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VOTE: Your Boston Sports Mt. Rushmore

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Published on 4:23 pm

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Time to have a little fun. With all the recent excitement of athletes speaking about who would be on their Mt. Rushmore lets do our own Boston version. For those who are new to this concept all you do is pick who you think are the top 4 Boston sports players of all time. The 4 players that would go on your Mt. Rushmore if it were dedicated to Boston. Let’s do one for each team! Voting is below and final results will be announced in a few days. Ready… set… go!

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Surprising Celtics Sitting Atop NBA’s Atlantic Division

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Published on 10:05 pm

Article Written By: Tim Scott
Many NBA Basketball fans did not know what to expect heading into the 2013-14 NBA Basketball Season. With the departure of Celtic mainstays Coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers along with Scorer Paul Pierce and Team Leader Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets…. the Celtics looked to be rebuilding this season. However, someone forgot to tell the remaining players under first-year coach Brad Stevens from NCAA’s Butler that this season would see them fighting to stay atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. The Celtics are holding onto a first place lead with an overall record of 12-15 so far….they are a few games ahead of both the Toronto Raptors and the aforementioned Brooklyn Nets!!!
They handily beat the New York Knicks(the team who knocked them out of the NBA Playoffs last season) by a blowout and a close,thrilling 4th quarter game victory! Before last night’s one-point loss to the Detroit Piston’s many watching would not even have know that the team was transitioning to new styles of play as well as playing under an entirely new Head Coach!They recently beat tough teams like the Nuggets, the Heat, and the Timberwolves this season.
Players with experience like Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, and Avery Bradley have been playing well for Boston’s Basketball Team. In fact, Boston’s Basketball Team…. The Celtics….didn’t miss a beat in their transition, have been competitive and have had a good chance to win most games that they have played in. All this without the return to the starting rotation of NBA Assist leader, 2008 champion, and All-Star Rajon Rondo. It should be very interesting to see how the team performs when he comes back to run the offense. Many are hoping Rondo can recuperate completely from last year’s injury in time to possibly lead the Celtics into another successful playoff run this season. It can also be fun to see if GM Danny Ainge acquires any big-time free agents mid-season to solidify the team’s future.
Maybe they can capture some of the Red Sox’s team play fervor and surge into the playoffs ready to do well THIS upcoming Spring. All that remains to be seen but for now the Celtics are playing decent Basketball, steadily improving, and appreciating their fans, who are consistently some of the Best in the NBA!!! GO Celtics GO!
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GameDay Deal Alert: Limited time Christmas Discount Coupon!

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Published on 9:14 pm

It’s that time of the year Boston sports fans! With the holidays right around the corner we are going to help you get your early or I guess you could say last minute shopping done… depending on whether you like to shop early or wait until the last minute!

We are offering 10% off everything in the store for a limited time. While this deal is going we will guarantee certain products in the store get to you BEFORE Christmas! If you have any concerns on whether the item you order will be delivered in time feel free to email us!

Use the promo code “earlyxmas” at checkout. Make sure you use all lowercase letters when entering the code where it says APPLY COUPON at checkout. This deal won’t last long so finish off your Christmas list sooner rather than later!

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Cavs, Celtics collide in Beantown

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 4:41 pm

The last time the Boston Celtics dropped five in a row at home, they were a season away from beginning the Big Three era. With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all gone, long losing streaks on their own court might happen more frequently.

Boston has been a streaky team during this rebuilding season, and it will try to avoid losing five straight at home for the first time in almost seven years when it meets the strugglingCleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Celtics opened 2012-13 with four consecutive losses before winning four in a row. They followed that streak with a six-game slide, then won two straight on the road prior to Wednesday’s 100-93 defeat to Memphis.

It was the fourth straight loss at TD Garden for the Celtics, who haven’t endured a five-game skid there since dropping 13 straight in 2006-07. Ten of those defeats were part of a franchise-record 18-game overall losing streak that occurred one season before they acquired Garnett and Allen.

Allen left for Miami following the 2011-12 season, and Pierce and Garnett were traded to Brooklyn in June. Coach Doc Rivers is now with the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving first-year NBA coach Brad Stevens with the task of leading the Celtics back to greatness.

Stevens’ team is off to a rough start, especially on the offensive end. The Celtics are 24th in the NBA with 92.9 points and 17.0 turnovers per game.

Boston (6-11) shot 42.7 percent against the Grizzlies and was held below 95 points for the 11th time. It’s averaging 88.5 points during the four straight home losses.

“It’s certainly not the atmosphere; the atmosphere has been great,” Stevens said. “Of all the atmospheres I’ve been in in the NBA, and I haven’t been here very long, this is by far my favorite. With the passion and how loud the fans are. … At the end of the day we need to get better at home, we need to get better on the road, we need to become a better basketball team.”

The same can be said for the Cavaliers, whose skid reached a season-high four with Wednesday’s 95-84 loss to the visiting Heat.

Cleveland (4-11) has also had trouble offensively, ranking right behind Boston with 92.6 points per game while sitting 27th in the league with a 41.8 shooting percentage.

Since beating Philadelphia 127-125 in double overtime Nov. 9, the Cavaliers have averaged 91.3 points in losing seven of eight. Six of their 11 defeats have been by more than 10 points.

“Everyone else can write us off. But in this locker room, we believe in each other. We’re going to figure this out,” said point guard Kyrie Irving, who leads the team with 21.0 points per game but is shooting 40.4 percent.

Making matters worse, a report recently surfaced saying the Cavaliers are trying to trade second-year guard Dion Waiters, who denied he asked to be moved and insists he loves playing in Cleveland.

“It’s just nonsense,” said Waiters, the fourth overall pick in 2012. “There’s been things thrown out there that haven’t been true at all.”

Cleveland, which is 1-8 on the road, has split its last six regular-season games in Boston after losing 17 of its previous 21 visits.

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Examining C’s league-best 3-point defense

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 4:36 pm

The Boston Celtics rank first in the league in 3-point field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 31.9 percent beyond the arc this season. Asked about the reasons for his team’s success, Celtics coach Brad Stevens couldn’t resist a joke targeting one of his team’s most glaring weaknesses.

“The cynic in me would say when we throw the ball to the other team, they lay it in usually instead of shooting a 3,” cracked Stevens, highlighting Boston’s turnover woes that have created easy points for the opposition this season.

But Stevens admitted that defending the 3-point line has been a focus for his team.

“I think we’re doing a pretty good job of identifying guys that make shots at a high rate… and we’ve been guarding the 3-point line good as a result,” said Stevens.

The Celtics rank seventh in the league allowing opponents to shoot 35.6 percent on corner 3-pointers (the league’s most efficient shot) and third in the league as opponents shoot 31.3 percent on all 3-pointers above the break. Not surprisingly, the splits shows a Boston team that defends the line even better in wins (33 percent corner; 28.1 percent above the break) than in losses (36.8 percent corner; 32.7 percent above the break).

Dig a bit deeper into the advanced numbers and Boston ranks second in the league allowing 0.946 points per 3-point attempt (non-halfcourt heave variety), according to Synergy Sports data. Only the Knicks have been better (0.916 ppp), while the league average hovers around 1.071 points per play. For comparison’s sake, those struggling Nets are last in the league allowing 1.168 points per attempt.

Maybe the biggest secret to Boston’s success is this: The Celtics have discouraged teams from taking 3-point shots as opponents average a league-low 16.2 attempts per game beyond the arc. Some of that might be a product of the easier buckets that Stevens joked about, but it also suggests Boston is doing a good job of getting out to the perimeter to either deny 3-point attempts or at least forcing the opposing shooter to move inside the arc for a lower-efficiency shot.

That’s a staggeringly low number when you consider a team like the Philadelphia 76ers resides at the other end of the spectrum allowing 27.5 3-pointers per night. The league average settles around 20.5 3-point attempts per game.

A closer look at Boston’s 3-point defense by shooting zone:

 

C’s 3-point shots

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Spurs cruise past Celtics for 8th straight win

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 7:51 pm

Although the San Antonio Spurs seem rather methodical and downright boring to some, they are enjoying themselves this season and that is ruining the fun for others.

Tony Parker scored 19 points before sitting out the fourth quarter and the Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 104-93 Wednesday night, winning their eighth straight overall and remaining undefeated at home.

San Antonio had 27 assists and six players score in double figures, rallying from a lethargic start to lead by as many as 19 points in the second half.

“Those moments when we start to play better ‘D,’ push the ball and be more aggressive, then it’s fun to watch, it’s exciting and that’s what we need,” San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili said. “We are not exciting in a way that we’re going to have alley-oops and windmills (dunking) and stuff like that, but we pass the ball really well. We penetrate and pitch, and everybody gets involved and that’s fun.”

Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Tim Duncan rebounded from a poor outing in San Antonio’s previous home game to score 13 points. Boris Diaw had 12 points, Tiago Splitter added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Green 11 points for the Spurs (10-1).

San Antonio shot 48 percent from the field and was 8 for 21 on 3-pointers as Boston struggled to close on the Spurs’ shooters.

“Phew,” Celtics forward Jared Sullinger said, exhaling when asked about the Spurs’ ball movement. “They’re a tough team to play. On any given night, anybody can go off. Honestly, they move the ball. They care less about scoring; they play together as a team.

“They have go-to players but they hardly ever use them because they move the ball so well and they play as a team, so they’re hard to guard.

Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Jeff Green each had 19 points for Boston (4-9), which has lost five straight.

There were 10 lead changes and 14 ties in the first half, as neither team was able to sustain any momentum.

While the Spurs weren’t happy with the early efforts, first-year coach Brad Stevens was pleased with the Celtics forging a 48-all tie at the half.

“The team that played tonight could be a really fun group to build with,” Stevens said. “I think that’s what you take from here. We talked about this early in the year. There’s going to be nights where we measure progress a little bit differently.”

That progress was stunted in the second half, as San Antonio was able to pull away midway through the third quarter behind strong individual efforts by Leonard, Parker and Ginobili.

Leonard keyed the resurgence, scoring 10 of 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put San Antonio ahead 61-52 with 8 minutes left in the quarter.

“He can do that kind of thing,” Diaw said. “He is really talented and he proved that already last year. This year is no different. Sometimes, when he gets it going, it is going to be very hard to stop (him).”

Leonard had 12 points, five rebounds and two steals in the third quarter, as San Antonio outscored Boston 32-22.

“I’m still having fun; that’s why I’m still playing,” Leonard said. “We’re winning, you can’t have more fun than that, when you’re winning and on a good team.”

Parker made two dazzling layups, first presenting the ball with his right hand to draw a defender out of the lane and spinning back for a layup between defenders and then spinning away from a defender in the lane for a layup on the right side of the basket.

Ginobili literally wrapped a pass around a defender, tossing behind around a charging Brandon Bass to find Diaw cutting to the basket for a layup. Ginobili finished with five points and six assists.

After scoring only two points in the Spurs’ previous home game against Washington, Duncan made the game’s first two baskets as the team targeted him early. He finished 3 for 13, but was 7 for 8 on free throws while also grabbing nine rebounds.

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Wallace fined $10K for profane language

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 1:01 am

The NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace $10,000 for using profane language following a 109-85 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

Asked about the team’s lackluster effort, Wallace told reporters in Houston, “I don’t know what the f— that was, to be honest.”

The Rockets jumped to an 18-1 lead in the first quarter, the Celtics missing their first 10 shots from the field over the first five minutes. Houston led by as many as 35 points in a blowout that was never close. The Celtics, losers of four straight at 4-8, shot a season-low 32.3 percent from the floor.

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Spurs seek 10th win of the season against Celtics

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 12:42 am

The San Antonio Spurs are one of three teams that could reach the 10-win mark when they host the Boston Celtics at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers all have nine wins and are in action Wednesday night.

San Antonio has won seven in a row and recently handed the Utah Jazz a 91-82 loss last Friday in Salt Lake City. Tony Parker and Boris Diaw scored 22 and 17 points, respectively, and Tim Duncan added 14 and nine rebounds. Manu Ginobili scored nine points and Kawhi Leonard netted just six in the win.

Parker scored 14 points during a decisive fourth quarter and helped the Spurs erase a seven-point deficit. The win gave the Spurs a 9-1 mark, which is tied with Indiana for the best winning percentage in the NBA.

“It took a little longer to get there, but we grinded it out,” said Duncan. “They played well. They played hard as we knew they would. It’s good to get a win.”

The 9-1 record is the best start in franchise history for the Spurs, who will try to stay unbeaten at home (4-0).

San Antonio is loaded with veterans and has played together for quite some time. It will now face a young Boston bunch competing without star point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo is recovering from a torn ACL and is out indefinitely.

Boston is mired in a four-game losing streak and is set to wrap up a three- game western trip in the Alamo City. The Celtics lost at Minnesota to kick off the trek and just suffered a 109-85 loss at Houston on Tuesday.

Houston opened the game on an 18-1 run and had a 40-18 lead after the first quarter, improving to 8-4 on the season. Courtney Lee had 17 points, Avery Bradley added 11 points and Jared Sullinger scored 10 points for a Celtics team that shot 32.3 percent and made only 7-of-20 3-pointers.

“I want to make sure we don’t play like that again,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “There are games where things don’t go your way. We’re letting one end affect the other and you don’t do that on good teams.”

The Celtics did manage to score 23 points off 20 Houston turnovers.

After visiting San Antonio, the Celtics will return to TD Garden for a matchup with Indiana on Friday.

San Antonio took both meetings with Boston last season and has won three in a row and 23 of the previous 30 contests in this series. The Spurs snapped a five-game home losing streak to the Celtics last Dec. 15, a 103-88 triumph.

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Rockets take on visiting Celtics

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 8:19 pm

The Houston Rockets will try for a third consecutive victory Tuesday when they welcome the Boston Celtics, who’ve lost three straight, to the Toyota Center.

The Rockets have taken two straight after a disappointing overtime loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Interestingly, that was the last time Omer Asik played for the Rockets. He’s been sat out the last two contests amid reports that Asik once again demanded a trade. He apparently did so when Houston signed free-agent star Dwight Howard in the summer.

Asik hasn’t practiced in days and is clearly affected by Howard’s presence. He did return to practice on Monday and should be available Tuesday, if head coach Kevin McHale wants to play him.

“He apologized for it and we have to move on,” Howard said. “We can’t dwell on it. We can’t make it an issue. Like I said, we have to love him at the point where he is now and keep on loving him. It’s a tough situation and we all have to be understanding and empathize with him and keep moving forward.”

Houston’s latest victory came at home Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets prevailed, 122-111, which was Houston’s highest scoring output of the season.

“We still have things to work on, but this is definitely a step in the right direction,” said forward Chandler Parsons.

The Rockets shot 50.6 percent from the floor and seven Houston players finished in double figures, led by Howard’s 25 points. He also went 17-for-24 from the free-throw line as teams are definitely employing the “Hack-a-Howard” philosophy.

Parsons, James Harden, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley and Donatas Motiejunas also scored in double digits.

The C’s haven’t won since a 120-105 decision over the Orlando Magic at home on Nov. 11. That capped a four-game winning run, but since they’ve dropped three straight, including two at home. The most recent Boston setback came in Minnesota on Saturday night.

The Timberwolves blew the game open with a 34-20 third-quarter performance. Minnesota held the Celtics to 39.5 percent shooting from the field and forced 22 Boston turnovers.

“That four-game winning streak, we found a comfort zone and we were sharing the ball,” said forward Jared Sullinger. ” It’s a tough loss because it was a five-point game at halftime and it’s like they flipped a switch on us at halftime. We’ve got some work to do.”

Avery Bradley led the way for Boston with 27 points on 12-for-23 shooting. Brandon Bass added 15 and Jordan Crawford was the only other Celtic in double figures with 10 points. Vitor Faverani returned to the starting lineup Saturday and had nine points and 14 rebounds.

The Celtics visit San Antonio on Wednesday to polish off the road trip.

Boston and Houston split last season’s two meetings and the former has gone 6-3 in its last nine at Houston.

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For Ever Celtics: One Last Goodbye to Paul & Kevin

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Published on 7:49 pm

Today wasn’t easy. Watching Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett being introduced as Nets finally made it become a true realization. For those like me who grew up watching The Truth play, we know there will never be another Celtic like him. And these past few years having a legend like Garnett on our side has been better than a few words could ever describe.

I can tell you one thing… when they face Miami in the Eastern Conference finals next season there won’t be anyone cheering harder than Celtics fans. No two guys deserve another run at a title more. As much as it may not feel right I can’t imagine any Boston fan not taking on the Nets as their 2nd favorite team next season and become true supporters. We owe it to them both!

Good luck one more time to Paul and Kevin. Boston cannot wait until you guys visit the Garden again next season. I can’t even imagine the crowd reaction that day. It’s going to be truly amazing!

For those who want to honor two Celtics legends check out our Pierce #34 and Garnett #5 tribute shirt below. Wear it proud knowing you are representing two of the greatest to every set foot on the court:

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