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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) 
SOURCE: Marcio Jose Sanchez/ WCVB.com)

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 (Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone.

Today is Veteran’s Day so please take a moment to thank those that have and continue to serve our great nation.

Let’s get to some news, beginning with yesterday biggest headline as Tommy Heinsohn, who played and coached for the Boston Celtics, passed away at his home in Newton, Massachusetts. Heinsohn was 86.

Heinsohn is also being remembered for his passionate and insightful color commentary – fans will certainly miss his insight this upcoming season as a broadcaster. The New Jersey native, who guided the Celtics to 10 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player (1986) and coach (2015), is someone his former colleague Mike Gorman believes will never be replaced.

Prior to coaching and playing for the Celtics, Heinsohn competed locally at at Holy Cross where he led the Crusaders to the 1954 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship. He earned a pair of first-team All-American honors with the Purple and White, and was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1962.

Numerous Celtics players, both current and past, shared memories of Tommy Heinsohn on Twitter, including Marcus Smart and Cedric Maxwell.

Switching gears to football, the National Football League (NFL) could welcome two more teams to the postseason this winter, pending upcoming contests get canceled due to the coronavirus.

Speaking with owners during a Tuesday video conference, Roger Goodell, who is the league’s commissioner, said the NFL is “committed” to completing the league’s current schedule. The NFL was not impacted by the virus until the third week of the season concluded.

As of now, seven teams from each conference will compete in the upcoming NFL postseason, which is scheduled to kick-off next January, with the top seed securing a first-round bye.

Here are a few more stories to read either later this morning or afternoon:

That will do it for now, but as always, make sure to smile and think happy thoughts – have a great day, everyone!

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 30th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Monday – how was your weekend?

Hopefully, you were able to get outside on Saturday and found a good movie (or two) to watch yesterday while it rained.

Today, it appears to be a bit gloomy outside my window, but hopefully, a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ can brighten the day (and your spirit!).


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, March 30th, 2020 


On this Date in History

  • 1975: Ron Lalonde becomes the first Washington Capital to record a hat trick.
  • 1991: Northern Michigan win its first NCAA hockey title. The Wildcats beat Boston University, 8-7, in triple-overtime.
  • 2001: Michael Phelps breaks the 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas.

 

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 9th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday – where did this past weekend go?

The good news about today is the weather: it is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sun.

Let’s kick-start a new week – well, a new work week, to be exact! – with a brand new Daily Noontime. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile, too.

The Boston Celtics did not play their best basketball on Sunday as the Green and White were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-104, at the TD GardenGordon Hayward led the Celtics with 24 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Marcus Smart recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will attempt to return to the win column tomorrow – that would be Tuesday, March 10th, to be exact – when they visit the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

As of this morning, the Celtics remain locked in the third position in the Eastern Conference but need to find their groove down the stretch in order to catch the Toronto Raptors for the second spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Hayward told reporters after his team’s loss to the Thunder that the Celtics were not going to blame the setback on Kemba Walker, who turned the ball over with 8.5 seconds remaining. Instead, Hayward told reporters that the Celtics “lost this game together.”

After a successful road trip down south, the Boston Bruins fell apart at home on Saturday, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. Tuukka Rask denied 20 of 24 shots in the setback while Charlie McAvoy tallied one goal and one assist.

Boston will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox will play another spring training game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Boston edged the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by a score of 7-6 after splitting two games on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

And just in case you were wondering, we’re roughly two weeks away from the start of a brand new season, which seems crazy, right?

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Harvard University‘s Seth Towns will compete for another team next season as a grad student – he is considering multiple programs, including KansasVirginia, and Syracuse. Towns has not appeared on the court this winter due to an injury – he also missed last season, too, but was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, though.

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host Lafayette College this evening in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinals. Holy Cross has won three-straight contests, including its final game of the 2019-20 regular season.

Yale University secured the top seed in this weekend’s Ivy League men’s basketball tournament while Princeton University is the number one seed in the women’s tournament.

The Ivy League tournaments will begin on Friday, March 13th and conclude Sunday, March 15th.

Daily Noontime: Friday, January 31st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Your friendly (and outgoing) editor (and founder) Matt Noonan is here to help us with a brand new Daily Noontime for Fri-Yay (Friday!) January 31st, 2020.

Yes, it is the final day of January, which means we are inching closer to longer days, better weather and most importantly … loads of fun in the sun!

Have a great weekend, enjoy the Super Bowl and we’ll talk to you next Monday!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Celtics picked up their second-straight win – third in their last four outings – with a 119-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
  • The Celtics are back in action tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 1st) when they host the Philadelphia 76ers in a VERY important Eastern Conference clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice for the first time in a week to commence the second half of their season with an 8 p.m. puck drop against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links) 

  • Last night, the Celtics honored Kobe Bryant while Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker were fun to watch. (MassLive.com)

  • Should the Celtics consider trading Marcus Smart to acquire some much-needed pieces for a successful postseason run? (Celticswire.com)

  • The Bruins begin the second half of their season this evening with some questions that need to be answered for a successful stretch run. (Boston Herald)

  • The Boston Red Sox are supposedly interviewing a ‘former soccer goalie’ for their open managerial role. (98.5 The Sports Hub)

  • Tom Brady read some mean tweets about himself on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (Boston.com)
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick is not ready to retire. He will play in 2020. (ProFootballTalk.com)

Video of the Day: ESPN’s Max Kellerman believes Tom Brady is ‘begging for attention’ following his latest tweet.