The Boston Celtics will finally begin their 2009-2010 campaign tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. Both Celtics and Cavs title quests were stopped by the Orlando Magic, despite finishing the regular season with the two best records in the East.
Unsatisfactory playoff basketball resulted in both power house organizations to shake things up this offseason. The trend that bigger is better seemed to be in full effect after witnessing deals for Rasheed Wallace and Shaquille O’Neal.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has been extremely excited to welcome Sheed to Boston. “He’ll spread the floor offensively, something we’ve never had,” said Rivers. “Heck, most people don’t have a center sitting behind the 3-point line. Defensively, he’s been terrific. He’s also going to give us some post play on the offensive end.”
Along with Wallace, Marquis Daniels and Shelden Williams were added to the roster to give the C’s the necessary depth they were in need of last year in the playoffs. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis was re-signed but will be missing a good portion of the season due to a broken right thumb.
Shaquille O’Neal is producing already for the Cavs this preseason with a handful of double digit nights. The three-time MVP made clear that he is ready to “help the ‘King’ win an NBA championship.”
The Cavaliers have won 11 consecutive games at home over Boston. The Celtics last beat them in Cleveland in December of 2004. Tonight’s contest could very well be the first regular season preview of the 2010 Eastern Finals. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.
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Eddie House came off the bench and contributed with 20 points as the Boston Celtics went on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-82 in Columbus, OH for their final preseason game. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett took the night off to insure their strength for the start of the regular season.
Paul Pierce decided himself to make a game appearance, netting 11 points in his 13 minutes played. “I was just trying to stay sharp,” Pierce said. “We’ve got five, six days before we play again. I thought it was good for me to go out there.” Having only one of the Big three out on the court definitely gave others the opportunity to step up. Pierce, House, Wallace, Perkins, Daniels, and Rondo all left the game with double digit numbers.
The Celtics and Cavs will open up their 2009-2010 regular season campaigns against each other Tuesday, October 27th. Boston will then host the Charlotte Bobcats at the TD Garden on the 28th.
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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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