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Noonan: Five Thoughts From Celtics-Knicks

By Matt Noonan 

Sunday’s matchup against the New York Knicks proved a variety of things about the Boston Celtics. And with that being said, here are some takeaways and leftovers from their first loss of the season.

* First, Boston’s a decent team. However, they aren’t exactly a great team. New York utilized a late rally to end the game, which certainly is a cause of concern for the Green and White, who feature a variety of veteran players. Can their ancient legs keep up with the young brass of the NBA for the remainder of the season? We’ll see!

* Second, Brandon Bass might indeed be a steal, but after one game that’s hard to determine. Bass ended three quarters with a double-double, and then finished the game with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Can he produce those numbers every night? It’s unlikely, but as long as he scores 10 points and pulls down five rebounds, he’ll certainly be a factor against various opponents.

* Third, the Celtics certainly missed Paul Pierce. Boston could have benefited from his presence, but scoring 104 points without their leader is quite impressive, eh? He missed a majority of training camp and both preseason affairs against the Toronto Raptors with a bone bruise in his right heel, but no source has confirmed if he’ll play Tuesday against the Miami Heat. However, if you’re Pierce, you’d certainly want to make sure your heel is fully healed before taking one step onto the parquet.

* Fourth, Rajon Rondo played defense, as well as recorded 31 points, 13 assists, and five steals. Sure, he’s no Chris Paul, but for the men sporting the Green and White on Sunday, he acted like a star. Yet, head coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game concluded that he hopes his starting point guard will play more aggressively, so it’ll be interesting to see how Rondo responds to his coach’s wish.

* Finally, my last thought pertains toward Kevin Garnett’s inappropriate behavior after the buzzer sounded. I understand that he was frustrated after his missed shot, but attempting to strangle an opposing player or create some type of tussle is certainly unnecessary. Garnett is a leader, and if the league decides to fine or suspend him for his behavior, don’t expect Boston to perform well, especially against the New Orleans Hornets or Detroit Pistons.

Boston Celtics Season Outlook

Do the Celtics have enough to win their 18th Championship in June? (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan

The NBA Lockout has officially ended, and now it’s time to play some basketball.

However, if you’re a Boston Celtics fan, you might be a tad bit concerned, especially about the upcoming season.

There are numerous questions that have been swirling around the Waltham practice facility, such as, how will the Big-3, (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett) fare this year? Also, do they have what it takes to win another championship?

Will Rajon Rondo finally become the leader that the Green and White need him to be, and lastly, what should Boston fans expect from their bench?

OK… take a deep breath because I know that’s a lot of information to digest, but let’s face it, the Celtics aren’t exactly the number one team entering the season, right? They’ll be competitive, but most likely not the top dog.

Squads like Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York, Oklahoma, as well as both Los Angles units will challenge the Celtics, but wins against any group listed above will certainly be a confidence booster. However, while it’s indeed important to earn wins against the best of NBA, it’s also vital for the Green and White to remain consistent for the condenced 66-game schedule too.

So, while we anxiously await the inaugural tip-off for the ’11-’12 season, here are some thoughts, updates and predictions pertaining toward the men who sport the word, “Boston” across their chest.

Biggest Concern: If the Celtics wish to remain atop the Eastern Conference, then they’ll need to stay healthy. Fending off the injury bug will be one of the biggest tasks for a team that features a variety of veterans on their roster. Indeed, the season will be short and quick, but if the Celtics are going to be successful, they’ll need to make sure each player receives the proper amount of rest and treatment.

Pierce Doubtful for Sunday: It’s unlikely that he’ll suit up against New York on Sunday, but according to his personal Twitter account on Saturday, he wrote the following: “Captain Paul Pierce is on the plane and will travel to NY, but no further word on his availability for tomorrow vs. the Knicks.” Without Pierce, and Jeff Green in the line-up, expect players like Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox to step-up at the wing/forward position.

Celtics Acquire Pietrus: Boston received an early Christmas present on Saturday, as veteran swingman Mickael Pietrus cleared waivers, and signed his name on a minimum contract. Pietrus won’t be sporting a Celtics uniform until possibly Tuesday, Dec. 27, when the team travels to Miami because he’s expected to undergo a physical on Monday.

Biggest Obstacle: Entering the month of March, the Celtics will be forced to take their “show on the road,” as they’ll play eight consecutive games away from the TD Garden. This particular stretch will be critical for the Green and White, especially if they’d like to earn a spot in the playoffs. Wins against Atlanta, Los Angles and Denver could certainly boost the squads’ morale for the remainder of the season.

Overall Prediction: The Celtics didn’t exactly make a marquee splash during the offseason, and certainly failed to lure Chris Paul to Boston. However, with literally the same roster intact from last season, I am expecting the Green and White to win 30 games this season. Although, once the playoffs arrive, expect the Heat, Bulls, Magic or Knicks to dash their chances toward an 18th NBA championship.

Daily Noontime – December 15, 2011

The Atlanta Falcons host Jacksonville on Thursday, and certainly they'd like to earn another victory! (Photo Credit: Betfirms.com)

Happy Thursday to all, and welcome into another tremendous and astounding rendition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some news and headlines to jumpstart your day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Atlanta Falcons will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, and certainly, another win will help boost their chances toward a winning. season.

* The NFL announced it’s new TV deal with CBS, FOX and NBC on Wednesday, and well… there are a few changes that all fans will enjoy.

* Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins picked up an important road win on Wednesday, as the Black and Yellow defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-2.

* One of the biggest stories from Wednesday was that the NBA officially allowed the New Orleans Hornets to trade Chris Paul to the Los Angles Clippers.

* According to reports, the Orlando Magic have officially ended trade talks for center Dwight Howard.

* Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has officially decided to appeal his one-game suspension.

Games to Watch: 

   * Philadelphia at Montreal (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Calgary at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* New York Rangers at St. Louis (NHL) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Patrice Bergeron has experienced a great deal of success against Ottawa, and with that being said, here’s a video of his hat trick last year against the Senators at the TD Garden, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – December 12, 2011

Brandon Jacobs rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries, as well as scored twice on Sunday against the Cowboys! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Happy Monday to everyone, and welcome into another grand and stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some news and things to know about the brand new day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The New York Giants somehow stunned the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and snapped a four-game losing streak too.

* Once again, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow rallied his troops to victory, as they defeated the Chicago Bears in Colorado, 13-10.

* New England ‘s quarterback Tom Brady may have gotten in a verbal fight with his offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, but also, he led the Patriots to their 10th win of the season against the Washington Redskins too.

* The Green Bay Packers perfect season continued on Sunday, as they annihilated the Oakland Raiders, 46-16.

* After losing to the Broncos, the Bears defensive leaders admitted that they’re still not a fan of “Tebow Time.”

* According to sources — the Los Angles Clippers appear to be the frontrunner to land New Orleans point guard Chris Paul.

Games to Watch: 

* New Jersey at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* St. Louis at Seattle (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s Tom Brady arguing with Bill O’Brien on Sunday, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – December 9, 2011

The NBA denied what probably would have been a "super trade!" (Photo Credit" Grind 365)

It’s officially Friday, which means it’s time to sing and shout, right? OK… OK… we’ll do that late, but in the meantime, here’s some headlines, news and more! 

Headlines: 

* The trade that would have sent Chris Paul to Los Angles was denied on Thursday by NBA commissioner David Stern.

* In case you haven’t heard — the Los Angles of Anaheim Angels inked Albert Pujols‘s name on a 10-year, $252 million contract on Thursday.

* Former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson turned down an offer from the Miami (Florida) Marlins, so he could join the Los Angles of Anaheim Angels.

* It wasn’t pretty, but on Thursday evening, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns, 14-3.

* The UConn Men’s basketball team appeared to be the stronger team on Thursday, as the Huskies fended off the Harvard Crimson, 67-53.

* Charlie Weis will have a new home next season, as he was recently hired by University of Kansas.

Games to Watch: 

* Toronto at Washington (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s Erin Andrews interviewing an Alabama football player on her i-Phone… which is quite interesting, right? 

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