Saturday, December 27, 2008
The Boston Celtics have lost two consecutive games after winning their previous 19. I think the challenge of playing a great team away from home on Christmas day has a lot to do with that. I think the Celtics are a burnt out and need a couple days to collect themselves.
I didn't get to watch the Warriors game last night but maybe that's a good thing. From what I heard, Leon got to start and play 25 minutes. With that he scored 12 points grabbed 7 rebounds and had 2 blocked shots. Seems like he had a pretty good game and that's what everyone I talked to told me. They also told me that the Warriors went on a huge run to seal the game after Doc took Powe out. Apparently there was no good reason to pull Leon but Rivers did it and it was costly. Leon was +3 for the game while he was in there. Every other Celtic player was a negative for the game. I think that says something about Leon.
This was a homecoming game for Leon being back in Oakland. I'm glad Powe got a chance to start and show all his buddies what he's up to. The Celtics are playing Portland next, I'm excited to see Leon own Greg Oden like he did in the summer league two years ago.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Well Christmas is here and so are the Boston Celtics. The win streak has reached 19 games and the Boston Celtics are off to the best start in NBA history thanks to a 110-91 victory against Philadelphia.
During that 19th consecutive win, Leon Powe went for a season high 15 points along with 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and one assist in just 15 minutes of play. This just shows what Leon is able to do if you give him the minutes to produce. Powe has been averaging 13 minutes a game this year which isn't enough in my opinion. I know Leon is playing the 4 and Glen Davis is the 5, but Leon is fine playing the 5 as long as they have KG in there. Even though there isn't a lot to complain about right now as a Celtics fan, I'd like Powe to get about 4 or 5 extra minutes and Davis to lose 4 to 5. I think that would only improve an already strong bench.
The Boston Celtics have won the last 22 games that Leon has scored 10 or more points going back to last season. they're 32-2 when Powe scores 10 or more if you go all the way back to the beggining of last season. That itself is an amazing record and is something Leon should use to convince Doc Rivers to get him more shots.
Things look great! Big game against the Lakers on Christmas. I'll be getting back to everyone sometime around then.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It took a while for the Boston Celtics to get things going after their emotional ring ceremony. Well what it took was Leon Powe stepping on the floor for his 2008-2009 regular season debut. Leon came in and gave an immediate spark to a sluggish Celtics team. Powe started his season out with a nice 3 point play then a baby hook to follow, after that the Celtics turned back into the team from last year.
Leon showed everyone what he could do with a little playing time. Give Powe 20+ minutes each game off the bench and I'm saying he's in the running for 6th man of the year award. Powe has never recieved consistant playing time in his career, with the confidence of his coach and team behind him he will become the dangerous player some of us have been waiting for him to be.
The two highlights of the night for the Celtics both came from Powe. First Leon had a ridiculous dunk over Delonte West that made him the top play of the day on ESPN. Then to finish the game Leon caught a Paul Pierce pass and finished it with a dunk on Anderson Varejao.
Overall Leon finished with 13 points and 2 rebounds. Not a bad season debut for Powe, I'm expecting more of this to come. Great game Celtics, and great game Leon!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Leon Powe keeps showing improvement in every game he plays. I know it's just preseason but he is becoming more confident with every shot and every defensive stop. In tonight's 90-86 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Leon scored another team high 17 points including a game saving block in the final seconds. Even though it is preseason, making a big play at the end of the game is something that builds your confidence for the next time your in the situation.
Leon's building quite an impressive resume for end of the game plays. At this point I don't know if I'd rather have Larry Bird or Leon Powe at the end of the game :-)
Leon can spark this team on any given night and I think the Celtics know that now. I expect Leon to be the first guy off the bench this season and to see plenty of minutes.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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The preseason has started as we all know and Leon Powe has started where he has left off from last season. The first game against the Sixers Leon lead the Celtics with with 12 points and in the most recent game against the Cavaliers Leon scored 8 points including the game winning free throws with 13 seconds left. I assume this is a confidence booster to Leon knowing he can perform with some pressure on him.
Leon looks solid and I expect only an improvement from last season and more playing time. Glen Davis has not looked so great in the first two games and hasn't had the production Leon has during his time on the floor. So I don't see Rivers giving Big Baby more minutes than Leon this year.
I like many other Celtics fans are impressed with Bill Walker and Patrick O'Bryant. Both these guys look like they can do a great job coming off the bench filling in for last years back ups, PJ Brown and James Posey. Everyone seems to be meshing really well and the young guys are looking very good.
I'm feeling optomistic about this Celtics team. Even more so than I was last year. I don't see age catching up to this team. But we shall see, it's a long season.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Leon Powe did a chat with ESPN on Monday and I wanted everyone to see it. I thought there were some interesting questions and answers. Unfortunately I can't get rid of some of the less intelligent questions but hey, I wasn't the moderator for the chat. Either way I think you'll enjoy learning a little more about Leon the man.
Click here for link to fan chat
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Just Kidding. I had to make the title something about Leon not getting Finals MVP. It was eye catching and how often can I use that title. Paul Pierce was the most deserving player for the Finals MVP because he's been a Celtic the longest and he did have the best Finals out of anyone. Ray Allen played amazing and you could have given him the MVP but I think the NBA made the right choice.
Right now I don't think any of the Celtics care about who got the MVP though, finally the Big 3 and supporting cast are NBA Champions. Everyone did their part and they got the job done. This is one of those teams I'll remember for the rest of my life. I'll be 90 years old and I'll be able to list every guy on the roster for all the contributions they made all the way down to Gabe Pruitt, Tony Allen, and Brian Scalabrine. It was just a very special group of guys and all of them seem like good humans that deserved to win. With exception to Sam Cassell, he seems like a jerk. I'm still bitter that he took a swipe at Rajon Rondo's head a few days before he signed with the Celtics. I'm also bitter because he would never pass Leon the ball so I guess I'm happy he'll be gone next year. But anywho, the rest of the Celtics earned this and I'm very proud of all them.
I'm so happy the Celtics ended it the way they did. In my last post I mentioned that if the Celtics won game 5 it wouldn't have felt right. Mostly because KG played awful and because it was in LA. But This was how it was suppose to end. With the Celtics putting a real ass kicking on the Lakers in Boston. With the crowd there to celebrate for a whole quarter. It was just so beautiful to watch.
I'm so happy I can call Leon a world champion from now on. Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, and many other greats can't call themselves that, but Leon Powe can. It wasn't like Leon didn't contribute either. Powe left an imprint that will be remembered for many years to come. His record performance in game 2 was something I'll be telling my great grandchildren about, and I'm sure I'm not the only Celtic fan that will.
Although Leon has only been in the NBA for 2 seasons he's been through more than any of us including myself could ever fathom. So to be here at this point in his life is beyond a miracle to me. He went from being a homeless child, to a young man without parents, to a talented ball player with seemingly career ending knee injuries, to being stuck on the bench never knowing if he'll get his chance, to an NBA Finals hero, then finally to an NBA Champion. I'm sure Leon has gotten some help from the big man up stairs along the way, but his hard work and determination have put him at a level that no one could have imagine this poor kid could be at. Could you imagine where Leon would be if he could actually catch a break? But who knows, maybe it was all those bad breaks that made Leon become a champion. Maybe the greatest break for him was not getting one at all? Either way Leon has found a way to become successful when the world was against him and I'm happy he's beaten the odds again!
P.S. I'm also happy that Leon will be getting a new contract soon. You gotta figure game 2 got him a lot of money on a new deal. Plus it always helps when you have a ring on your finger when signing the dotted line. I really hope the Celtics work something out with Leon this offseason, It would be a curse to the Celtics if they were to not lock up Leon for a long time.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Well the Celtics are headed back to Boston for game 6 after a less than great performance in game 5. While I was rooting for the Celtics with great intensity, I still thought in the back of my head this would be an ugly way to win a championship. With the exception of Paul Pierce the whole team didn't do much.
It was tough to watch Kevin Garnett struggle in what could have been the championship clinching game. KG has done such a fine job this whole year, so to watch him play as poorly as he did was tough. I know beggars can't be choosers but I want the Celtics to win while Kevin is playing well. Paul and Ray have clicked in the finals, but KG just can't get things going. Statistically he's fine, but his overall impact has not lived up to what we all expected of Garnett.
I don't feel like putting KG down right now but I have to speak the truth. He looked like a lost rookie out there. I was rooting for him to foul out when he got 5 fouls because it was embarrassing watching him struggle in the clutch like he did. He couldn't make lay ups or free throws. I got to the point where I was hoping they would get the ball to anyone but Kevin. Watch next game how Pau Gasol gives Kevin his left hand and he still tries to go to the right or take a fade away jumper. It was very surprising to realize how bad KG is at going left. I hope KG see's this in the next game and takes advantage of the baseline. What's also frustrating about it is Pau is one of the worst defenders I've ever scene in all my years watching pro basketball. Kevin should be scoring 30 a game right now. He's a little too wired and thinking a little to much. I guess all that lost sleep is catching up with him. KG may not be Larry Bird in the clutch but I think he can get things together enough for game 6 at home to lead the Celtics to a victory.
Leon got his first career post season and NBA Finals start in game 5. That's about all you could say about him though. He played 5 minutes and that was it. When it's a young guys first career post season start he's going to need a few minutes to get it together and warm up. Well Doc decided not to give Leon those minutes and ended the starters day early. What frustrates me about this move is Leon has showed that he can cause some serious problems for the Lakers (hello, anyone remember game 2?). Leon decided not to take any shots with his first few touches because it's the Big 3's job to do the scoring. Powe grabbed a couple boards and didn't let Lamar Odom score while he was in just as he's done to Lamar the whole series. Leon made a silly play when he got caught on a switch guarding Pau who he stopped, but the ball got tipped back to Gasol and Leon fouled him. Well Leon isn't allowed to make minor mistakes in Doc's eyes so his day was done after that. Always a good teaching lesson for a young player, "If you mess up once your not going back in". Ya that will keep Leon nice and loose.
P.J. Brown does a nice job holding his ground when he's in there. The problem with this is sometimes you need a guy that can do more than just hold his ground. Brown's productivity is killing me right now. He's no threat to score on offense so his defender always leaves him and double teams whoever has the ball. He isn't a great rebounder and is not the athlete these younger players are. I like that he does have the calm veteran presence but that's only good for a few moments when giving the young guys a break. PJ has averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes a game during this series. For those of you that don't know much about basketball, that's mediocre at best. Yes, Brown does some nice things that don't show up in the box scores, but rebounds is a very important stat and so is points. When your not doing either of those things well and your a big man then we've got some issues. Leon always gives something when he's out there and is the best fit most of the time. Isn't nice to know if Leon gets the ball he's going to score or draw a foul, it's comforting. I like P.J. Brown a lot, I think he's done the best with the talent he has left in his old body. But he just isn't as productive as some of the other players on the Celtics bench. I still want him to play, just not as much as he's been playing.
Ok, bad game lets try and forget about it. Props to Tony Allen for stepping in and having a nice impact. I was happy to see that. They lost game 5 but now we get to see them win it in Boston which will make it even sweeter.
In game 6 I expect better play out of KG and more playing time for Leon. If the Celtics get both of those things they can't lose!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Well that was a nice game wasn't it? The Celtics had the worst half in the history of the NBA Finals and they still won. That's a pretty good sign for things going forward. The Celtics have 3 games to win one, and two of those are in Boston. So I'm feeling pretty good about things.
James Posey was my player of the game in this one. He hit some big 3's and played some solid defense as usual. When Perkins went out with an injury, Posey was the guy that lead the charge. I would have liked to see Leon get in after that but sometimes rolling the dice can work. Playing with a smaller line up could have either buried the Celtics or brought them back and lucky for Boston the plan just happened to work out. Sometimes when your getting blown out you gotta do unusual things to get back in the game and playing Posey with Pierce at the same time worked out well.
Posey played amazing, Eddie House played great, Paul and Ray played very well, But I can't undervalue the performance by my guy Leon Powe. Leon scored 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in his 9 minutes and it was just enough to get the job done. It was huge that Leon was able to hold down the fort while KG got his rest in the fourth quarter. Not only did Leon hold down the fort, he hit a big time shot to tie things up at 73, which was the first tie in the game since 2-2. I know Powe didn't have a huge game 2 like performance, but he stopped Lamar Odom who was hot earlier in the game, and he attacked the rim and brought physicality to the game. Although Leon can't get a call since that game 2 outburst, he's still putting the fear into Lakers defenders and bringing his tough presence. I hope Doc will give him some of P.J's minutes in the next game. He's proved that he earned that playing time with his efficient play.
Great all around team effort in this game. I can't believe the Celtics and Leon are one game away from being world champs again. I'm trying not to get too excited yet, but they're just so close.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
What an awful game that was by both teams. The Lakers were trying to give the Celtics the game, but Boston just wanted the Lakers to have it more. Both the Celtics players and coaches decided to take a game off. Paul Pierce was a no show, mostly because of early foul trouble. Kevin Garnett, the only thing I can say about him is GO TO THE HOOP! KG has Pau Gasol on him! This is the biggest mismatch on the court and he's settling for 20 foot fade away jump shots! I watched Tim "The slowest man in the NBA" Duncan walk around Gasol at will in the last series. So I know KG can get to the hoop whenever he wants. Ray Allen played great and was the reason why the Celtics were in the game. So it was real nice to see that.
I told everyone in my last post that Leon would only play a couple minutes in game 3. I knew this because this is what Doc does. He waits for Leon to make one mistake and then pulls him. Next game Leon will most likely get even fewer minutes if any. Leon's 6 minutes should have been double that. He was the only player on the Celtics going to the hoop and trying to get to the free throw line. The only problem with that was, the refs were in no way going to let some guy they've never heard of, get back to back double digit free throw games. Leon should have gone to the line at least 3 times maybe 4 and he only went once. I put two photos up because one, you can clearly see Leon being fouled but there was no call. Two, because that's a sick picture of Leon blocking Kobe and I wanted to use it. Unfortunately Posey was called for a weak foul which negated the block.
But anyways, if Leon gets to the free throw line a few times and scores some points, it would have really built some momentum for Leon and the Celtics. So it wasn't like Powe was that far off from having another game changing impact. A few calls here and there can do a lot as we all know. Another thing that hurt Leon and the Celtics for that matter was Sam Cassell. Sam WILL NOT pass Leon the ball and it really slows him down knowing he won't get the ball if he's open under the basket. Eddie House will at least hit the open guy and still try and run the offense. Sam does the opposite and kills the flow of the offense. Even if Cassell makes a couple shots it doesn't really matter because the rest of the guys on the team are out of the game. No more Sam Cassell.
Leon didn't play his best game but he played hard enough to get more than 6 minutes. I hope to see more minutes in game 4 but I'm always doubtful with Doc as the coach.
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It's been an absolutely crazy couple of days since Leon had his memorable performance in the game 2 win. The national media attention Leon has received is more than I could have dreamed about. I knew Leon had that kind of game in him, but I never thought he'd get the opportunity to show it during the NBA Championship. So I guess I'll give Doc Rivers credit for actually believing in Leon a little bit.
The national media seems to think Leon just came out of his shell for the first time on the biggest stage. The truth is Leon's been out of his shell before but Doc Rivers always puts him back in it. Whenever Leon has a great game it's usually followed up by 2 minutes the next game, then a stretch of not touching the floor at all after that. It will be interesting to see how Doc handles this situation especially with the way the media will take it if Leon only plays a couple minutes in game 3. Normally Doc will say, "it's just Big Baby's turn to play right now" and then Leon will sit on the bench despite showing a lot of promise. It's the reason Leon hasn't been able to show nationally what he's capable of before. The fans in Boston have seen Leon's great flashes, but they've also seen those great flashes somehow result in Leon sitting on the bench in the games after. Doc knows he's at risk of looking like a real moron if he doesn't play Leon a lot and the Celtics lose. So I expect Leon to get some minutes for that reason.
I'll give Doc some credit for telling his guys to get Leon the ball when he went in there. Luke Walton has no chance of stopping Leon and Rivers actually saw that. Although Leon didn't score every play he is excellent at using his body and drawing fouls. He earned every trip to the free throw line and Phil Jackson knows it. Phil's just playing head games with the refs. Ya no, Zen Master stuff. But that's another reason why Leon had such a break out game. For the first time during the playoffs the Celtics actually went to him. Leon does a good job being a garbage guy and cleaning up the offensive glass, but he's even better as a go to guy. Powe could have been doing this throughout the playoffs if the Celtics decided to actually make him an option. Hopefully the Celtics and Doc Rivers now realize that Leon could torch the Lakers the whole series if they wanted him to. So please Doc, Lets go back to the well! Keep feeding Leon the ball!
Interesting Stat: The Celtics are 23-2 when Leon scores over 10 points, and 5-0 when he scores over 20.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
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It was a game of destiny. You could feel something special about to happen after the Leon Powe half time special. It was a very touching piece and I hope to have the segment up on the site soon.
I've spent the last 2 years saying Leon will shine if he's given an opportunity, and he shined like no other on the biggest stage Sunday night. I know it's just one game but it was a pretty big game and a pretty amazing performance. I don't think I have to give a full summary of the game because most of you watched it yourselves.
Watching Leon score 21 points in 14 minutes in an NBA Championship game validated everything I've been saying for the last couple years. Again, I know it's just one game but he showed that he has the tools to be a great player in this league for many years. Some of you might wonder what the difference was between this game and the games Leon isn't scoring 21 points in 14 minutes. Well I'll tell you the difference... Leon actually got some playing time and his teammates decided to make a point of getting him the ball. Leon has great post moves and knows how to use his body to draw contact. So even when Powe isn't hitting his shots he's still going to draw a lot of fouls. I wish the Celtics would set up plays for Leon more often. You all saw the result of what happens when they do. Even if Doc Rivers isn't giving Leon a lot of minutes or touches, Powe still finds a way to make the most of his time on the court. You can never say Leon isn't productive with his playing time.
I had a few people recommend I don't type anything and just put up a picture of a middle finger for all the people that thought Leon shouldn't be playing in this series. I though that would be inappropriate to do even though it was a funny idea.
I gotta say, when Leon was at the free throw line in the 4th quarter and the crowd was cheering "Leon Powe! Leon Powe! Leon Powe!" I had chills. I've been watching Leon since he was a basketball player in high school and I've followed his career since then. When the crowed began chanting his name I started to think back to all the times when I'd get excited because Leon was on the floor for the last 30 seconds of a blow out game in the regular season. Or I was thinking back to all the times where people would argue that Leon should be playing in the D-League. That was if they even knew who Leon was, which most didn't. It was so surreal to hear the Boston Celtics fans chanting Leon's name in the 4th quarter of an NBA Championship game. There isn't a much higher praise in basketball than having your name chanted throughout the rafters in Boston. Leon Powe once a 12th man, now a piece of history.
Some might think game 2 will be the climax of Leon's career. It could be but I think there will be plenty of great moments to come. In fact if the Celtics continue to give Leon the ball in this series he could continue to make contributions like he did in game 2.
Side note: Leon should be on the USA Olympic team instead of Lamar Odom. It's too late for that too happen but you all know what I mean.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
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First things first. Don't you love this picture of Leon boxing out Ronny Turiaf. What I love about Leon when he boxes out he doesn't just do it so he can get a rebound for himself. He drives players out of the play so his teammates can grab the rebound. It's the beautiful lost art of boxing out.
I was at bostonherald.com and came across an article by Steve Conroy. The name of the article is, "Celtics' Leon Powe never a no-show." Well said Steve, I couldn't have put it any better myself. I guess that's why I'm a blogger and Steve Conroy is a professional writer. It's nice to see a writer give Leon the credit he deserves. Steve gets it, why can't everyone else? Anywho, here is the link to Steve's wonderful Leon Powe article. Read It!
Click here For Steve Conroy's Leon Powe article
Thursday, June 5, 2008
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Well that was quite a game one wasn't it? The most important part about it was the Celtics won, so that made the game a lot more fun to watch. We got to see a good close game along with some Willis Reed/Larry Bird type heroics from Paul Pierce. We even got to see some Leon Powe! What more could we ask for?
I'll start out my game summary by saying Paul Pierce played like a true Celtics legend in game 1. His injury may not have been as severe as it looked, but Paul still came back from the locker room and provided a spark that was much needed in the 3rd quarter. Paul skipping out of the locker room could be the moment we remember from this championship years from now if the Celtics win. My prediction is the defining moment will be a Leon Powe jumper to win the Championship. Some of you may disagree, but time will tell if I'm right. Since we're on the subject of Leon Powe, lets talk about Leon's first championship game. Powe scored 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes of play. Not bad for a guy that people were saying shouldn't touch the floor because of his lack of experience. I'll say it again... Leon will ALWAYS prove doubters wrong! He'll continue to show everyone he deserves playing time as long as he gets it. During the 9 minutes Leon played the Celtics actually increased their lead. That's impressive considering that Leon is coming in for Kevin Garnett. It just shows the Celtics don't lose much when KG steps off the floor because of Leon.
Alright, I'm tired. End of blogging tonight. Props to P.J. Brown for holding his ground against Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Kendrick Perkins played awful and almost took out Paul for the series but will hopefully be back to Eastern Conference Championship form next game. Hooray Celtics! One game down, three to go!
Friday, May 30, 2008
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Wow! I mean Wow! The Celtics are really going back to the championship and against the Lakers. Think about this time last season. The Celtics were obviously the worst team in the league, had just missed getting a top 2 pick, and Paul Pierce wanted out. The Lakers didn't look like a playoff team at all, they were talking about where they were going to trade Kobe. Now these two historic teams will meet up for the finals. It's pretty amazing
Game 6 itself was another hard game to watch for a couple reasons. First, the Celtics have Doc Rivers as a coach so your always cringing watching that. The Refs were just awful. That Paul Pierce offensive foul that should have been a 4 point play was definitely one of the worst calls I've ever seen. I lost my mind after that happened. Also, watching KG play basketball in a close game is like watching an old blind lady walk across a busy road. KG is so intense that when the adrenaline of a close game hits him he is about to explode. He's very unsure when he gets the ball and his footwork is not as smooth. Luckily he was able to gather himself and hit a few shots. O and one more thing, Ray Allen sitting on the bench for almost the whole 4th quarter was tough for me. I know Posey is the better defender but Ray was playing very well. More Ray would have made me feel a little more comfortable. But Posey played great and the Celtics won so I'm happy for that.
There was a Leon Powe siting in game 6. I almost forgot he was on the team. When he stepped on the floor I said, "O ya, I forgot about that guy, I write a blog about him." Well what do you know, Leon comes in and forces a turnover in his first few seconds. After that he makes a huge three point play and gets to the line once more after that. Leon should have got to the line once more at the end of the half when he was hacked going to the hoop but what's it matter now. The point is he brought a spark to the game just like we already new he could do. Hopefully with the way the Celtics and Lakers match up, Leon will get a decent amount of minutes.
I don't think I have to set this championship up for anyone. We all know the history and we all know the story of the current players. I'd like to give a prediction but I don't know how much playing time Leon will get. If Leon plays the Celtics will definitely win the championship. If Leon doesn't play then it's going to be a lot harder. Even though I'd love to see the Celtics sweep LA. It would be pretty damn cool to see a game 7 in Boston.
One more observation... Kevin Garnett was being interviewed and asked about how he feels about going to the championship. KG responded by saying he feels neutral, as in he isn't content with just going there. During that interview Doc Rivers was running around as if he won the championship and the lottery at the same time. Ya, I know people celebrate differently but it seemed like he was saying we're happy with just getting there. Obviously Doc wants to win the championship but I've just never seen a coach act like that after winning a conference finals. I know I'm being picky by making this observation but it was something that was a little weird to me. Anywho, go Celtics! Beat L.A!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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By the grace of God the Boston Celtics won last night without Leon Powe. This was thanks mostly to Ray Allen and Kendrick "I always have an angry face" Perkins. Ray finally got his shot going hitting 5 three pointers and scoring 29 points, including a huge shot from the corner with under a minute to go. Now Kendrick Perkins had the game of his life. A lot of it had to do with being in the right place at the right time, but I hear he's been working hard in practice so it's nice to see that pay off for him.
Perkins had playoff career highs with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Now I know everyone including myself is just gushing over this performance, but I realized last night that this is what Perkins was suppose to be doing all season. Kendrick was the starting center, he's suppose to average double digits in rebounds and in points. I know it's hard not to get excited when he does this because we're all hoping this will be a career changing moment that will bring confidence to Perk for his up and coming years in Boston. But we have to realize this is what a big guy is suppose to do. This is what we've been waiting for him to bring to the game. Perk needs to be having games like this all the time.
Usually when Perk plays a good game he follows it up with a few bad ones. But I feel like he's riding some confidence. We could see a new Kendrick "Angry Face" Perkins for the next few games and seasons. Maybe he'll be that double-double guy we've all been waiting for him to be.
To Leon Powe now...
Perk absolutely saved Doc Rivers last night. If the Celtics lost while not playing Leon, he would have been murdered by the billions of Leon Powe fans waiting outside the arena. Perk made it easier on Doc to make a decision not to play Powe or Davis which is exactly what Rivers needed. My complaint now is that Leon should be getting some if not all of P.J. Brown's minutes. While I've said that I like Brown's experience on the floor during the end of the game, I don't like him playing at any other time. He is still too old and slow to keep up with the more athletic and strong Pistons big men. Brown has been torched on defense and gives nothing on offense. He's been playing 18 minutes a game in this series and only averages 3 points and 2.8 rebounds. He is virtually unproductive out there and doesn't give the spark needed off the bench that Leon has showed he can provide. So once again, hopefully Doc can see this and put Leon in before it's too late.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'd love to go on a huge rant for everyone today about the Celtics loss in game 4, and the lack of playing time for Leon, but what's point? I've said everything already a thousand times. I will say this though....
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Celtics won game 3 in convincing fashion on Saturday. They showed up determined and prepared to end the road skid. It was a very nice team effort and I was pleased.
But I'm bitter that Leon did not play. Doc like I said in previous post, just doesn't like Leon. He played Big Baby who for the first time since I can remember went a full 6 minutes and didn't foul anyone. Even though he did end up falling on the floor a few times. So I'll give Davis credit for not committing a foul in his few minutes of playing time.
I guess all the great games and proving he is good enough won't cut it for Leon. He'll need to prove himself all over again. But he can only do that when he gets another chance to play. From the looks of things, Doc will want Leon traded by the end of the year for no good reason. I'll be very upset about that because I'm both a huge Celtics fan and Leon Powe fan. But it's a crime to keep such a special player on the bench. Hopefully this decision by Doc not to play Leon anymore won't come back to bite the Celtics.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Well the Celtics lose for the first time at home during the playoffs. This is not a surprise considering the amount of playing time Leon got. Powe played 2 minutes and grabbed 2 rebounds in that time and was then pulled. You may ask why was Leon pulled? Well during a 4 on 3 break Leon got stuck guarding more than one guy because P.J Brown was too slow to get back on defense. Leon then went to cover one guy and Tayshaun Prince was then left open for a dunk. Yes, Leon should have seen it coming and opened up quicker but I'm sorry he isn't perfect like Doc Rivers. Powe was then pulled never to be seen again. Instead of Leon we got 7 excruciating minutes of Glen Davis. He was awful and the during his time on the floor the Pistons went on a run. The thing about this is that Davis, Perkins, and Brown can mess up over and over again and stay in the game. But if Powe makes one slip up he never touches the floor again. How many times do we have to watch Perkins be lazy and walk up the floor, or how many times will he decide not to box a guy out. How many times do I have to watch Big Baby do something stupid or just fall into people. It's very frustrating to watch. I think P.J Brown has done a very fine job in the playoffs although he lacks the athletic ability of his younger days. I think Brown should be splitting time with Leon as a back up. Leon should get more of the minutes during the middle of the game because of the energy and spark he provides. With Brown getting the nod during crunch time because of his experience. But hey, I'm no genius like Doc Rivers so what do I know.
I have to say this to close... Doc Rivers doesn't like Leon Powe and it's very obvious. Doc has stressed over and over again how he loves to play guys that are always loud and outgoing and real cheerleaders. Leon is a little more shy and reserved and gets penalized for it. This isn't middle school basketball. Just because one guy cheers harder than the other doesn't mean he should be playing over the better basketball player. Brian Scalabrine cheered so hard that he got to start a few games for the Celtics. He was playing ahead of Leon just because he was the team kiss ass. Big Baby shouts and screams so Doc thinks that means he'll be the best player. It's ludicrous. It's always great to have players be enthusiastic but it doesn't always translate into production on the court. Leon is a quiet dude that goes about his business and has always been successful doing so. Doc shouldn't penalize Leon for his personality.
Leon made one questionable mistake in game 2 and was pulled for it. Is that what you want to teach your young guys? Make a mistake and you'll never touch the floor again. That's a lot of pressure to put on anybody. There shouldn't be a double standard for Leon. If Davis is aloud to go around hacking people and making dumb decisions, then Leon should be aloud to make one minor defensive mistake and still be able to stay on the floor. Especially with all the other great things Leon does for this team.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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The Celtics took game one with another win at home. It was just an all around solid basketball game with nothing in particular that was great or awful. KG did a very solid job as did Paul Pierce, but Ray is still just not on his game. All it takes is one game and he could be right back in the swing of things.
Of course I'd like to see a few more minuets for Leon, but I guess I'll be alright with it for the moment since they won. Powe chipped in with 4 points and 2 rebounds in 7 minuets. So good job Leon, and good job Celtics.
I felt good about this game. I've been worried lately but I like the way things went tonight. There was just a different feeling after this game and I think they can get the job done in Detroit for at least one game. I like the direction they're headed in, So we'll see.
Friday, May 16, 2008
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I found this video of Michigan's women coach Kevin Borseth, It sums up how I feel (Click Here to watch).
What can I say about this game? Yes, the Refs made some horrible calls down the stretch but this game should not be blamed on the refs. Losing to a team that shot under 33% is ridiculous. Getting destroyed on the offensive glass has nothing to do with the refs. Having Leon Powe sit on the bench was not Dick Bavetta's decision. So as bad as the officiating was, you can't dwell on that with how bad everything else was.
Eddie House came in and gave a spark showing why he is the guy that deserves to be backing up Rondo. Not selfish Sam Cassell. It's always nice to see a guy prove Doc Rivers wrong. So nice job Eddie.
Eddie House was the good. Everything else was the bad. I could go on a very long rant about Doc Rivers right now but I'm going to try and keep it short. I said in my most recent post that Glen "Big Baby" Davis is like blackjack. He can be hot for a moment but most of the time he's going to be cold. Everyone got excited and started betting once they saw Baby make a few layups, but then he went cold the rest of the game. Davis couldn't make a shot and couldn't stop fouling people. He is a big ball of unproductive energy. He may become a nice player someday. But this post season isn't the time to try new things. Leon always produces on offense and makes things hard for guys on defense. Most importantly he knows how to box someone out unlike any other player in the NBA. I'm sick of making the case for why Leon should be playing. He has proven himself over and over again this season. Every time someone doubts Powe, he steps up and has an amazing game. How many more times does he have to show Doc that he is the best guy off the bench. As far as I'm concerned, if Leon gets more than 10 minuets in this next game the Celtics will win. If he gets less than 10 minuets the Celtics will lose and Doc Rivers will be out of a job. When Leon plays more than 10 minuets, the Celtics win more than a 90% of those games. That increases with the amount of time Leon gets. It's simple, put Leon in and the Celtics win, I've been saying it all year and I've been right every time I say it. Doc's going to blow the season because he is too stubborn to play Leon and it's making me sick.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Despite the efforts of Doc Rivers, the Boston Celtics were able to pull off a game 5 victory. I'm just kidding, I know Doc isn't trying to mess up on purpose and the Celtics won so I shouldn't be too negative. But Doc got saved by Rajon Rondo tonight. If the Celtics didn't win this game, everyone would be calling for Rivers' head. Rondo played an amazing game and proved Doc wrong by dramatically out playing the 0-14 Sam Cassell. Rivers should give Rajon a big hug tonight for saving his ass. Up until Rondo went off, Doc looked like a fool once again.
I guess you could say Glen "Big Baby" Davis saved Doc for this game also. Putting in the inexperienced, clumsy, foul happy Davis in a close game was not a smart move. But lucky for everyone, Davis was able to make 3 lay ups tonight. Using Big Baby is kind of like playing Blackjack... He may get hot for a while, but eventually he will cool off. The house always wins, and Davis always makes more bad plays than good in the long run. Davis made a few good plays which impressed some people and made Doc look smart, but he eventually started to commit dumb fouls. Doc at least started to recognize that and pulled Big Baby. Hopefully Rivers won't keep going back to the well with Davis. The problem with this is now we have competitions forming for playing time during the playoffs. Figuring out who fits where on the roster is stuff that should have been sorted out months ago. Now you have guys like Leon, Rajon, and Perk always looking over their shoulder when they make a mistake. Leon played 4 solid minuets and he doesn't see the floor after that. That's something that hurts your confidence a little.
I'll give Big Baby his credit for making a couple lay ups and not completely imploding. He helped out nicely and I'm happy to see that he could become a player down the road. But for this post season he should be a 10th man and that's it. It's not time to start screwing around with rotations. We're lucky Rondo was able to keep his confidence after his minuets were cut for a less talented veteran. If it's not broke then don't fix it Doc. Just because the Celtics are in the playoffs doesn't mean you have to play your experienced players. You play the best players then maybe at the end of games you stick in guys like Cassell and P.J. Brown.
I'm very happy with the outcome of this game. It was very close to being a nightmare situation, so thank Rondo for that. I know we're all happy for the moment, but the future isn't bright with the way things are being run. So it's hard to be too positive when you see the team you live and die for making very elementary mistakes that could cost them down the road.
note: Celtics are 30-5 when Leon plays over 15 minuets. More Leon Please!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
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After an ugly game one win, the Celtics were able to follow that up with a more convincing performance and win in game two. Things were ugly in the first quarter, but bench guys like Leon Powe, Sam Cassell, and James Posey were able to pick up the slack of the starters. Powe came in for Kendrick Perkins after he picked up his second foul and scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the first half. Leon finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds, but it was probably his defense that was most important tonight. There were a lot of times where Powe got matched up on Lebron and was able to handle the quicker James very well. Not a lot of people are aware than Leon and Lebron were teammates for a couple years on the same AAU team in Oakland when they were younger. So it probably wasn't the first time Leon had to guard James. I'm sure that helped a little bit.
Leon's really getting the hang of playoff basketball now. He led the Celtics with a +20 +/- rating. That really shows his value and how important he's becoming. Kendrick Perkins was last on the team with -9 so it was crucial that Leon could step in for the struggling Perkins. The bench is starting to become a strength for the Celtics. Doc can call on just about anyone and they don't really miss a beat. Now they just have to figure out how to get the job done on the road.
Quick stat for everyone... The Celtics are 22-2 when Leon scores over 10 points.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
''Well, they had their chance,''They had a big chance. Their fans were in it. They were thinking it was all over. I'm sure they were confident. We've been getting a lot of flak. Our shots are going to be dropping, We'll be running faster. I'd say Sunday is going to be a big win for the Celtics.''
-Larry Bird prior to game 7 against the Hawks in 1988
My guess is Leon Powe would have made this same prediction but is a little more reserved with the media. As long as Leon gets his minuets you can be sure Sunday will be a big win for the Celtics. I should also add that Doc Rivers was on the other end of that Larry Bird prediction. I don't know if that means anything. I just hope Doc, who has never won a game 7 brings his best stuff.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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The Boston Celtics ended the current nightmare with an impressive 110-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Leon played a huge part in this game stepping up when Kendrick Perkins got into early foul trouble. With the assistance of Sam Cassell, Powe took over the second quarter and helped the Celtics pull away from the Hawks. Leon got his chance to show what he's made of once again by scoring 7 points and grabbing 7 rebounds(5 of which were offensive) all in the first half alone. Leon finished with 10 points in the game but some of his most important plays don't show up in the stat book. Leon's great defensive positioning helped him draw a few fouls, one of which was against Joe Johnson who had to go to the bench for most of the first half because of it. It's the same old thing, if Doc gives Leon minuets, Leon will produce.
Powe is just figuring out how to play playoff basketball. Now that he has a round of experience under his belt, I expect him to become very dangerous in the up and coming series. Leon knows how to step up in big situations. Powe in college during the Pac-10 tournament, scored 22 points and a tourney record 20 rebounds in one game, and 41 points in the next. So Leon really knows how to get it down when his team needs him most. He's a man us Celtics fans can trust. I'd trust him with my life quite frankly.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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As you can see in this photo Leon is sad. Sad because he is hurt, hurt by his own coach. Leon had a career high 27 points his last game of the season, and did a good job in game one against the Hawks. He built up his confidence only to have it beaten down by Doc Rivers. Doc started screwing with his bench during the playoffs which is the worst thing you could do. He brings in Glen "Big Baby" Davis in game two just to get him minuets. Then he sits Leon in game 3 because he missed a defensive assignment. And yes, go look at the tapes, Leon missed one defensive assignment, not five. Powe gave up a lay up instead of fouling and Doc felt it was worth hurting Leon's confidence over it by not playing him. The last thing you need to do to a young guy is bring him down. Instead of just telling Leon personally why he isn't playing him, Doc decided to tell the media and bring down Leon. What kind of coach throws his players under the bus like this. Rivers always manipulates the media and gives them what they want. All he had to do is explain to Leon what he needed to do, then go let him do it.
Leon was brought down by his coach in the media, then put on the bench. But Leon has more heart than anyone on the planet, so I know he'll get it together. He did a good job on defense in game four, I'd like to see him get a little offense going in game five.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
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The Celtics suffered an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Hawks in game three Saturday. There were multiple reason for this loss but it all comes down to one thing. Leon Powe got stuck on the bench and it cost the Celtics a victory.
Leon has spent the last half of this season proving over and over again that he should be getting playing time. But for some reason Doc Rivers has forgotten how great Leon's been and decided to play Glen Davis and P.J. Brown instead. Let me explain something to everyone about Glen Davis... He is a big, high energy guy and everyone loves having a player like that on their team. But Davis is a big ball of useless energy. He runs around fouling and knocking people over and it does nothing for the team. The Celtics offense always dies when Davis comes in the game and it's frustrating to watch. If you want a big guy that runs around knocking people over, the Celtics could go get some football players. I want someone to come in and bring production to the Celtics and Leon Powe has always done that.
I could rant about this game for hours but I don't have the time to. The Celtics looked like they didn't want it, they lacked heart and passion, and not having Leon Powe on the floor doesn't solve those problems. Hopefully next game Doc learns from his mistakes and gives Powe his minuets.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
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I love this photo of Leon boxing out Zaza Pachulia. This is a rare thing to see in today's NBA. I don't know of one player in all of basketball that boxes out correctly anymore other than Leon. Players just lean on each other and hope the ball bounces their way. Leon uses this old timey box out move to "box out" a man so he or one of his teammates can get the ball without the disruption of an opposing player. This was a very important and basic skill most children learned when they first started playing basketball but for some reason no one does it anymore. Pay attention to how Powe actually puts himself between the player and the hoop and uses his legs to move the player back away from the ball, while trapping the guy with his arms. It's a beautiful thing to watch, and I felt it needed to be recognized.
Leon is just starting to get the feel of the playoffs. It took a few minuets in game one to get relaxed and he didn't get much time in game two. So I'd look for a big game from Leon tonight in game three. I just hope Doc gives Leon the time to do his work. Hopefully we don't see the Big three in while the Celtics are up 20 with 3 minuets to go. It's like Doc's asking for one of his starters to get injured at the end of a blow out.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I think what most Celtic fans love about this play is Kevin Garnett's reaction. I think Leon was a little confused at first, he thought he did something wrong to make Sam and KG angry. Then he realized when he got up, that KG was just losing his mind and started to get annoyed almost. It was good stuff. One of those dunks that will be shown on highlight reels for a long time. You have to go to redsarmy.com and check out some of the pictures of KG yelling in Leon's ear.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
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The Boston Celtics took game one against the Atlanta Hawks, 104-81. It was an easy win as expected, and an enjoyable game to watch. It's been so long since the Celtics headed into a playoff game and you knew they were going to win. Everyone was able to just sit back and watch the C's do their thing, it was beautiful.
I'll give credit where it needs to be due. The MVP of this game was Rajon Rondo. Breaking Leon's 25 game MVP streak. One of the biggest question marks in this series was Rajon Rondo on Mike Bibby. Well Rondo played great and ate Bibby alive. Seeing Rajon play like that in his first playoff game was very comforting.
To the important stuff... Leon got his first look at playoff action and did pretty well. Leon scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and had 2 blocks. Not bad coming off the bench in his first playoff game. Since it is the playoffs, we can't expect Leon to put up the usual numbers he puts up as a man coming off the bench. But what we can expect is an even more intense Leon, and that's what we saw. I'm sure most of you saw Leon throw down one of the most vicious dunks you will ever see. Leon's dunk on the whole Atlanta Hawks team not only put an exclamation point on the game, it put the fear into every Hawks player and their children. I mean seriously, when I saw that dunk I didn't even react. I just sat there in fear for the lives around Leon, I didn't want anyone to get hurt. I thought the building was coming down on the thousands of fans in Boston and I feared for them all. That was Leon's way of introducing himself to the playoffs. I love it, and I can't wait for more.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
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The Boston Celtics capped off a 66 win season by beating the New Jersey Nets 105-94. The good news is at the beginning of the season I predicted the Celtics would win 66 games. The bad news for me is I forgot to post it anywhere for proof that I got it right.
More good news... Leon Powe ended the season with a career high 27 points followed by 11 rebounds. Certainly a nice way for Leon to cap off his season. He consistently showed that if given the minuets he can produce big numbers.
Leon's final stats for the 2007-2008 season were
I'd show his assist but when your as good as Leon you don't pass the ball much. That would just be stupid and hurting your team. Not a bad year at all for a guy getting 14 minuets a game, and having to sit at the very end of the bench the first half of the season.
A quick fact... The Celtics were 18-2 when Leon scored over 10 points. Which would have been 20-0 if the starters hadn't choked away both games at the end. When Leon scores 20+ points the Celtics are 4-0. So I guess it's pretty easy, give Leon the ball and you win.
I'll be expecting more solid play out of Leon in the playoffs. He will be a real X factor for the Celtics in their championship run. It's been a strong finish to the regular season for the Celtics and Leon. But the real season is starting now.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
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The Boston Celtics clinched home court throughout the playoffs Saturday by defeating the Charlotte Bobcats 101-78.
Not only did the Celtics clinch home court during the playoffs, they also have now completed the biggest single-season turnaround in NBA history. At this time last year, who would have ever thought the Celtics would be the best team in NBA just a year later. Maybe we'll still be wishing the Celtics got the first pick and took Greg Oden, but I think things have worked out just fine so far.
This blow out doesn't seem too impressive because it is the Bobcats, but the Celtics were able to do this with all of the Big 3 sitting on the bench. That meant it was Leon's time to shine. Powe got to start in place of Kevin Garnett and filled in very nicely for the MVP candidate. In Leon's 28 minuets he scored 22 points, all which were in the first 3 quarters, went 12-13 from the free throw line, he also grabbed 9 rebounds and had 2 steals. O and once AGAIN, Leon was the player of the game. This blog is turning very repetitive. Every time the Celtics play, Leon gets player of the game. I'm still waiting for Leon to have a game where he plays 20 minuets and doesn't score and only gets 2 rebounds. It seems like those games eventually happen to every player but it hasn't happened to Powe yet.
Leon continues to showcase himself, not only as a good 6th man but a potential starter in the future. Powe fits very nicely in Boston and I'll be surprised if he goes anywhere else next season. Don't mess this one up Ainge!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
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The Boston Celtics got their 60th win of the season by defeating the Indiana Pacers 92-77. The last time the Celtics won 60 games in a season, Leon was 2 years old and just learning how to dunk.
The Celtics defense was just too much for the mediocre Pacers, and it was never really a game because of it. Everyone played pretty well, but of course Leon once again was the MVP in this one. Powe scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and had many Tommy Points. I mean what else can I say? I try to give the player of the game award to someone else but Leon just keeps taking it. I keep waiting for Powe to have a bad stretch but it just doesn't happen. He can't mess up, it's really amazing. Hopefully Leon has solidified the 6th man spot for the playoffs, it appears that he has. It will really behoove the team for Doc Rivers to keep Powe as the first guy coming off the bench.
Things are looking great right now. I can't see any team beating the Celtics 4 times out of 7 times in a playoff series. But I don't want to jynk the Celtics yet.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
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The Boston Celtics had a record setting game Sunday by holding the Miami Heat to an NBA record low 17 field goals in their 88-62 win.
The MVP for this record setting game was of course Leon Powe once again. Leon lead the Celtics with 17 points and a career high 13 rebounds. I wish I could say that was Leon's career game, but I can't. Leon wasn't even on fire like he can often be. That was about half of what Powe is capable of doing on any given night. But despite it not being his best game, I still have to give a tip of the hat to Leon for a great performance. I certainly see Leon being a 20/10 guy in the near future, and I hope his minuets will continue to increase as the regular season comes to a close.
Great job by Leon's supporting cast as well. The starters got a lot of rest in this game, and the bench did a fine job shutting down the Heat, despite the lack of quality players.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
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The Boston Celtics got a very nice win Friday by defeating the west leading New Orleans Hornets 112-92.
This was a tight game until the Celtics started to pull away in the 3rd quarter. Leon played a key part in the 3rd quarter run on the defensive side of the ball. Powe was able to take All-Star David West out of his game by drawing three offensive fouls on West in less than 3 minuets. You won't see many guys in the NBA draw charges better than Leon Powe, he runs a clinic on how to get your body in position to draw a foul.
Leon was able to get the job done on offense and on the boards as well, scoring 12 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in just 19 minuets. Although I won't be completely happy until Leon is a starter, it is nice to see Leon coming off the bench as a 6th man. He gives a real boost to the team, and that's what a 6th man is suppose to do, bring a lot of energy!
This was a game that really had to boost the already high confidence of the Celtics. Beating the best team in the West is quite an accomplishment. It was another nice win for the Celtics, and another very nice game for Leon Powe.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
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The Boston Celtics ended their 2 game slide with a nice 117-97 win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. For whatever reason when these two teams collide, it turns into an awkward game. I watch both teams play a lot and something is just different when they play each other. I just can't figure it out. But I can't complain about it because the Celtics took home a 20 point win.
Leon Powe did get 12 minuets in the first half which I was happy about, but didn't get any in the second. I understand Doc wanted Big Baby to play on Shaq, but I still would have liked Leon who has always done a good job on Shaq to play a little in the second half. I like Davis's hustle but I feel like its unproductive hustle at times. He can't do anything in the flow of the offense and that hurts his chances of playing more.
Leon didn't hit his shots like he usually does but still had an effective game when he played. He brought his toughness in the paint and made things difficult for Suns. What I thought was interesting was Leon for the first time in his career was actually a guy the Suns had to pay attention to. Usually all the focus in on the big three on offense, but the Suns really made sure they did let Leon touch the ball down low when he played.
I of course have to comment on the play of the game. Leon made a steal and was on the ground as you can see from the photo. Powe could not find an outlet man so instead of taking a 3 second call he shot the ball from his knees and drew a foul. I was disappointed he didn't make the shot for the three point play because that would have gone down as the greatest play in Celtics history. Right up there with the Havlicek and Bird's steals as the great Celtics plays. If only we still had Johnny Most to make the call on the Leon Powe steal and shot from the knees. Somewhere in heaven, Johnny was screaming "Leon stole the ball and shot it from his knees"! Alright, well maybe I'm going a little overboard with the greatness of the play. But it was still a once in a career type moment and it came from a true hustle player. It will be on Leon's highlight reel for the rest of his life.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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I was thinking the other day, I could give someone a million reasons of why Leon Powe is the best player from the 2006 NBA Draft. But then I realized most of those reasons were based on opinions and not on fact. So as a true Leon Powe fan should do, I did some research and found statistical evidence to why Leon is the best player from the 2006 draft.
1. Leon leads all sophomores in points per 48 minuets with 25.6 points per 48. Edging out Rudy Gay and rookie of the year Brandon Roy. This is especially impressive considering Leon plays with the big three and doesn't get a lot of shots. Roy and Gay take the majority of the shots for their teams.
2. Leon is in second place for sophomores for rebounds per 48 minuets (minimum 12 minuets per game) with 13.1 rebounds. Lets remember that Leon is only 6'8 so forgive him for only being in second place in this category.
3. Leon leads all sophomore players in field goal percentage. Leon is shooting .577 from the field.
The stats don't lie, Leon is the best scorer and second best rebounder from his draft class. Long story short, the statistics prove that Leon Powe is the best player from the 2006 NBA Draft.
If your wondering if my numbers are correct you can look for yourself by clicking here
Monday, March 24, 2008
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Leon Powe's 16 points and team leading 7 rebounds were not enough to lead the Boston Celtics passed the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers went on a 19-0 run in the 4th quarter, taking the lead and the game 95-90.
Leon, who again was the Celtics player of the game, did not get the help from the other players to finish the job against Philadelphia. The big three did a nice job, but the other role players didn't contribute and it killed the Celtics. Doc Rivers had some funny substitution patterns that probably didn't help as well but there's still no excuse for losing to the 76ers at home.
Even though the Celtics loss, I'm always proud when I see Leon show up and do his thing. There should be no more questions about Leon at this point. He's improving every time he steps on the floor. People often think Leon is just a scrap guy, but lately he's starting to show he can be a go to guy in the post. Leon's hard work with assistant coach Clifford Ray is really paying off. Hopefully Doc is paying attention so we can see more Leon as the playoff get closer.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
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The Boston Celtics completed their sweep of Texas with a 94-90 win over the Dallas Mavericks. This was an ugly game at times but the Celtics got the job done. Thanks to our once again player of the game, Leon Powe. Leon didn't have a great game statistically like he had against the Rockets, but his presence was still very important.
Leon had 6 points, 2 rebounds, one block, one assist, and 78 Tommy points by my count. Another good game by Leon, and another win for the Celtics. Lets keep this train rollin!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Leon Powe and the Boston Celtics ended the Houston Rockets 22 game win streak in a 94-74 routing in Houston. Leon Powe was clearly the player of the game in this one, scoring 21 points in 20 minuets. Us Leon Powe fans were not surprised by this performance. TNT commentator Doug Collins kept saying, "no one would have ever thought Leon Powe would be the leading scorer in the first half." Well Doug, I'd like to say some of us saw it coming.
Once AGAIN, Leon showed if given the playing time he will produce and play big. If Leon would have gotten 48 minuets he would have scored 50 at the pace he was scoring at. On top of it Powe was getting hacked and couldn't get a foul called. But still Leon was able to have a legendary game.
I don't know about everyone else, but I thought after Leon hit that jump shot he was going to give the Michael Jordan shrug. The shrug that you give when you just can't miss or be stopped. It was one of those nights for Leon. Hopefully after seeing a game like this, Doc will wake up and give Leon the minuets he's earned.
(NECN) - He may not be a household name among New England basketball fans, but his story is one of the most inspirational in the NBA.
Boston Celtics center Leon Powe grew up in Oakland, spent time in homeless shelters and foster homes, and still was able to make his way to the University of California and the NBA.
The second-year forward stopped by NECN to talk with Chris Collins about the Celtics' turnaround, life in the NBA and the team's hopes for the playoffs.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
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The Boston Celtics ended their win streak Friday by receiving their worst loss of the season to the Utah Jazz 110-92.
This loss could have been avoided had Doc Rivers new how to use his bench. Glen "Big Baby" Davis got way too many minuets once again and did nothing with them. Davis has his moments, but to leave him in there instead of having Leon Powe or Kendrick Perkins in is just ridiculous. Powe and Perk were having great games but they sat on the bench while Davis did nothing.
Leon was of course perfect as usual, going 3 for 3 from the field, 2 for 2 from the free throw line, giving him 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 1 block all in just 13 minuets of play. Davis in 15 minuets scored 2 points, got 0 rebounds, 3 fouls, 2 turnovers and that's it. But in crunch time Davis got the minuets and Leon didn't. That's pathetic especially when we all know Powe is the real Mr. Clutch, he's never missed a game winning shot!
So again this was a frustrating game to watch but at least Leon did a great job when he was aloud to see the floor.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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The Boston Celtics blew out the Seattle Supersonics 111-82 to win their 10th straight victory. This is the first time the Celtics have won 10 in a row since the 85-86 team with the other big 3 leading the way.
Leon Powe contributed again scoring 8 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in his limited time. Another solid game by Leon, but I think we all expect that from him by now. It seems like it doesn't matter how long Powe play, he still makes the most of his minuets and finds a way to help the team.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
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The Boston Celtics easily took apart the Chicago Bulls 116-93 at home Friday. The Celtics took the lead early and it never looked back.
Leon Powe had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 block shots in 15 minuets of play. Of course Leon had another productive game despite not having a large amount of playing time. Good Job Leon!