Boston Celtics — 10 Games To Watch This Season

By Matt Noonan 

Now that the NBA Lockout is officially history, it’s time to list 10 games to watch this season for the Boston Celtics.

However, while we did provide a top-10 list earlier this year, we’ve decided to revamp it, and unleash our newest edition.

Here are the games I, (Matt Noonan) am very excited to watch, and hopefully you are too.

December 25, 2011 — Boston at New York: To commence the end of the NBA Lockout, the league has decided to kick-start their 66-game schedule with rematch of last year’s first round series between Boston and New York. However, who’ll be more motivated for this one — Rajon Rondo or Spike Lee?

December 27, 2011 — Boston at Miami: After the Celtics tangle with the Knicks, they’ll advance to Miami two days later for their first of four meetings, and certainly, it’ll be interesting to see how the defending Eastern Conference Champions play against the men dressed in green and white. Perhaps, they’ll still be distraught from losing the NBA Championship?

December 30, 2011 — Detroit at Boston: After spending a few days on the road, the Celtics will return to the TD Garden for their home opener, and who knows, maybe they’ll be undefeated or winless. Yet, either way, I am sure numerous Bostonians will be happy to see their favorite basketball team play against the Pistons, right?

January 11, 2012 — Dallas at Boston: The Champions are coming; the champions are coming, wahoo! Sorry, but I felt it was necessary to change Paul Revere’s words, so we can welcome the defending NBA Champions to the TD Garden.

January 13, 2012 — Chicago at Boston: The Bulls have always given the Celtics trouble over the past few seasons, but hopefully the lockout will help the aging legs of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

January 23, 2012 — Orlando at Boston: January should be the Celtics month, especially since they have 11 home games and 5 road contests. One of those various home affairs is against Orlando, and it’s possible that Dwight Howard might not be sporting a Magic uniform on this particular date, especially if he’s traded to Los Angles prior to the start of the season.

February 9, 2012 — Los Angles Lakers at Boston: When was the last time the Lakers came to Boston on a Thursday? It always seems that the NBA schedules Boston-Los Angles games for Thursday’s, but either way, the legendary rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers will occur on this date, and you can bet it’ll be a fun one.

February 22, 2012 — Boston at Oklahoma City: Five of the last six games in February will be on the road, and certainly, this could be one of those games that doesn’t go the Celtics way.

March 11, 2012 — Boston at Los Angles Lakers: The Celtics will kick-off an eight game road trip against the Lakers, and certainly a win could go a long way for an aging club.

April 24, 2012 — Miami at Boston: The great LeBron James returns to the TD Garden for the second to last game of the season, but could this be the first of many trips for him and the Heat after this game concludes? We’ll see!

Daily Noontime – October 19, 2011

Welcome to the Raiders, Carson!

Happy “hump” day to everyone and welcome into yet another great edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kick-off the day with some headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Oakland Raiders got their man on Tuesday, as they acquired Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who’ll replace the injured Jason Campbell.

* According to sources, former Buffalo Bills center Kent Hull has passed away, he was 51-years-old.

* Game 1 of the World Series starts on Wednesday and according to ESPNDallas.com, Chris Carpneter will opposes C.J. Wilson on the mound.

* Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is someone many have questioned this season, but according to one source, they’re comparing him to Antonio Bryant.

* The NBA Lockout might be nearing an end, especially since players and owners met for roughly 16-hours on Tuesday and will resume their talks on Wednesday at 10AM.

* According to ESPNLA.com, Los Angles Lakers guard Shannon Brown has told the media that he’s prepared for “no season.”

Games to Watch: 

* Winnipeg at Toronto (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Texas at St. Louis (MLB World Series) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

In case you missed it, here’s Tuesday’s press conference, which saw the Raiders introduce Palmer as their new gunslinger!

Rubin: Thoughts on Ron Artest’s Name Change

So, apparently Ron Artest changed his name, but what's his next plan of attack?

By Dan Rubin 

Ron Artest’s name change was officially approved on Friday, which happened to be an early birthday present to myself because it gives me a laundry list of jokes about ten pages long. Although, I am honestly contemplating buying his jersey, especially since I want to support him, as well as his new name, Metta World Peace.

Artest originally wanted to change his number to 70, but the NBA reportedly denied his request. Apparently, there’s a little known rule that a player has to have one number for approximately five-years before they can change it. I don’t know how he was able to negotiate a change from 37 to 15 in his first two seasons in Los Angeles, but the league denied him the right to change if for a third year.

Yet, Artest’s name changes the game. Chad Johnson’s name change to Ochocinco was funny, but Artest is a different story. He’s just nuts, although, I know he’s going to use this name change for the greater good. So, with that being said, here’s my Top-5 List of things Ron Artest will do with his new name.

1. He’ll quit the NBA and relocate to Zimbabwe to raise unicorns. If Metta World Peace or Ron Artest or whatever we’re calling him these days said, he was going to do this, would you argue with him? It’s like when Mike Tyson retired from boxing to raise pigeons. Bill Simmons from ESPN.com used to talk about how they reached a crazy zone, which was called, “Tyson Zone.” Well, if World Peace said he was going to do this zany move, I don’t think any of us would be shocked.

2. No NBA referee will charge him with a foul. If you were a referee, would you blow a whistle and call a foul against a man named World Peace? I’m not putting anything past NBA officials – they’re so crooked, but they might hate World Peace or his actions. Although, if you’re an NBA official, would you call a foul against him? He’ll never have a foul called on him, especially if he tears a limb off from Amare Stoudamire or Dirk Nowitzki’s body.  

3.  He’ll secretly become the next Secretary General of the United Nations. Over the years, secretary-generals names have included, U Thant and Kofi Annan. If World Peace becomes the new head of the world’s peacekeeping organization, then nobody would ask questions, right? His name fits so perfectly.

4. He’ll star in an Adult Film. This idea might be a tad bit risqué, but if Metta World Peace isn’t the name of some foreign dignitary then it absolutely the name of a man who is destined to appear in the adult film industry. Also, I’m going out on a limb, but I bet he’d win an award for best actor.

5. He’ll lead a cult. I can envision World Peace wearing a long, colorful robe and preaching about how he is the prophet of the God’s earth. I can imagine him moving to a settlement in the middle of nowhere. I can imagine him having this peculiar cult where they farm for a living Also, I can imagine a reporter like Craig Sager donning his ‘84-color suits and going for an exclusive look at life inside the compound.

All in all, I want to thank Metta World Peace for all that he’s done thus far. Also, I think it’s fair to state, he’s a reporter’s dream and we are all eternally grateful for it.

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.

Daily Noontime – May 26, 2011

The Lightning won another do-or-die game, which means Game 7 will be played at the TD Garden in Boston on Friday!

It’s Thursday, which means the weekend is upon us! Happy Thursday to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! 

Headlines: 

* The Tampa Bay Lightning took care of business on Wednesday, as they scored multiple times on the power play to beat Boston and force a Game 7 at the TD Garden on Friday.

* It took just five games, but the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and will advance to the NBA Finals to face Chicago or Miami.

* Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown was hired on Wednesday to coach the Los Angles Lakers.

* The Red Sox scored seven runs during the first inning and then went onto beat the Indians on Wednesday, 14-2.

* According to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, his team’s workouts are important.

* The MLB has some tough catchers, but now the questions remains, should they not block the plate when the opposing teams attempts to score runs?

Games to Watch: 

* Kansas City at Baltimore (MLB) – 12:3pm eastern

* Boston at Detroit (MLB) – 1:05pm eastern

* New York Mets at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

* Florida at San Francisco (MLB) – 3:45pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

It’s always embarrassing when you score a goal on your own goalie!

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!”