The Celtics have gotten rid of their morning walkthrough, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Here are a few Celtics links, and maybe even an NBA link or two, to help wake you up and get you focused for the day.
Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports – “The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams who have expressed some interest in New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson(notes), league sources said. Robinson’s base-year status, however, makes it difficult for any trade and the Knicks are said to be reluctant to ship Robinson to an Eastern Conference team, further complicating the Celtics’ efforts to land him.”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “Just imagine Cleveland’s LeBron James or Orlando’s Dwight Howard missing double-digit games before the All-Star break, the way Kevin Garnett (hyperextended right knee) has for Boston. What if Atlanta’s Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford suffered a broken left thumb injury, like Boston’s Marquis Daniels that led to him missing more than half the season? Does anyone believe any of those teams would still be among the top three or four clubs in the NBA? I didn’t think so. And that’s why as we near the midway point of the season, Boston may be the most dangerous team in the NBA.”
Greg Payne, CelticsBlog – “The 72-10 nonsense is officially over. The new regular season goal: Tough this stretch out, get healthy, find a groove and enter the playoffs ready to knock opponents in the jaw. We certainly can’t dismiss these last 10 games as if they never happened, because even with injuries we could still see improvement from guys like Rondo and Kendrick Perkins and we can still expect guys like Pierce and Ray Allen to lead the team late in games. So while we still want to win, we know deep down that this team is a shell of the one that was constructed over the offseason. This current group is not the 2009-2010 Boston Celtics. A quarter of what would be Doc’s every day rotation is stuck in street clothes. We can’t judge this team right now. We can’t make any unfair assessments about who should be traded or who should be fired or who deserves more playing time. We have yet to see a polished final product, and until that day comes, the jury is still out.”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Perhaps it’s too much to think this team will be healthy for the stretch run, but dreaming doesn’t cost much. ‘I can’t see why we would not be,’ Doc Rivers said of the possibility that total health can make a return for the playoffs. ‘We’re working our way through it. If we can come back after the All-Star break healthy, and go through the rest of the season that way, that would be phenomenal. With all of the injuries we’ve had, and even with guys like Paul and Tony (Allen) just starting to get right, we have to win every game we can win.’”
Frank Dell’Apa, Boston Globe- “Playing six games in nine days took its toll. Not having Marquis Daniels (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee), and Rasheed Wallace (foot) also hurt, but they did not have those players when they defeated Chicago in the playoffs last season. The Celtics should be rested by Monday, and they are hoping Wallace can return to match up with Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. Garnett could be back by Friday, when the Celtics host Portland. ‘But we can’t wait for them,’ coach Doc Rivers said. ‘We’ve got to play every night.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston – “Celtics coach Doc Rivers and captain Paul Pierce were among the luminaries as the ‘Red Auerbach Concourse,’ replete with photos and signs in Auerbach’s honor, was christened in a short ceremony and speaking program. Auerbach’s daugther, Nancy Collins, highlighted the dedication by unveiling a bronze plaque with the image of her father and his trademark cigar. Next to it stands a bronze shamrock and it was suggested that anyone looking for a little luck come touch the fixture. With the Celtics having lost six of their last 10 games, Rivers and Pierce eagerly obliged, leading the way as guests and even commuters wandering through all craned for a glimpse of the concourse’s newest additions.”