The Boston Celtics will welcome back Rajon Rondo to the lineup on Friday! (Photo Credit: LayupMag.com)
Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into another outstanding edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s jumpstart the final workday with some headlines and news from the city of Boston!
* The Boston Celtics will resume their first round NBA playoff series on Friday, as they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to the TD Garden for Game No. 3.
* RajonRondo, who served a one-game suspension during Game No. 2, will return to the lineup. RayAllen, who hasn’t played since the regular season,is optimistic about playing Friday, while head coach Doc Rivers hopes that Mickael Pietruswill be able to record his first playoff bucket in a Boston uniform.
* The Boston Red Sox will attempt to snap their two-game skid at Fenway Park on Friday when they welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Fenway Park for a 7:10pm first pitch – Jon Lesteropposes Wei-Yin Chen.
Kevin Garnett paced the Celtics on Sunday with 20 points! (Photo Credit: DocSports.com)
It’s Monday, which means we’re kicking-off a brand new week. Let’s jumpstart the day with some headlines and news pertaining toward the Boston sports scene!
* The Boston Celtics routed the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, 103-79. Kevin Garnettled all scorers with 20 points, while Avery Bradley and Brandon Basseach tallied 18 points. Following the victory, Boston earned a three-game cushion in the Atlantic Division, and will attempt to earn their 33rd victory of the season on Tuesday when they travel to Miami to face the Heat.
* According to sources – Mickael Pietruscontinues to nurse a head injury, which he sustained a few weeks ago in Philadelphia, and is hopeful that he’ll be able to return soon. When asked about his timetable, he responded by saying, “A couple of weeks, maybe? I’m hoping so.” Without Pietrus in the lineup, Boston has won seven of nine contests.
* For the third consecutive contest, Boston’s bullpen imploded, and Detroit’s offense exploded, as the Tigers defeated the Red Sox, 13-12 in 11 innings. Alex Avilahit a two-run home run in the 11th inning, which clinched the victory for the Motown local nine.
* The Red Sox will attempt to earn their first win of the 2012 season on Monday when they travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays. Felix Doubrontwill get the start for Boston, and be opposed by Henderson Alvarez at 7:07pm.
* Finally, the Boston Bruins will begin their quest toward a seventh Stanley Cup trophy on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals at 7:30pm.
Brooks Laich netted the game winning goal on Thursday, which helped Washington escape Causeway Street, 3-2! (Photo Credit: Boston Globe/Barry Chin)
It’s Friday, and while we don’t need to break out into song and dance, let’s instead dish out some headlines and news from the Hub!
* Despite rallying to tie the game, Washington’s Brooks Laichnetted the game winning shootout goal, which helped the Capitals defeat the Boston Bruins on Thursday, 3-2. Tim Thomasrecorded 21 saves between the pipes, and held Washington scoreless for the first two frames. Had Boston won, they would have clinched a playoff spot, but luckily, the Black and Gold will return to the ice on Saturday when they travel to Long Island to face the New York Islanders.
* Bobby Valentine told the media on Thursday that he’s expecting Carl Crawfordto begin the season on a rehab assignment. The left fielder underwent wrist surgery this past offseason, and has taken part in bunting drills with the team. However, Valentine doesn’t believe he’ll be able to face living pitching until he possibly experiences “50 at-bats somewhere.”
* The Boston Celtics will return to the hardwood on Friday when they travel to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00pm.
* Celtics President Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio WEEI on Thursday, and told The Big Show that he’s not planning on forcing Mickael Pietrus to get back on the court. He’s expected to return to the lineup soon, but according to reports, the Celtics should have more information on his concussion he sustained last week in Philadelphia.
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 Rondofinally 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 Pietruscleared 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 Paulto 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.