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I’m Thankful For The Boston Celtics (It’s not why you think)

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The positive impact the Boston Celtics had on one Canadian youngster Thanksgiving is a time when everyone reflects on what they are thankful for. Like most, I am thankful for my family, friends, health & job. I have a great life, but in my thanks I cannot forget the one team that helped me through some of my darkest times: the Boston Celtics.  Growing up in Montreal in the early 80’s was a treasure trove for sports fans.  The Montreal Expos were beginning their run as the winningest team in the 80’s while the Montreal Canadiens were perennial Stanley Cup contenders. For sports heroes a kid could chose from the likes of Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Steve Rogers. It was awesome. However, on Sunday afternoons in the winter, after football season had ended, there was nothing for a sports fan to watch.  My parents were going through a bitter divorce in 1980. On Sundays it would be my fathers time to see my brother & I.  He would pick us up and drive us to see

All-Star acquisitions haven't worked. Roster tweaks will.

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 Irving, Horford & Hayward didn't work out. Barring a trade-of-the-decade, look for roster tweaks . How did Kyrie Irving work out for the Boston Celtics? Frankly, not very well. Injuries, team turmoil and no Banner #18! He walked away. Al Horford? It looked like Al just didn't want to be here any more. And when it looked like Gordon Hayward was re-upping with Boston or heading back home to Indiana, he bolted to Charlotte. We can only guess why.  The addition of Kemba Walker has been positive thus far. He's supplies volume scoring - is a willing facilitator - and a great teammate. But now we are looking at some persistent knee issues for Kemba that may limit his production this season. With the Jay Team, Marcus and Kemba on board, Danny Ainge may see no need for any home-run moves to acquire a superstar, unless (there's always an "unless" with Danny) an Anthony Davis-level star becomes available. NBA stars peak in their mid-to-late 20's, and Jaylen Brow

Why Marcus Smart is a must-keep, must-start Celtic

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Smart's value just got bigger with Kemba Walker's knee woes I am amazed that Marcus Smart still has critics in Boston. He may come in second to Larry Bird as the Celtic who most-used the qualities that God or nature bestowed on him. So we need to change the photo wording "on the departure Kyrie Irving & Al Horford" to "on the worrisome knee issues of Kemba Walker". Flash back to the 2020 post-season. Still not known as the second coming of Sam Jones, Marcus only hit 39.4% of his field goal attempts, but in the playoffs he averaged 38.1 MPG, 14.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, and 1.2 SPG. He was vital to The Green's making it to the Eastern Conference Finals. For those who weren't around, I see Smart as a hybrid combo of the Jones Boys, Sam and K. C. Sam attempted more than twice as many shots as his back-court partner, K. C., and for good reason. Sam's career FG% was .456, while K. C. hit .387 from the field. Once Bob Cousy retired, K. C. Jones took

Damn it Danny Ainge, roll the dice on Isaiah Thomas

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Let me first say that I doubt this will happen. The Celtics giving Isaiah Thomas another shot is ... well, a long shot. Brad Stevens doesn't favor guards in the 6-feet-and-under category. They can be a major liability on defensive switches. So why bring him back? Because this still-young guy is damn exciting. A lot of Boston fans would love him back in TD Garden, and I am one of them. I accept the fact that he can be a mis-match nightmare, but on offense he uses his speed and lack of size to drive opponents absolutely nuts. I collect game shorts and I wear them when I workout in the off-season lol https://t.co/y7wUyDmp7o — Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) November 25, 2020 Professional basketball is still a game. It is entertainment. This little guy supplies that - along with intensity and guts. When an offensive spark is needed off the bench, call his number. Put him on a second unit that will run the opposition into exhaustion - or "guerrilla warfare" as the late Tommy He

Lakers got better - remain Celtics main block to a Title

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The Boston Celtics took seven games to defeat the Raptors, - weren't able to get by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, - and would certainly have had everything they could handle versus the Lakers. Well, the Celtics improved ever-so-slightly, but the Lakers got significantly stronger in the last several days. So is it safe to say at this point the Lakers won the NBA offseason (still a few weeks left)? Rundown: Montrezl Harrell (reigning 6th Man of the Yr) Dennis Schroder (6th Man runner up) Wesley Matthews (3 & D) KCP (re-signed) Marc Gasol (1x champ & 1x Defensive Player of the Yr) — Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 23, 2020 Designated 6th-Man-of-the-Year, Montrezl Harrell, apparently didn't feel totally cherished in Clipper-Land and bolted to the Lakers with a 2-year deal totaling $19 million. The 6'7", 240-pound bruiser may be LA's most-valuable pickup.  Savvy veteran, Marc Gasol, also heads to the Lakers and allows his new team to play ei

Is the relatively-short Theis/Thompson Twin Tower duo worth trying?

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I go on record as being a major Daniel Theis fan - no superstar, but one of the top production-per-dollar players in the NBA. Now comes new acquisition, Tristan Thompson. Does he come to Boston as a starter at the center slot in place of Theis, or are the two viable together in the front court? I believe they are a workable combo when the opposing center is of the larger - and stronger - variety. Thompson at center and Theis at the PF spot just might work in that situation. Daniel has sufficient quickness to cover opposing wings, and my feeling is that Tristan has less of a chance to get bullied and manhandled by the brute centers. As accomplished a coach as Brad Stevens is, the start of this season should hopefully see him do more experimentation, and show more flexibility, in his lineups and substitutions. Enes Kanter is gone, and I doubt we will see Vincent Poirier on the roster after mid-season. That leaves Rob Williams and Grant Williams as substitutes at the 5-spot.  I believe bo

How would Red Auerbach rate Danny Ainge's performance?

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Things are so vastly different in the NBA today than they were in 1956. Making comparisons between General Managers in that era and those in the modern League is difficult, but here we go. Red is listed as both Coach and Executive in 1956. He was basically the Front Office. The 2020 list goes well over 100 names. There were only eight teams in the League in the mid-50's. There are 30 now. Simplicity reigned in the 50's. Auerbach made virtually all of the decisions, from determining substitutions during games to scouting potential draft picks and negotiating player contracts. Players generally hung around on the same team for their entire careers. But today, Danny Ainge has employees to handle most of the tasks, and the game of "Musical Players" has become an epidemic. So, who has had it tougher, Red or Danny? Red worked his butt off, but the daily process was not complicated. Auerbach was in charge, and the Celtics organization was as close to a dictatorship as existe