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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: Monday, January 20th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone – hope you are ALL staying warm on this VERY chilly and cold morning here in Boston!

We’ll try to warm things up (and make it feel like Miami this morning, which is currently 70 degrees) with our first ‘Daily Noontime’ on a Monday.

As usual, have a great day, smile, and make sure to be careful while walking and driving today!


The Boston Sports Weekend Recap


The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • The 54th Super Bowl for the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL) is set as Kansas City Chiefs will square-off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in Miami, Florida. Get some insight on the game, as well as who is the favorite, courtesy of Esten McLaren. (USA Today)

  • Former NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis called out Richard Sherman following the conclusion of the NFC Championship game last night. (NinersNation.com | SB Nation)

  • The San Francisco 49ers “have reportedly requested to wear their all-white 1994 throwback jerseys” when they compete against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. (Sports Illustrated)
  • NESN’s Doug Kyed revisits the New England Patriots‘ decision to trade Jimmy Garoppolo two years ago to the 49ers for draft picks. (NESN.com)
  • Monday’s Celtics-Lakers match-up will have Green and White fans thinking about what their team could have looked like with Anthony Davis in the line-up. (Boston Globe)

  • The Kansas City Chiefs will be competing in their first Super Bowl since 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings(New York Times)

Video of the Day: The Brandeis University men’s basketball team scored an exciting win on Sunday, defeating No. 3 Emory University at the buzzer

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Daily Noontime: Friday, January 17th, 2020

Daily Noontime Social

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s back, everyone – the Daily Noontime has officially returned and is not going to disappear anytime soon!

We’ll have some fun with our Monday through Friday post, sharing news and links, along with some videos, podcasts, and music, so we hope you’re ready for the re-vamped (and 2020 version of one of our oldest and favorite) posts.

So, enjoy our first of many Daily Noontime‘s – as always, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, everyone, and we will be back next Monday, January 20th, 2020!


 The Boston Sports Thursday Scoreboard 


The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask ‘goes on injured reserve with concussion.’ (ESPN.com)
  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams says the “pressure’s really on (the San Francisco) 49ers.” (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • With Carlos Beltran out of a job with the New York Mets, one local outlet claims the organization has ‘no one but themselves to blame for this mess.’ (New York Daily News)
  • Google became the fourth tech giant to reach the market’s BIG milestone behind Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. (New York Times)
  • Joe Burrow‘s father claims his son would be just fine with quarterbacking the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. (ESPN.com)
  • Members of the CLNS Media discuss if the Boston Celtics have the best chance for success compared to the Bruins, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots(CLNSMedia.com)

Video of the Day: Colin Cowherd receives some insight on the upcoming AFC and NFC Championships from former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher.


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Noonan: Saying So Long to the Shaq We Know and Love

Shaq was not just an athlete, but a celebrity we loved!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s finally set in, but seriously, no Shaquille O’Neal in 2011, are you serious?

That’s right, Shaq’s days are numbered, toast and yes, he won’t be playing for any NBA team the next few years. Instead, he’ll be sitting back, relaxing, possibly pursuing a Masters and maybe, shooting the sequel to Kazaam?

Although, while the NBA will indeed miss O’Neal, fans shouldn’t worry too much because the athletic celebrity will continue to make noise, I promise.

He’s been in movies, mentioned in songs, hosted Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards, as well as been spotted at a variety of Hollywood parties and events.

Remember when he was a police officer in Miami?

How about when he joined the Phoenix Suns and ESPN did a spoof on him and cactuses?

Remember when he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and promised to “win a ring for the King” (LeBron James)? Yep, that didn’t happen, luckily.

Shaq’s presence on and off the court is what makes the gentle giant so loveable and enjoyable. Yet, how many athletes or celebrities can be compared to Shaquille O’Neal? Seriously, who are other athletes that can be measured up to Shaq’s status?

The first one that comes to mind is Peyton Manning. Who didn’t enjoy Manning’s various Saturday Night Live montages? Didn’t you like watching him play football with the young kids of New York or attempting to hotwire/breaking into a car? What about his hysterical Direct-TV commercials, aren’t those laugh out loud funny?

Terrell Owens is another athletic celebrity that many Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers fans despise, but have enjoyed witnessing outside of the NFL. Owens is most remembered for the Monday Night Football clip, where he is seen with a cast member from Desperate Housewives, who dropped her towel and flailed into his arms naked. He has also taken part in celebrity basketball games, as well as appeared on the show, Pro’s vs. Joe’s and much more.

Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky have all embraced the celebrity life in various ways, but overall, they’re not Shaq.

Shaq is unique and cannot be replicated or cloned. He’s someone very special to the sports world and certainly he’ll be missed.

O’Neal walks away with four NBA championships, three Finals MVP’s, as well as other awards and unfortunately, he didn’t help the Boston Celtics capture Banner 18, but that doesn’t matter because he’ll always be loved.

Daily Noontime – Tuesday May 31, 2011

Did Jim Tressel do the right thing on Monday?

Happy Tuesday to everyone and welcome to back to yet another work week! Hopefully you had a wonderful LONG weekend, so allow us, Noontime Sports, to kick-off your final day of May with news and headlines! 

Headlines: 

* It’s official, Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel has left the building and yes, the alumni have something to say.

* According to Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, he believes that all NBA players would accept gay teammates.

* Despite the ongoing NFL Lockout, season ticket sales for all 32 teams is “ahead of last year’s season ticket pace.”

* Here’s an interesting article in regards to “violence” in the MLB press box, which is definitely something fans never thinks of when going to a game, right?

* Besides Coach Tressel, Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor is now being investigated by the college and NCAA.

* It’s easy to hate LeBron James, especially after his “Decision” last July, but here’s someone who has a thought on why NBA fans should cheer him on in the NBA Finals.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 6:40pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Washington (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Chicago White Sox at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Dallas at Miami (NBA Finals) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals is one day away, so let’s get you excited for Bruins-Canucks series!