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.
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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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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League MVP LeBron James had a benign growth removed from his jaw on Tuesday. The Cavaliers superstar had tissue removed from his parotid gland, where the body produces saliva. The procedure took five hours; requiring delicate work in an area filled with blood vessels and nerves. Doctors say that the procedure was a success, and that James should make a fast and complete recovery. Reports seem to indicate that the condition should not have affected his play. James averaged 38.5 points, 8.3 assists, and 8 rebounds in a losing Conference Finals series against the Orlando Magic.
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Lebron James scored 42 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers come back last night in Miami from an 11 point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 107-100. Mo Williams scored 15 out of his 30 points in the final seven minutes to lead the Cavs rally. Despite Dwayne scoring 41 for the Heat he was unable to get it going in the final minutes of the game. Miami shot 2 for 17 from the floor and turned the ball over four times in the last eight minutes.
Lebron James supplied the dagger with 43 seconds left, cruising past Jamario Moon for a huge right handed dunk to put Cleveland ahead 100-95. The Cavaliers are now 35 games over .500, marking the most successful season in their franchise history.
Lebron James reflecting on the game stated “It was Tough. It’s probably one of the better wins we’ve had all year.” This was the second time James and Wade scored 40 plus points in the same game. The last was on April 1, 2006 in Cleveland where James had 44 and Wade
44. “We don’t want each other to have bragging rights,” said James. “We definitely go at it when we play each other.
Wade and the Heat will be looking for revenge soon as the Heat travel to Cleveland to square off again.
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The Boston Celtics have been on a 2-6 skid since having their winning streak derailed by the Los Angeles Lakers. Amid speculation of acquiring Knick Stephon Marbury and the rapidly approaching trade deadline, the C’s need to either right the ship or figure out what they need. The Cavaliers, looking for revenge for being knocked out of the playoffs last year and an opening night loss this year, have usurped the C’s as top team in the NBA in most power rankings. Tip-off is at 8:00pm at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
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After a ring ceremony that brought Celtics’ vet Paul Pierce to tears, Boston went to the task of defending their title. The Cavaliers, Boston’s opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals, looked to avenge their game 7 loss in last year’s playoff run.
The Celtics held Lebron James to a somewhat un-Lebron-like 22 points, 7 rebounds, and six assists (along with three turnovers). The Cavs held the lead at the half, but the Celtics’ dominant 24-13 third quarter gave them the boost they needed to overtake Cleveland. Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 27, followed by Rajon Rondo with 14 and Leon Powe with 13.
Boston outshot Cleveland 46.6% to 42.6% in what proved to be a close and exciting season opener. The Celtics next game is scheduled for Friday night, October 31st against the Chicago Bulls.