Marcus Smart is the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics – a bulldog with no back down ready to go toe-to-toe with the reigning MVP of the league and a dude that has 8 inches and 20 pounds on him. Side note: HE ONLY HAS 20 POUNDS ON SMART, what a bitch. It seems like any time Marus gets matched up with a Superstar he gets in their head and agitates the shit out of ’em and causes them to make mistakes. It’s inevitable. They let Marcus live rent-free in their heads. Beautiful.
Last night Marcus and Giannis got locked up and hit the floor during the 4th quarter in a game where the Celtics had come back from down 19 points to take a 10 point lead. The Bucks were starting to cut into the deficit and Smart just mentally locked up the arguably best player in the league. Giannis was CLEARLY frustrated that the Celtics had been able to contain him all night (he finished with an impressive 22pts 15reb on the night, but was held as in-check as they could).
Marcus Smart gives zero fucks about your MVP award, Giannis. He had one of the best games I’ve seen him have in a Celtics game, single-handedly making sure the game didn’t get out of hand in the 2nd quarter with his 8 points and timely three-pointers. He finished up with 19pt 4reb 6ast and one LOUD steal.
Tonight is a big test against the Milwaukee Giannis’s and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the new-look Celtics do against the biggest threat in the East.
To beat the Bucks, they need to contain Giannis. Let’s be real – the Greek Freak is unstoppable, but if they can limit his damage and make the rest of the squad beat ’em the Celtics can pull out a win. So, how does one stop Giannis? Grant Williams.
Ladies and gentlemen, Celtics basketball is fun again.
After the DISASTER that was last season, with Kyrie the Snake shooting the Celtics out of the playoffs in the second round against the Bucks and then bolting to team up the OG Snake KD in Brooklyn, the Celtics have made the start to this season something to enjoy.
The change in players wasn’t easy. Look, I loved Kyrie; the way he played the game and the way he was able to seemingly get his shot whenever he wanted was something I was craving. It didn’t work. He’s a melodramatic headcase (it’s already starting to show three games into his Nets career, but more on that later) that causes major chemistry issues for a team. I’m not going to get into bashing Kyrie here, I could fill a whole blog with my vitriol; instead, I’m going to praise this new look Celtics team.
The big news over the past day is that Kemba to Boston on a 4yr/$141M deal is basically a conclusion. Everyone and their mom is reporting that by Sunday it will be a done deal and Kemba is a Celtic.
I love it. I think Kemba is a better fit for the team than Kyrie, even with slightly less basketball talent. The intangibles are better and he should be a beacon of good chemistry. Plus, he’s HUNGRY to win and he’s familiar with New England from his college days.
But, that’s not the only news…. Reports (really rumors) are coming out that the Celtics have agreed to a trade for Clint Capela.
News came out today that the Celtics are “stealth” (as of now they aren’t “stealth” but are reported to be at the front line of suitors along with Dallas) players in the Kemba Walker market and I, for one, could not be happier to hear that. If they could lure Kemba, coming off a career season, away from the dumpster of Charlotte to come take over from Bye-rie Irving I think that would be an OUTSTANDING move.
“But Krunch, hes 29 years old! Do you really want to be paying a max contract to a 33 year old Kemba?”
Hey dudes, long time no talk. Krunch got busy, but I’m back. I don’t like to come back to the blog like this, but I come back with a heavy heart.
Al Horford is leaving.
Our collective Dad is moving on to bigger and better things (and a rumored 4yr/$100m contract). As a die hard green teamer, this sucks. 2 years ago this team was full of promise and potential. They were going to challenge the Warriors and at a MINIMUM make the Finals…… And then Gordon Hayward snapped his ankle and set in motion everything we see today with the Celtics.
The night before last Celtics and Warriors played in a classic back and forth battle, one of the best games on the season. Kyrie kept up his hot streak with 32 points, 6 reb, 10 ast. Al Horford looked to be in prime Playoff Al form posting 22 points and 13 reb. Jayson Tatum poured in 20 points 5 reb himself. Overall the team went shot for shot with the defending champs and the best team in the NBA, but what did Gordon Hayward do?
Nothing at all.
He had 2 points, 7 reb, 2 ast. Yeah the 7 rebounds are nice, but they aren’t paying him a kings ransom to get rebounds. He needs to score and he looked hesitant and not fluid during this game. Going 0-5 from the field and having a -8 rating is not good. In fact, it’s bad. $31 million for 2 points in a game that they need him to at least give some great bench production.
So yes, he is a liability right now on both ends of the court. It’s not great, but they can’t abandon the $31 million man. Obviously this is all because of the horrific injury Hayward suffered last season. Is he still in pain? Is it all mental?
I lean to the mental aspect and I wonder just what he can do to trust in his body again. Watching highlights of him in Utah just dunking over dudes and driving to the hoop with reckless abandon makes me yearn for that G in a Celtics uniform. Imagine if the Celtics had that player on the squad right now! They would easily be the best in the East if not the best team in the NBA. It’s a shame, but I still hold out hope that Hayward can keep progressing and get back to being a stud. Hopefully at least a very very good bench player for a deep Celtics playoff run.
Last night was a phenomenal battle between two of the Eastern Conferences best teams. Kyrie and Kawhi going bucket for bucket.
Kyrie Irving had the best night I’ve ever seen him have in a Celtics uniform. He was controlling the offense, taking shots when he needed to, and setting his teammates up to score with a career high 18 assists. When he needed to take over, he did. His defense was on point and he was rotating when he needed to. Of course, there were some highlight reel Kyrie plays.
After what felt like an ugly first quarter (even though they were only down by 6) the Celtics had an EXCELLENT second half scoring 34 and holding Toronto to 17.
Kyrie is doing his usual Kyrie thing. Gordon Hayward is having the best half I’ve seen from him all season with 16 points and 4 assists against a top tier team. Keep feeding him. Kyrie and Gordon need to close this out. Get Hayward some confidence and get him back to his normal self.
Keep up this defense. That second quarter was masterful. Kawhi is going to get his, so make it that everyone else has to beat you. Keep this bench scoring going.
Please don’t come out and shit the bed in the 3rd. This had been far too common this season and frankly The Celtics need this tonight. This could be a rally starting win. A solid victory against the #1 team in the East and a rival to light the fire back under this team.
Abby Chin takes maternity leave after tonight’s game, let’s get a win to send her off in style!
Here’s to a healthy baby that gets to see banner 18 raised real soon!
The Pacers have been whooping the Celtics as of late winning the last 3 in a row. They’re the #3 seed currently 2.5 games ahead of Boston. A win tonight helps to make up ground while a loss means 4 straight down to the Pacers and another game behind in the seeding. Let’s not have that happen. Let’s not send Abby home with a loss.
The Celtics are only missing Aron Baynes, who is hopefully back next week. The Pacers are without Myles Turner and Ike Anigbogu.
Boston needs to keep up it’s offensive game they’ve been bringing the last few games (115 ppg over the last 3) and keep Victor Oladipo from going OFF.