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Your Morning Dump… The Celtics love no-fun wins

Chuck - Red's Army March 13, 2012 Uncategorized 11 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

That difference is what it came down to Monday night at Staples Center — the Celtics stayed close by turning it into their kind of game. Meaning chippy and slow. Then when the game was close in the final four minutes they executed and the Clippers didn’t. The result was a 94-85 win the Celtics needed.

“This is lob city and they enjoy the game. You can see when they play they have a lot of fun and we just had to make this game no fun,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

Boston knew exactly how to suck the fun out of the Clippers — at the top of the white board in the Celtics locker room before the game were the two top defensive priorities: no lobs, no threes in transition.

Boston executed that for the most part, they slowed the pace and turned it into their kind of ugly, physical game. There were five technical fouls, guys sprawling on the floor all night and a lot of hard fouls. It felt more like a playoff game.

“This is our kind of game,” Paul Pierce said afterwards.

Pro Basketball Talk – Celtics suck fun out of Clippers

The Clippers tried to play with an edge. Blake Griffin did his best Charles Oakley impression. Reggie Evans was Reggie Evans. But it didn’t work, because it’s not their game.

The Celtics were physical, on both ends of the floor.

On offense, they repeatedly attacked Mo Williams and Bobby Simmons in the post. They pounded the ball at them. It was so deliberate I thought it took the Celtics out of their flow at times.

Their defense man-handled Chris Paul and Caron Butler (combined 6-25 FG). They swarmed CP3 whenever he entered the paint. In the final minutes, when the Celtics made their run, the Clippers jacked up 7 three pointers (5 with the game in reach, 2 when the game was over). Boston had imposed their will and the Clippers were looking for the easy way out.

Related links: WEEI – Doc: We had to make this no fun | Herald – Celtics ruin Clippers fun | Celtics go into night for win | Globe – Celtics bounce back

On Page 2, Danny Ainge insists Rondo will not be traded.

“Rondo’s not being traded,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics facing the Los Angeles Clippers. “I don’t know how many times I have to say it. Rondo’s not being traded.”

No player in the NBA has been talked about more among potential trade rumors. The latest involved a deal that would have sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol. 

Ainge said that reported conversation, never happened.

CSNNE

Do we take Danny Ainge at his word, or do we assume he’s playing the game?

The Herald’s Steve Bulpett spoke with a couple of anonymous league executives who claim Ainge is entertaining all sorts of offers, but wants a king’s ransom in return.

The trade deadline is 3pm Thursday. It can’t come soon enough.

Related links: WEEI – Will injuries force Celtics to make another big move? | Globe – Brass to proceed with caution at deadline

The rest of the links:

WEEI – Score one for Rondo vs Chris Paul | ESPN Boston – Rondo’s quiet revenge | Allen expects soreness after injury | CSNNE – Celtics/Clippers: What we saw |

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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  • Mike

    No fun is right. That was one of the most brutal NBA basketball games I’ve ever seen. If they had lost that one I would have been furious I stayed up to watch such a mess, but those last 3 minutes were great to watch and a win cures all.

  • paul

    Ainge is a liar. I just hope he can’t swing a deal for Rondo, or really any deal involving the Core Four

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    “Entertaining offers” is such a broad term.
    What do you guys think Danny Ainge does all day? Sit around on his thumbs? If someone calls and says “Ok, I got a deal in mind for Rondo” … isn’t Danny going to listen? So doesn’t that count as “entertaining offers” even if Danny laughs the guy off the phone call?
    This is semantics meant to keep a story alive for a few more days

  • Jp

    “a king’s ransom”, damn straight. The only reason to make a trade is to make out like crazy. The team is as good as it will be this year, with the exception of stealing a true big and quality wing, so unless Ainge pulls a Red-type trade for the future, why should Ainge make any appreciable trade?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    I love how Rondo is responding to the trade talk innuendo. He wasn’t as offensive minded last night as the day before (IMHO, his best game of the year), but instead of leading CP3 into the second line of defense he stayed in front of him forcing low percentage shots. Paul was not a factor penerating last night, and kudos to Stiemer for not backing down to Blake.
    Back to RR … lately he looks more comfortable shooting, and he’s making the right pass without the mustard. You couldn’t have asked for anything better when he screamed at KG to set a pick for Ray, and although the Clips recovered KG was smart enough to slip the screen for any easy jam. Nice work!

  • paul

    Lie and Liar?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    “entertaining offers” is part of the job description for a GM.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    I’m hoping this Monta Ellis to ORL trade materializes. This will end the Howard trade talk and allow other teams to make moves.

  • paul

    It’s important that we eschew reasonable skepticism when it comes to the pronouncements of Danny Ainge, for his is the voice of authority and ours is to hear and obey…we are good little drones, yes we are.

  • KY Celts fan

    “offers” is office code for strippers.

  • vivek-nj

    steimer blake rivalry is not new. i saw a clip on youtube where stiemsma is a shot blocking machine in summer league for new orleans and blocked every single attempt of blake. i was very impressed.
    i think if his mom tries to go high for sugar bottle in the cupboards he would block it. he got it wired in him.