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Sloppy Celtics Lose to Lucky Pacers in First Road Game posted on 11/02/2008
Don't be fooled by the title. No pun intended but the Indiana pacers were surely lucky to be in the receiving end of a sloppy Boston Celtics team. Turnover after turnover, the Celtics looked as if they don't know where their teammates were at the basketball court. Credit must also be given to Indiana's defense but honestly, it was just one of the worst games that the Celtics ever had in the past year. There goes 82-0, no one can ever reach that insane record but nevertheless, if they still play as bad as today, then the repeat would be impossible.
Weirder things has happened in the beginning of the season, the San Antonio Spurs are 0-2 and if you forgot already, they were champions a couple of years ago. Anyways, it's still too early to tell but if the
The Boston Celtics have definitely proven their worth as a championship team. Their cinderella story has came true the previous season and now comes the hard part. It's time to defend and it's time to prove that they are deserving to be called NBA Champions. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett will have their hands full this season as many teams have improved their line-ups.
In the Eastern Conference, there are a couple of teams that made upgrades in their rosters and these changes will greatly affect the whole conference itself. The former rankings of the teams in the East will have a slight change due to the trades made in the off-season.
The Boston Celtics will probably have a harder time beating the following teams below:
Lebron James will probably come up with an MVP season this year and his newly acquired teammate Mo Williams will definitely add firepower for the Cavs. Last season was quite close but no cigar for Lebron as he was close to winning an MVP trophy and also close to beating the Celtics in just a single game. Lebron has an upgraded team backing him up and his then new teammates is more acquainted with him now, which means more chemistry than before and also means a harder time for opposing teams.
PREDICTIONS for the NBA 2008-2009 SEASON posted on 10/28/2008
I'll start it off that these are just plainly predictions. My very own gut feeling and how I assume that the season will turn out to be. My opinion is influenced by current stats and my overall impression regarding the NBA teams and players.
1) MVP - Chris Paul
2) Most Improved Player - Rajon Rondo
3) Sixth Man of the Year - Lamar Odom
4) Defensive Player of the Year - Kevin Garnett
5) Scoring Champion - Lebron James
6) Rebound King - Dwight Howard
7) Assists Leader - Steve Nash
8) All-Star MVP - Dwayne Wade
9) Finals MVP - Kevin Garnett
10) Rookie of the Year - Greg Oden
11) Rookie-Sophomore All-Star Game MVP - Derrick Rose
12) Slamdunk Champion - Rudy Gay / D-Howard (if they ever join again)
Steps for the Celtics to Defend the Title (Part 1) posted on 10/24/2008
Many may doubt a repeat from the Boston Celtics due to the trades made out in the Eastern Conference. Definitely, many teams have improved with regards to their line-up. You have Toronto with two imposing big men, then you also have Philadelphia adding up Elton Brand. The Eastern Conference has beefed up for sure but as the saying goes, "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion."
What are the pointers that the Celtics will have to look at in order to defend the title?
1) Maintain the same intensity on both sides of the court. The Cs won many games during the regular season and in the post-season due to their ability to provide enough offense fueled by their tampering defense. Defense does win championships and that was the key for the Celtics to aquire banner no. 17. Their offensive prowess has been already proven with the Big Three's capabilities but their defensive intensity is what they really have more than any other team which makes them the best.
Who's In, Who's Out? Boston Celtics Line-up for 2008-2009 Season posted on 10/24/2008
Here is the line-up for the 2008-2009 BOSTON CELTICS
Rajon Rondo, Gabe Pruitt, J.R. Giddens, Eddie House, Sam Cassell, Tony Allen, Ray Allen
Paul Pierce, Leon Powe, Glen Davis, Kevin Garnett, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker
Kendrick Perkins, Patrick O'Bryant
James Posey leaving the Celtics will have a small impact but this in tact unit can still carry the load left by Pose. There are many other role players in this line-up that can provide enough stats and determination to assist the team. Adding Patrick O'Bryant is a good move coz Perk will have a legitimate back-up center. There's no more P.J. Brown as well, which means that the veteran leadership will shift into the Big Three and to Sam Cassell as well.