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Your Morning Dump..Where Thornton Could Give C’s Offense A Jolt

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 For his career, Thornton has averaged 13.4 points and 26.1 minutes per game while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 36.1 percent beyond the arc. Acquired by the Nets at last year’s trade deadline to provide the sort of bench scoring that Jason Terry couldn’t, Thornton averaged 12.3 points, 23.8 minutes and what would be a career-best 38 percent beyond the arc over the final 26 games of the regular season.

For a Celtics team desperate for a scoring jolt, Thornton has the potential to make an impact.

Marcus Thornton Gives C’s Scoring Jolt-Chris Forsberg

Desperate for a scoring jolt is right. At times last season (and many of them) the Celtics offense was absolutely awful. Fans, including me, yelled at their televisions as the C’s put up brick after brick. Boston was among the five worst teams as far as offense went last season-they were tied for second-worst FG%, shooting 43%, and third-worst from downtown at 33%. Saying that we need some help on offense is putting it lightly. Jeff Green was supposed to be “the guy” once Pierce was done, but his lack of consistency has made him impossible to count on. Brad Stevens thinks Thornton can be a guy that can bring Boston a nice upgrade on the offensive end.

“Marcus can score,” said Stevens. “I think any time you think about your team and you think about what your needs are, putting the ball in the basket helps a lot and I think Marcus will complement the guys that we have back there, but he can also run off screens both directions, shoot the basketball. He can get it off pick-and-rolls or handoffs and shoot the basketball. And he can create his own shot going at full speed, which is hard to do.

“I’m really familiar with Marcus. Marcus knocked us out of the tournament in 2009, basically single-handedly. He’s had a really solid career but with some really unbelievable moments already.”

I’m honestly not sold on the fact that Ainge will even keep Thornton around. I could certainly see him packaged in one of “Trader Dan’s” deals going forward. However Danny could also showcase him for the early part of the 2014-15 season and then try and make something happen with a playoff team looking for a proven scorer before the trade deadline.

Either way I’m alright with bringing in Thornton. He definitely brings a solid skill set to the table, at least offensively anyway. And with a team chock full of young guards, a veteran presence certainly can not hurt. Rookies James Young & Marcus Smart can definitely learn from the five-year vet who has established himself as a proven NBA scorer. One of the biggest games of Thornton’s career came against the Celtics back in March of 2012. He torched Boston for 36 points in the Kings 120-95 beat down of the C’s:

On Page 2: Nine year-old Bill Russell leaves Louisiana with his family

Bill Russell never ceases to amaze me. Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know, I learn more. Russell made an appearance on NBC’s “The Last Word” the other night with author Isabel Wilkerson. Bill talked about migrating from Monroe, Louisiana to Oakland, CA at 9 years old. Russell talks about the racism he & his family suffered through in great detail. There just are not many words that I can use which will give any justice to how I feel about Russell. The man embodies the word champion in every aspect. To overcome all of the hatred directed towards him and his family and become one of this country’s greatest leaders in the fight against racism is absolutely inspiring. Sorry if I’m gushing a little, but when I listen to some of the things Russ & his family went through, I am so proud of how he did not let it ruin him. Instead he used it for motivation to do the amazing things he’s done both on and off the basketball court. Thank you Russ.

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Observer: Brad Stevens Used To Babysit Cody Zeller|CSNNE: Rockets Not Viable Option For Rondo|WEEI: Humphries Could Definitely See Return To C’s|Herald: Rondo Trade Rumors Rankle Ainge Again

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  • MatthewWilding

    I am a huge Bill Russell fan, but I have to amend this a bit. “One of this country’s greatest leaders in the fight against racism” is a bit of an overstatement. Maybe “a strong voice in the country’s fight,” but hardly a leader, let alone one of the country’s greatest. Putting him up with folks like MLK and John Lewis kind of does a disservice to them.

    • KWAPT

      Fair enough, just the words I chose to use Matthew. Never compared him to either of those two.

    • Curt Hays

      Calm down. No one has ever mistake Bill Russell for MLK. Bill Russell was a great leader. Red Auerbach was too. KWAPT is a fan, and so are we. If you’re going to come on here and ridicule other fans for being fans, just go somewhere else. Otherwise, let’s just keep loving our Celtics. Thank you, and good day.

      • dk

        In fact, I would venture to say that Russ WAS very much involved in civil rights activism. I recall reading some articles and watching some documentaries about Russell and him meeting with/marching with MLK and being friendly with Mohammad Ali. He certainly was part of the movement in the 60′s and how he and the Celtics handled racial discrimination in towns in the south that refused to serve them etc.

        • Curt Hays

          His presence alone ought to have added credibility to the effort…that’s not to mention the grand way in which he overcame all of it to be the champion.

      • MatthewWilding

        I think you might need to calm down. I wasn’t being combative, nor was I attacking Kwapt, who I hold at very high esteem. I’m just making an argument that saying he’s one of the country’s greatest civil rights leaders puts him in a pretty rarified category where I don’t think he belongs. He’s certainly significant. I was under the impression that civilized disagreement was okay in a comment section, so I’ll respectfully decline your request to go elsewhere.

  • Luke Walton

    You mean rondo, smart and bradley aren’t doin’ it for ya?

  • BillRussell

    One of the many reasons why Bill Russell is the best basketball player of all time is because basketball is played 5 on 5- it is a TEAM game- and he not only made each one of his teammates better, but he controlled the game himself. If it was a individual game you could say Chamberlain, Jabbar, Jordan, Bird ect.. but basketball is a TEAM game- I love Bill Russell

  • Curt Hays

    @KWAPT:disqus, I am just HOPING that Thornton gets traded instead of Rondo. Maybe I should be okay with losing Rondo if it DOES make us a better team, but I really wouldn’t enjoy watching as much if Rondo was gone.

    Also, I liked the post the other day with the KG video. We could do with more KG videos…

    • KWAPT

      We can all agree that the world would be a better place with more KG videos.

  • Michael Merriam

    First two years with New Orleans he showed a ton of promise and in Sacto he earned his payday. I think he got hurt or just fell out of favor when high draft pick rookies came in and the team went in a different direction.

    Marcus Smart will be fine, potentially great. C’s maybe overpaid a little for Bradley, but not much. Thornton and Bradley are good complimentary players. Start Bradley, bring in Thornton for more scoring punch. Having Thornton and Smart also limits Bradley’s minutes with the long term goal of 2016-2018 playoffs in mind.

    If he is motivated and puts in the effort, MT is a big upgrade over Bayless. I don’t know if Pressey is getting squeezed out or what, but we have 4-5 very solid guards who can all handle and shoot (yes folks, Bradley and Rondo can shoot).

    There’s a lot to be excited about this year. Tyler Zeller is probably the best true center we’ve had on roster since Perk, unless you want to count ShaQ.

    Haven’t seen Young yet, but I think we’re gonna like him too. Depth is incredible:

    PG – Rondo, Smart
    SG – Bradley, Thornton
    SF – Green, Wallace, Young
    PF – Sullinger, Bass, Olynyk
    C – Zeller, Olynyk/Faverani, Anthony

    I guess Johnson and Pressey round out the roster. Or Bayless squeezes in there instead of Johnson? How do others see it shaping up?

    • bill_nair

      You may have sold me on MT. Would’ve loved him here in 2011-2012, not so much during a rebuild. But I forgot he’s only entering his 6th season. Theres potential there and hes probably our teams best scorer as of today.

    • Curt Hays

      I really think you have to have a spot for Chris Johnson. People will be getting traded.

    • CoachAJ

      We now know Bayless, and probably Babb are gone. Johnson still has a chance especially based on if Danny wants to bring along Young at a slower pace. If that happens Johnson definitely makes the team. And also if we don’t go for Evan Turner.

  • Celtic Bro

    On a completely unrelated note. Wouldn’t it be perfect if we trade bass to the wizards for nothing (a highly protected 2nd rounder). They have the ariza trade exception to absorb bass’s contract with. We need to get rid of bass, and they need to fill the void left by booker. Add in the fact that John Wall has always wanted a pick and pop guy, this trade is perfect for both sides..

    • Brad P

      That would be too good to be true. i would have made that trade 2 years ago

    • Curt Hays

      except we DO have to play against that team…and it would be the team I wanted to years ago: Bass, Pierce, and Gortat.

    • Celtic Bro

      2 bad it won’t happen now after we sent them our better pf (kind of): humphries

  • Brad P

    Thornton hasn’t been traded yet?