Monday, March 30, 2015

TOOTING OUR OWN HORNetS

Lots of talk about who's Bench, who should start,
Tonight, same: AB, Zeller, Bass, Turner and Smart.
Cs are in Charlotte, and must play great,
As we fight for Banner...I mean...Seed #8.

Z. Bro, Cody (shoulder) will not play tonight.
Isaiah says change! Be the first to bring the fight!
Cs a better defensive start, some offense, too,
Which, against the Clips, weren't expected to do.

LOVE CROWDER! First two possessions in a row.
Hornets' scoring from Williams-not Marvin, but Mo.
Cs' early 11 point lead went down to...a tie,
CROWDER FOR THREE! Wallace still a tough guy.

Hornets 4 shots at the buzzer, missed--phew.
On 55% shooting, Cs up 2 start Q2.
Oh, Mo! ...Jerebko hook! THOMAS FOR THREE!
OLYNYK FOR THREE! SMART FOR THREE!

Wow, Wallace! Smart is scoring tonight!
Bismack Biyombo, a great name to...write.
AB to Wallace (7 years a Bobcat), alley-oop!
Cs a 14-2 run, an engaged, energized group!

Zeller's Parents' book: "Raising Boys the Zeller Way,"
Three 7-footers, all of them basketball do play!
Double figures AB! Cs up 12 start Q3.
Smart steal, coast to coast. AB FOR THREE!

Cs starting backcourt's great, we've been waiting.
AB FOR THREE! Shots the Cs are creating!
Walker's trying to take over. Hornets a 9-2 run,
Turner and AB went on their own run.

SMART (block) AND AB--GREAT D!
AB FOR THREE! AB FOR THREE!
Cs up 16 to start Q4.
Cs great energy all over the floor!

Henderson huge shove on Wallace, Flagrant One!
Doesn't appreciate all that (tonight) Wallace has done.
THOMAS FOR THREE! Gotta watch Kemba and Mo.
The crowd is in it, they want a show!

Cool: Smart first player in Texas named "Mr. Basketball,"
Who didn't lead his team in scoring--just did it ALL.
Hornets are getting to the paint. Crowder to the hoop.
Over the limit, 7 minutes left, the Hornets group.

LOVE CROWDER! CROWDER FOR THREE!
Huddle: no panic from Brad. Talking, Smart and AB.
Isaiah gets to the line most, Crowder, too.
Lucky, Hornets' offense takes a long time to do.

An Oscar for Kemba who has scored the last eight.
Cs aggressive, Bass is always great!
Walker! Yikes! Ref faked out the guys jump ball ;)
AB rebound--speed--clear path is the call.

Cs' 2nd night of back-to-backs record's impressive.
Coach Brad's face is so expressive ;)
30 points AB, by 12 the CELTICS WON--
Tied the series with the Hornets. This was fun!





















































Sunday, March 29, 2015

DOC HOLIDAY

The Clippers are in town. Doc spoke from his heart:
Said "he" reminds me of a better...me! Who? Marcus Smart!
Cs have 5 games, 7 nights. Tommy Heinsohn is here,
He had pneumonia, he's better, may he be of good cheer.

Doc said Rondo leaving was more Rondo wanted a trade--
Rondo laughed about his no D...after the deal was made.
Thinking Ainge wasn't surprised, he knew about no D.
Maybe that's just ONE reason Rondo's no longer a C!

Cs lead in field goal attempts--Brad's Pace and Space--
In NBA possessions per game Cs are in third place.
The opening high scorer, first five minutes of a game?
Redick, not Barnes (threes), tho they both did the same.

Clips strike early, Deandre down the middle, no D--
Cs need to talk on defense! AB FOR THREE!
Help from the Bench, less than five minutes in--
Crowder and Thomas, (please) let the scoring begin!

Great hustle Turner, Zeller, Thomas, Crowder!
Redick is a problem! The Fans need to get louder.
THOMAS FOR THREE! Chris Paul is annoying.
Refs no calls for the Cs, with us they are toying.

Early foul trouble, Crowder. Cs within 14 start Q2.
Pick and Roll "large" is what Big Baby can do!
JEREBKO FOR THREE! Threes are hard to come by,
Unless you're JJ Redick who just let's 'em fly.

Smart great hands, great D. Redick never misses--
If it's not some kind of three, off the glass it kisses.
Cs Bench made no progress against the Clips'.
That's a bunch of wasted offensive trips.

Full Court Pressey has missed fourteen straight threes.
Bringing pace, uptempo, that's what he does for the Cs.
Bass a loud dunk! TURNER FOR THREE!
Turner great strip on Chris Paul (yay), excellent D.

45 alley-oops in the Gahden this season,
None like Deandre's, his strength's the reason.
Gotta love the comments Mike and Tommy made
About Isaiah dropped, stared at, by "that thug, Wade."

Isaiah at the buzzer! Cs within 21 start Q3.
Clips 68 at the half--that's scary, where's our D?
Cs biggest halftime deficit in five years,
When the Cs' D is weak, the offense disappears.

Clips a 14-2 run, luckily Crowder is in it--
Cs need to get to the hoop and see the ball go in it.
Hmm, Cs are getting pounded but there is no shame,
Clips a different level. Cs, Brad, will learn (from) this game.

THOMAS FOR THREE! Clippers' arms are flying.
No calls. Cs so outplayed, there's no use crying.
Olynyk, Cs great hustle, on a swearing Hawes a T--
Clips reputation: they're always whiny as can be.

Olynyk at the buzzer! Cs within 26 start Q4--
Since 2000, no opponents over 100 to start Q4.
OLYNYK FOR THREE! Olynyk and his upfake--
Seems indecisive about whether his shot he'll make.

Speaking of thugs, Hawes threw Smart to the floor--
Redick fouled first, but Hawes should be out the door.
Gigi gets his own shots, Jerebko nice D, nice hook.
The points difference is Redick scoring on every look.

Against the Clips' bench, Cs a 15-2 run,
A 5th quarter vs. the Clips' bench, Cs could get it done!
Cheesy call on Gigi; trouble Hawes, Turkoglu with Smart.
The former are nasty,  Smart plays with heart ;)

Near the Clips' bench someone ill, stopped play,
Emergency, stretcher, hope the guy will be ok.
Full Court Pressey provided a spark we did need--
PLEASE SIGN CROWDER AND...SIGN THE SWEDE!

Da Time for Datome, DATOME FOR THREE!
Clips' bench returned, Hack A Jordan we did see.
DATOME FOR THREE! Hack A Jordan some more.
Off his misses the Cs MUST score!

Barnes tripped Isaiah, went down hard, no call.
He gets tossed around whenever he touches the ball.
Q4 Cs' Starters  got a good rest--
Hornets tomorrow, need to bring our best.

Cs within 13, game's not reflected by the score.
No quit in these Cs, left it all on the floor.
Thinking how Doc, over the Cs, the Clippers did pick--
He's here, it's like he left the dance with the sexier chick.





































Friday, March 27, 2015

KNICKs AT NIGHT

Crowder apologized for the Cs' lack of effort, Heat--
Jae's energy, enthusiasm appreciated on Causeway Street!
Commissioner Silver said a top Coach is Brad,
Maybe one of the best young Coaches the NBA's had!

The Cs are at MSG,  a so-called "trap game."
Zeller vs Bargnani, one of the few Knicks I can name.
Cs good ball movement, SMART FOR THREE!
Early low scoring, not due to either team's D.

Knicks a small run, is the Cs' effort waning?
Brad called time out--very loud complaining!
Special tribute, 70th--Happy Birthday Clyde
Frazier. Sweet. Virgin Islands trip--free ride.

Knicks a 12-2 run, can't believe what I see:
Cs need to move the ball, be aggressive--AND play D!
Isaiah says Heat game was the worst of his career--
Tonight he's more active, confident, it would appear!

ISAIAH FOR THREE! An old-fashioned four!
End Q1 Cs within 1--yikes--so says the score.
Brad's deep into the Bench--Who Wants to Play?
One field goal apiece, nine different Cs--the hard way.

JEREBKO FOR THREE! Cs playing with pace--
Crowder and Smart running all over the place!
Cs a 32-19 run. Knicks sort of standing around--
Better if more Cs' shots are consistently found!

LOVE CROWDER! Both ends of the floor!
The poised, dignified Bass, coast to coast...score!
Of the In-Between game, Turner's becoming a master.
Cs up 8 end Q2--better when they play faster.

Here we go with the refs, ugh, especially on AB.
When the ball's out of bounds, guess they can't see.
Cs turnover woes. Knicks a 7-0 run,
Looks way too much like most of Q1.

Knicks' Larkin's a fast runner, vertical leap, too.
Drawing fouls is one of the things Isaiah can do.
LOVE CROWDER, BASS! Good work, AB.
Since when can Bargnani shoot the three?

Two-handed Bass! Holy Smart, playing large--
Great D, Great D, Great D, took a charge!
THOMAS FOR THREE! Cs up 7 end Q3.
First mention of Olynyk, tough rebound had he.

Olynyk's indecisive on shooting and on D.
Isaiah's warming up--that's fun to see.
Acy's physical on Olynyk who drew a tech.
Everyone shoves Olynyk! What the heck!

Olynyk warmed up. It's Turner-time!
Knicks an 11-6 run, seems a crime.
Somehow these Knicks stayed in it--
Phew, by 4, the CELTICS WIN it.











































































Monday, March 23, 2015

NETTLED

SPOILER ALERT! CELTICS WIN!
Turner, Zeller, Jerebko, AB, Olynyk, Crowder, Smart,
Full Court Pressey, Brad, Coaches, Eddie Lacerte...
BY 19--ALL IN!

Cs in Brooklyn, need to find their groove--
Turner sort of called out Smart who has much to prove.
Wallace gathered the team after the loss last night,
Told the "kids" they need to focus and bring the fight!

"Rebound Zeller," words I love to hear.
Nets a quick start (9-2) the Cs should fear.
(Finally) great pick Bass, AB FOR THREE!
Bass excellent D! AB FOR THREE!

Lopez is big, mechanical.  Nets went on a 6-0 run,
Brad: "Offense without our minds" won't get it done!
CROWDER FOR THREE! For the Bench he's a spark.
Olynyk: TAKE THE SHOT! On the perimeter he does park.

Olynyk to the hoop (yay)! Cs within 5 end Q1.
Olynyk nice steal, Turner to Jerebko--done!
Olynyk--wow! No hoop Nets, jump ball--
Hollins went crazy, didn't like the call.

Turner's playing well, getting good separation!
When will he win the hearts of Celtics Nation?
Love the two-handed dunking Bass.
Cs score best when the ball they pass.

Turner, Block! Cs boxing out, smothering D!
Shoot It Olynyk! Buzzer! OLYNYK FOR THREE!
On 53% shooting, Cs up 5 end Q2.
Hmm, Crowder, not Smart, starting Half Two.

TURNER! WOW! Same Zeller, Bass, Crowder, AB!
Cs a 9-0 run. Cedric Maxwell's (always) annoying me ;)
Zeller can't get a call! Of Deron Williams--enough!
OLYNYK FOR THREE! Cs up 9, end Q3. Tough.

Jerebko monster jam! Turner coast to coast,
Full Court Pressey does that the most!
Olynyk to the hoop! Happy to see his shots fall.
Brad wonders what the Cs need to do to get a call.

OLYNYK FOR THREE! Cs--Olynyk-- a 7-0 run.
Jerebko, Cs, with the refs, not having fun!
Again, TURNER! WOW! Both ends of the floor.
But Olynyk D (?) is allowing the Nets to score.

Cs got a few calls, yelling "Finally!!" is Brad.
CROWDER! GREAT! He's a Celtic, I'm glad ;)
Cs six players double figures! AB FOR THREE!
TRIPLE DOUBLE FOR TURNER! Great to see!




































Friday, March 20, 2015

YOU CANNOT BE...SPURious

Cs road game, vs. Spurs, since 2011 we've not won,
No Rondo, No Green, No... a new Cs Era has begun!
No Manu (ankle) tonight, but the intensity will be high,
Pop was furious at the loss to the Knicks...sigh.

Paraphrase Crowder: gotta work when no one sees--
Then it will show on the court! Thrilled he plays for the Cs!
Says no C plays for himself, all love Brad--what a ride.
In awe of history and banners, he IS Celtics Pride!

Spurs playing together, a 19-4 run.
Cs couldn't connect til Bass got it done.
Cs finally moving the ball, AB FOR THREE!
Full Court Pressey early, finding any scoring C.

CROWDER FOR THREE! Crowder great steal and D.
Jerebko stripped Parker, who whined, got a T ;)
Cs taking a punch, within 13 start Q2.
Crowder's The Man, showing what he can do.

Spurs keep rolling, not missing a shot.
Cs TOs galore--how to play they forgot?
Brad, in the huddle, had the right call:
We can't run plays if we don't move the ball.

I've lost track of how many Cs' TOs in a row--
Only Crowder, Turner some game they do show.
"Parker in the paint," I am tired of hearing.
Crowder, Smart great hustle--a reason for cheering!

SMART FOR THREE! Great steal AB.
Wallace is rebounding and playing good D.
CROWDER! SMART! HUSTLE! Bass and AB.
Cs within 14 to start Q3.

Crowder, Bass, Turner, Smart and AB,
Finally good energy and effort we see!
Cs dribble hand off, AB FOR THREE!
Cs aggressive and active playing D.

Cs early over the limit, but no call for any C.
Cs thrown to the ground, so how can that be?
Kawhi leads in steals, he makes it look easy.
The disparity in free throws is making me queasy.

The refs are involved in about every third play--
Why?? I'm betting these Spurs could win anyway.
Cs (Wallace) ball movement! JEREBKO FOR THREE!
Cs within 21 at the end of Q3.

Bonner and Smart, flying arms, there was shoving--
Smart Flagrant 2, ejected. Mahcus Smaht I am loving.
Cs a 15-2 run, Turner is on a tear.
Cs got the lead to single digits, out of nowhere!

Jerebko, Zeller rebounding. Parker stopped the run.
Again it's the Cs' Bench getting it done.
Let's put this game in the mirror with the rear view.
Some nights there is nothing you can do.

Cs did not win,
12 they were within.

With each game we learn these Cs are legit.
Celtics Pride. They play hard--there is no quit!
Cs are young and hungry--we just need time.
Positive, optimistic end to this rhyme.











































Wednesday, March 18, 2015

THUNDER...STUCK

In Oklahoma. No KD, no "IBlocka" have they.
Isaiah out longer--swollen and hurting they say.
Happy Birthday, Scal, calling the game with Mike Gorman.
Cs must be aggressive; Westbrook will be stormin'.

Up the road, Smart made his mark, at OK State.
Cs' spirits not too high, too low, Stevens has been great.
Tip-off to the Cs on an over and back,
Kantor plays offense, defense he does lack.

Turner a stunning reverse jam, the length of the floor!
Smart what a block! Zeller baseline--he can score.
Cs getting great shots, need to step up the D.
Cs have to hustle back--can't be just AB!

Crowder steal! Turner great pass!
Always love the hard-working Bass.
60% shooting, but TOs, Cs within 4 start Q2.
SMART FOR THREE! Then a full-court pass he threw!

OLYNYK FOR THREE! OLYNYK FOR THREE!
Thunder 6 guys on the court, blamed the clock, no T?
JEREBKO FOR THREE! SMART FOR THREE!
Welcome "home," swagger, SMART FOR THREE!

Nothing but net, SMART FOR THREE!
Turner great ball handling, flush by AB!
Jerebko almost at the buzzer ;(  Cs up 4 end Q2.
Guarding Kantor is hard for Zeller to do.

Cs seem tentative, their energy is low.
Until SMART FOR THREE! GO Cs GO!
Lead's back and forth, missing shots are the Cs.
Ugh, Westbrook and Morrow are making their threes.

Double Double for Kantor, doesn't need any D.
Cs free throw struggles--very few did we see.
Smart is so...Smart! Crowder running the floor.
Terrible call on Smart (Brad's mad), he has four.

AB didn't mean it, fouled Westbrook shooting three.
Sloppy TOs, fouls, ugly--Cs within 12 end Q3.
Westbrook on the bench, Cs need to make up ground,
Which can only happen if someone's shot is found.

OKC's largest lead, Cs cannot make a shot,
Only in Q2 were Marcus, Kelly and Jonas hot.
Yikes, foul on Westbrook, on Adams a T.
Cs poor free throw shooting, even a miss by AB.

No matter what's happening, we have two-handed Bass--
Reliable, poised, hard-working, all class.
OKC in the penalty, Cs have to attack,
Huddle, Wallace: here's where we can pick up the slack.

SMART FOR THREE! OLYNYK FOR THREE!
Cs playing zone is hard for OKC.
Kantor is out, limping. Cs a 12-5 run.
Adams struggles to get free throws done.

AB FOR THREE! BASS FOR THREE!
SMART FOR THREE! Career high has he!
Toward the end of the game Cs got within 4.
CSN technical difficulties--that was poor!

Heat won, Pacers lost. Cs did not win ;(
Problems? TOs. Free throws didn't go in.
Augustin poked in the eye. Huh? The refs stepped in.
Those 7th and 8th seeds? We're in, out...in?



















































Friday, March 13, 2015

DIZZY WORLD

There's "Magic" in the air--at least it's not snow!
Orlando brought Vucevic, Payton, Oladipo....
Cs are gritty, hard-working--chance at the post season?
To a Man the Cs say Coach Stevens is the reason!

Second game against Orlando in five days.
No revenge says Brad; hope he has some new plays.
Tough start for both Teams. Cs a 6-0 run.
Smart to the hoop! vs. Payton will be fun.

Let's have NO MORE bounce passes through their D!
Good pass/hustle Full Court Pressey. AB FOR THREE!
Da Time For Datome. GIGI FOR THREE!
Cs within 4 start Q2, on OLYNYK FOR THREE.

CROWDER FOR THREE! Channing Frye? Think KG ;)
Full Court Pressey...well, a Full Court Pressey did he.
CROWDER FOR THREE! On Zeller a Flagrant One.
He was going for the ball--doesn't matter! Refs are done.

Turner got going toward the end of Q2.
Elfrid Payton plays D--with a silly hairdo.
Cs seriously lack focus. Cs within 10 start Q3.
Cs need more ball movement. SMART FOR THREE!

Magic a 9-4 run. 38% shooting for the Cs.
Never thought we'd be saying, "Full Court Pressey--please!"
Minutes for Young, he was able to score!
Payton scored (can't throw free) every time up the floor.

Full Court Pressey...again. OLYNYK FOR THREE!
Sloppy ending (yikes), Cs within 6 end Q3.
OLYNYK FOR THREE! Cs turnovers galore.
Olynyk's shooting better, AB can't score.

Magic's missed more free throws than the Cs have had.
If the Cs could make theirs, happy would be Brad.
TURNER FOR THREE! (phew) AB FOR THREE!
Cs an 8-0 run. Strange, ugly game we did see.

Besides Turner, getting the Cs out of trouble,
Was Full Court Pressey with a Double Double.
Turner a circus shot, with great presence of mind,
Lead! His Offense in the second half he did find.

Turner the hot hand, Full Court Pressey great D;
Excellent D, too, by Crowder and AB.
Bass, two-handed! Cs a 16-3 run.
Turner Season High! By 7...CELTICS WON!