As the second half of the 2019 NBA season approaches, the Boston Celtics need to focus on winning. With, rumors of Kyrie Irving leaving and Pelicans star Anthony Davis demanding to be traded winning is secondary. In this post, we will review three areas why the team needs to focus on winning rather than trade talk.
Celtics Need To Focus On Winning
Less Finger pointing; Since the start of the season, the Celtics have been at the center of finger _pointing. Guard Terry Rozier was complaining frequently regarding his lack of playing time. Forwards Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown were having a heated argument in a game just before the All_Star break Head coach, Brad Stevens has been criticized by the media for not being tough enough on his players. Last season at this time the Celtics were in first place without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Fans have been waiting patiently for Hayward to play at his full potential.
Team Lacks Leadership; At the midway point of the season, the Celtics find themselves tied in fourth place with Philadelphia in the NBA East. So far this season, it has all been Kyrie Irving. Irving has been averaging 25 30 points a game regularly forward Gordon Hayward has been mediocre since coming off a season _ending 2018 injury. If the Celtics expect to reach the finals, it will be done with teamwork and leadership rather than finger pointing. Balanced Attack; With the second half of the season about to start, the Celtics find themselves tied for fourth place in the NBA East with Philadelphia. Considering all the drama, the team has a well balanced_ attack. Outside of Kyrie Irving’s 25 points a game, the club has been getting valuable performances from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris. Jaylen Brown is improving while playing on the second unit. Overall, the club ranks ninth on offense and fifth on defense. Playing together is the only way they can reach the NBA finals.
The 2018/19 Boston Celtics have been a victim of inconsistency. Poor shooting from the field has the Celtics hovering in third place in the NBA East. Despite coming off an eight winning streak the team can’t find an identity. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the Celtics Need to Avoid any potential identity crisis.
Celtics Need To Avoid Any Potential Identity Crisis Dominant Kyrie Irving; Considering the fact that the Celtics rank 10th in the league the offensive category they still lack a balanced attack from both the first and second units. Irving has been averaging 16 points per game followed by Jayson Tatum 16points and Marcus Morris 15 points per game. Recently, head coach Brad Stevens announced that Jaylen Brown has been demoted to the second unit. Brown has also suffered injuries sustained from an early season concussion. Brown has been criticized heavily by the Boston media for not playing up to his potential. If the club expects to move ahead of Philadelphia and Toronto then Brown needs to step up his game. Inconsistency from the field; Anybody who has been watching the Celtics knows that they’ve been terribly inconsistent from the field. Some nights their either hot and other nights their ice cold. Especially from the three_ point area the Celtics have struggled and lost games due to poor shooting. Terry Rozier the team’s leader off the bench has only been averaging 10 points per game and has been complaining about his lack of minutes. Last season for, example Rozier took over for the injured Kyrie Irving and was a major factor in the teams post _ season success. A Rash of Injuries; One of the reasons that Brad Stevens is one of the leagues best coaches is how he utilizes his players. Injuries are part of every sport. This season the Celtics have seen their share. Injuries to Aron Baynes, Al Horford, and Jaylen Brown. Gordon Hayward is still working his way back into form, from season_ ending last season. If the organization hopes to reach the finals a healthy Celtics team is a must. Looking Ahead; If the Celtics expect to make a run for the Finals they need to make a statement now. Third place in the East is a far cry from last seasons first_place finish. Before they have any hopes of the Finals they need to overcome Philadelphia and Toronto, first.
Rumors never cease in Boston. The latest rumor from ESPN this week has the Celtics very interested in Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Let’s take a look at three factors why the Celtics shouldn;t make this deal. Reson number one is Isaiah is currently the best best point guard in the NBA East. homas averages approximately 25-30 points per game. Irving avearages between 18-25 points per game. Secondly Thomas is a better passer than Irving. This should mix well with the addition of small forward Gordon Hayward. The Celtics haven’t had a better passer since Rajon Rondo, or going further back which would of been Larry Bird. Thirdly Thomas is a better three point shooter than Irving Thomas has an average of 350 or some stretches at 400. Irving is close behind but Thomas is slightly better. Another point to consider is Thomas has been in the league longer than Irving. Thomas was originally drafted by the Kings. He was then dealt to the Suns . GM Danny Ainge traded for Thomas three and a half years ago. Irving is twenty five but is not as polished or experienced as Thomas. Thomas is well groomed in playoff competition as is Irving playing with LeBron for the past several years. Boston needs to hang on to Isaiah . He is the heart and soul of the Celtics. Since coming over three and half years ago the Celtics are very close for winning the Eastern conference championship. During the playoffs Thomas lost his sister and got his tooth knocked out of his jaw all in one night. Plus he went on to participate in a playoff game and it turned out to beone of the best games of his career. Making a trade for Kyrie Irving would cost the Celtics dearly. Such a trade would cost the Celtics Thomas, Jae Crwder and either Jaylen Brown or Jason Tatum. Not to mention the 2018 Laker pick they acquired just before the draft. Make no mistake about it Kyrie Irving is probably one of the top ten players in basketball. But if the Celtics want to cobtinue to advance in the playoffs they should not trade Isaiah Thomas.
The Boston Celtics have officially signed Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward to a four year 128 million dollar deal that was announced on Tuesday. After a seven year career inUtah Hayward will now wear Celtic green for atleast four years. But does this signing mean that the Celtics are a shoein to win the Eastern conference next year? Celtic green teamers are all cheering but the wise basketball fan thinks differently. The answer is absoloutey not. The NBA rumor mill has LeBron James leaving Cleveland next year. But this is just what it is just a rumor. To begin with LeBron has an excellent working relationship with the Cavs GM. Point number two is the talk has James going to LA. The Lakers are in a rebuilding stage which will take atleast three or four years to rebuild. And the Clippers are a team that is getting older with nothing to show for it. The sensible thing is to stay in Cleveland where he has won. If LeBron does leave after next year Cleveland is still a team to take seriously. If James doesn’t beat you single handidly then Kyrie Irving will. Irving don’t forget gave the Celtics a pretty good beating after getting hurt in game six of the playoffs. No matter what happens the Cavs are well stocked with players such as Tristan Thompson, Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams and Iman Shumpert. The Cavs are a well balanced talented team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make no mistake abot it Gordon Hayward will give the Celtics much more depth and flexiblity for head coach Brad Stevens to work with. Hayard has 47 % field goal shooting percentage and a 39.8 3 point shooting percentage. This will definitely help the weak shooting Celtics who basically counted on Isaiah Thomas to much during the season and playoffs. No matter what happens between now til the start of training camp it will take alot more than Gordon Hayward to get by the Cav’s and Golden State. But the addition of Hayward to go along with Al Horford, Isaiah Thomas, and any other future moves will only help to get to championship number 18.
With the 2017 NBA free agency period officially underway one NBA rumor has already been put to bed. Friday evening the Pacers dealt long time fvorite Paul George to Oklahoma for two players and draft picks. If you ask me who got the better of the deal Iwould have to say Indiana. Indiana now in a rebuilding stage has officially moved on fom Paul George. The Thunder on the other hand is getting one of the best players in the league. However their is one catch the Thunder have him for only one year. Currently George is recieving 19.3 million and if he chooses to agree to an extension it’s going to require some big bucks in order to make him happy. This is where the deal is beneficial for the Celtics point number one he’s out of the Eastern conference and point number two the Celtics hang on to their abundance of draft picks. Also the Celtics didn’t have to give up one of their younger players shooting guadcJaylen Brown and small forward Jason Tatum. One of the consistent that Celtic fans have been hearing for atleast ayear almost is Utah forwardGordon Hayward. Hayward has spent his entire career in Utah but has rwealized it’s time to move on from the Jazz and hook on with a winning organization such as Boston. Hayward has a long relatshionship with Celtic head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens was his coach at Butler. If you do the math tallying up Paul Georges 19million,Gordon Haywards 16 million and Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas’s new contract they couldn’t signall three. Thomas is due for a new contractthis year. He’s seeking a four year max contract. But with hip issues and his defense some people think he may not get it. Thomas is one of the best guards in the Eastern Conference in2016/17. Two players that would look good in Celtic green would be Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari and Clipper guard JJ Redick . Redick is one of the best shooters in the NBA with a 445 field goal average and 42% 3 point shooting avearage and earning just 8 million in LA. Gallinari on the other hand is just 29 years old and plays shooting guard,small forward and poer forward. Currently he’s earning 14 million and would fit in nicely in Brad Steven’s rotating system. No matter what direction the Cetics go in their only getting better and closer to championship number 18. .
With the NBA draft a few days away the Boston Celtics have the number one pick. With GM Danny Ainge at the helm their’s no telling what can happen. The common name everyone expects is Wasington Husky sharpshooter Markelle Fultz. Personally I like Kansas small forward Josh Jackson. No matter how you look at either one will help and make your team better.Fultz has a field goal percentage of 64% and a three point percentage of 41%. This is an area that the Celtics desperately need help in,especially in the playoffs. The Celtics current group of Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas is as good as it gets. Thomas is the bestpoint guard in the East. Rozier isin’t bad either. Marcus Smart however is one of the best shut down guards in the league but terrible offensively. So if the Celtics take Fultz he would be a nice shot in the arm. Thomas is a liability on defense and Fultz has a good reputation. This leads us to plan B.Kansas Jayhwk small forward Josh Jackson. Jackson has the perfect build for a wingman. He stands6’8” 207 lbs. Tough mentally and a great defensive reputation. Much better defensively than Fultz. With that being said the better choice for the Celtics is Jackson. Jackson led the Jayhawks to a 31-5 season record only to lose the Ducks of Oregon. Jackson shoots 37% from 3 point land and has a field goal percentage of 54% He also averages 7.5 rebounds per game. If the Celtics don’t take Fultz then Jackson is the perfect alternative. The Celtics never replaced hall of famer Paul Pierce since he left. Jackson has all the makings to be an elite NBA player.
Now that the 2017 NBA season is officially over for the Boston Celtics It’s time to look ahead and see what additions can be made to the club. For the second season in a row the Celtics went down fighting against Cleveland. But this time they did after getting past the Bulls and Wizards. Not bad considering GM Danny Ainge has got them to be the third best team in basketball in just three years. This year however Cleveland beat Boston out in every category . Categories such as three point shooting, field goal shooting and of course turnovers.One area the Celts can play better next year. t One area they did shine in was rebounding, they out rebounded the Cavs 52-42. So where do the Celtics go from here? The Celtics won this years lottery getting the number one pick plus their own pick at 27. The buzz around Celtic fans is Washington Husky freshman Markelle Fultz. Fultz ended up the year shooting 45% and had a field goal percentage of 53%. This could definitely help the Celtics. The problem is the Celtics are well stocked at guards. But the way Fultz shoots he would be to hard to pass up. Which means probably trading Terry Rozier or Marcus Smart. Point guard Isaiah the top shooter in the eastern conference is up fora contract and is seeking a max deal four years. This leads us to the next option maybe trade the two picks and be in the same position next since they have another pick from the Nets. Maybe the Celtics should think about going big in order to stop LeBron. One player whose intriguing is Piston center Andre Drummond . Drummond is just 23 the same age as a lot of the draft picks . Drummond is 6’11 279 lbs and played 81 games averaging 13ppg. Another rumor that has been surfacing in Boston for months is Jazz forward Gordon Heyward. Heyward has an edge since he played under Brad Stevens at Butler. The only problem is Hayward is already making 16 million which means his next contract would be for at least 25 million for four years.Sounds pretty ridiculous. But the Celtics however have plenty of money to spend. Some other big men to keep an eye on are Wizards small forward Otto Porter. A perfect Celtic fit. Torontos Serge Ibaka a power forward much cheaper than Hayward. Another name is Warrior forward Andre Iguadola still a great two way player. And of course the last area of concern is point guard. The Celtics are blessed to have the best shooting guard in the league. A couple of quality names are Laker three point sniper Nick Young. Cleveland’s Kyle Korover. Korover is 36 can play both shooting guard and small forward. Clipper guard JJ Redick would be a great fit for Boston. Reddick is still one of the best guards in the NBA.Also James Jones of Cleveland would be a good fit. Playoff experience plus a deadly three point shooter. The Celtics also need to sign restricted free agent Kelly Olynyk stole game seven from the Wizards. Also forward Amir Johnson. Johnson an unrestricted free agent is physical and one of the teams best leaders. Best Celtic fit Johnson. With the NBA draft just a month a way anything is possible with Danny Ainge calling the shots. With the number one draft pick the best coach in the NBA and plenty of money to spend this summer should be one of the most exciting in a long time. The Future is now for the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics and Wizards continue their round two play off match up to night against the Wizards. So far the series has been pretty equal with the Celtics taking the first two games by scores of 123-111 and a 129-119 overtime win. Game three was won by the Wizards in a blowout 116-89. What has been the difference maker? For the Celtics it’s been Isaiah Thomas. Thomas was deadly in game two putting up 53 after getting a tooth knocked out in game one. For the Wizards John Wall’s 40 point performance only went down in defeat. The difference maker in game three was Otto Porter. Porter had one of the biggest games of his career pouring in 34 and dishing out 14 assist. So what are the keys needed in order to capture the series and move on to the Eastern Conference Championship? i would say it’s a combination of two things one bench and two obviously defense. This is where the Celtics have the edge. Bostons bench of Terry Rozier, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson have it over Brandon Jennings, Ian Mahinmi and Bogdanovic aren’t as good as the Celtics. Defensively the Celtics need big games from Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley. Both are shutdown guards on defense. Smart on the other hand needs to keep his cool and not commit so many turnovers as he did in game three. Basically this series can go either way. Which ever team plays Smart and doesn’t commit turnovers will win. If either team flares up like in game three it could cost suspensions as in the case of Wizards Kelly Oubre. Oubre got into a shoving match with Boston’s Kelly Olynyk and this could be an edge for the Celtics Sunday night. So I give the edge to the Celtics with the scoring punch Of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. Offensively the Wizards led by John Wall Monkrieff Morris, and Bradley Beal aren’t as good as Boston. Basically their’s no stopping Isaiah Thomas. Also the Celtics have another edge over the Bullets. That’s none other than head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens has done a great job in molding this team together with his rotations and strategies. Look for the Celtics to win in seven. .