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Would a Redick trade solve C's problems?

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Would a Redick trade solve C's problems?

The trade deadline is quickly approaching in the NBA, so naturally there is a lot of chatter about what the Celtics should do before the February 21 deadline.

In an interview with NECN, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck sees a large possibility of a trade on the horizon.

"There's a likelihood of moves. Doc hinted at it.  Danny's phone rings all day long" discussed Grousbeck. "I think February is going to be a very busy month, but can't predict yet."

One potential target for the Celtics appears to be Magic guard J.J. Redick.

The 28-year old Redick is averaging 14.9 points per game for Orlando this season.

The big question would be, where would J.J. Redick fit in with the Celtics squad?

"What's (Redick) going to solve? asks columnist Bob Ryan. "Unless it's to do the job that they thought (Jason) Terry was going to do. Then, that's it."

Terry, who was labeled as Ray Allen's replacement for the green team, has struggled throughout his first season after signing a three-year contract with Boston.  Through 43 games, Terry has scored 9.8 points per game.  

Although his stats might be a little better at this point in the season, Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely doesn't see J.J. Redick as much of an upgrade from what the Celtics have on their roster right now.

"I don't think it's an upgrade, because when you look at the numbers he's shooting less that forty percent on three pointers." evaluated Blakely. "Jason Terry has struggled, but he is still shooting thirty-two (percent),  Courtney Lee is about thirty-five.  They are playing a lot fewer minutes than J.J. Redick."

That's not the only thing Blakely worries about in a possible swap with the Magic.

"J.J. is a good player, mind you a very good player.  I worry about him having, what I call 'contract-itis.'  He is playing for a contract." warned Blakely. "If he gets a new contract, I would not be surprised if his numbers revert back to what we've seen when he has some stability."

If Danny Ainge decides to make a deal with Orlando, how do they get the deal done?  Gary Tanguay heard a rumor that Jeff Green could potentially be on the move.

"It's great to talk trade, but how do you make the deal." questioned Gary Tanguay. "If you are Orlando do you trade (Redick's) expiring contract for Jeff Green's nine million a year?  No way, not happening.  I think it's a tough deal to pull off."

Who else could be on the move? 

"Brandon Bass?  I don't think so." explains Blakely. "He has the lowest plusminus ratio on the team. He is having a bad season in almost every category so there's not much of a market for him.

I think there is some interest out there for Courtney Lee.  I've talked to a couple different teams that have inquired about him on a couple different occasions Courtney is a guy they like because he can give you a little bit of everything."

The general consensus is that the Celtics need to get a big man to help in the middle at the deadline.  Sherrod Blakely agrees with that, but cautioned, "It's much easier said, than done."

Talking Points: Signs point to Pastrnak busting out of mini-slump

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Talking Points: Signs point to Pastrnak busting out of mini-slump

GOLD STAR: David Pastrnak netted the game-winner in the third period after getting freed up for a breakaway chance, and then throwing a double-move at Matt Murray before tucking one under his glove hand. It was the first goal in six games for Pastrnak, and it capped off a day when he topped 22 minutes of ice time, had a team-high five shots on net and battled through some physical play from the Penguins to get toward his offense. The 21-year-old continues to set the pace for the Bruins offensively, and has shown all the signs in the last couple of games that he’s busting out of whatever mini-slump was holding him down. Everybody knows that Pasta isn’t good for Thanksgiving, but it is certainly good for Black Friday.

BLACK EYE: A tough afternoon for former Boston College standout Brian Dumoulin, who got rocked by a couple of heavy Noel Acciari hits later in the game, finishing with a minus-2 rating while sitting on the ice for a couple of goals against. Dumoulin finished with three giveaways in 20:03 of ice time, managed only a single shot on net and was one of the weaker links on the ice for Pittsburgh in a game where they didn’t play too badly in the final 40 minutes. Dumoulin seems to struggle a bit when he comes back to Boston, and Black Friday afternoon was no exception.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins were outplayed in the second period despite outshooting the Penguins by a 14-8 margin, and they watched as Pittsburgh pressed them for three goals in the middle 20 minutes. But in what turned out to be a very important play in the game, Matt Grzelcyk finished off a broken play in front of the net to score his first NHL goal on the Garden ice where he grew up skating. That goal allowed the Bruins to move into the second intermission with a tied hockey game, and set things up for the third period heroics where David Pastrnak scored the game-winner on a breakaway strike.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jake DeBrusk put together another strong performance, and his line played a giant role in the Bruins jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. He set up the David Krejci goal that got the Bruins up and rolling in the first period, and then he also fed Krejci again in the second period on a shot attempt he fanned on in the slot. The puck drifted over to Matt Grzelcyk for Boston’s third goal, and it capped off a day where the rookie winger topped 18 minutes of ice time, had two assists and a plus-1 rating, finished with four shots on net and had a couple of hits in there for good measure.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 – the placement the Bruins now have in the Atlantic Division after winning four games in a row, which puts them back into a playoff spot on the day after Thanksgiving. What a stunning turnaround it’s been over the last couple of weeks.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “it’s exciting. You’re on NBC, you’re playing against the Stanley Cup Champions, everyone is watching, let’s put our best foot forward. I know it’s one of 82, but it’s a bigger one of 82 the way I look at it, and I think they felt the same way coming out [in the first period].” –Bruce Cassidy, on the strong start from the Black and Gold. 

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Morris returns to Celtics starting lineup vs. Magic

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Morris returns to Celtics starting lineup vs. Magic

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics will turn to a familiar starting lineup as they try to get back on their winning ways following Wednesday’s loss at Miami.
 
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Morris will be in the starting lineup tonight against Orlando, joining the usual Celtics foursome of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.

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Morris’ availability tonight was not a given, similar to it being in question prior to Wednesday’s game against the Heat.
 
Morris has been dealing with soreness in his left knee which kept him out for the first eight games of the season and has limited his playing time since then.
 
Stevens said Morris will likely not play against Indiana on Saturday but no final decision has been made. Since returning to the lineup, the Celtics have played Morris with a minutes restriction in addition to not allowing him to play in any back-to-back games.

Morris has made it clear that he does not like having his playing time limited while not playing in any back-to-backs, but has repeatedly he understands why it is being done and won’t fight what the coaching and medical staff believe is best for him and the team.

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