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Are The Boston Celtics Destined For A Deep Postseason Run?

Can Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics win the franchise’s 18th NBA championship this spring? (PHOTO COURTESY: (AP Photo) 
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By Matt Noonan

Earlier today, I asked a few fans and friends of our site (and social channels) a simple question: are the Boston Celtics capable of a deep postseason run?

And while I don’t think so, many believe the Green and White will either be eliminated in the opening round or sent home in rounds two (or three).

Unfortunately, the Boston Celtics are not equipped for a deep postseason run. And a major reason is their depth, but also their health.

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kemba Walker are good players, but they cannot carry the Celtics to 16 postseason victories.

Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, and Daniel Theis could certainly help Boston win a series – perhaps it would be in seven games, not five or six – and the same could be said for Payton Pritchard, who has started twice this season.

Oh, let’s not forget Tristan Thompson, who has been so-so since arriving in Boston ahead of the 2020-21 season. Thompson currently leads the Green and White in rebounds per game (8.2).

Like many Boston sports fans, I am eager to see the Celtics win their 18th banner in franchise history – their 17th championship seems like years ago. Additionally, the 2007-08 team was much different than these current Celtics that lacks depth, as well as some leadership and accountability when needed.

Last night, Boston had a chance to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the final stretch. But unfortunately, a late rally, along with some missed chances allowed the first-place Brooklyn Nets to escape with a 109-104 victory.

Boston should have won last night’s meeting with Brooklyn, especially after taking down the second-best team in the Western Conference: the Phoenix Suns. But instead, I and other so-called “Green-teamers” are wondering if we will have to wait another year (or two or three!) to see this team truly compete for another banner.

As of this late afternoon, the Celtics sit in sixth place with 12 games remaining. They are currently in line to meet the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, a team they have beaten twice this season in three attempts. But as we all know, this potential match-up (or meeting) could change, pending how the next few weeks go.

Boston is slated to compete against five postseason teams over the next few weeks, including the New York Knicks, who have won nine of their last 10 outings. But before Boston worries about slowing down the Orange and Blue, they must find their grove against the Charlotte Hornets, who are currently in position for the NBA‘s play-in tournament.

A win tomorrow afternoon against Charlotte is just what Boston needs – in fact, 12 wins down the stretch would be great, but that is probably unlikely. However, if this Celtics squad can find ways to win games by not squandering opportunities and playing as a team instead of five individuals, then maybe – just maybe this particular group could surprise (or shock?) some of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

It seems like ages ago when we celebrated a Boston sports championship – did one of those wins include quarterback Tom Brady? – so while I don’t believe this team is capable of a deep postseason run, I’ll remain optimistic like I always do for my hometown Celtics.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, August 6, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

A brand new weekend is on the horizon, but before we begin making social distancing plans with families and friends, make sure to enjoy this gorgeous weather today here in Boston.

Let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, stay safe, be well, and make sure to smile, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, August 6, 2020 

  • Jaylen Brown poured in a team-high 21 points while Jayson Tatum netted 19 points in 18 minutes as the Boston Celtics rolled past the Brooklyn Nets last night by a score of 149-115.

  • As of this morning, the Boston Celtics have won two games in the NBA bubble and will play four more games, beginning tomorrow against the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff between Boston and Toronto on Friday, August 7 is scheduled for 9 p.m.

    Also, the Green and White are currently locked into the third position in the Eastern Conference and would play the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round of the postseason if the playoffs were to begin today.

    Again, it just seems weird (and strange) to think the NBA is playing in August, but both the Celtics games and others have been fun to watch.

  • The Boston Bruins dropped their second qualifier contest yesterday to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-2.

    Following the loss, Boston’s Tuukka Rask said he does not “care where we finish” – he is referring to where the Bruins would place in the final regular-season standings before the postseason begins.

    At the moment, the Black and Gold will most likely be the third seed and play one more round-robin game on Sunday, August 9 against the Washington Capitals.

    For those looking for a silver lining or perhaps a glimmer of hope, the Bruins did look like themselves yesterday after yielding a pair of first period goals.

Alright, let’s do some quick-hitters!

Daily Noontime: Monday, June 29, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

It’s Monday – yay!

Yet, what just happened to the weekend? Can we get some more sleep?

Luckily, this won’t be a bad week because we will be celebrating the Fourth of July, beginning Friday, July 3.

Let’s kick-off the week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – as always, make sure to smile, laugh, and be kind to others!


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, June 29, 2020

  • News broke around 7 or 8 p.m. (eastern time) last night about the New England Patriots signing quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal.

    Newton joins a Patriots team that is transitioning from Tom Brady, who departed the area to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    But will the signing of Newton help the Patriots save its ongoing dynasty, which began during the first decade of the new millennium? Let’s hope so!

  • Mike Reiss of ESPN.com believes the Cam Newton signing is “a no-lose situation” for the Patriots, who currently have two quarterbacks on their roster, including Jarrett Stidham, who some believed would be the starting signal-caller this season.
  • So, with Cam Newton joining the Patriots, what does this mean for Jarrett Stidham? Will he be the starter or back-up to the veteran signal-caller? Only time will tell, right?
  • In addition to welcoming Cam Newton to Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Patriots also made headlines for violating league rules last season for filming the Cincinnati Bengals‘ sidelines when they played the Cleveland Browns.

    As noted on ProFootballTalk.com, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million dollars and have lost a third-round draft pick.

  • According to Colin Cowherd, who can be heard (and seen) on FS1, there are only four “top college football programs” in the good ole United States of America. Which ones are they?
  • And finally, Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler announced he will not be headed to Orlando, Florida once his team’s season resumes next month.

    Chandler cited “health concerns” for his decision to not join his team, which has won 30 games this season.

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March Madness Will Not Include Fans Due To Coronavirus Concerns

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No fans will be allowed at this year’s NCAA March Madness Tournaments. (PHOTO COURTESY: dayseraph on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

This year’s NCAA D-I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments won’t look the way they have in the past because none of the upcoming contests will include fans.

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), especially these past few days, the NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon that both tournaments would occur, but not include fans. Teams will play in empty arenas in front of teammates, coaches, essential staff and family members, according to NCAA president Mark Emmert

In a statement to the public, Emmert confirmed his decision to not allow fans to attend either tournament after consulting with public health officials. 

“Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance,” said Emmert, via today’s release on NCAA.org.

The NCAA President would continue by adding, “While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.”

Prior to the NCAA announcing no fans would be allowed to attend this year’s March Madness, the Ivy League canceled its conference tournaments on Tuesday morning, which were scheduled to take place this weekend at Harvard University.

Earlier today, it was announced (and confirmed) that the Golden State Warriors would play against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, March 12th with no fans in the stands.

This evening, the Big Ten Conference (B10) announced tomorrow’s men’s conference tournament would be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team, and conference members. Additionally, the conference will permit TV network partners, credentialed media, and immediate family members of the participating teams.

Jeff Goodman, who is a basketball analyst for Stadium, reported this evening there are discussions happening about possibly postponing or evening canceling the NCAA Tournament and Final Four.” 

As more information develops and becomes available, we will make sure to update this post and our site with new blog posts. 

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re going to work extra hard today (and tomorrow) for the weekend, right?

It is a WINDY day outside today, so make sure to hang onto your hat (and maybe your glasses, too). And make sure to look both ways before crossing the street, as well.

Alright, enough about the weather (and crossing streets). Let’s get into the Daily Noontime!

  • The Boston Bruins picked-up an important 2-1 win last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the win, the Black and Gold improve to 42-13-12 overall – they also picked up two more points to bump their season total to 96 (wow!).
  • Boston will attempt to gain an additional two points tomorrow, Thursday, March 5th when they visit the Florida Panthers for a 7 p.m. face-off.
  • With their win last night over the Lightning, it appears as if the Bruins have the Atlantic Division locked up. Boston and Tampa Bay will meet again on Saturday, March 7th – it will be another game to watch, of course – and could see each other in the postseason.
  • The Brooklyn Nets scored 51 points in the fourth quarter and then outscored the Boston Celtics, 11-2, in overtime to secure a 129-20 win last night on Causeway Street. Jaylen Brown led the Green and White with 22 points while Kemba Walker chipped in 21 points.
  • Boston will be fine – don’t worry, Celtics fans! – but they will need everyone on their roster to feel better and get healthier as they head into the final weeks of the regular season. And one of those players is Jayson Tatum, who was sidelined last night with an illness.
  • A 15-pitch bullpen session on Sunday has resulted in Chris Sale sitting on the bench and waiting for Dr. James Andrews to review his MRI. Hopefully, we receive some positive news later today or this week about the Boston Red Sox pitcher, who was forced to end his season last summer with an elbow issue. Perhaps the Sox will need to acquire some free-agent pitchers to bolster its rotation?
  • The Lowell High School boy’s basketball team extended captured its 23-straight contest this season with a hard-fought win over Cambridge on Tuesday evening in the MIAA D1 North semifinals at Woburn High School. Jaceb McKenzie and Carlos Nunez scored 16 points, respectively, for the Red Raiders, who will now face Lynn English in Saturday’s D1 North Finals at the Tsongas Center.
  • Tufts University men’s lacrosse netted 25 goals for the ninth time in program history last night as the Jumbos rolled past Springfield College in a non-conference clash. Tufts, which improved to 2-0, received seven points from Mac Bredahl while Mason Pollack turned aside five shots.
  • Brandon Pavoni netted five goals while setting up three more tallies as the Anna Maria College men’s lacrosse team outlasted Nichols College on Tuesday for their second win of the 2020 season.