9.03.2015

Midseason Look at 1986 Cs

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Boston has won eight in a row and 12 of 13 since losing five of nine in December. The Celts are 33-8 at the midpoint and have regained the NBA's best record. The Sons of K.C. Jones are 5 1/2 games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers and have two fewer losses than the Lakers. LA has lost four of five, including a 15-point blowout at the hands of the Celts last Wednesday. Philly has won 17 of 20 but couldn't beat the Kevin McHaleless Bostonians on Super Sunday.

- Bird's shooting -- He should win a third straight MVP. The total game never abandoned him, but he wasn't the same force without his long-range weaponry. Sunday's third-quarter, three-point-shot barrage against the Sixers was vintage Bird. His back/elbow/finger must be feeling much better.

- The development of Bill Walton as a big-game/late-game force -- Walton never played poorly, but only in the last week has he asserted himself at crunch time against the iron. The Walton who swatted seven Laker shots in 16 minutes, then scored 19 points with 13 rebounds against the Sixers would be a major difference in this year's play-off push.

- The bench -- Jerry Sichting is shooting 55 percent. He's learned to pick his spots with the shot and forced Laker coach Pat Riley to admit, "They have the cannons now, and they didn't have them last year." After a horrendous start, Scott Wedman is playing the best ball of his four-year Celtic career, filling in the for the injured McHale. Meanwhile, David Thirdkill looks like a player. He's silently shooting 56 percent and spent 18 minutes guarding Julius Erving Sunday. Look for Thirdkill to get more quality minutes against high-scoring forwards. He could turn out to be the backup small forward the Celts hoped Sly Williams would be.

Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and . . . Kelly Olynyk????

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Kelly Olynyk was both surprised and excited when told he has drawn the interest of the legendary Sir Mix-A-Lot.

After the rookie's 25-point, seven-assist game against the Lakers, Mix (we call him Mix) tweeted, 'Hey @BillWalton does @KellyOlynyk remind you of anybody? Long hair, smart player, fundamentally sound. . . . I'm just saying.'

'It's pretty cool,' Olynyk said yesterday. 'I mean, you don't realize all the people that are noticing you. It's kind of interesting - especially from a guy like him where you've heard a lot of his music. It's pretty cool.'

By the way, the great Dick Lipe reports that Olynyk was the first Celtic to have at least 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists off the bench since Dana Barros (27-9-9) against Philadelphia in March 1998.

Other Celts to accomplish the feat since 1985 are Kevin McHale against Houston in 1990 and Larry Bird at Milwaukee in April 1986. The C's started Greg Kite, Walton, Scott Wedman, Jerry Sichting and Rick Carlisle in that one. (Kite was soon ejected for throwing the ball at referee Lee Jones.)

Box score can be found here.

9.02.2015

McHale and Ainge Lead C's Over Mavs

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Boston Celtics
113

38-14 (Won 1)
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Dallas Mavericks
96

32-19 (Lost 2)
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February 18, 1987
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Boston Celtics (38-14)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Dennis Johnson 42:00 4 7 .571 1 1 1.000 2 2 1.000 2 5 7 9 0 0 2 3 11
Larry Bird 40:00 7 19 .368 1 4 .250 1 1 1.000 2 10 12 11 1 2 2 3 16
Robert Parish 40:00 6 10 .600 0 0
2 4 .500 3 11 14 3 1 3 2 2 14
Kevin McHale 37:00 13 21 .619 0 0
2 2 1.000 5 6 11 1 0 3 4 4 28
Danny Ainge 34:00 11 19 .579 0 2 .000 3 3 1.000 3 2 5 7 2 0 1 3 25
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Darren Daye 12:00 1 3 .333 0 0
2 4 .500 1 2 3 1 1 0 3 1 4
Greg Kite 11:00 0 2 .000 0 0
1 2 .500 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 1
Jerry Sichting 10:00 2 5 .400 0 1 .000 0 0
0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 4
Fred Roberts 6:00 0 1 .000 0 0
2 2 1.000 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
Conner Henry 4:00 3 4 .750 2 2 1.000 0 0
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 8
Rick Carlisle 2:00 0 1 .000 0 0
0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Vincent 2:00 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Team Totals 240 47 93 .505 4 10 .400 15 22 .682 18 41 59 34 6 9 18 25 113

Dallas Mavericks (32-19)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Mark Aguirre 38:00 11 26 .423 2 5 .400 5 8 .625 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 5 29
Brad Davis 38:00 3 6 .500 0 2 .000 3 4 .750 0 5 5 6 2 1 0 3 9
Sam Perkins 36:00 10 18 .556 2 3 .667 0 1 .000 0 6 6 0 0 1 3 3 22
Rolando Blackman 30:00 3 13 .231 0 0
2 2 1.000 1 4 5 7 2 0 2 2 8
James Donaldson 30:00 1 1 1.000 0 0
0 2 .000 2 6 8 2 1 1 1 2 2
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Detlef Schrempf 24:00 3 7 .429 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 6
Roy Tarpley 19:00 3 8 .375 0 0
3 4 .750 4 6 10 2 1 0 0 1 9
Bill Wennington 18:00 2 8 .250 0 0
3 3 1.000 5 3 8 2 2 0 1 3 7
Dennis Nutt 5:00 1 2 .500 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
Uwe Blab 2:00 0 2 .000 0 0
2 4 .500 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Team Totals 240 37 91 .407 4 12 .333 18 28 .643 13 30 43 22 10 3 13 20 96

9.01.2015

Celtics Shoot 59%, Lose

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Celtics Shoot 59%, Lose

January 8, 2005

There was good news and bad news for the Celtics last night at the FleetCenter.

   The bad news was they were beaten by the defending world champion Detroit Pistons, 110-104, in front of a sold-out house (18,624).

8.31.2015

Celtics Need to Play Tougher aganist Ben and Rasheed

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Celtics Need to Play Tougher aganist Ben and Rasheed

January 7, 2005

WALTHAM - Doc Rivers could not remember exactly when the Celtics last played the Pistons. And he wasn't exactly looking for a way to refresh his memory after practice yesterday afternoon. With Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, and Co. in town tonight at the FleetCenter as the Celtics put their five-game home winning streak on the line, some games might best be forgotten. For the record, Detroit trounced Boston, 100-88, last Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

No Picassos in Celtics Win

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No Picassos in Celtics Win

January 6, 2005

The word "ugly" was tossed around rather freely last night - and with good reason. The 13,078 hostages, er, fans who sat through the Celtics' torpid, 84-83 victory over the Golden State Warriors had to have one thought in mind when they got home: Take a shower.

8.28.2015

PJ Brown Dunks on Kobe (Top Three Moment from 2008 NBA Finals)

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Cowens v. Maravich

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Celtics' Dave Cowens rejecting Pistol Pete.

Cowens v. Thunder

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Dave Cowens

Jazz Crush Celts, as Boston's Bench Contributes Six Points

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Boston Celtics
89

37-14 (Lost 2)
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Utah Jazz
109

30-20 (Won 2)
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February 16, 1987
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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kevin McHale 40:00 6 14 .429 0 0
3 4 .750 2 4 6 4 0 2 4 2 15
Robert Parish 38:00 7 15 .467 0 0
5 5 1.000 2 10 12 1 0 1 4 3 19
Larry Bird 37:00 9 22 .409 1 4 .250 7 7 1.000 2 9 11 3 2 1 3 2 26
Danny Ainge 37:00 6 10 .600 3 5 .600 2 2 1.000 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 0 17
Dennis Johnson 33:00 2 10 .200 0 0
2 2 1.000 0 5 5 4 0 1 2 0 6
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jerry Sichting 18:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 0
Fred Roberts 14:00 1 2 .500 0 0
0 0
1 4 5 0 0 0 1 2 2
Darren Daye 11:00 0 1 .000 0 0
1 2 .500 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Sam Vincent 5:00 0 2 .000 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Rick Carlisle 3:00 1 1 1.000 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Conner Henry 3:00 0 0
0 0
1 2 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Greg Kite 1:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 240 32 77 .416 4 9 .444 21 24 .875 7 36 43 18 4 5 19 9 89

Utah Jazz (30-20)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Karl Malone 38:00 11 25 .440 0 0
3 4 .750 6 9 15 0 4 2 2 4 25
Mark Eaton 36:00 5 6 .833 0 0
0 0
3 7 10 0 1 4 0 5 10
Kelly Tripucka 26:00 3 10 .300 1 2 .500 0 0
0 2 2 4 0 0 2 0 7
Bob Hansen 20:00 3 13 .231 1 2 .500 0 0
4 5 9 3 0 0 0 1 7
Rickey Green 12:00 1 3 .333 0 0
0 0
0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 2
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
John Stockton 36:00 4 10 .400 0 1 .000 1 3 .333 0 5 5 17 4 0 0 3 9
Thurl Bailey 31:00 9 16 .563 0 0
0 0
3 2 5 3 1 1 2 0 18
Darrell Griffith 26:00 8 13 .615 5 8 .625 2 3 .667 1 1 2 4 1 1 2 1 23
Kent Benson 9:00 3 4 .750 0 0
0 0
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6
Carey Scurry 2:00 1 1 1.000 0 0
0 0
1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Dell Curry 2:00 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marc Iavaroni 2:00 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 240 48 103 .466 7 15 .467 6 10 .600 18 34 52 36 11 8 8 16 109

8.23.2015

Lakers and New Addition Mychal Thompson Top C's at Forum

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103

37-13 (Lost 1)
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Los Angeles Lakers
106

38-12 (Won 3)
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February 15, 1987
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Boston Celtics (37-13)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kevin McHale 43:00 9 17 .529 0 0
5 6 .833 2 8 10 3 0 1 3 4 23
Dennis Johnson 43:00 8 18 .444 0 1 .000 6 8 .750 0 6 6 10 1 0 2 5 22
Larry Bird 43:00 7 12 .583 1 2 .500 5 7 .714 2 3 5 7 1 2 3 2 20
Robert Parish 37:00 9 13 .692 0 0
2 2 1.000 5 2 7 2 1 1 2 5 20
Danny Ainge 33:00 3 11 .273 2 4 .500 2 4 .500 2 4 6 4 2 0 1 4 10
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jerry Sichting 15:00 3 4 .750 0 0
0 0
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Greg Kite 13:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
Sam Vincent 5:00 1 3 .333 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
Darren Daye 5:00 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fred Roberts 2:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Conner Henry 1:00 0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 240 40 79 .506 3 7 .429 20 27 .741 12 26 38 29 5 4 13 24 103

Los Angeles Lakers (38-12)

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Starters MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Magic Johnson 45:00 12 20 .600 1 1 1.000 14 15 .933 3 4 7 10 2 0 4 4 39
James Worthy 41:00 12 16 .750 0 0
2 2 1.000 4 3 7 1 0 1 1 3 26
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 37:00 4 11 .364 0 0
2 2 1.000 3 3 6 3 1 1 4 3 10
Byron Scott 34:00 4 17 .235 0 0
1 1 1.000 0 4 4 5 1 0 0 1 9
A.C. Green 16:00 2 3 .667 0 0
1 2 .500 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 5
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Mychal Thompson 29:00 5 7 .714 0 0
0 0
1 3 4 1 0 0 3 5 10
Michael Cooper 24:00 1 7 .143 1 4 .250 4 4 1.000 2 4 6 9 0 0 1 5 7
Kurt Rambis 14:00 0 1 .000 0 0
0 0
0 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
Team Totals 240 40 82 .488 2 5 .400 24 26 .923 14 26 40 30 6 4 14 24 106

8.22.2015

Herman Munster MVP?

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February 1987
According to Boston Celtic guard Danny Ainge, Larry Bird gives Kevin McHale too much credit.

Now, Ainge doesn't quibble when Bird says McHale has been this season's most valuable player on the Celtics, who meet the Lakers today in a nationally televised game that will leave one team with the best record in the National Basketball Assn.

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