15-year veteran PG Derek Fisher will continue his NBA career with the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder one week after being traded to the Houston Rockets, surrendering his $3.4 million contract next season to secure a buyout and join a contender. (more)
The Boston Celtics agreed to send center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and big man Nenad Krstic just before Thursday’s 3 PM trade deadline. Green is averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds this season for the Thunder behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He is certainly a young talent who can provide a spark off the bench in the swingman position for the Celtics.
Krstic, a six year veteran, has posted 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in under 22 minutes per game this season for OKC. Boston will rely on Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Krstic to carry the load down low in the absence of Perkins. The Thunder will look forward to having Perk in the middle when they face their top Western Conference rivals between the Spurs, Lakers and Mavericks. Nate Robinson will be a good addition in the backcourt behind Westbrook.
Boston also shipped out rookies Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to Cleveland to open up a pair of roster spots. The team is now preparing to take on the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Pepsi Center. Check back for more Boston Celtics updates!
Kevin Durant led his squad with 37 points and eight rebounds en route to the Oklahoma City Thunder claiming their 46th victory of the season over the Boston Celtics last night at the TD Garden. The up and coming Thunder have now defeated every NBA team since moving the franchise to Oklahoma. The former Seattle Supersonics saved the C’s and current NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers for last to finally complete their goal. “We’ve grown up,” said Durant. “It means a lot for us. It gives us confidence.”
Rajon Rondo controlled the offense for Boston with 16 points, 11 assists and five steals. Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace split the scoring duties with 18 apiece despite falling short in the end. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was upset after the game in regards to how the game was called, saying “it’s a tough one to swallow. A team shoots 34 free throws to our 17 on our home floor. I thought we were attacking and we just didn’t get to the line.”
The Celtics have a day to prepare before taking on the Houston Rockets this Friday. The first place Cleveland Cavaliers will then make their way to Boston Sunday afternoon. Oklahoma City is next set to matchup with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
Kobe Bryant dropped 40 points to Kevin Durant’s 30 as the Los Angeles Lakers battled past the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-108 yesterday at STAPLES Center. The Thunder were in control through the first half with a seven-point lead before LA outshined them in the third quarter to earn their 16th victory in 17 games.
Following their long string of away matchups, the beat up Lakers still managed to come out on top. “They were sharper than we were, and we just had to work really hard,” said Pau Gasol. “You come in tired from the road, and the time difference has a little impact. I’m not sure why, but it does happen. Luckily, we were able to get past it.” Bryant was able to add to his 40 with eight boards and six assists. Gasol and Derek Fisher each contributed with 15 apiece as Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 12.
The young Durant was proud of his developing squad for competing with the defending NBA champions. “I know we don’t like to take moral victories, but tonight we showed a lot of toughness and a lot of maturity,” said Durant. “Even though it was a tough loss, we were right there at the end and could have won it.” Oklahoma will continue on to Phoenix to face the Suns tonight while the 23-4 Lakers prepare to host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive contest over the San Antonio Spurs 90-83 last night at the AT&T Center. The C’s are currently the most successful team on the road with an 8-1 away record this season. “Guys are locked in, it’s a great focus right now,” said Kendrick Perkins. “Guys came on this road trip to get wins.”
Boston claimed the early ten point advantage to end the first quarter. They came up with just 16 points in the fourth as the defense stepped up, holding San Antonio to 20 to solidify the victory. Rajon Rondo played floor general yesterday with 12 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace contributed with 12 and 13.
The Celtics are set to make their last stop for now against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday before hosting the Bucks next Tuesday. “That’s the make or break of the trip,” said Rasheed Wallace. “It’ll be a downer if we don’t go in there tomorrow and come out with a W.” Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Glen Davis stepped up down the stretch, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the final 10 minutes of the Celtics’ 103-84 contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in Boston. He took an elbow to the head in the third quarter and was taken in for stitches. Until then he had only contributed with 2 points for the C’s.
“I was just ready to win, just tried to push the lead up as much as possible because we were supposed to blow these guys out,” said Davis. “Luckily I got this in the head and it sparked something in me for some odd reason.”
The win put the Celtics ahead of the Orlando Magic for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They remain five games behind Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with just seven to play. Paul Pierce led Boston in scoring with 27, and Eddie House and Ray Allen followed up with 16 and 14. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 23 and 21 points. After being outscored 32-16 in the fourth quarter, the result marked their fifth loss in their last 6 games.
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After a slow start in Oklahoma last night, the Boston Celtics clamped down on the Thunder to cruise to their 4th win of the year. Paul Pierce led the way for the Celtics with 20 points and 9 rebounds in the 96-83 victory. It was the Celtics’ first game and first win against the relocated Sonics team.
The Celtics gave up 29 points in the 1st quarter as the Thunder came out strong. Boston clearly has a large target on their backs and should expect most teams to come out gunning against them. The Celtics turned it around in the 2nd period scoring 30 and holding the Thunder to just 15 points. Rajon Rondo chipped in with 11 assists while Kendrick Perkins had 4 blocked shots.
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