Celtics Prepping for Opener in Cleveland

The Celtics start their regular season with a nationally televised game in Cleveland tomorrow night against LeBron James, Shaq, and the rest of the Cavaliers.

 Paul Flannery wonders if this is the end of the line for the big three. Bill Doyle says that this might be the last hurrah for the 30-something Celtics. Dan Duggan has one of those 30-somethings, Ray Allen, saying that he is in the best shape of his life coming into the season.

Bill Doyle has Bob Cousy saying that Rajon Rondo is the most important piece of the puzzle for the Celtics. Julian Benbow has rookie point guard Lester Hudson hoping that he can contribute to the Celtics’ title hopes. Jim Fenton has Eddie House finding a home with the Celtics.

Steve Bulpett has a look at Rasheed Wallace, who he says is a perfect fit for the Celtics. Bill Simmons though, is not a fan of the signing, and is not looking forward to watching Wallace and all he brings each night.

Gary Washburn has the Cavs looking to come together as a team this season. Duggan gives us a Celtics Scouting report.

Murphy’ notebook has Ray Allen back at practice after getting stitches following and errant Kendrick Perkins elbow. Chris Forsberg reports that the Celtics have decided to do away with the morning shootarounds on game days.

Misc

Fluto Shinzawa has Blake Wheeler much more upbeat after his role in the Bruins win over the Senators on Saturday night. Stephen Harris has the Bruins grinding out some good results.

Michael Arace and Kyle McCarthy have the Revolution clinching a playoff berth with their 1-0 win in Columbus last night.

Mark Blaudschun says that BC’s loss to Notre Dame on Saturday wasn’t as bad as it might’ve seemed at first. Steve Conroy has BC coach Frank Spaziani not wishing to hear any of that talk. Blaudschun says that we still don’t know who the best team in the country is.

Peter Abraham has Johnny Damon looking for a new contract in 2010.

  • Tony

    Simmons knows a heck of a lot more about the NBA than I do, but I have to say that his negativity about the Celtics, to quote a former C’s coach, sucks.

    Ever since Garnett got hur last February he’s been playing up the “he’s played over 1,000 games; this is the beginning of the end” angle, even though KG’s injury happened because he landed wrong after going up for an alley-oop, not because he’s played more than 1,000 games. Simmons has also been very negative about the Wallace signing since it happened. I really don’t understand it. So what if they bait the refs more than any other team? I can’t see how this move doesn’t make the Celtics a better team–in fact, I don’t see how the move doesn’t make them the favorites to come out of the East this season.

    I think Bill’s been at ESPN too long; stay there long enough, the Bristol Blowhard Bug infect the bloodstream (I know he’s based in L.A., but it’s still ESPN in the end).

    • Tony

      Couple of typos above

      1. that should say “Garnett got HURT…going for an alley oop,” not “hur”.

      2. The last line is supposed to say, “stay there (at ESPN) long enough and the Bristol Blowhard Bug infects the bloodstream.”

      My bad.

    • Classless

      Actually, Simmons has been a whiny ninny since the country turned on the Patriots in 2007. He can’t seem to stand how 2 of his beloved teams are now the most hated and reviled franchises in their respective sports. He still wishes it’s 2004 and the “nobody believed in us!!” angle still exists. I love how they’re hated now because it means the C’s and Pats are doing something right.

    • Peter

      I like Simmons, but find it funny that he slams the Celtics for referee-baiting when the guy has devoted approximately six million words to ref baiting of his own.

      • http://www.jonvssports.blogspot.com Jon

        And,it’s the NBA. The refs are legitimately awful.
        No other fan base is going to disagree with that.
        Well, maybe the Lakers…