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Re: Celtics 2013-14:

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:31 am
by Tom Nolette
Bottom of the Big Four?

A recent survey of New England sports fans by Sudbury, Mass.-based Channel Media-Market Research pegged the Boston Celtics as a distant fourth in terms of popularity among the local professional sports teams. The Celtics garnered only 6 percent of votes among approximately 13,000 sports fans polled last month, well behind the New England Patriots (42 percent), Boston Red Sox (30 percent), and Boston Bruins (21 percent). The Celtics finished ahead of the New England Revolution (1 percent). Celtics diehards will quibble with the methodology, polling in August -- the NBA's quietest month -- and amidst a quiet offseason as the Celtics continue a rebuilding process after winning just 25 games last season...

Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/ ... e-big-four

Re: Celtics 2013-14:

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:36 am
by Tom Nolette
In focus: Smart's defense

On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix Tweeted how scouts consider Boston Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart the potential next "great perimeter defender." Smart's defensive potential isn't in question, but it did get us wondering just how well he graded out last season during his sophomore season at Oklahoma State.

A handful of stats that stand out while examining the defensive stats logged by Synergy Sports:

Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/ ... ts-defense

Re: Celtics 2013-14:

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:58 am
by Tom Nolette
Slim Sullinger ready for new season

BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger smiled wide, but wouldn't bite when asked if he'd dropped any weight this offseason.

"Maybe," a trimmer-looking Sullinger playfully offered Friday at the Hennigan Elementary School after leading some students through an afternoon hoops clinic as members of the Celtics organization joined more than 150 volunteers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and City Year to revitalize the school's grounds. "I can’t tell you everything, but maybe."...

Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/ ... -sullinger

Re: Celtics 2013-14:

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:58 am
by Tom Nolette
Celtics prez Gotham preaches optimism

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics team president Rich Gotham still shudders when he reflects on sitting in the lottery war room in late May when the team's draft fate was determined and dreams of a top pick were dashed. While pleading for patience as part of the team's current rebuilding process, he's not bashful in admitting that he hopes that both he and the team can avoid the lottery process again for the foreseeable future...

Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/ ... s-optimism

Re: Celtics 2013-14:

PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:20 am
by Tom Nolette
Sullinger, Turner finally set to team up

BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger will always wonder what might have been if Evan Turner had returned for his senior season at Ohio State. Sullinger sounds fairly certain that the Buckeyes would have competed for a national championship. Even after Turner leaped to the NBA, Ohio State won its first 24 games of that 2010-11 season and earned the top seed in the East before being upset by Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The two are finally set to team up this season for the Celtics. Turner's signing isn't official yet, but Sullinger is excited to soon have another Buckeye in Boston...

Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/ ... to-team-up

Re: Celtics 2013-14:

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:27 am
by Tom Nolette
McCarty says C's staff prepared for new year

BOSTON -- This time last year, members of Brad Stevens' coaching staff were scrambling to simply get to know each other and prep for the start of the new head coach's first training camp. This time around, there's a lot more continuity and an understanding of everyone's responsibilities. "We’ve just all been on the same page," said assistant coach Walter McCarty. "I thought we did a really good job last season coming together, getting to know each other before the season, and getting our assignments and learning how to work together. But we’ve really developed a great chemistry and learned how to work efficient. It’s been a great summer, we spent a lot of time together at summer league...

Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/ ... r-new-year