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Your Afternoon Dump..Where Expectations Are Not So Great

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.

The question posed to Gerald Wallace after Saturday’s practice centered on expectations for the Boston Celtics this season and whether he had seen or heard any of the lowly prognostications for his new team.

“If it ain’t on the Xbox, I ain’t reading it,” said Wallace. “I couldn’t tell you anything about no magazines, newspapers, none of that.”

Chris Forsberg-Practice Report: Not-So Great Expectations

Gerald-WallaceEven casual fans of the Boston Celtics know that this team will not be raising Banner18 to the rafters next year. The real question all summer has been, how good/bad will they be? Will they or won’t they “tank”? Will they be a playoff team? Depending on who you ask, you’ll hear anything from “these C’s will be lucky to notch 15 wins” to “I think they’ll grab the 8th playoff spot.” But the focus of the guys who actually have to go out and play these games is simply to compete and get better.

“Our main thing is we want to try to get better,” said the 31-year-old Wallace, the Boston player with the most service time in the league (12 seasons). “We know nobody is picking us to win the championship; nobody is picking us to make the playoffs. Our main thing is we just gotta continue to get better. I told the guys, we’re like a sleeper team. We’re that team that everybody’s looking at on their schedule like, ‘OK, we can get a win,’ [or,] ‘We can rest, this might be a night off for us.’

With their best player possibly out until December, the first two months of the 2013-14 campaign could be rough. The schedule makers were not particularly kind to our Celtics (again) as Boston has 6 back-to-backs in November. This young squad will have a chance to face adversity early, as they play teams that include Miami, the Spurs, Pacers & Rockets. Brad Stevens & his staff have just two more preseason games to try and get a feel for who works best with whom etc. And obviously it will be a work in progress as Rondo eventually comes back from injury and guys learn to work with each other.

The Celtics have had a target on their back for quite some time. As one of the league’s best for the last six years or so, and always in the playoff mix, teams gun for you. Well now with Boston looking exceptionally vulnerable, you best believe teams and their fans will be looking for some payback. Coach Stevens thinks this will motivate his team early on.

“[The players] know what people are saying, I know what people are saying. You can use that as motivation for a week maybe,” said Stevens. “But then you’ve got to just get to be good. You have to make yourself do the little things to be good. You can use it as a chip on your shoulder and I think most of these guys will do that.

You can catch the Celtics-Wolves game tonight at 6pm EST on NBATV. Boston’s last preseason game is this Wednesday vs the Nets at TD Garden. Speaking of Wednesday, big congrats to the American League champion Boston Red Sox, who will open the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Check out TedsArmy for all your Sox coverage.

Related links: CSNNE-Celtics Aren’t Down By Low Expectations

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston:Pierce, Garnett Won’t Play Wednesday|Russell Apologizes For Arrest| Herald: Lineups Likely Won’t Be Straight For C’s|CSNNE: Stevens Talks Hometown Colts Facing Manning|Globe: Bill Russell Releases Statement Regarding Handgun Citation At Seattle Airport|NESN: Celtics-Wolves Live Blog|

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  • Screamin Jay

    The up-coming Nets game on Wednesday night is broadcast nationwide on ESPN for all of us who live outside the Boston TV zone…will be nice to not have to watch the game on the crappy computer stream.

    • Raoul

      Amen! I’m in L.A. myself… Wednesday is a very special day. Until then, I gotta find somewhere to stream today’s game.

      • Screamin Jay

        google wiziwig, or first row sports.

        • Raoul

          I appreciate it my man

          • Screamin Jay

            Heh…my pleasure Raoul. Hold your appreciation until you see how the stream looks. Sometimes ya get lucky, but it normally has the appearance of a window that has been sprayed with a plant mister. But, better than nothing!

          • Raoul

            ALL GAME, PERFECT STREAM. You hooked it up! Now I just have to wait for Wednesday.

          • Screamin Jay

            I also had a great picture Raoul. Was just about as nice as on my big TV. Fingers crossed that this kind of quality continues….because our Celtics aren’t going to be on regular nationwide TV but a few times this year.

            Here’s a link to ESPN’s page for the Celtics upcoming regular season schedule, and it includes what games are going to be on national TV:

            http://espn.go.com/nba/team/schedule/_/name/Bos/seasontype/2/boston-celtics

          • Screamin Jay

            also, make sure you try all the different streams that are made available….there can be quite a bit of difference in quality, doesn’t seem to necessarily match up with the bit rate being advertised.