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Heat “Overrated”
October 27, 2010

“Over rated ” was the cheer heard multiple times toward the end of the Celtics Season opening 88-80 win over the much ballyhooed Miami Heat. Celtics fans were right, for one night anyway.

The Heat, more specifically their “Big 3” looked like they had never played before. While they had only played 3 plus minutes together during this preseason, they had played a lot together in international competition over the last few years (when they colluded to join forces). But in their opener as heat teammates LeBron and Wade combined for 14 turnovers, and Wade missed 12 of his 16 shots. He is definitely out of game shape having only played 3 plus minutes during the pre season.

So what do we make of all this? Wait 4 weeks until November 11th when the Celtics visit Miami for their 2nd game. Each team will have 8 games under their belt which should be sufficient time and experience for Miami’s big 3 to get used to each other. And ,oh yah, it should also be enough time for Shaq to get more used to his new team and for Jermaine O’Neal to get into some kind of game shape.

And then there is the teams 3rd meeting in the 53rd game of the year on Feb 13, when Delonte West will be adjusted to his new Celtics team.

-MD

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Francona’s take on Ellsbury,Cameron & Youkilis
August 18, 2010

Ellsbury out for 4-6 weeks which takes him to the last weekend of the season.

cameron will have surgery in the next 2 weeks-he is out and there is a chance-very slim that Youkilis could return (like if the red sox made the world series.

and oh yah- pedroia is now on the DL for 2 more weeks as his foot has not completely healed

Rondo’s performance- best ever?
May 10, 2010

I saw Michael Jordan’s official coming out party 24 years ago when he scored 63 points in a playoff game against the Celtics. I also saw the famous duels between Bird and Dominique Wilkins 22 years ago and Pierce and LeBron just 2 years ago. All of those games/performances were electric but I don’t think that they were any more dominating than what 24 year old Rajon Rondo did Sunday afternoon at the Garden.

Rondo had 29 points, 13 assists and 18 rebounds. 18 Rebounds!! The most number of rebounds that Kendrick Perkins had in a game this entire season was 16. Kevin Garnett’s best effort was 13. And Rondo is about 9 to 11 inches shorter than his 2 teammates. Size is overrated.

Rondo has become as unguardable as the league MVP on the other team and quite frankly Rondo has been more dominating. The Celtics used to be known as the Big 3 and their teammates. This year, with Rondo’s 1st (of many) all star selection this team began to be known as the Big 4. Now it is quite simply-Rondo’s team. As he goes so goes the fate of this team.

The days of one of the Big 3 dominating a game are gone, not so with Rondo as he proved yesterday in one of the all time great performances in the history of this storied franchises which has had so many incredible playoff performances. 18 rebounds! That is Bill Russell like. 29 points is Bird Like. 13 assists is Cousy like. Yet none of those 3 Hall of Famers ever put together all 3 of those totals in one game. Impressive.

-MD

Celts waste Golden opportunity
May 2, 2010

This series is a best of 7 but the Celtics may have lost a chance to win this series in game 1 when they had it all going for them for 2 1/2 quarters.

The Celtics led by 11. Rondo was unstoppable. LeBron was being contained. And then the tide turned on a Celtics turnover which quickly transitioned  into a momentum changing dunk, in Pierce’s face no less. By a guy 4 inches shorter than Pierce. You can NEVER allow that to happen. Your manhood has been challenged and you didn’t answer that challenge, and the Celtics didn’t answer the Cavaliers ensuing comeback challenge.

This game was right there for the taking for the Celtics. The game plan had been executed to perfection. Rajan Rondo was the best player on the entire court. He was unguardable. The Celtics were sending a message to start the series that they have put a hold on their reservations for the retirement home….but they crumbled, quickly.

Now, can they come out in game 2 like they came out in game 1. It is the $64,000 question. Basketball experts think not. THis has all the makings of a blowout with Cleveland taking the momentum from the end of game 1 to game 2. But the Celtics are champions. It’s just that someone needs to keep reminding them of that.

-MD

Bruins GM quietly smiling
April 27, 2010

No member of the Bruins organization took more heat this past season for the up and down play of the team than General manager Peter Chiarelli. He traded the teams only real sniper in Phil Kessel. He didn’t pull off the big deal at the trading deadline. Injuries didn’t help as the team was on the verge of not making the playoffs….But he did make a relatively under the radar minor deal signing Miroslav Satan who was basically out of hockey after last year helping the Penguins win a Stanley Cup.

The signing of Satan this past January, at the time, didn’t excite too many people, until this past week. All Satan did was score the winning goal in double overtime last Wednesday and then last night score the series clinching goal. Not bad. Somewhere Chiarelli has a big big grin. He won’t step forward and say I told you so but that deal to bring Satan here has proven to be a pretty big deal, at least in the past week in the playoffs when it counts most.

Can the Bruins win another playoff series? Not many people are giving them a chance against Pittsburgh. But what if Montreal upsets Washington? Then the Bruins would face Philadelphia which had a worse regular season record than the Bruins …For now enjoy the playoff run because in hockey you never really know what can or will happen.

-MD

A Celtic Loss is a big win
April 17, 2010

So you think that sitting 5 players in their last regular season game was done for rest only. Think long, long term as did Danny Ainge.

The Celtics, on Monday, by virtue of their 9th best record in the NBA were looking at the 22nd pick in this years draft. With 2 straight losses to Chicago and Milwaukee to end the season, the Celtics would still end up with no worse than the 9th best record, BUT, could be tied with as many as 3 other teams with the 9th best record (if those 3 teams won an additional game to give them 50 wins as well).

The 9th best record translates into the 22nd pick in the NBA draft, unless of course, you are tied with another team or 2, or in this case -3 other teams (San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Portland) which is actually where the Celtics ended up with after 2 losses to finish the regular season. Are you still with me? Intrigued?

So, a tie requires a flip of the coin, or 3 flips in this case, to see who ends up with the 22nd pick, the 21st pick, the 20th, and last but certainly not least in this case- the 19th pick.

The Coin flip was held yesterday and in a small make-up for not winning the NBA draft lottery for Kevin Durrant 3 years ago- the Celtics won. So because of those last 2 losses, the Celtics move up 3 spots in the draft which could be the difference between the unheard of Victor Claver picked #22 in 2009 by Portland, and 3 pretty good point guards in Darren Collison(Hornets), Eric Maynor(Jazz), and Jeff Teague(Hawks) who were picked right before Claver. 

To pick a better example how about Cleveland’s very active forward J J Hickson picked #19 in ’09  instead of Alexis Ajinca picked by Charlotte right afterwards. 2006 might speak the loudest for an example- The Celtics selected Rajon Rondo at #21 while New jersey picked Marcus Williams at #22. Then again it comes down to the ability of those who are drafting because if that same draft was evaluated now, Rondo would be selected no lower than #5.

You’ll hear a lot more about this later when the Draft gets closer but this is one case where a loss, or in this case 2 losses, were big wins, or could certainly turn out to be.

-MD

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sneak into a 4 team tie for the 9th best record, or the 23rd pick and with a luck of the flip of the coin could end with the

Touching all the Bases, something the Red Sox are NOT doing.
April 16, 2010

Our Boys of summer are playing like just that, that their season doesn’t really start until the summer. I know we’re just 9 games (4-5) into the season but so far the bats of Ortiz, J.D.Drew(even worse) and Victor Martinez are as cold as winter and tonight they will be greeted with winter like temperatures in the low 40’s at Fenway. 

We’ll see if Josh Beckett can keep the speedy Tampa Bay rays off the bases while getting a little support. Thank goodness for Jeremy Hermeida (.294) and of course Dustin Pedroia who is off to an MVP start with a .405 average along with 4 HR’s.

-The Bruins, Can’t say last night’s 2-1 playoff opening loss to Buffalo surprised anyone. We all know that this series is going to be low scoring and that poor Tuukka Rask cannot afford any mistakes. Better pitch a shutout Tuukka.

-The Celtics, The most often asked question is can the Celtics turn it on for the playoffs. But to be able to turn it on means you have the power there to turn on. That remains the much bigger question. Garnett is who he is right now-a good power forward but he’s not going to get any better. His biggest problem is that he has not strength, or at least confidence in his leg which is not 100% from surgery last off-season. Thank goodness the C’s 1st round opponent has Jermaine O’Neill who is as weak as Garnett (or weaker) and Michael Beasely who is not exactly a brain surgeon.

The biggest question surrounding the Celtics is what exactly are they going to get out of paul Pierce who has looked about 45-50 years old more often that 33, at least in the 2nd half of the season….oh, and then there’s Rasheed, who I believe, despite being out of shape, is going to be a valuable contributor to the Celtics playoff run. Now I didn’t say he he’d be great, just better than he has been (and I realize that is not saying much).

It’s why we watch.

-MD

Tiger SHOULD play well
April 9, 2010

He has had ALOT of time to practice hasn’t he? besides that 45 day stint in Rehab, that is.

So should Tiger’s 1st 2 rounds of 4 under par 68 and 2 under par 70 (which at this time puts him just 4 shots back of the leader) really be that big of a surprise? Both rounds were played under pretty good weather conditions on a course that Tiger has dominated more than any other golfer over the past 14 years.  I understand that he had not played a competitive round of golf in 144 days but he has had alot of time to practice.

Personally I thought 60-year-old Tom Watson’s 1st round 5 under par 67 was much more impressive. 50-year-old Fred Couples 66 wasn’t bad either but I digress-back to the topic of the day-El Tigre.

The crowds (at the Masters they’re called patrons, please) were a little too cordial (wait until he plays a tournament in New York) for my liking but our society has turned into one that is in awe of celebrities, even ones who have not lived an admirable personal life. On the course Tiger was Tiger. Off the course in the press conferences afterwards he was also the same old Tiger-brief, controlled, robotic. A changed more friendly person?-I don’t think so.

The single most disturbing thing I saw at the 1st round of the Masters was the sight of Tigers same personal agent, Mark “Steiny” Steinberg by Tiger’s side. Like this guy didn’t know most everything Tiger was doing on the side the past number of years? How Tiger’s wife Elin allows this is unfathomable. This guy has always put himself on the same level (or above)  Tiger and obviously has not paid any price for enabling Tiger’s transgressions. That cannot  bode well for Elin’s say in Tiger’s personal life.

-MD

Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins
March 31, 2010

Let’s go around the diamond, so to speak.

I think the Josh Beckett contract negotiations will wind up before opening day/night. Give him 4 years with an option for a 5th at about, oh 15-18 M/yr.

The Celtics will struggle tonight but win because Oklahoma City played last night. Thank you schedule maker. Overall the Celtics remain a bit of a mystery. Rasheed Wallace’s play continues to make me sick. Please, for over 5 million/yr, could you please move your feet on defense, maybe once a game. KG is who he is, an aging superstar no longer able to dominate a game but he does play hard and gives everything he has. Pierce is better than he was a month ago, but still prone to down games which is a problem. Ray Allen?-see KG except is able to get hot and score 25 pts in a game.

So what happens in the playoffs? They could win a 2nd round match-up against the Magic, but after that forget it.

The Bruins?- a step below the Celtics unless, unless Tuka Rask gets hot, which could happen. BIG win last night, the kind of win the Bruins need to win during the last 2 weeks of the season. If they don’t they just might not make the playoffs.

and what about the Revolution? Their media day on Tuesday was postponed until next Tuesday? when the Red Sox are in town? why not this thursday or Friday when the weather is good??? That’s the Revolution for you, a team that is bound for a sub-par year.

High School Football Playoffs Stay The Same
March 26, 2010

SportsCenter 5 has just learned that The MIAA today shot down, by a vote of 190-114,  the proposal for an expanded High School football playoff system which would have included nearly 3 times as many teams (every team .500 or better) and a much longer playoff format than the present format which lasts nearly  2 weeks.

More coming up on SportsCenter 5 at 6

-MD