The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have already proved themselves as top contenders in the Eastern Conference while approaching this year’s regular season. They will open up their 2009-2010 campaigns against each other October 27th at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH.
The C’s have now moved to a 4-1 preseason record after defeating the Toronto Raptors last night. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett led in scoring with 17 and 16 points apiece. Glen Davis contributed with 13 points for Boston. Lester Hudson added 12 and Kendrick Perkins and Eddie House each scored 11.
All Big-3 members have looked healthy and sharp all week heading into the final stretch of exhibition games. “That was nice,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “Unexpected, actually, because Kevin got kneed in the calf in the first half so I didn’t think he was running well. And all of a sudden out of nowhere, he becomes the old Kevin.”
The Cavs (3-1) although suffering their first preseason loss yesterday have been performing quite well. They fell to the Washington Wizards 109-104 without franchise player LeBron James who was out battling the flu. Mo Williams (groin) and Delonte West (personal problems) were also sidelined for the game.
Despite missing a few starters their role players remained competitive. Forward Jawad Williams scored 21 points and pulled down five boards. Shaquille O’Neal came up with 13 in his 19 minutes played. Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker added 12 and 11. The Cavs will now head to San Antonio to face the Spurs before playing the Dallas Mavericks back to back.
Lets not forget the Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic, a team that so far has yet to be defeated. They just showed as dominant two days ago after coasting by the New Orleans Hornets 121-86. Dwight Howard has handled all opponents, racking up double doubles game by game. It seems as though the 2008 top teams in the East have plans to stay there for the upcoming season.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen all took the night off yesterday for the Celtics preseason contest against the New Jersey Nets, giving others the opportunity to step up and showcase how deep their bench can really go. The Celtics Big Three-less featured four players in double figures and a late game comeback to win 91-88.
Rajon Rhondo was key to Boston’s victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds while dishing out 13 assists. Before the game he decided that it was his time to test his endurance, playing over 40 minutes total. “I wanted to play it out,” he said. “I was playing to win. It’s still a game. You don’t put on the uniform to lose. People might not take as seriously, I wanted to win regardless.”
Rasheed Wallace came up big with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Glen Davis and Eddie House also contributed with 18 and 14 respectively. The Celtics will next take on the Toronto Raptors tonight at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.
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Boston Celtics All-Star power forward Kevin Garnett has declared he’s healthy and looking forward to this upcoming season. Since last week he has been able to scrimmage 5-on-5 with his teammates. “It’s up and down, man. There ain’t no standing around in 5-on-5,” said Garnett. “My leg is almost 100 percent going forward. Better than anything I’m playing without any pain, which is something I really haven’t had for some time now.” Garnett is not only thrilled about being able to compete but has also developed a quick liking to the play of new additions Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels, and Sheldon Williams.
“In the pickups we’ve played here, you already see it – him and I on the same page,” said Garnett specifically of Sheed. “I can’t even describe it…To be honest, it’s just weird to see him here in the green, and see how our chemistry is without even touching the ball, just how we flow.”
The Celtics are now at new highs with their core lineup back with new veteran talents. They will be opening up at the TD Banknorth Garden Friday, October 9th against the New York Knicks. Their first official game will take place on October 27th against the Cavaliers in Cleveland before hosting the Charlotte Bobcats back in Boston on the 28th.
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Tickets for 2009-2010 Boston Celtics regular season games are now available! Celtics players are definitely eager for the upcoming year and hope to put themselves back in top contention for another championship run. Expect All-Star forward Kevin Garnett to come back healthy to complete the big three once again. Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo have another year under their belt and will only show improvement for next season. Big Baby is back along with newly acquired Rasheed Wallace and Shelden Williams off the bench. With this said, the Celtics front office has done more than enough to give the team a fighting chance to campaign for Green 18.
The Celtics will open up the regular season against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena October 27th. They will then match up against the Charlotte Bobcats at home before hosting the Chicago Bulls October 30th. Boston will look for revenge against the Orlando Magic at the Garden on November 20th and again on Christmas day at the Amway Arena.
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After an injury filled 2008-2009 regular season, the Boston Celtics have done plenty to make sure they have enough depth on the bench heading into 2010. General manager Danny Ainge stated that “this current group may be the best frontcourt since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Walton and Scott Wedman played together. Kendrick Perkins and a healthy Kevin Garnett are expected to dominate the post to start for Boston. Pressure for these big men has certainly diminished, knowing their frontcourt options between, Sheed, Big Baby, Sheldon Williams, and Scalabrine.
If the Celtics are able to stay healthy and energized going into the playoffs, the city of Boston should have a lot to look forward too. With the added depth to their frontcourt, it seems as though no team in the East can even match up. Celtics-Lakers games will serve as nothing short of spectacular with Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum against Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins to start with deep benches filling in.
Boston is looking forward to their first regular season contest against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, October 27th.
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Former Celtics big man Leon Powe is soon expected to close a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers pending his physical. Powe suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the Celtics first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, and isn’t expected to make a return until this year’s All-Star break. Boston originally planned to sign Powe once he returned to full health, but the option was eliminated after re-signing Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis along with adding Rasheed Wallace and Shelden Williams to the roster.
Although the C’s have a complete front court for next season, Leon Powe will definitely be missed. He served as one of the major players off the bench during Boston’s 2008 run for their 18th championship. His most memorable game in a Celtics uniform was in game two of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Lakers when he scored 21 points in 15 minutes. The Celtics will be opening against the Cavaliers for the first game of the season on Tuesday, October 27th. Their first game at the TD Banknorth Garden is scheduled for the day after against the Charlotte Bobcats.
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The Boston Celtics announced this afternoon that they have reached a contract deal with forward Glen Davis. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Celtics President of basketball Operations Danny Ainge spoke out saying “Glen has been a big part of our success for the past two years and we are very excited to have him back.”
Davis has spent two seasons with the Celtics; last year averaging 7 points and 4 rebounds per game. When he took over Kevin Garnett’s starting role , he netted 13 points with 6 rebounds on average. Along with re-signing Davis, the Celtics were able to reach a deal with free agent center/forward Shelden Williams. The C’s are eager to get back on the court this year, opening up the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday October 27th in Cleveland, OH.
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Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis has recently tested positive for an elevated testosterone level and will be required to serve a ten game suspension. Lewis is the sixth player to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs since the NBA began testing ten years ago. The reported drug found in his system was DHEA, which is considered a definite precursor to steroids. Lewis did not think he was taking any type of illegal substance, and clarified that what he took was all purchased over the counter. The suspension will cost him $1.6 million of his $18 million earnings this season.
Lewis has already decided to speak out on the subject. “First and foremost I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty,” said Lewis. “I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment.” Lewis will definitely be back in action when the Magic take on the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden Friday, November 20th.
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NBA league officials have just released all of the team schedules for 2009. The Celtics will first be challenged on Tuesday, October 27th against the Cavaliers in Cleveland, which should serve as one of the premiere opening match ups. They will then host a stretch of three games against the Bobcats, Bulls, and Hornets. The C’s will have to wait until Friday, November 20th to get their revenge on the Magic. Orlando and Boston are going to meet again on Christmas day but this time at the Amway Arena. They’ll see Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat for the first time on November 29th, but will host them at the Garden on February 3rd. March 24-28 should be an important stretch at home for Boston, as they are set to face the Nuggets, Kings, and Spurs to get an idea of the West coast. Be ready for another exciting year as the Boston Celtics begin another quest to earn their 18th franchise championship!2009-2010 Boston Celtics Schedule
Tuesday, October 27 @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28 vs Charlotte Bobcats 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 30 vs Chicago Bulls 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 1 vs New Orleans Hornets 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3 @ Philadelphia 76ers 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4 @ Minnesota Timberwolves 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 6 vs Phoenix Suns 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 7 @ New Jersey Nets 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11 vs Utah Jazz 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 13 vs Atlanta Hawks 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 @ Indiana Pacers 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18 vs Golden State Warriors 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 20 vs Orlando Magic 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22 @ New York Knicks 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25 vs Philadelphia 76ers 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 27 vs Toronto Raptors 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 29 @ Miami HEAT 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1 @ Charlotte Bobcats 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 3 @ San Antonio 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4 @ Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8 vs Milwaukee Bucks 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 10 @ Washington Wizards 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 @ Chicago Bulls 8:00 p.m.
Monday, December 14 @ Memphis Grizzlies 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18 vs Philadelphia 76ers 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 vs Minnesota Timberwolves 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22 vs Indiana Pacers 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 25 @ Orlando Magic 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 27 @ Los Angeles Clippers 9:30 p.m.
Monday, December 28 @ Golden State Warriors 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 30 @ Phoenix Suns 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 2 vs Toronto Raptors 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 6 @ Miami HEAT 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 8 @ Atlanta Hawks 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 10 @ Toronto Raptors 1:00 p.m.
Monday, January 11 vs Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13 @ New Jersey Nets 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 14 vs Chicago Bulls 8:00 p.m.
Monday, January 18 vs Dallas Mavericks 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20 @ Detroit Pistons 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 22 vs Portland TrailBlazers 7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 25 vs Los Angeles Clippers 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 28 @ Orlando Magic 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 29 @ Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 31 vs Los Angeles Lakers 3:30 p.m.
Monday, February 1 @ Washington Wizards 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3 vs Miami HEAT 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 5 vs New Jersey Nets 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 7 vs Orlando Magic 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10 @ New Orleans Hornets 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 16 @ Sacramento Kings 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 18 @ Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 p.m.
Friday, February 19 @ Portland TrailBlazers 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 21 @ Denver Nuggets 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23 vs New York Knicks 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 25 vs Cleveland Cavaliers 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 vs New Jersey Nets 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2 @ Detroit Pistons 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3 vs Charlotte Bobcats 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 5 @ Philadelphia 76ers 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 7 vs Washington Wizards 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 9 @ Milwaukee Bucks 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10 vs Memphis Grizzlies 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 12 vs Indiana Pacers 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 @ Cleveland Cavaliers 3:30 p.m.
Monday, March 15 vs Detroit Pistons 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March vs New York Knicks 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19 @ Houston Rockets 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 @ Dallas Mavericks 9:00 p.m.
Monday, March 22 @ Utah Jazz 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24 vs Denver Nuggets 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 26 vs Sacramento Kings 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 28 vs San Antonio Spurs 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31 vs Oklahoma City Thunder 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 2 vs Houston Rockets 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 4 vs Cleveland Cavaliers 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6 @ New York Knicks 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7 @ Toronto Raptors 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 9 vs Washington Wizards 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 10 @ Milwaukee Bucks 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 @ Chicago Bulls 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14 vs Milwaukee Bucks 8:00 p.m.
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Multiple sources are reporting that Glen “Big Baby” Davis is heading to the New Jersey Nets. Kenyon Dooling, Yi Jianlian, Eduardo Najera, and the 2010 first round pick are among the possible assets the Celtics may be after. Two drafts ago, Danny Ainge expressed serious interest in Yi before opting to trade the pick. As the C’s may also be looking to deal Gabe Pruitt, the deal may be expanded to include more teams and more players.
Stephon Marbury (in the midst of his 24/7 webcast, StarburyTV) may have an offer to rejoin the Boston Celtics according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. Rumors of a deal that may potentially bring Bruce Bowen to Boston are circulating as well. Stay tuned for more updates and more 2009-2010 Boston Celtics news!