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The Boston Celtics are down 2 games to 0 in the  NBA Eastern Conference Semi Finals to the Miami Heat.  Game 3 is tonight in Boston.  With aging players, fatigue and injuries, are the Boston Celtics capable of stopping 2 of the best offensive players in the game (Lebron James and Dwayne Wade)?

Boston has struggled late in the game for the first two games.  Not having Shaquille O’Neal has proved to be an issue because there is a lack of consistency in the center position.  The Boston “Big Three” has been out played in my mind by Rajon Rondo.  Rondo’s roll is a tough one this series.  The Miami Heat are focusing in on Rondo thinking that if they can handle Rondo, they can handle the rest of the Celtics.

The series is back in Boston for a few games and Miami has a chance to make things real difficult for the Celtics to get back in this series.  Many people picked the Celtics in 6 or 7 games to win this series.  Well, they are now back 2 games and will need to turn the ship around and find a way to win 4 games against the Miami Heat who are looking to move on to the next round as early as possible.

Also happening in Boston, the Boston Bruins have taken a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers… De Ja Vu?  I hope not!  Last time the Bruins lead the series vs Philadelphia 3-0 (last year), the Bruins were eliminated after loosing the next 4 games.  They now have 3 chances to win 1 more game against the Flyers.  Game 4 is in Boston…

Being a sports fan in Boston right now has it’s advantages…

Boston Red Sox making a strong comeback and establishing themselves after a miserable start.

Boston Celtics sweeping the New York Knicks and putting them in their place.

Boston Bruins winning 3 straight games against the Montreal Canadiens.

The playoff schedule has worked out really nicely… Bruins game one night, Celtics the next, Bruins, Celtics, Bruins, Celtics, etc.  But if you had to choose one to watch (not both), what would you choose?  People in Chicago are dealing with the same thing… Blackhawks or Bulls.

Right now, the consensus is that the NHL Playoffs have proved to be more exciting than the NBA playoffs in cities where there are teams in both championship hunts.  At this point, I would watch Bruins and Canadiens over any Celtics match and I would choose the Blackhawks over the Bulls and Pacers.

What are your thoughts?  I am sure the NBA race will get better after the first round is completed.  The NHL has much better parity if you ask me.

Boston Bruins Boston CelticsHey Boston fans… the Bruins and Celtics playoff tickets are on sale today!  If you’re able to get tickets today, congrats.  If not, Don’t be surprised.  Boston is in need of some exciting sports playoffs and right now, the Bruins are clicking and the Celtics are sliding.

The Bruins had a 3-0 shutout last night against the defending Stanley Cup Champions… Chicago Blackhawks.  Tim Thomas’ GAA is 1.96 and recorded his 9th shutout of the season.  The team seems to be clicking now and who would have thought that Marchand would have had a season like this?  Also in last night’s game, Mark Recchi had an assist which put him one point ahead of Paul Coffey.

On the other hand, the Boston Celtics built up a huge lead in the east this season and are now slowly sliding back.  The Celts lost to some lowly teams the past few weeks and are now in 3rd place in the east.  Chicago has first place and Miami is in 2nd (Miami lost to Cleveland last night).  With injuries and really old players, the Celtics best interest right now is to make sure they are healthy for the playoffs.

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Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban announced on The Today Show this morning that he will launch a 2011 World Tour in support of his latest platinum certified album, Illuminations. He will be visiting cities all across the US and Canada beginning this spring. The first cities announced include May 16th in Dallas, TX at the American Airlines Arena, May 25th, Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center and May 28th, Moline, IL at the Iwireless Center. A ticket pre-sale for members of Josh’s fanclub, Friends of Josh Groban, will begin February 16th for these 3 shows. Tickets will go on sale to the general public February 18th.

The “Straight To You” Tour is Groban’s first full-scale global arena tour since 2007, when the internationally renowned singer and songwriter hit the road for his hugely successful, sold-out 81-city Awake World Tour.

For his 2011 tour, Groban has created a set list culled from his four previous best-selling albums, as well as songs from Illuminations — the rewardingly surprise-filled result of Groban’s teaming with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his iconic work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, and Dixie Chicks, among many others.

Released by 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, Illuminations debuted at No. 4 on Billboard‘s Top 200 chart (Groban’s fourth consecutive Top 5 chart bow), selling 191,337 units in its first week. Entertainment Weekly declared that “Illuminations might be Groban’s handsomest effort yet.” USA Today raved: “Illuminations yields glowing music. Sturdy, deeply personal statements, brimming with poignancy.” The New York Times also praised the album, saying it “showcases Mr. Groban’s songwriting” and “reflects the conviction that gallantry can also be pensive and uncertain.”

Groban first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled 5x-platinum debut, followed by 2003’s 5x-platinum Closer and 2006’s 2x-platinum Awake. In 2007, Groban became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster 5x-platinum Christmas album, Noël, which spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Groban and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

You can also see Groban on Tuesday, February 15th where he will perform on Live with Regis & Kelly and The Late Show With David Letterman, as well as make a return appearance on The Today Show, where he will chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb.

Groban is also performing the National Anthem at the 60th Annual NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles on February 20th.

Additional tour dates and on sale information will be announced soon. (source: marketwire)

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Rajon Rondo is better than Tony Parker

Last night, the Boston Celtics handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight loss.  The Celtics beat the Spurs by a score of 105 to 103.  The previous night, the Spurs were taken down by the New York Knicks.

The Spurs fell to 29-6 and the Celtics improved to 27-7, the 2 best records in the NBA.  The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks are the only other remaining NBA teams with fewer than 10 losses.

Spurs guard, Tony Parker, was criticizing Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, for not being an “elite” NBA point guard.  Last night, Rondo had 22 assists as part of his triple double.  Rondo’s 14.0 Assists per game doubles Tony Parkers average of just 7.0 per game.  Rondo has missed 11 games so far this season and is still 4th on the total assists category and is head and shoulders #1 above Steve Nash (2nd) for assists per game.

Rondo has 13 double-doubles and 2 triple-doubles so far this season and Tony Parker only has 4 double-doubles with no triple-doubles.  Parker has a slight edge in points per game… Parker is just under 18 points a game while Rondo is at 11 points per game.  Among guards, Rondo is 9th in the league in rebounding while Parker is 39th.  Rajon is 2nd in the entire NBA in steals per game and Parker is 22nd.  Rondo’s FG % is just slightly higher than Parker’s (52.8% and 52.3% respectively).

So ask yourself this, Tony Parker… if Rondo is superior in almost every aspect, what makes you “elite” and Rondo not “elite”?  I would take Rondo on my team over you any day.  Maybe he is just taking out his aggression for losing Eva Longoria.

 

NBA Finals Report Card

Posted: June 18, 2010 in Boston, NBA, Sports

The LA Lakers have taken their 2nd straight NBA Championship and here is a report card for the Celtics. (Lakers Report Card Coming Soon)

Boston Celtics (Overall: C-)
The Celtics never got into a comfortable position against the Lakers and could not the only consistency was poor playing.  Bad fouls and sloppy plays should be ironed out by the all-star break… they simply ran out of gas.

Celtics Starters (Overall: C)

Kendrick Perkins (B-) Perk was injured for game 7 so that does not weigh in on his grade.  His size was the only size that could match up with the Lakers.

Ray Allen (C-) One of the best shooters in the NBA only had 1 good shooting game… in game 7, he had good defense vs Kobe and was able to hold him down in the first half.  Other than that and the shooting performance in game 2, Ray Allen sucked!

Paul Pierce (C) Pierce is the captain of the Celtics and at no point showed leadership and took the game into his hands.  When you mention “Big 3”, I would think somebody could score 30 – 35 points in 1 game out of 7 games between the 3 of them.  Pierce played marginally in most of the series and only had small spurts of good performances.

Kevin Garnett (C+) KG is getting old and has lost a step, Pau Gasol was right!  KG could only string together 3-5 minutes of good basketball per game.  He also gave up some pathetic turnovers.  This is not the KG we saw in 2008 (or in his Timberwolves days).

Rajon Rondo (A-) Rondo is the only starter that had something going for him.  He was the only one on the floor that did not look defeated or scared.  Props to Rondo!  This kid did not quit down to the last second of the series.  He didn’t have much offense to work with as the other players were not performing well.

Celtics Bench (B-) Glenn Davis was the only positive force from the bench on more than one occasion.  Brian Scalabrine was useless, Wallace takes stupid shots and takes ridiculous fouls, Tony Allen had no offense at all and Nate Robinson couldn’t get into a groove.

Doc Rivers (C+) Doc, made some poor substitutions in the Finals… taking KG out early in the 1st quarter when he was 5 for 5.  Taking out Rondo early in the game and other similar moves.  Doc never allowed anyone to get on a streak.  The team never seemed excited or energized which comes back to the leadership.