Author: @jackbuffett_

Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 64 Days

Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 12th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (64 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News Former Celtic Isaiah Thomas caught a lot of attention today for comments made on an Instagram Live video. In the viral clip, he started out by saying “Sac (Sacramento),...

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Dissecting the 2018-19 Celtics Schedule

The NBA finally released the regular season schedule! At 4 p.m. ET on Friday, the league revealed the full regular season schedule for all 32 teams. Here, we’ll take a look at trends and patterns to take a look at, and also important or exciting games to look out for. Let’s get started. Patterns/Stretches/Things to note The league continues to decrease back-to-back games. The Celtics only play 13% of their games on such terms this year. There continue to be no stretches of four games in five nights, and this year the league eliminated the possibility of eight games...

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Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 65 Days

Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 11th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (65 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News The NBA finally released the full schedule for the upcoming season. We knew the details of three of the team’s games, and now we know of the remaining 79....

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Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 66 Days

Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 9th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (66 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News The NBA released more schedule news, revealing that the Celtics will play their second game of the season on October 19 against the Toronto Raptors. The team will take...

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Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 68 Days

Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 8th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (68 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News As more schedule information begins to trickle out, Boston’s Christmas day matchup has been revealed. The team will be facing the 76ers on December 25th. This is the second...

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Countdown To Celtics Tipoff: 69 Days

Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff Countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 7th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (69 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News Greg Monroe officially left the team and signed in Toronto. The center agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million deal to join the Raptors next season. He was signed back...

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Countdown To Celtics Tipoff: 70 Days

Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 6th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (70 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News The over/under for the Celtics win total has been set at 57.5 in Las Vegas. This is the highest total in the Eastern Conference. Across the entire NBA, their...

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Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 71 Days

Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 5th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (71 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News Many former Celtics returned to play in the TD Garden as the BIG3 League visited Boston on Friday night. Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Nate Robinson, Brian Scalabrine, and Jermaine...

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Countdown to Celtics Tip-Off: 72 Days

Welcome Back to the Celtics Season Tip-Off Countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 4th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (72 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News Yesterday, Boston signed PJ Dozier to a two-way contract. The 6’6″ guard spent last season splitting time between the Thunder and their G-League affiliate. The team now has both...

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Countdown to Celtics Tipoff: 73 Days

Welcome Back to the Celtics Season Tipoff Countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 3rd). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (73 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News I guess we can call 2K ratings news, since it was a slow day yesterday. Jaylen Brown is reportedly revealed to be an 84 overall, which many consider too...

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Countdown To Celtics Tipoff: 74 Days

Welcome to the Celtics season tipoff countdown! Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics from the previous day. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 2nd). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (74 today). Let’s get to it! Recent Team News Today, Gary Washburn reported that it’s likely that the opening night matchup for the Celtics will be the Philadelphia 76ers. The teams will renew last season’s...

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Examining How The Celtics Rotation Will Shape Up

This year’s Celtics rotation will be the strongest in years. With Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving both returning, this is likely the deepest roster we’ve seen since the ’08 team. With 15 guaranteed contracts, the current roster is likely going to be the same as the opening day roster, barring an August trade. Let’s examine which players will get big minutes this upcoming year, as well as which players will see a rise or fall in their roles, and who is likely to ride the pine all year. The Starters PG- Kyrie Irving             ...

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Grading The Celtics’ Offseason Moves

The Boston Celtics Have Had a Quiet Summer The Celtics haven’t made any splashy or eye-popping moves, which is fine. They’ve slowly but surely addressed their needs, largely avoiding the trade market. That said, they’ve made a fair number of moves this summer. Let’s look back at each of them, giving them a grade. Drafting Robert Williams After lots of noise and rumors surrounding Danny Ainge’s interest in moving up, Boston stayed put at pick 27. They selected Robert Williams out of Texas A&M, an intriguing big man with loads of athleticism. So far, that pick hasn’t looked great....

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Fresh Take Friday: Why Re-Signing Marcus Smart is Key

Bringing Back Smart Was an Awesome Move by Boston. After weeks of rumors and reports surrounding restricted free agent Marcus Smart, he finally resigned on Thursday. The guard inked a four-year contract worth $52 million after spending three weeks assessing the market. This is a huge deal for Boston, who retains a key piece of the rotation, and the heart and soul of the team. It’s easily the most impactful move of the summer, and will pay dividends now and down the road. Here’s why. His Play Anyone who questions Marcus Smart’s value hasn’t watched the Celtics play basketball....

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Fresh Take Friday: Mookie Betts Is Better Than Mike Trout Right Now (@jackbuffett_)

The AL MVP Race Consists of Two Players- Mookie and Mike For years, Mike Trout has reigned supreme as the face of Major League Baseball. He has two MVP awards to his name already. Until this year, no one questioned his status as the best player in baseball. However, Mookie Betts is dominating this year for the first-place Red Sox. The results of the All-Star Game fan voting showed him with 600,000 more votes than Trout. While this is by no means an accurate measure of their skill, the stats show that it’s time to consider Mookie the best...

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Could the Celtics Bring Back Isaiah Thomas? (@jackbuffett_)

Is Isaiah Thomas Going to Return to Boston? The dust has pretty much settled on another hectic offseason, with most of the big names having signed with teams already. However, one of the names that is still on the market is none other than Isaiah Thomas. The former fan-favorite was rumored to be close to a contract with the Orlando Magic last week, but all is quiet on that front. Then, Isaiah Thomas commented this on NBC Sports Boston’s Post: cc: @danielrainge 👀 pic.twitter.com/GUcpDojvyK — Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) July 11, 2018 The question has to be...

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Five Red Sox Named To All-Star Roster

Boston Will Have Five of its Players Heading to D.C. On Sunday night, the MLB revealed the AL and NL rosters for the All-Star Game. The Red Sox tied with the Indians and Astros for most players on the AL roster. The game takes place on Tuesday, July 17th, at the home ballpark of the Washington Nationals. TFW 5️⃣ #RedSox make the All-Star game. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/MnXy4NAkfe — #VoteBenny (@RedSox) July 8, 2018 The All Stars This year’s crew is headlined by Mookie Betts and JD Martinez, who will both be starting in the game. Betts, making his third appearance...

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Fresh Take Friday: Terry Rozier Should Be Traded this Summer

The Celtics should find a trade partner for Rozier — soon It’s been relatively quiet this summer around Boston. While other teams have gone after big-name free agents, the Celtics have focused on retaining their core and not much else. This is perfectly fine: the team doesn’t seem to have any need to make a splash. However, one move they should attempt to make this summer is moving Terry Rozier, sooner rather than later. The Reasoning Rozier is coming off of an elite performance from the back end of the regular season through the playoffs. As a starter in...

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Robert Williams Not Off to a Great Start in Boston

Robert Williams Hasn’t Made the Best Entrance in Boston Robert Williams…it’s been rough so far. The first-round draft pick missed his introductory conference call because he overslept. Though he eventually did connect with the team and with media, it wasn’t a great start. Then today, reports surfaced that Williams missed the first Summer League practice with the team-because he missed his flight to Boston. Jay Larranaga, the Celtics’ Summer League team coach, told media that the team was disappointed in Williams, but will handle the matter internally. Robert Williams did not practice. Missed his flight today. He is in...

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Celtics Set to Run the East after Lebron Signs with Lakers

Celtics Ready for Finals Run After Lebron Signing Well, there it is. LeBron James finally made his long-awaited decision, signing with the Los Angeles Lakers after months of speculation. The deal is worth $154 million over four years, with a player option in the last year. This signing will undoubtedly send Lakers fans into crazed states of excitement, but Celtics fans should also be rejoicing. This moves clears the way for the team to waltz into the NBA Finals. https://twitter.com/KlutchSports/status/1013574315411849216 A Weakened East Now that Lebron has spurned the Cavaliers (again), it’s time for the Celtics to finally make their move. Toronto had another successful regular season last year, but they choked in the playoffs again and fired their head coach. The Sixers have intriguing young pieces, but the Celtics easily dispatched them in the playoffs. The Bucks still have Giannis Antetokounmpo, but don’t have many strong players around him. The Pacers have a young star in Victor Oladipo, but not much otherwise. Aside from these four teams, there isn’t really anyone else to compete in the Eastern Conference. The East was already the weaker conference, and now they are far inferior to the Western Conference. Boston should have no trouble moving past each and every one of these teams. Oh, and in case you forgot, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are returning. A Strengthened West Of course, now...

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New: Aron Baynes Returns to Boston

Aron Baynes Coming Back to Beantown In the opening minutes of free agency, Yahoo’s Shams Charania reported that center Aron Baynes has agreed to a deal with the Celtics. The contract is reportedly for two years and $11 million. It also includes a player option for the second season of the deal. The signing brings back an important part of last year’s Boston squad. Free agent center Aron Baynes has agreed to a two-year, $11M deal to return to the Boston Celtics, league sources tell Yahoo. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018 Baynes returns off of a year...

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Fresh Take Friday: Is Koji or Kimbrel a Better Closer for the Red Sox?

Is Koji Uehara or Craig Kimbrel a Better Pitcher for Boston? As current Sox closer Craig Kimbrel continues to rack up saves for the team, fans are looking ahead to a potentially deep postseason run. There is no doubt that Kimbrel has been an excellent pitcher for Boston. His success reminds one of the last dominant Red Sox closer: Koji Uehara. Koji was a catalyst for the 2013 title run and had an impressive resume of his own with Boston. The success of both pitchers leads to an obvious question: which was better in Beantown? The Case For Koji...

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Could Dwight Howard Sign with Boston?

Will Dwight Howard Wear a Celtics Jersey? After the Hornets traded Dwight Howard to the Nets, Brooklyn negotiated a buyout with the big man that is set to go into effect on July 6th. Howard will then become a free agent and choose his team for his 15th season. There has been speculation thus far that the Celtics have interest in bringing in “Superman”. Is this a good move? Career History Orlando drafted Howard number one overall selection in 2004, straight out of high school. He played his best basketball with the Magic, winning three consecutive DPOY awards from...

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Celtics Select Robert Williams in NBA Draft

The Pick Boston has chosen Robert Williams at pick 27 tonight, their first and only selection in this year’s draft. Throughout the day, rumors flew concerning the Celtics trading up to select in a lottery pick. However, Danny Ainge decided to stay put at the end of the first round. Williams is a big from Texas A&M. At 6’9 and 237 pounds, he primarily played the four spot in college, but will likely play the center position in the NBA. Williams is freakishly athletic with a massive 7’6 wingspan. He’s a stupendous shot blocker, and will add to the...

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Who’s Most Important? Ranking the Celtics with the Most Value

As the trading block gets up and running this offseason, the Celtics’ staff needs to determine who is part of their future. These rankings take a look at who has the most value for the franchise right now. Factors taken into consideration were talent (obviously), age and current career trend, trade value, and contract situation. The team’s two-way players, Jabari Bird and Kadeem Allen are not included in this list. Let’s dive right in. 15. Abdel Nader, SF Abdel Nader doesn’t bring anything to the team. He played sparingly over 48 games this season and averaged three points a...

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