Celtics catch fire & take care of short-handed grit & grind Memphis.

The Celtics were coming off a loss to the Cavs, who the shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies had just beaten. Memphis would once again be without Conley, Randolph & Gasol with the Celtics home winning streak on the line.

Memphis jumped out to an early 8-2 lead before the Celtics went on a 13-4 run to take a 3 point lead off an Avery 3. The grit & grind Grizzlies went back on top 21-26 before Smart ended the quarter with a 3 as Boston would trail by 2 at the end of 1.

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Boston started the 2nd on a 10-3 run to take a 5 point lead but the Celtics inability to grab a defensive rebound, while Memphis were pounding the glass & getting 2nd chance points to stay in the game. Memphis took the lead on a pair of Chalmers free throws before Crowder put Boston back on top with a 3. Chalmers would finish the quarter with a deep 3 after a jump ball that gave the Grizzlies a 3 point lead at the half due to leading 2nd chance points 17-2 & rebounding 29-14. Jarell Martin posted a career high 15 points in the first half (previous high was 2, had 8 career points)

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The Celtics came out of the half aggressive, drawing 3 shooting fouls on Memphis in under 3 minutes, Thomas going 3-4 & Johnson 1-2 while on an 8-2 Boston run to go up 3 that forced a Memphis timeout. Mario Chalmers went down with an injury & was carried to the locker room with the Celtics up 64-61, Boston ended the quarter on a 19-6 run & outscored Memphis 12-31 in the 3rd to take a 83-67 lead into the 4th as Thomas was up to 22 points.

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Jonas started the 4th with another Celtics 3 before Vince Carter scored 5 points on 2 straight Memphis possessions. Vince Carter would add another triple but Zeller’s dunk would give the Celtics a 21 point lead & 100 points with 7:30 to go. Memphis went on 10-4 run to cut the lead to 14 but back to back 3’s by Crowder & Jerebko all but finished the game, Boston winning 96-116.

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Statistics:

Isaiah Thomas – 22 points, 5 assists Evan Turner – 16 points, 8 assists Avery Bradley – 15 points Jae Crowder – 15 points Jared Sullinger – 12 points, 5 rebounds Jonas Jerebko – 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists Tyler Zeller – 9 points, 7 rebounds
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The Celtics extended their home winning streak to 14….

 

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Where are they now? The 2008 Boston Celtics Championship Team (Players Edition)

It’s been a while since Banner 17, and a lot of you might be wondering where all of the guys from that glorious championship run are up to. Read on as I bring you up to speed on our proud Celtics from the 2007-08 season.


P.J. Brown (#93)

Brown now lives in Slidell, Louisiana where according to ShamSports.com, he now runs a not-for-profit youth foundation. Her daughter, Kalani Brown, had inherited his physical prowess and had followed his footsteps to the elites. At 6’5, Kalani is currently a top-5 college prospect for 2015.

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Eddie House (#50)

After getting traded by the Celtics to the Knicks, House had made one more title run with the Miami Heat in 2011 but notably lost against the Dallas Mavericks. The following season, he was cut by the team to make room for Norris Cole.

The last news from Eddie House’s post-retirement life came on the 31st of December 2014 when he gave an impassioned speech to the Boise State Broncos prior to their Fiesta Bowl match up against the Arizona Wildcats. House drew criticism for this as he was 0-8 against the Wildcats during his 4-year college career in Arizona State.

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James Posey (#41)

Posey  is currently serving as an assistant coach for David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers. This job came following a successful first season as an assistant coach for the Canton Chargers, the Cavs’ D-League affiliate. Prior to his assignment to the D-League, Posey had helped out in former NBA player T.J. Ford’s AAU team. Posey had also returned to school to complete his degree.

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Scot Pollard (#66)

After his retirement in 2008, Pollard  entered the broadcasting industry working for NBATV alongside the likes of Cheryl Miller.

As of October 2014, Pollard had been working with the Indiana Pacers radio crew. Pollard had also appeared in two films: Axeman at Cutter’s Creek (2012) where he played the Axeman and Jayhawkers (2014), a movie about the 1956 Kansas Jayhawks team, which featured the great Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain. Pollard played the role of B.H. Born.

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Leon Powe (#0)

As of September 2014, Powe had been hired by the Celtics to assist Danny Ainge. To quote Powe, his role in the Celtics front office is to “do whatever Danny want [him] to do.” Sherrod Blakely clarified that his role is a community/player-related position.

Powe was last seen catching up with Rajon Rondo during the latter’s homecoming after getting traded to the Dallas Mavericks on the 19th of December 2014.

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Gabe Pruitt (#13)

Pruitt bounced around the league for awhile after winning a ring with the C’s in 2008. Pruitt’s last contract was with Panionios, a Eurobasket club based in Athens, Greece.

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Brian Scalabrine (#44)

Scalabrine, a perennial fan favourite in Boston and widely held as one of the most popular Celtic ever, signed with the Chicago Bulls  in 2010 where he played until 2011.

In 2013, he served as an assistant coach for Mark Jackson’s Golden State Warriors. However, Scal was reassigned to the Warriors’ D-League affiliate after he clashed with Jackson about their coaching philosophies.

Much to the delight of Celtic fans all over the world, Scalabrine decided to come home in 2014 to work as a Comcast Sportsnet announcer. His homecoming essay parodied LeBron James’ “I’m Coming Home” essay. He covers away games in place of the ageing Tommy Heinsohn.

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Sam Cassell (#28)

Two months after being traded by the Celtics to the Kings in 2009, Cassell agreed to become an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards where he stayed until August 2014 when Doc Rivers came calling. Cassell then left the Wizards to join Rivers as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. However, this was not before he could convince former teammate and 2008 NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce to sign with the Wizards.

His son, Sam Cassell Jr., had committed to play for the University of Connecticut Huskies until 2017.

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Ray Allen (#20)

Allen is no doubt the most disliked member of the 2008 Celtics championship after he left the team in 2012 to join the Miami Heat, where he won a second ring.

Celtic fans have never forgiven him.

He is currently on a hiatus, waiting for the current NBA season to pan out before making a decision whether to keep playing or retire. As usual, his future will remain unclear until we hear from him ourselves.

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Kendrick Perkins (#43)

Perkins was a part of one of the most controversial trades in Celtics history, where he was traded away to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic back in 2011. He still plays for the Thunder but has certainly not forgotten his Celtic roots. It is safe to say the Boston had never recovered from the void left by Perk at the center position. Not yet, at least.

He had remained best friends with now Mavs point guard Rajon Rondo through the years.

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Glen “Big Baby” Davis (#11)

Davis was traded to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass where he strived offensively. However, injuries derailed his production. Davis was bought out by the Magic in February 2014.

He had since reunited with Coach Doc Rivers, whom he always saw  as a father figure as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, where he signed as a free agent three days after being released by the Magic.

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Tony Allen (#42)

After failing to reach an agreement with the Celtics, Allen signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010 where he had been playing ever since.

Allen, known for his tenacious defense, is now a crucial piece to a Memphis team set for a deep playoff run in the Wild West.

Like Perk, he still takes great pride in his Celtic heritage, even stating in a 2011 post game interview that “[he’s] a Celtic, but unfortunately [he] wears a Grizzlies jersey right now.”

Allen (@aa000G9) is also one of the most interesting NBA players to follow on Twitter where he constantly share uplifting quotations and funny moments from his life, including an image of his son vomitting on him.

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Kevin Garnett (#5)

Kevin Garnett missed the playoffs in 2009 after a knee injury. Along with Pierce and Allen, Garnett led the Celtics to the championship the following year.

On the 28th of June 2013, Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause and was traded to the Nets along with Pierce and Terry, where had been playing ever since. Garnett is currently carrying out the last year of the contract he signed with Danny Ainge back in 2012.

Unsurprisingly Garnett still has a regular group text with Rondo, Pierce, Perk and Big Baby where they converse on a regular basis.

It is highly likely that this is Garnett’s final year as an NBA player.

Pierce had recently told the media that he and KG are considering a future career in the Celtics front office.

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Paul Pierce (#34)

After the 2008 Finals, Pierce led the C’s to yet another championship appearance in 2010 before falling to the Lakers.

On the 28th of June 2013, Pierce along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were traded to the Nets for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, a $10.3 million trade exception and three future draft picks. Pierce ended his career in Boston as the all-time leader in 3-pt field goals attempt (4928), 3-pt field goals made (1823), free throw attempts (7979) and free throws made (6434). He also left as Boston’s second all-time leading scorer (24,021) behind John Havlicek and points per game leader (21.8) behind Larry Bird. He also played the third most games (1102) in Celtics history behind Robert Parish and John Havlicek.

Pierce currently plays for the Washington Wizards in an offseason (2014) signing that sent shockwaves all across the Twittersphere.

Teamed up with John Wall and Bradley Beal, Pierce, behind Rondo, has the second best chance to appear in the NBA Finals among all the active members of the 2008 Celtics championship team.

As mentioned above, Pierce had recently told the media that he and KG are considering a future career in the Celtics front office.

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Rajon Rondo (#9)
After winning the title in 2008, Rondo went on to become a legitimate NBA superstar, leading the league in assists twice (2012-2013, steals once (2010) and becoming an All-Star (2010-2013). Rondo left the Celtics as the club’s all-time leader in assists (8.5) and steals (1.9) per game career average.

To most (if not all) Celtic fans’ disapproval, Danny Ainge shipped Rajon Rondo along with Dwight Powell to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, 2 future draft picks and a hefty $12.9 million trade exception.

This trade teamed Rondo up with a core of Tyson Chandler, Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons, making the Mavs’ starting five arguably the best in the league.At least, for the time being. This means that of all the active members of the 2008 Celtics championship team, Rondo is in the best position to win another title.

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Do you miss these Celtics? Keen to know more about some other Celtics who have moved on elsewhere? Pop a comment and we’ll do our best to find out!

Green Runs Deep #1 – Ms Samantha May

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Green Runs Deep #1 – Ms Samantha May

Unless you’ve being living under a rock, there’s a great chance you’ve seen the now infamous photo of a Boston Celtics fan wearing a green “LeBron is a Bitch” t-shirt, whilst standing next to All-Star Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo. Well, the lady in that great photo is none other than Ms Samantha May, a lady who could just as easily tear you a new one, as enjoy a great game at the TD Garden watching her beloved Boston Celtics. Sam is an amazing, head-strong person, and we’re honoured to have her feature in ‘Green Runs Deep’. -AusCelticsFan

Sam, sporting her now famous shirt, next to Rajon Rondo
Sam, sporting her now famous shirt, next to Rajon Rondo

Please tell us a little about yourself:
Samantha: @MsSamanthaMay on Twitter & @MsSamanthaMay9 on Instagram.

How did you first become a fan of the Boston Celtics?:

When I was little, I used to watch Celtics games with my grandmother. Her passion for this group of guys just playing Basketball was mind blowing to me. When she passed away, she was buried in a Larry Bird jersey. The Celtics are more then an NBA team to me now; they’re in a way affiliated with her, and I wholeheartedly understand and have attained her sense of passion for this group of guys just playing Basketball.

When did you first see the Celtics play (television)? When did you manage to see your first live Celtics game?

I’m going to be real honest. I grew up in the ‘90s. Outside all the time. Watched my occasional Basketball game here and there, but it escaped me for a few years until I found out about Allen Iverson. I was obsessed with the way he played. So for my sweet 16th birthday, my parents bought me tickets to the Celtics vs. 76ers game so I could watch him live. When we got to the game, Iverson was injured & it was announced that he wasn’t going to play.

I was devastated. My parents asked if I wanted to leave, but we stayed regardless, and I watched this other man. This guy had an ‘aura’ around him. He was the star of the game. I watched the fans eyes fill with the same passion my grandmothers did when she watched Larry Bird play. Every time this man that wore #34 sunk a bucket, the Fleet Center (at that time) went crazy. Paul Pierce single-handedly made me fall in love with the Celtics from that day on.

Samantha's colourful commitment to her Boston Celtics.
Samantha’s colourful commitment to her Boston Celtics.

Who is your favorite Celtics player? Past? And present? And what do they/have they meant to you?

Favorite Celtic? Of all time? Easily: Paul Pierce… I’ve watch this man since I was 16… Grow… Cry… Struggle… Succeed… And I felt all of these things with him… Ball really is life lol …. Oh then there is KG. The intensity this man brought to the garden every game… His passion… He if he epitomized ‘bleeding Green’ to me… A few honorable mentions I would have to say Tony Allen, Perk, Dooling…  Oh…and you all can’t expect me to forget Rondo, where do I start.?! My god…. I just adore him. Period.

Australia has such a tight-knit Celtics ‘family’, as do so many countries around the world. But obviously, the greatest Boston Celtics community is in the great city of Boston itself. Can you tell us about how these Celtics communities, whether globally, or in Boston, make you feel a part of such a large, and loving sisterhood/brotherhood?

Doc said it best… “This is such a neat place. People don’t get Boston. They don’t understand. It is a special, different place. They cheer for their teams . . . It’s just such a classy place”. It’s hard to describe the camaraderie and unity Boston sports teams have… It’s such a passion and love. It’s just amazing to be a part of. Nothing compares to being at a game and everyone is up and dancing and cheering and yelling because we win… a game… One game…(not a practice .. A game)  It’s just fantastic.

Can you tell us about your proudest, or most memorable moment that’s occurred whilst being such a loyal member of the Boston Celtics fan base?

I’ve had several moments in being a fan… I have one fan contests at games… Walked on the parquet floor… And met several players… But honest to God, the one thing I am most blessed for experiencing is meeting these other people on Twitter that share the same passion that I do for this team. I met amazing people but no one can compare to Olivia… I have to mention her in this as she has been one of the best things to ever happen in my life… All because of the Celtics… I love you little sister!!

Sam & Olivia. Boston Besties!
Sam & Olivia. Boston Besties!

Whilst already being a well-known, and well-liked person, did you feel that your exposure from wearing your “LeBron is a Bitch” t-shirt in a photo with Rajon Rondo has increased your admirers on Twitter, or even in the public domain?

That picture. (*Shaking my head). I still can’t believe it went viral. I wish I got paid for that haha!! I have clearly received my fair amount of Twitter ‘fame’ and hype from that picture, from daily marriage proposals to daily death threats from bitter LeBron fans, it blew up far more than I ever thought possible. It was everywhere. But I believe the reason I have all these followers is not really due to that pic, I think it has to do with my smart mouth, my unfiltered attitude. And being a female that actually knows a thing or two about basketball is a rarity these days.

Can you tell us your experience being a female fan in a mostly male-dominated Sports industry? My understanding is you’re as strong and as confident as they come. Any interesting stories you care to share with our readers?

I love being immediately disregarded from any sports knowledge considering the fact that I’m a woman… It makes it so much better when I completely ‘own’ these ignorant people in a basketball discussion.

One of Sam's many Celtics tickets | Sams 2013 'Rondo' Birthday cake.
One of Sam’s many Celtics tickets | Sams 2013 ‘Rondo’ Birthday cake.

How do you see the team holding up over 82 games, against tougher opponents? Which team match-ups are you looking forward to?

The home opener was amazing… I was sitting back & enjoying every minute of that blowout… And seeing KG didn’t hurt either (actually it did) I think the Celtics need to learn how to be consistent… We always go in so hot and then lose our lead in the second half… We’ve been doing that for a long time now and we really got to figure it out haha we absolutely struggle with any west team which is immensely concerning to me… Thank God all will be around next year too, because this year will be tough.

Can you share your thoughts on our Celtics community down here? Do you see a lot of the Celtic Pride in our many members? Any plans to visit us one day? You’ll be welcomed with open arms by all.

When my picture with Rondo went viral, The Celtics fam from down under were one of the biggest supporters. I’m so proud of y’all for the way you rep in this team… Makes me proud that were in the same C’s fam 🙂

My partner and I are planning our trip to Boston. Care to show us the local Pub and have a drink with us?

Let me know when you’re around! Of course! 🙂 Thank you!!! Xo!!


Celtics Down Under would like to thank Sam for taking part in our ‘Green Runs Deep’ Fan Q&A.
Nominate a loyal Boston Celtics fan at: @AusCelticsFan or justin@CelticsDownUnder.com.