Sunday, March 30, 2008

Leon leads Celtics Past Heat

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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

Celtics Exterminate Hornets

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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

Celtics end two game slide

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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

Leon Powe, the Best Player from the 2006 Draft?


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

Sixers Stun Celtics at Home

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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

Celtics Take Texas

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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

Leon puts an end to Rockets' Streak

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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.

Leon Powe Interview on NECN

(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

Utah Hands Boston Worst its loss of the Season

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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

Celtics Blow Out Sonics, win 10th straight

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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

Celtics Torch Bulls, Leon Scores 10

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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!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Celtics get big win over Detroit

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The Boston Celtics had a big win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Detroit has the second best record in the NBA, and is a potential Eastern Conference championship match for the Celtics. So a win against the Pistons is always a real confidence boost, especially since this win helped the C's win the regular season series over Detroit 2-1.

You have to give credit to two guys in this game. Kevin Garnett who scored a season high 31 points against a tough Detroit defense, and Kendrick Perkins who grabbed a career high 20 rebounds. I'm not a huge Perkins fan because he has tons of potential but doesn't put in the hard work necessary in games like Leon Powe does. But in this game and the last few, Kendrick has been working hard and it's paying off. Maybe Leon's recent increase in playing time have motivated Perk to get his butt in gear.

Speaking of Leon's increase in playing time, where did it go? All Leon has done lately is produce and now he hasn't been seeing the court. In last nights game against Detroit Leon played 1 minute. Why even embarrass Leon by only playing him 1 minute at the end of the game. Does Leon have to hit game winning shots every game to see more playing time? I mean what else does the guy have to do? He's an animal and never has a bad game. On the other hand, Glen "Baby Dick" Davis gets less rebounds and less points in more minuets than Leon but gets more playing time despite his lack of consistency. Davis at best puts up average numbers, but Powe puts up great ones. It just makes no sense to me. Glen scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minuets last night. That's alright but his +/- was the worst on the team with -10 against Detroit. Just give those 20 minuets to Leon and the Boston Celtics will be NBA Champions again, I promise. Actually I can't promise because Doc Rivers will find another way to screw things up. But you get my point, more Leon=more wins!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Leon on Dale and Holley

weei WEEI - Dale and Holley - Leon Powe, Celtics Forward

Leon Powe was on the Dale and Holley show on WEEI Boston sports radio. Leon explains how things are going for him and the Celtics, talks about the AAU team he was on with Lebron James and Kendrick Perkins, and gives a little info on his personal life as well.