff preview.

Our special guest for the evening is, fan favorite at the Garden, AZTEC GINO!

Aztec Gino has been shrouded in mystery since making his first appearance at the Garden and he is coming on the show to shed a little light on his story. KWAPT has also lined up some other "fan-favorites" from the TD Garden's cast of characters.

The Scotsmen will be present and giving away copies of the "Return to the Rafters" dvd autographed by him. We will also be giving away some other cool prizes.

So, join us Thursday evening for the special addition of the Celtics Late Night Show!

347-215-7771

Listen/Chat Live

Some Images of KWAPT Aztec Gino and other die-hard Celtics fans...

Tuesday, 13 April 2010 09:48

Congrats to Project Spurs on 200 Episodes!

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On behalf of the writing staff at NSS, I'd like to congratulate Jeff and Mike at Project Spurs for 200 AMAZING episodes! I had the opportunity to hang out with those guy's in Boston last month and we had an amazing time. These guy's are terrific. If you've never checked out their show, shame on you! We gave them a big shout out last night on the Celtics Late Night Show.
Listen to last night's episode of Project Spurs here.

It takes a team to raise a championship banner and no other franchise embodies that more than the Boston Celtics. They are the North Carolina Tar Heels of the NBA.At anytime you can see or hear about the presence of past Celtic championship teams. Prior to a game, Tommy Heinsohn can be seen talking to the younger Celtics sharing his insights.This year's edition of the 'big three', Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, are trying to make a more permanent mark so they too can be held in the same regard as Larry Bird, Kevin Mchale, and Robert Parrish.The next generation of Celtic players, Rajon Rondo, has already linked his name with another Celtic great, Bob Cousy.They are at once proud but also burdened with the expectations of being a member of the most decorated franchise in the NBA.It doesn't matter to the fans, that in spite of their inconsistent season they won their division and currently are still playing for third place in the Eastern Conference. All they see is a team that reaches for rebounds and plays matador defense.The Boston faithful have even begun to boo them at home, not a good sign for a team that is contending for a championship.The absence of Gino on the Jumbotron has been most disheartening to Celtic nation.His presence alone after a vaunted Celtic defensive run to cement a win turned the TD Garden into a rumble in the jungle on Causeway Street, but lately it has felt like more of a walk on the Boston Common.Its a frightening thing to think that getting out of the first round is not a sure thing for them.Paul Pierce has stated publicly that their goal as a minimum is an NBA championship.The way they have been playing, they may have to settle for just winning their division and call it a season.
The Celtics Late Night Show will go live at 9 pm with special guest Julian Benbow. 347-215-7771 The Celtics Late Night Show

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at

9 pm, EST

Special Guest

The Boston Globe's

Julian Benbow

It's Monday again already and The Celtics Late Night Show will go live at 9 pm with special guest Julian Benbow.

We will air all of our weekly segments-- Around the Hardwood and The Scottish Torture Chamber and we will, of course, be taking your calls all night!

No Caller Left Behind/No Topic Off Limits

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Upcoming Events Thursday, April 15th:

Fan Appreciation Show Featuring KWAPT and Aztec Gino

...we will be giving away Return to the Rafters DVD's and some other "free stuff" Saturday, April 17th:

Celtics' Playoff Preview and Round Table Matinee

...featuring John Karalis from Red's Army and Jay King from Celtics Town. This will be an afternoon show. The time will be announced later in the week. Monday, May 10th:

Tim Donaghy Show!

...Tim will be live with us for TWO HOURS and will be taking your calls throughout the show!

The Celtics Late Night Show

Tonight

at
9 pm, EST
Special Guest

The Boston Globe's

Julian Benbow

It's Monday again already and The Celtics Late Night Show will go live at 9 pm with special guest Julian Benbow.
We will air all of our weekly segments-- Around the Hardwood and The Scottish Torture Chamber and we will, of course, be taking your calls all night!

No Caller Left Behind/No Topic Off Limits

347-215-7771

Listen/Chat Live

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 15th:

Fan Appreciation Show Featuring KWAPT and Aztec Gino

...we will be giving away Return to the Rafters DVD's and some other "free stuff"

Saturday, April 17th:

Celtics' Playoff Preview and Round Table Matinee

...featuring John Karalis from Red's Army and Jay King from Celtics Town. This will be an afternoon show. The time will be announced later in the week.

Monday, May 10th:

Tim Donaghy Show!

...Tim will be live with us for TWO HOURS and will be taking your calls throughout the show!

It was 3 or 4 days ago or something, but I remember it like it was yesterday. The Lakers were playing the Nuggets on KCAL at the same time I had the opportunity to eat fresh at Subway. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Why doesn't he just take advantage of Quiznos' new delivery service so he can partake in the best of both basketball and sandwich worlds?" The answer to that question involves a tangled web of bitterness, underhandedness, and betrayal that I wont get into here.In any case, it turns out getting a sandwich only takes fifteen minutes and I was still able to see 90 percent of the game. I walked into my house and turned on my television only to see Sasha Vujacic in the game and it was only the first quarter. Although I found it to be strange, I simply chalked it up as perhaps being Serbia night in Denver. But as time went on into the second quarter and beyond it became apparent that Kobe was not about to go back into the game. I checked the running box score and apparently Kobe had never played at all. I feared that he might be injured or missing or stabbed or even worse, depressed or dead. But it turned out he just didnt feel like playing!Sure, in the post-game press conference Phil Jackson mumbled something or other about Kobe's legs not working properly and he was sat down for precautionary reasons, but the Lakers havent put in any effort into a basketball game in a month, and Kobe was just following suit. Disgusted, I decided to watch the Cavs and Bulls on TNT, but surprise surprise, I got an assfull of no Lebron.Look, if this was this was the final day of the regular season that would be one thing, but I can't ever remember an NBA season in which teams sat their healthy stars with as many as five games left. Forget about the argument that the fans deserve to see as good a product as possible, because really the fans only deserve to see the team. Suppose Phil Jackson has a point he wants to prove to Kobe and decides not to give him any minutes in a game. Does he owe it to the fans to play Kobe anyway? The fans pay for the right to see one team play another. As long as those two teams are there, the obligation is met.That being said, what about the impact on the team itself? Basketball is a game of rhythm. When a player is injured for five games it often takes a game or so to get back into it. Sitting down for that amount of time can affect you similarly. Also, you are impacting playoff seeding indirectly, if not directly. Giving the Nuggets a free win can not only build their confidence but help them get a better seeding, giving them an advantage with a matchup over a weaker team. Denver would be the 5 seed currently instead of the 3 if they had lost that game. And what about the impact on teammates? And they are acting like they dont even care about the home court advantage matchup with Orlando. The Lakers had an opportunity to tie or win the game late, but "point guard" Derek Fisher handled the ball rather than Kobe, and spent eight seconds dribbling around before allowing the ball to be gently smothered in Carmelo Anthony's thighs. I'm sure the embarassing youtube videos are doing wonders for his confidence.[caption id="attachment_6101" align="alignright" width="198" caption="Not Playing"][/caption]I understand that the league is in a position where forcing teams to play their stars would be a hard rule to enforce. Coaches are singularly responsible for doling out minutes, and it would be crossing a line of sorts for the league office to interfere with that. Even if they declared Lebron would have to play in a game, what is to stop a team from playing him for only thirty seconds? So, instead, I make the appeal to the teams themselves. It is your responsibility to take pride in yourselves and remain competitive.
Sunday, 11 April 2010 13:59

Re-Loaded: The Celtic's Lie

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The playoffs are fast approaching and there is no sense of self assurance coming from Boston and it shows when they are on the floor. Fans are booing the players regularly after home losses or when they get down big, deservedly so. There was so much hype with the offseason moves and the impeccable start to the season that every thought the Celtics were back and better than ever. Even the promos for Comcast Sports New England got on the re-everything train with their commercials.No one expected the collapse that we’d witness in the following months and quite frankly, it’s inexcusable. The rebounding is atrocious compared to last year. In the 08-09 season, Boston outrebounded opponents 42-38 on average. This season, the Celtics are gettong outrebounded on both the defensive side and the offensive end. They lose out in total 42-37 for the season average which might not seem like much except teams are averaging 10 OREBS a game against them and are making the most of their second chances.Saying the Celtics lack cohesion is like saying ice cream disagrees with the lactose intolerant, a severe understatement. It isn’t so much with the starting five (age is the real factor there) but more when there is any other combination on the floor. Sure, there have been games when the bench has looked great but there are even more game when the bench pulls a Houdini and flat out disappears.The Rasheed Wallace experiment has fallen flat. He isn’t a total failure but wasn’t worth the time, money and minutes in a game he gets for lackluster performances and 28% three point average. I was never down with acquiring Sheed but he is at least a step up from Mikki Moore, though Moore seemed to collect more boards than Wallace. In fact, Mikki averaged 4.5 RPG in 17 MPG while Sheed is barely getting 4 RPG win 22.5 MPG with a significant height and weight advantage.The subtraction of Leon Powe also had adverse affects. Powe averaged 5 RPG (2 offensive) and 8 PPG in 17 MPG. That is nice clip but Doc’s stubbornness kept him from playing in big situations. Besides being a potential spokesman for Windex, Powe also provided stiff competition for Glen Davis as the role of substitute big man. Davis played 21 MPG pulled down 4 RPG and 7 PPG when Leon was in his rearview mirror. This year, Baby is playing 17 MPG with 4 RPG and 6 PPG. It may not seem like a huge drop off but those numbers have steadily climbed from the atrocious start to his season when he came in way over weight and not at all in game shape. He took the Sheed “I’ll play my way into shape” approach coming into the year since he didn’t have Powe breathing down his neck.While I am happy to see Ray Allen doing well (probably the second most consistent player outside of Rondo), I can’t help but feel that he is going to walk at the end of the year and Boston will get nothing for him. Let’s face it, with what the Celtics have showed us since the All Star break, they are not true contenders to win the Championship, let alone reach the finals. While that may be a hard pill to swallow, a harder one will be trying to find a decent two guard in the offseason in free agency.Now, I was not in love with brining Michael Finley over, I can freely admit that he is a nice addition to the bench and can score from anywhere with his jumper, but lacks the ability to create his own shot. I’ve already made my thoughts well known (multiple times) about the sour taste the Nathan Robinson taste has left in my mouth and to really get my feelings on it, you should check this out.It’s too late now to try and change the things that have plagued Boston during their stumble to the finish line but maybe they can finally recognize and address the problems in the offseason. Rebounding, defense rotational awareness, end of quarter shot clock violations and being able to manage a damn bench are just a few of the things that need to be shored up. The best thing for fans to do is set the bar low, say second round exit in six games, that way it won’t be such a kick in the balls if they get swept.You could call me a pessimist and I wouldn’t argue with you but I would point out that I consider myself a realist. I dare Boston to prove me wrong.

APRIL 2010

This Monday, April 12th:

Boston Globe’s Julian Benbow- Julian will be making his second appearance on the Celtics Late Night Show. Check out his stuff on the Globe’s Celtics Blog, as well as his appearance on NESN Sports Desk.

Thursday, April 15th:

Fan Appreciation Show-- Featuring KWAPT and Aztec Gino!

On April 14th in their final home game against the Milwaukee Bucks the Celtics will be honoring their fans with fan appreciation night. With this being said we, along with the help of our friend KWAPT, decided it would be a good idea to hold our own little fan appreciation show. We are hoping to bring some of the most well known and controversial Celtics fans onto the show to discuss the season. Aztec Gino, Green Suit Guy, and Lucky (unconfirmed) are some of the names we are hoping to have on the show. Make sure to follow us on twitter for updates about this show. We will also be giving away a bunch of free stuff again!

Saturday, April 17th: Celtics Playoff Round-Table

Celtics Round Table Show- We will be doing a special Saturday edition of the Celtics Late Night Show before the Celtics begin their playoff run. We will be joined by a handful of well respected Celtics bloggers to discuss what we expect going into the playoffs. Confirmed guest so far include John/Chuck from Red’s Army and Jay King from Celtics Town.

MAY 2010

Monday, May 10th: Tim Donaghy Show

Former NBA Referee Tim Donaghy – The author of Personal Foul, and the man behind one of the biggest scandals in sports history will be on the show for a two hour segment. For more on this episode click here.
The Celtics finally reached the 50 win plateau and it was fitting that they did it on the road. Why give the home-crowd something to cheer about? Not that 50 wins matched any sort of expectations for this team anyway.Boston took their traveling circus on the road last night as they met up with looming playoff opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks. Without Bogut, the Buck kept the game tight thru three quarters. Doc Rivers decided to give Kevin Garnett a rest last night as well. Doc said KG is not suffering from any injury and just "looked tired." After his comments regarding the home crowd Friday night, it's clear Garnett may be suffering from mental fatigue more so than physical exhaustion. Either way, with Garnett coming under scrutiny lately, was it smart for Doc to basically proclaim his star power-forward to be sleepy?Either way, the Celtics showed up for 48 minutes last night. Led by Ray Allen (21 points, 2 steals) and Paul Pierce (24 points, 10-17 FGS, 6 Rebounds), the Celtics actually looked hungry in the second half. Pierce looked especially fresh in the second half as his mid-range game returned and was basically unstoppable-- nice to see. Paul also cracked a smile or two and he actually had me believing that the C's were enjoying playing basketball again. Pierce led the bench cheering squad in the fourth quarter as Rajon Rondo hauled out an array of moves in the paint. Rondo came on strong as he was up to the task of playing Brandon Jennings. Jennings scored 19 points but only dished out 1 assist and all but disappeared in the second half as Rondo emerged. Rajon poured in a cool 15 points, 4 rebounds and (of course) 10 assists.Rasheed Wallace filled in for the slumbering Garnett. Wallace led all scorers at the half and finished the game with 12 points. He was 2-3 from the distance, snatched 7 rebounds and even blocked a shot. 'Sheed has still done nothing to prove his superior late season/playoff worth. Everyone says it's coming and I'm still waiting. Yet not a bad showing from Wallace as he played decent defense and looked to have a subtle bounce in his step.Doc decided to give his bench a go and he got some good production from the green team. Glen Davis hit for 12 points and seven rebounds. I continue to eat my mid-season words about Big Baby being worthless. He continues to prove that he is now in shape and deserves playing time. I still wish some one would teach Baby how to use a pump fake when pinned under the basket after grabbing a coveted offensive board. Every defender in the league lines up to put one of Davis' weak put-back's in the stands. If Davis would throw a vintage Paul Pierce pump fake, he would get to the line 20 times a night. Despite Davis' feeble attempts at second shot's, he did show his usual toughness late in the fourth quarter. Not accepting a throw down from the Bucks, Kurt Thomas, Davis went nose to nose with Thomas until the stare down was broken up. Nice to see some toughness from the green-team-- led by the Baby.Nathan Robinson, Michael Finley and Shelden Williams all played well and hit the stat sheet. Marquis Daniels played a whopping 4 seconds and (understandably) didn't show a single stat in the box score this morning. Any reason I have heard for Quis' lack of playing time has not been acceptable to me. This guy was such an asset early in the season and provided a major spark for several games when returning from his injury. Now Doc has him back on his bad side and Quis has been exiled to Doc Rivers purgatory-- the bench!Tony Allen again proved to be a bright spot off the bench. Allen contributed 7 points, 5 rebounds (3 offensive), 2 assists and 1 steal before fouling out in 22 minutes. Tony's defense has been impressive and he is earning his playing time. Let's just keep him from handling the ball and I'll be satisfied.Boston finally decided to play defense as Saturday night was the first time in six outings that the C's held an opponent to under 100 points. The defense was a nice thing to watch last night from both team's. The Celtics held the Bucks to 39 percent shooting. Both team's also protected the ball as neither team had over 11 turnover's (the C's had 9). My favorite stat of the night was the rare appearance of Celtic rebounding. They out-rebounded the Bucks 42-38 while actually grabbing one more offensive board then Milwaukee.A nice playoff preview, a friend said to me that the Bucks would have won last night had Bogut not been injured. I don't know that I agree with that as the C's played a nice, well rounded game. It only took a blowout between the fans and their spiritual leader to get some quality basketball out of the Celtics.
(Images Courtesy of the Boston Herald and the Associated Press)

It's now spring. The birds are chirping, the day's are longer, the smell of blooming flowers are in the crisp air and the Celtics Legends are starting to re-emerge in Boston. As much as I love the weather shifting back to warmer day's, I love to see the likes of former Celtic-Champions coming out of hibernation to support their franchise when it counts. I can say without hesitation, the Celtics players, coaching staff and FANS need a good dose of Celtic-Pride and who better to provide it then the guy's who helped to invent it.

I suppose when the Cous talk's, we should all stop and listen. It was truly inspiring when Bob Cousy handed his modern day twin the Red Auerbach award on Friday night. Unfortunately, I was more inspired by the Houdini of the Hardwood then the Celtics were. After the upsetting loss, Cousy offered his insights on the Celtics "issues" this season and who better to listen to then a guy who has been around from the beginning.

Further indication that the playoffs are about to begin was Saturday night's fill-in for Tommy (thank god-- not Donnie), Bill Rafferty's mention of John Havlichek's excitement for the playoffs. Rafferty recently had the honor of playing 18 holes with the former Finals MVP (1974).

Cousy has re-emerged, Tommy and Jo Jo are always present, Hondo seems ready to take his seat at the Garden and now all we need is Bill Russell-- I'd imagine he is not far behind. With Red Auerbach gone, the legend's are the franchises only living bridge between past and present. The legends are now looking to pass the torch to another group of Celtics to carry on the tradition and winning-pride that Red Auerbach passed to them. Are the current group of "ready-to-retire" Celtics up to the task of carrying that standard? We will see starting this week and one thing is certain, win or lose the legends of championships past will be present to encourage them and support them.

Here's a summery of interesting quotes from Cousy...

“I turned them off one game, and then I’m up out of my chair when they overachieve,” he said. “This is just part of the process. When you’ve got four guys in their 30s that you’re depending on, there are going to be problems. They play wonderfully in spurts, but they’ve got to sustain it longer than the other guy - and that’s when it becomes difficult to do.“I think Doc (Rivers) does a magnificent job. I think he motivates them. Every time he gets up and tells the world what’s wrong or what’s not wrong, he makes sense. So from a coaching standpoint, they’re well served. But, hey, you can’t do anything about (an older team), especially in the playoffs. That’s why they have such trouble against Atlanta. A young, athletic team is exactly what they don’t want to face.”
(Courtesy of the Boston Herald)