Thursday, March 19, 2009
Leon Powe hurt his knee during the Chicago Bulls game the other day and the news is tragic. Leon will be out 2-3 weeks.
This is truly devastating and is going to hurt an already depleted Celtics roster. Hopefully Leon will be back and healthy for the playoffs where he will be needed. Where is Mr. Miyagi when you need him.
Friday, March 13, 2009
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March 13th 2009 will go down as one of the most memorable days in Boston Celtics history. It should be known in Boston as "Leon Powe Day" for his amazing performance in the 102-92 victory of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Powe had 30 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 assist, and one steal. The 30 points were a career high as were the 5 blocks and 3 assist. But it wasn't just the great stats that made Leon amazing tonight. His hustle and toughness to fight through a calf injury were huge for this struggling Celtics team.
Hopefully Powe will start to see more minutes now that he's showed what he can do when you actually give him some playing time. He is clearly the best option off the bench for the Celtics. If Doc decides to keep sitting him behind Big Baby then Leon is going to be playing for another team next year.
I'm glad Leon got his opporunity to show what he can do. He was given a chance and he performaned like the clutch player he is. Great job Leon!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
For the first time in his NBA career Leon Powe played over 40 minutes in a game. Powe made the most of his opportunity scoring 23 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the 107-99 loss to the Miami Heat. Leon was able to do all that with a calf injury, and while being in foul trouble thanks to some weak calls by the refs.
Powe has gone 20/10 two out of his last three games which is not bad for a guy that usually gets stuck being the 9th or 10th guy off the bench for some reason. Leon is the best guy coming off the bench for the Celtics but Doc Rivers still doesn't know that. Unfortunately for the Celtics it might end up costing them Leon for next year. Powe is probably going to get some money and playing time offered to him on another team and I'd imagine he'd take it since he doesn't get opportunities like he got tonight very often. I'm still praying he somehow stays in Boston though.
I'm very impressed with Leon's game and how he's improving despite being stuck behind some guys. Powe always keeps his head up and is a very positive person and it's really going to continue to pay off for him. Rivers needs to start giving him more minutes down the stretch so Powe can be confident and ready for the playoffs.
I'll keep an eye out on Leon's calf injury. Hopefully it's something mild and not too serious. He will have a day to rest it so that should help out.
Despite the team being undermanned tonight they fought hard giving themselves a chance to win a game against a very hot team. The Celtics didn't even play their best game and still had a chance so I think that's something positive to look at especially with the players they had on the court. Lets see if they can get the win on Friday against Memphis.
Friday, March 6, 2009
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Leon Powe had his best game of the season tonight in a 105-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Leon scored a season high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his 26 minutes of play. Powe finally got a chance to play when Glen "Big Baby" Davis was ejected. I don't think Davis should have been rejected but it benefited Leon and the Celtics.
This game was bigger than your average regular season game. If the Celtics loss they'd be 3 losses behind the Cavs and that would put them in a position to most likely get the #2 seed in the playoffs instead of the #1. A win tonight without their leader Kevin Garnett was huge for the Celtics record and their psyche. Boston played great defense on Lebron holding him to 21 points and that really was the difference. Paul Pierce who had 29 points out played James in this game clearly. Nice job Paul!
This game was another reason to why Leon needs more minutes. He has been producing when he plays he just doesn't get the opportunities Big Baby gets. Powe averages more points and rebounds a game than Davis but continues to get less playing time. I hope this is what Boston wants because the writing is on the wall. Powe is a free agent and will get offers from other teams to get some real playing time. Davis is going to stay and be the guy off the bench for the Celtics. I'm not happy about it but it's going to happen unfortunately.
Great game Leon Powe and great game Celtics. Even with all the injuries and missing players the Celtics are still showing they're still the team to beat in the NBA.