So who’s starting the “Vote Jeff Green” movement?
With Dooling back in the fold and Jason Terry now in town, not even 15 dementors could suck the positive energy out of the Celtics locker room.
Happy for Dooling, who seems like a genuinely good (and supremely strong) human.
Welcome aboard, Kris Joseph.
These dudes are going to be able to score for days, assuming Doc Rivers can ever settle on a way to maximize his crazy-deep squad.
Really feel for Christmas, who passed up big money overseas to join the Celtics and continue working toward his dream of making an NBA roster. Cutting him this early could be so he can land sooner on his feet overseas or with another NBA team.
By cutting both Christmas and Smith (and keeping Joseph), the Celtics would still have one spot open. That could mean Micah Downs has really impressed the coaching staff, or the Celtics could still be planning to add another veteran point guard.
Our first glimpse of the 2012-13 Boston Celtics came today in a 97-91 defeat to the Turkish team Fenerbahce, which was playing its fourth game in as many days.
The Celtics had 25 turnovers and barely won the rebounding battle against a a team whose big men all seemed to have bald spots larger than the TD Garden. The effort wasn’t perfect or anywhere close to it, but it provided a basis of hope for certain players.
Jared Sullinger (16 points, eight rebounds) was especially productive and Jeff Green (11 points in the fourth quarter) drew James Worthy comparisons from Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine (seriously) while roasting some European dude in the final period. Darko Milicic wasn’t awful and seemed to try hard, which was nice, and Jason Terry (12 points) is still Jason Terry, even while wearing J.R. Giddens’ number. The regular suspects (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass) didn’t play as many minutes as they normally will, but they’re still who we recall. Fab Melo is tall, Courtney Lee will play better, Boston’s bench scored 48 points and Bo McCaleb*, God bless his quick and crafty soul, will never play the Celtics again unless he decides he wants to migrate from Europe to the NBA.
Boston’s defense needs plenty of work and its offense could use additional rhythm, but there were bright spots even in the loss. Additional analysis coming later.
(Jay has plenty of thoughts on the game at MassLive)
*In case you were wondering, McCaleb has received plenty of NBA interest. But he makes more money overseas, so he has yet to join the world’s greatest basketball league.