The Celtics new second rounder


The Celtics new second rounder

The Celtics picked up an additional 2013 second round draft pick on Tuesday morning, and while the details are a little hazy, the message is clear: The Thunder did something sneaky.

Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the story for Yahoo! Sports, wrote that in the aftermath of last year's BostonOKC trade and Jeff Green's subsequent season-ending heart condition: "Boston's doctors constructed a case to take to the NBA trying to show proof that Oklahoma City owed the Celtics some kind of compensation, sources said."

We don't know exactly what went into the Celtics case, but it's obvious that there was more than enough evidence to support their claim because while second round picks aren't first round picks, second round picks are still plenty valuable in the NBA: Gilbert Arenas, Michael Redd, Carlos Boozer, Monta Ellis, Marc Gasol, Mehmet Okur, Paul Millsap, Glen Davis, Trevor Ariza, Anderson Varejao, Landry Fields, DaJuan Blair, DeAndre Jordan . . .

OK, you get the point. And for the NBA to say that: A) The Celtics were burned badly enough to deserve a second rounder and b) OKC acted ugly enough to surrender one.

Well, that's something. OKC screwed up, and even though we don't know how badly, I can tell you that I'm not satisfied. One measly second rounder is NOT enough.

Here's my list of demands that the Thunder must meet before we call this travesty even:

1. Take back the non-existent rights to Nenad Kristc in exchange for Serge Ibaka.

2. For the next three years, on any night that the Garden is NOT sold out, the Thunder must ship 1,000 of their most fervent fans to Boston, where they must cheer for the Celtics as their own.

3. For the next two seasons, Sam Presti must share all scouting information (pro and college) with Danny Ainge via password-protected Google Document.

4. Swap James Harden's beard for Greg Stiemsma's peach fuzz.

5. Kevin Durant.

And we're good.
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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.


Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”