Celtics

Which Celtics would make the best barbershop quartet?

Which Celtics would make the best barbershop quartet?

It was National Barbershop Quartet Day on Wednesday (duh)! So, wouldn’t it be fun to honor our favorite type of musical foursome by figuring out which Celtics players would make the best Barbershop Quartet?

Of course, it would!

Since audio clips of the players singing are hard to come by (other than Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier) I decided to take a more scientific approach and break down the Celtics best four-man lineups this season. 

HITTING THE HIGH NOTES
The Celtics four-man unit that hit the highest notes this season (scored the most points per 100 possessions) was the ensemble of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart (but, but, he can’t shoot?!) and Al Horford. They boasted a 115.4 offensive rating this season, which was good for 31st in the NBA. But what good is a tenor without a baritone?

ALL ABOUT THE BASS
The Celtics quartet that hit the lowest notes this season (allowed the fewest points per 100 possessions) was the grouping of Irving (but, but, he can’t defend?!), Brown, Horford and Aron “All of Australia” Baynes. That unit had a 94.8 defensive rating, which was fifth in the NBA this season. Baynes was the Celtics true Basso Profondo this season, as he is a member of the Celtics' four best defensive four-man units. In other words, he’s really put together.

But isn’t a great Barbershop quartet all about harmony?

HUB HARMONY
The Celtics best four-man unit that both hit the high notes and brought the bass was the quartet of Brown, Jayson Tatum, Horford and Baynes. That group had a 111.5 offensive rating, a 96.2 defensive rating which gave them a stellar 15.3 net rating, which was 18th in the NBA this season.

So, there you have it. A scientific answer to the age-old question “which Celtics would make the best Barbershop Quartet?” Let’s hope they can keep it humming into the playoffs.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE


 

Brad Stevens visits Red Sox camp and reflects on Boston coaching fraternity

Brad Stevens visits Red Sox camp and reflects on Boston coaching fraternity

If Boston were a college campus, the hottest fraternity to join right now would be the coaching one. The chapter president, of course, is Bill Belichick, but right behind him in the ranks are Brad Stevens and Alex Cora.

Which is why for the second year in a row Stevens made his way to Fort Meyers to watch batting practice and bullpen sessions while picking the brains of his Red Sox equivalent Alex Cora and FOB (friend of Bill), Tony LaRussa.

“It’s one of the great benefits of being the Celtics coach. You get a chance to meet these people and learn a great deal from them,” Stevens said. “Whether it’s those guys or {Bill} Belichick or Bruce {Cassidy} or whoever. We’re really blessed to have a lot of people to pick the minds of in Boston.”

The way Stevens sees things, he learns as much or more from the men who lead teams in sports other than basketball. 

“You are all dealing with the same things on a day to day basis. The challenges of a team. The challenges of being the best that you can be.”

MORE FROM TRENNI KUSNIEREK

Cora views the opportunity in a similar light. He feels he can learn a little something from everyone that in turn makes his job a little easier in a tough market like Boston. 

A place that becomes a lot tougher when you aren’t cruising to a team record 108 wins in the regular season and a World Series title. 

“It’s not that I’m expecting them, {bad stretches} but when it comes, I know how the city reacts to it,” Cora explained, “and how the media reacts to it. It’s a good learning experience.”

Although Cora marveled at how Bill Belichick can stand in front of a room of reporters and say almost nothing, Cora conceded with a laugh he doesn’t quite have that clout yet.

“I can’t do it yet with you guys,” Cora admitted, “But it’s pretty cool he is the way he is with the media. But then you talk to him and he’s a real person and he’s funny and obviously very smart.”

At the end of the day both Cora and Stevens understand that every coach and manager in town is aiming for the same thing. 

“I think that ultimately we all want to improve,” Stevens said. “We all want to get better.”

CELTICS NOTES

Stevens also touched on a few basketball topics on Sunday afternoon. 

On Jayson Tatum’s All-Star Game Challenge win:

“Yeah, he made a big shot, from deep. That challenge always seems to come to down to whether you make that shot or not. Jayson did a great job finishing it with a little flair. That’s what the All-Star game is all about.”

Anthony Davis comments:

“I can’t talk about all that stuff. As far as just generally in regards to rumors, we do talk about as a team, focusing on what we can control. Danny does a great job of handling all that.”

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: Watch Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis online

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: Watch Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis online

The world's best basketball players have come to Charlotte for Sunday night's 2019 NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center.

Team LeBron, led by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, will take on Team Giannis, captained by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. These All-Star rosters were made fantasy draft style for the second consecutive year and should make for an exciting, competitive matchup.

Kyrie Irving is the lone Boston Celtics player on the All-Star squads. He was drafted by his former teammate, James, for the second year in a row. Irving scored 13 points with nine assists and seven rebounds in last year's game as Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 148-145 in Los Angeles.

Sunday's contest will mark the sixth career All-Star appearance for the Celtics point guard. Irving won the game's MVP award in 2014 as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here's how to watch the 2019 NBA All-Star Game online.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TNT
Live Stream: NBA on TNT

Click to view best All-Star performances in Celtics history

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.