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Celtics Trade Glen Davis, Acquire Brandon Bass

Glen Davis is headed South to join Orlando! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s official – reports have confirmed that the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic have completed a sign-and-trade deal, which will send forward Glen Davis to Florida and forward Brandon Bass to Massachusetts.

However, the trade won’t be official until both physicals have been conducted and passed.

Saying, “so long and farewell” to Davis won’t exactly be the easiest thing for team president Danny Ainge, especially since “Big Baby” joined the squad as rookie in ‘07, and was a component of the team’s 17th NBA Championship. Yet, during the past three seasons, Bostonians saw another side of Davis, who not only appeared frustrated, but also demanded a starting job too.

Davis will join a talented unit in Orlando that’ll certainly miss Bass, who finished last season with 11.2 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks.

According to sources, Bass is considered a “tough” player that should gel quite well with Kevin Garnett, while Davis is versatile and should certainly compliment Dwight Howard.

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:

Noonan: Keys to Celtics Games 5 Victory Against Miami

Paul Pierce will need to be at the top of his game, especially he wants to play one more game in Boston!

By Matt Noonan 

It all comes down to one game and one game only, Game 5 between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

This isn’t the NBA Finals or the game that will decide who gets to keep all the marbles, but instead, it’s that game, the one that will decide if the Heat will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since ‘06 or head back to the TD Garden for Game 6.

Deep down, LeBron James knows this is his game to win, although, he and his teammates know this one won’t be easy. The Heat labeled the Celtics “champions” prior to the first game of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

So, they gave Boston a leg up, but did Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett or Ray Allen embrace their opponent’s compliment? Probably not, but instead, took the court to conduct their business, but unfortunately, the age factor has caught up to them, as they are starring at a 3-1 series lead that favors Miami.

Shaquille O’Neal will most likely not play on Wednesday, as he aggravated his calf in Game 4; so don’t expect the Big Shamrock to lead Boston to victory. Rajon Rondo has a dislocated left elbow and Delonte West is beat up. Glen Davis is still attempting to find “himself” while Jeff Green continues to struggle.

Alright, let’s admit it, the Celtics are not who we thought they were, but instead, a group of athletes that are washed up, tired and ready to call it quits.

Really, how much gas is left in their tank? Do they have any drive left? What will it take for Boston to win?

A few ideas on how the Celtics can climb back into the series:

*Well, as I have mentioned previously, it all starts with defense. The old men struggle when it comes to chasing James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh around the court. In fact, James Jones and Mario Chalmers have run circles around the men dressed in Green and White too, which isn’t a lot of fun for Doc Rivers to watch. The Celtics defense needs to contain the Heat on offense, limit them to one shot, but also, secure rebounds too. Miami has taken advantage of Boston’s defense that doesn’t have a true center to snag offensive boards.

*In Game 4, the Celtics did not run their offense quite well, especially in the fourth quarter. The Celtics of old used to swing the ball around the perimeter to set up easy two-hand jams or two-pointers. The game of basketball has and will always be won in the paint, so watch for Boston to utilize Garnett, Davis and possibly, Jermaine O’Neal.

*Another thing the Celtics have to do is rebound. Miami has destroyed them on the boards, both on offense and defense, so the biggest thing they need to do is box-out their opponent.

* Also, can Rondo actually listen to Doc Rivers? It seems that according to sources, Rondo has decided to run the offense his own way at times and has totally ignored what Rivers draws up during timeouts. Perhaps Rondo can listen to Rivers, especially in a win-or-go home contest?

Game 5 will be played, but now the question is can the Celtics force a Game 6 in Boston? That question will be answered soon.

Wade Leads Heat past Celtics in Game 1, 99-90

Wade was a major factor in Miami's first win of the series!

By Matt Noonan 

Dwyane Wade led both squads with 38 points, as the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics on Sunday, 99-90.

So, while Boston and New England fans begin to panic over one game, let’s actually understand what happened in Game 1 and why the men dressed in Red and White came away victoriously.

Boston’s defense was lousy while their offense seemed almost non-existent at times. The Celtics struggled to have more than one shot on offense because the Heat forced Boston’s players to shoot off balance and take shots that they didn’t want to attempt. Also, the Heat continued their impactful defense, which they displayed against the Philadelphia 76ers during round one.

The Heats transition game completely annihilated every member of the Green and White, but while The Heat ran circles around Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green and Glen Davis, they also earned the momentum, which was never relinquished.

Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, were indeed impressive, but the biggest star of the game was certainly James Jones who finished with 25 points off the bench. Jones was also 5-for-7 from three-point land and 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

Yet, the biggest mistake Doc Rivers and his team did was attempting to eliminate James from the Heat’s offense and force his teammates to win the game without him. So, case in point, while James finished the game with 22 points, one offensive rebound, five assists and two steals, it’s certainly easy to believe that he felt incredibly comfortable all day, despite all the attention.

All in all, the Heat came to play on Sunday while the Celtics did not. Boston can easily turn around this series by playing defense, but if Miami continues to score on the fast break, then consider the Heat destined to land in Massachusetts with a chance to possibly end this series.