What We’ve Learned About The Boston Celtics In 2011

After a tumultuous 2011, what exactly did we learn about the Boston Celtics? (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Over the past 12 months, we’ve learned a lot about the Boston Celtics.

They’re no longer the top dog or a team that’s feared. Instead, they’re a veteran team that’s most likely going to finish the current season with at least 25 to 28 wins, and somehow squeak their way into the playoffs.

They’ll probably earn a few postseason victories too, but then lose to the younger and more athletic units, which include Chicago, Miami and New York, which is expected, right?

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen have all aged, so don’t expect their tiresome legs to cruise to one more championship series, especially this season. However, it’s possible, yet highly doubtful that Boston will see a repeat of Bill Russell’s Celtics from 1969, but again, don’t hold your breath.

So, what exactly have we learned from this past year?

Could it be that team president Danny Ainge isn’t afraid to wheel and deal?

Perhaps Ainge’s decision to trade Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City could be the eventual downfall of Boston’s basketball team?

And finally, maybe the Green and White should have traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas or Detroit for various veterans?

Ok… take a deep breath because I, Matt Noonan have a few thoughts and ideas in regards to all these questions stated above.

Ainge Likes to Wheel and Deal: Any owner, president or manager for a particular team or organization is always going to contemplate the question — how can I improve my team?

In the case of Ainge, he wants to win. However, I think it’s fair to say that he’s a gambler, as well as someone who’s all-in, especially at the blackjack table. Yet, adding players like Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, Carlos Arroyo, Troy Murphy and Rasheed Wallace didn’t exactly help Boston win their 18th championship banner, but instead, create aggravation and frustration for the past few years.

Celtics fans need to understand that Ainge is going to gamble. He’ll win and lose various trades and acquisitions, as well as do whatever it takes to help his team succeed every night, and contend for a championship.

Saying Good Bye to Kendrick and Nate: It’s hard to believe, but many Bostonians still think Ainge shouldn’t have pulled the trigger last February to release Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson because they would have helped the Celtics defeat the Miami Heat in May.

 

Yet, how do these fans or followers know that Perkins and Robinson were the answer?

Boston managed to win 15 of their final 27 contest, but relied heavily on Allen, Garnett and Pierce because Green and Krstic, who were the players that Boston and Oklahoma swapped, didn’t exactly comprehend Doc Rivers’ playbook.

The Celtics bench, which Ainge rebuilt after the trade, couldn’t compliment the starters play, which was obviously frustrating. However, let’s admit that Ainge once again gambled, and came up short, again.

Perkins, Robinson, and the Thunder reached the Western Conference Finals, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 4-1.

So, once again, I don’t think it’s fair to state that Ainge’s decision to trade Perkins and Robinson was the demise of the 2010-2011 Celtics or future teams, but once again, another gamble that he felt would improve Boston’s chances.

In Rondo, We Trust:  Say what you want about Rondo, but seriously, he’s the future of Boston basketball, and if the Celtics are going to continue their winning ways or at least attempt to remain competitive in the near future, then he’s going to be Ainge’s building block.

Boston will eventually be forced to replace Allen, Garnett and Pierce, which means Rondo will have to play his best basketball every night, as well as imitate his Game 3 performance against the Heat from this past May, which was when he dislocated his elbow.

 

If Rondo can be more aggressive, attack the rim, and keep his wits about himself, then expect the Celtics to succeed. However, if his old, immature ways return, then assume that Boston will be forced to rebuild once their current squad walks off into the sun.

I think Rondo can be a great asset for the Celtics, especially in the near future. But, I also think many will certainly ponder the question — what if Ainge had pulled the trigger, and acquired Chris Paul?

10-Games Boston Celtics Fans Can’t Miss in 2011-12

Does Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics have what it takes to win the NBA Championship in June of 2012?

By Matt Noonan 

The NBA Lockout is far from over. However, the league announced on Tuesday the 2011-12 regular season schedule, which hopefully is a sign of progress.

Although, despite the ongoing NBA drama, here’s 10 games that Boston Celtics fans will certainly want to circle on their calendars, especially if the season starts in November.

Boston at Miami (Nov. 16) – Seriously, who isn’t intrigued by this particular matchup? The newest version of the “Big-3” failed against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA championship this past June, plus, between the ongoing lockout and time apart, Miami should be pretty rusty for the aging Celtics legs.

Boston at Orlando (Nov. 17) – Boston-Orlando has turned into “can’t-miss” television, so, mark your calendars fans, as the Green and White will look win back-to-back games in Florida on this particular weekend in November.

Miami at Boston (Dec. 1) – This matchup should be more intense, especially since it will be at the Garden. Can you imagine the fans reactions when LeBron Jamesis introduced over the public address system? Should be interesting!

Boston at New York Knicks (Dec. 25) – Santa should deliver quite an exciting Christmas Day treat, especially if both teams are healthy. Although this time around, New York’s “Big-3,” (Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups) should know to how to play with one another, so let’s hope for an exciting holiday contest.

Dallas at Boston (Jan. 11) – The Mavericks won their first NBA championship in franchise history last season, so you can expect the Northeast championship tour to be somewhat exciting, especially against the Celtics.

Oklahoma City at Boston (Jan. 16) – This game will totally be worth watching, especially if the Green and White’s old friends, Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson remain with the Thunder. Yet, why did I write that particular sentence? Well, apparently Robinson wants to play football these days; yet, they’re somewhat in a lockout too, right?

Los Angles Lakers at Boston (Feb. 9) – The last time the Lakers invaded the Garden was when the Celtics watched Ray Allen hit his 2,561st three-pointer. Any chance he’ll break another record against Boston’s rival?

Chicago at Boston (Feb. 12) – Ever since their epic seven-game duel in the ’09 playoffs, Chicago has challenged Boston a great deal. Although with youth, talent and Tom Thibodeau on their side, Chicago should run away with this game, but let’s hope that’s not true.

Boston at Houston (Feb. 19) – Once upon a time, Kevin McHale played for the Celtics, but now, he’s the new head coach for the Houston Rockets, so this is another, “can’t-miss” television event. Hopefully The Office won’t be on that evening!

Boston at San Antonio (Mar. 25) – At this point, both teams should have locked up playoff spots, yet, playing in San Antonio can be challenging, especially for the Celtics, who are [38-40] all time against the Spurs.

Top 10 Boston Celtics of the 21st Century

A majority of the 2008 NBA Champions made the Top 10 List, but exactly, why?

By Matt Noonan 

It’s officially my duty as the Noontime Sports basketball guru, (technically a “guru”), to break down the Boston Celtics from 2000 to 2011. There are indeed so many players to consider for this particular Top-10 list, but really, I think I’ve identified the best members of the Green and White.

So, similarly to our good friend, Andy Lindberg, I have provided you, the reader with a list of 10-names, as well as short, quick synopses too.

Top 10- Boston Celtics of the 21st Century

10.) Brian Scalabrine – “Scal” deserved to make this particular list, especially since he was a “fan favorite.” He may have not been the best player to sport the Green and White, but when the exuberant red head ran up and down the floor, it was always entertaining.

9.) Antoine Walker – “Toine” was a true troublemaker, but also a competitor. He never won a NBA championship, but one has to wonder, what exactly will he be remembered for the most, especially in Boston? Hmm… I’d have to say his dance moves and complaints.

8.) Walter McCarty – Similar to Scalabrine, McCarty was a fan favorite. He played a majority of his career in a Boston uniform, but his best season was during the ‘03-‘04 campaign, as the forward finished the regular season with 605 points, 137 three-pointers, 62 free-throw points, 239 rebounds, 124 assists and 72 steals.

7.) Kendrick PerkinsA majority of the so-called, “Celtics Nation” was brought to tears this past February, which was when Boston traded their “big man” to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic. The Celtics never recovered from their “blockbuster” trade, as they finished the season in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. However, while Perkins could have helped the team in the post season, (it’s hard to determine that theory), he indeed will be remembered for being a member of a starting-five that never lost a playoff series.

6.) James PoseyThe ultimate “sixth-man,” Posey played an important role during the ’07-‘08 season, as well as helped Boston earn its first NBA title in 22-years. Posey finished the ’07-’08 season with 545 points, 114 assists and 322 rebounds.

5.) P.J. Brown He may have not been a member of the Celtics for a long time, but Brown ended his career by winning a championship, so that’s sweet, right? Brown’s defense, leadership and intensity played a significant role against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Piston and Los Angles Lakers in the ‘08 NBA playoffs.

4.) Rajon RondoAt first, it didn’t seem like Rondo was the right person to lead the Celtics to victory. Although, Rondo has excelled under the guidance of head coach Doc Rivers and his veteran teammates. Rondo is considered one of the top point guards in the league, but seriously, he needs to work on his shooting.

3.) Kevin GarnettGarnett displayed his love and passion for the game, as well as embraced “Celtics pride,” en-route to Boston’s 17th NBA championship. His leadership and guidance played a significant role the past few seasons, as he has helped Glen Davis and Rajon Rondo improve their games.

2.) Ray Allen Acquired on Draft Night in ‘07, Allen came to Boston poised to win a championship. Currently, Allen holds the record for most three-pointers in the NBA.

1.) Paul Pierce – Pierce’s long wait for a title came in ’08 against the Los Angles Lakers, as he, Allen and Garnett, as well as a few other role players, captured the NBA title on June 17, 2008. Pierce was also named the Final’s MVP too.

Noonan: Rivers is Back, But Where do the Celtics go from here?

Doc Rivers is back with Boston, but what needs to happen next?

By Matt Noonan

After Wednesday’s Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was greeted by the usual group of media members, who always have something to interesting to say about the men dressed in Green and White. He sat down at the podium and calmly congratulated the Heat on their victory, but also, he mentioned how proud he was of his team’s effort.

In fact, he even stated, “I’m a Celtics,” which brought smiles to many New Englanders faces.

Rivers is indeed a Celtic or a special part of the franchise’s history, as he officially inked his name on a brand new, five-year, $35 million contract on Friday. So, no need to worry about the future of Doc Rivers, he’s coming back to Boston, so relax.

Yet, while the coaching situation is all set, the next question is what will team president Danny Ainge do with his aging and ailing squad?

Will he wheel and deal, just like he did this past season when he sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City?

Will he test the free agent wire and pick up some intriguing veterans, such as Jamal Crawford, Tyson Chandler or Caron Butler?  

Possibly, he’ll try and wake up his former head coach Red Auerbach and ask for some advice?

No matter what, Danny Ainge will need to make some changes, especially since the window of his modern day “Big-3” is practically over.

Paul Pierce looked incredibly flustered this season, Ray Allen wanted the ball more and Kevin Garnett realized, he’s not 21-years old.

Pierce, Allen and Garnett will go down in the record books as “All-Stars,” no matter what happens. If they win another championship together, well that’d be great, but if not, they certainly brought the spirit of basketball back to the city of Boston.

Yet, while Pierce, Allen and Garnett slowly fade away and walk off into the sunset, one has to wonder, who will Ainge find to replace them? He already has a tremendous point guard in Rajon Rondo and needs to find the right pieces that will compliment his efforts.

Should the Celtics take a chance and attempt to bring Dwight Howard to Boston?

Should they wait another year and go after Chris Paul or Ben Wallace?

Perhaps, Danny and company would be interested in welcoming back Eddie House next season, who happens to be an unrestricted free-agent this summer.

No matter what, Ainge, Rivers and the entire front office needs to make some changes this summer; otherwise, they’ll fall behind the eight ball. Boston will still be competitive next season, but will certainly be second fiddle to Chicago, Miami and New York, who all have talented young players.

All in all, the Celtics do need to make some changes pronto; otherwise, they’ll experience Game 5 relapses and continue to lose the fourth quarter due to their legs.

Lindberg: Overall Thoughts on the Boston Celtics

Despite a promising start, the Celtics stumbled to the finish line and lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals!

By Andy Lindberg 

I hope everyone enjoyed that NBA Championship the Boston Celtics won in 2008, because most likely, you’re not going to see another one for a while.

I don’t mean to sound hateful or rude, but facts are facts and it’s time to face the facts that the last real chance Boston had to win the Finals was with their 13-point lead against the Los Angles Lakers in Game 7 of last year’s Finals.

Unfortunately, they don’t have a bench and will most likely lose Glen “Big Baby” Davis, as he wants to be a starter. Although, most importantly, the Celtics possess no real center depth after two horrific trades buried the closing ability and mean streak of the Green and White.

The Kendrick Perkins trade has been beaten to death. Say what you will about it, but the trade that killed me and the one trade I cannot justify to any degree was sending Semih Erden and Luke Harangody, both excellent of the bench and provided considerable depth, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second round draft choice.

Apparently the move was done to open roster spots and reduce luxury tax payments. Although, all of their trades from this past season have reduced the Celtics chances of winning a title at some point within the next decade and opened up the door for the Miami Heat and New York Knicks to “curb-stomp” the Celtics at will in the very near future

The one position the Celtics lacked this past season was a center. Usually, teams would drive into the paint and fetch a beating by Perkins or other “big-men”. Yet, finding that kind of presence on the Celtic team is like finding a virgin in a maternity ward, it’s just not there.

Jeff Green is a solid player and can fill in admirably at small forward or, if needed, power forward, which was what he played in Oklahoma City.

Nenad Krstic was a nice addition, but nice additions don’t make up for mean streaks and power basketball.

Everyone talks about how sports are a business, and we heard that talk float about repeatedly when Perkins was traded. “Basketball is a business.”

Guess what? The world of professional sports is a business that revolves around winning. By making stupid trades and personnel decisions, you’re going against what your business stands for.

However, maybe the Celtics wanted to bring back only their most dedicated and heartbroken fans from the ‘90’s. It would make sense, because the Red Sox and Patriots are both trying to do the same thing, get rid of the “pink-hats.”

The Celtics got their “Big-3” and won a title. They found a formula that worked with complementary players and a solid bench. Now they’ve given it away, and the result is clear.

This doesn’t mean I will stop supporting the Celtics, but instead, it just means that come NBA playoff time, I won’t have to be as invested in Boston because they won’t go far in the future.

So, after all that rambling, here is another poll question for ye fair-weather fans:

Daily Noontime – May 12, 2011

Well, believe it or not, but it’s Thursday and that means a brand new weekend is upon us, so get excited. In the meantime, here is today’s biggest headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* Well, the Oklahoma City Thunder earned another win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday and yes, Kendrick Perkins had something to say about it.

* LeBron James admitted to his Cleveland Cavaliers fans that moving to Miami was the only way he was going to beat Boston in the playoffs and well, it happened, as the Heat closed out the series on Wednesday with a 97-87 victory.

* According to sources, Los Angles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is planning to retire from the NBA.

* Apparently, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has learned that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expects the NFL to not shutdown, despite the ongoing lockout. Yet, haven’t we heard this before?

* The Boston Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, but Doc Rivers admitted after the game that he’s considering coming back for possibly another season.

* If there is a NFL season, Kevin Kolb may actually get a starting job with the Arizona Cardinals.

Games to Watch: 

* Tampa Bay at Cleveland (MLB) – 12:05pm eastern

* St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

* Kansas City at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Chicago Bulls at Atlanta (NBA Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

* Detroit at San Jose (NHL Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Yes, this is certainly one of those “Top Plays!”



NBA Playoffs: First Round Predictions

By Matt Noonan

The NBA playoffs begin Saturday, so with that being said, here are Matt Noonan’s  predictions for the first round. 

Eastern Conference – First Round Predictions: 

(1) Chicago Bulls  vs. (8) Indiana Pacers – It is a great story to see the Indiana Pacers back in the NBA playoffs, but the Chicago Bulls are too talented of a team to lose this series. The Bulls finished with the best record in basketball, so expect their winning ways to continue. Chicago win the series, 4-1. 

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers – Finally, the “Big-3″ will get to play in their first playoff game together, but hopefully there won’t be any tears in the locker room, but who knows? Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra should have no problem leading his team past an up and coming 76ers squad coached by the great Doug Collins. Also, expect LeBron James to say to his teammates prior to tip-off, “give me the ball if you want to win at least one series.” James and the Heat will win this series. Miami wins the series, 4-2. 

(3) Boston Celtics vs. (6) New York Knicks – No Kendrick Perkins, no problem. The Celtics will hopefully find themselves in this series, but expect this matchup to possibly go six or seven games. Amare Stoudemire told the New York media last summer that the Knicks were beginning a “new era.” Sadly, this “new era” should end with a playoff loss, but at least the Knicks are headed in the right direction. Boston wins the series, 4-2. 

(4) Orlando Magic vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks – Why does it seem that every year these two teams always meet in the playoffs? How much do you want to bet that both the Hawks and Magic have dinner, practice and hang out together too? Would Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy even allow that to happen? I doubt it!  Orlando wins the series, 4-2. 

Western Conference – First Round Predictions: 

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies – San Antonio has clearly been one of the better teams all season, but now the age factor is catching up with them, but against the Grizzlies, consider this an easy first round series. San Antonio wins the series, 4-0. 

(2) Los Angles Lakers vs. (7) New Orleans Hornets – After winning the 2010 NBA Championship, the Lakers were picked to repeat and face the Boston Celtics again.Boring! However, both teams have struggled, but with Andrew Bynum somewhat banged up and Los Angles’s age becoming a factor, expect the Hornets to challenge the old men, but in the end, the men who wear the purple and gold jerseys should win. Los Angles wins the series, 4-2. 

(3) Dallas Mavericks vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers – Talk about a true toss-up, either team could win this series. The Trail Blazers have had their moments all season, while the Mavericks looked like a pretty good team at times. However, after watching Dirk Nowitzki dance on YouTube, I may have to go with the underdog to win this series. Portland wins the series, 4-3. 

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Denver Nuggets – Denver is an absolute mess these days and after trading away half their team to New York, it seems they imitated the Boston Celtics of 2010, who see-sawed their way to the finish line last year. Kevin Durant will shine in this series, as well as lead Oklahoma past Denver, so get excited Thunder fans. Maybe Denver should focus on the Colorado Rockies, who are playing quite well these days. Oklahoma wins the series, 4-2. 

Noonan: Boston Celtics Playoffs Thoughts and Predictions

Are the Boston Celtics ready to earn Banner 18? We'll find out!

 By Matt Noonan

Similar to the Boston Bruins, Noontime Sports has provided a few thoughts on the Boston Celtics, as well as their playoff chances. Will they win their 18th NBA title in franchise history? Who knows, but here is what we believe will happen with the Boston Celtics. 

Thoughts on the Boston Celtics: Well here comes another playoffs series, whoop-di-doo!

Are you excited? Revved up and ready for a championship run? Who thinks this Boston Celtics team has what it takes to go the distance?

Stop right there. Who truly believes this group of veterans and young guns has what it takes to earn Banner 18?

Unfortunately, I don’t feel the urge to root for this team primarily because every member of this squad, including head coach Doc Rivers and point guard Rajon Rondo haven’t gotten over the Kendrick Perkins departure from February. Instead of coping with it or learning to move on, the Celtics, who were [41-14] at the time of the trade, fell apart and finished their final 27-games with a [15-12] record.

A majority of their efforts were put into grieving over the loss of Perkins, who may or may not have been the true part of “Ubuntu.” Yet, Perkins was part of that starting five, which featured himself, Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett that never lost a playoff series. They were the ones who were able to boast about beating the Los Angles Lakers in 2008.

Yet, there were also times when the “starting-5” was missing Garnett or Perkins, but again, this was the core group of guys that defined Celtics basketball, especially in the 21st century, but again, Perkins was a key part to their success, despite all of his fouls and frowns.

On Sunday the Celtics begin their quest for Banner 18 without Perkins or the essential member of team “Shrek and Donkey,” (Glen Davis and Nate Robinson).

There are indeed some new faces, such as Carols Arroyo, Jeff Green, Nenad Kristic and Troy Murphy, but is every Green and White supporter excited to see these guys contribute toward bringing Boston yet another championship? I don’t think so.

If you had the chance to catch part IV of ESPN’s “The Association,” which was a documentary series that followed the Celtics all season, the final chapter clearly summed up the fact that this team is not ready to contend for a championship. Doc Rivers and Rajon Rondo again seem dumbfounded by the trade, but Kevin Garnett though hasn’t lost his mojo.

The Celtics are also faced with the daunting task of wondering how much Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal will help this club. Can they make a difference or be the catalysts in a possible downfall? Both players signed up as aging veterans who wanted one more shot at redemption or possibly the chance to play in a NBA Finals, but unless these two stars figure out a way to stay healthy, they could possibly go down as the two biggest busts in Celtics lore.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the team, but the only way we’ll find out what this team is made of is when the New York Knicks invade the TD Garden for games 1 and 2 on Sunday and Tuesday. After two games, the Celtics may provide us with some answers or ideas, but again, should we call Las Vegas and consider them a lock to win the title? Nope, please don’t!

Although, if Celtics fans learned anything last year, it is that the regular season can’t truly predict what will happen in the post-season or who is a guaranteed winner. Sure, the Chicago Bulls maybe the best team in basketball, but do they have what it takes to win a NBA championship?

Does Kobe Bryant have enough fuel in his tank to lead his Los Angles Lakers to the finish line or will the Miami Heat’s “Big-3” put aside their difference and win their first of possibly seven titles, according to LeBron James?

The NBA post-season is a long and enduring process, but again, who knows where this Celtics team can go, so just sit back, relax and wait until Sunday evening for some answers.

Prediction: Again, this Celtics team is a true “wild-card.” They could win it all or possibly flop out after round one against the New York Knicks. Doc Rivers is definitely one of the top five sideline generals in the NBA, so as long as he can keep his team motivated or focused, then they’ll advance. If any funny business occurs or if the team doesn’t respond to Rivers, then consider it another year without a championship.

The Celtics will most likely win their first round series against the New York Knicks in six games and then lose to the Miami Heat during the second round of the NBA playoffs.

NBA Finals Prediction:  Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs, (Bulls win the series in seven games, 4-3).  

Daily Noontime – March 2, 2011

Happy Wednesday to everyone and welcome into yet another Daily Noontime for March 2, 2011! Here are the headlines and news of the day, as well as your video of the day, so enjoy!

Headlines:

* So the Boston Red Sox owner John Henry apparently got slapped with a major fine by the MLB on Tuesday due to some unusual comments.

* It seems that the Miami Heat have added another former NBA great to their roster, Mike Bibby.

* With the NFL Lockout just a few days from now, it seems that a few players are signing with a new team, but taking a chance that their contract money is available after Friday.

* NFL quarterback Carson Palmer has already made it clear that he will never play another down for the Cincinnati Bengals.

* The Oklahoma City Thunder has enjoyed having Kendrick Perkins, who apparently has signed a new 4-year contract.

* Sure, the New York Knicks defeated the Miami Heat on Sunday, but on Tuesday, they lost to the Orlando Magic.

* Sadly, the New York Mets won’t receive or loan anymore money from the MLB.

Games to Watch:

* Chicago at Atlanta (NBA) – 7:00pm eastern

* New Orleans at New York Knicks (NBA) – 7:00pm eastern

* Phoenix at Boston (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

* Calgary at Chicago (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Charlie Sheen will always be a winner in our book!