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Chris Paul reportedly pressuring Clippers to make deal with Celtics

Vinny-Del-Negro-Chris-Paul-Out-of-ShapeThe Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers may not be done dealing just yet. Earlier this week, LA reportedly rejected Boston’s offer of Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks. It was believed that the Celtics wanted point guard Eric Bledsoe in the deal in addition to Jordan, but that may not be the case anymore.

Instead, the proposed deal — without Bledsoe — is reportedly still on the table and awaiting approval from Clippers owner Donald Sterling. According to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, Chris Paul and his camp have reignited the trade talks by pressuring LA’s front office to pull the trigger on the deal.

League sources reportedly told the Globe that Paul feels two first-round picks and Jordan is a small price to pay for an elite NBA coach and a veteran forward with championship experience. Keep in mind that Paul is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month. CP3 was reportedly angry with the team a few weeks ago after he felt they made it look like he was the reason Vinny Del Negro was fired.

While Sterling isn’t exactly the type of owner who would do something simply because a star player tells him to, you would think Paul’s opinion holds some weight. The Clippers need to re-sign Paul, and it sounds like pulling the trigger on the trade with the Celtics would almost guarantee they would be able to do that.

As a side note, Rivers is a player’s coach and was an All-Star point guard doing his playing career. The fact that Paul is excited about the potential of playing for him is hardly a surprise.

Kevin Garnett: Paul Pierce will be a factor in my decision

Paul Pierce Kevin GarnettThe future of the Boston Celtics will be one of the more interesting storylines of the NBA offseason. The team already broke up the Big Three core that helped the franchise win the NBA title in 2007-2008 when they let Ray Allen leave for the Miami Heat in free agency last year. They filled that spot by adding Jason Terry, but the season was derailed by Rajon Rondo’s knee injury. After losing in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Knicks, it looks like Boston’s days as a championship contender are over. GM Danny Ainge now faces the difficult decision about what to do with Paul Pierce.

Pierce is owed $15.3 million next season, but the team can buy him out for $5 million. He said after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday night that he expects to continue playing next season, but he recognizes that the decision about whether or not he’ll be back with Boston is up to Ainge. What happens to Pierce may impact what happens with Kevin Garnett.

Garnett is still under contract with the team for the next two seasons. After the team was eliminated in the playoffs on Friday, he talked about what they needs to do for next season.

“I think we need some additions. Health hit us pretty hard this year, and I’m sure they’re going to address that,” Garnett said, via WEEI’s Ben Rohrbach.

Garnett also said his relationship with Pierce will be a factor in his decision.

“One of the big reasons I came here was because of Paul. Obviously, you want to be in a situation where it’s better. I want to make sure that I’m always able to help a team and be in positions where I’m giving something. I demand a lot from myself, both physically and from a skill level. But I’d be lying to y’all if I said Paul didn’t play into that factor. It’s too soon of a conversation for me right now.”

Garnett is turning 37 and already the highest career earner in the NBA. If the Celtics decide to break up the roster and get rid of Pierce, he might not want to return.

It’s just my personal guess that Ainge will let Pierce go knowing that the Truth is not worth $15.3 million. I don’t know if that will influence Garnett to retire, but I do believe the Celtics’ roster will look a lot different next season.

Below are videos of Pierce and Garnett’s final news conferences:

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Carmelo Anthony: La La has a right to be upset with Jordan Crawford, Celtics

Jordan Crawford Carmelo AnthonyThere is no shortage of bad blood heading into Friday night’s Game 6 matchup between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. That became evident after the final buzzer sounded following Game 5 and the two teams had to be separated. At the center of that dust-up were Jordan Crawford and Carmelo Anthony, with Crawford supposedly making deragatory remarks about Carmelo’s wife La La Anthony.

On Thursday, La La seemingly took a shot at Crawford on her Instagram account and called him out for being a benchwarmer. Crawford later denied that he said anything about Mrs. Anthony, but Carmelo seems to think differently.

“I would be upset too if I were her,” Anthony said on Friday, via the NY Daily News. “She always gets thrown into the mix of the Boston Celtics series. So I would be upset. She’s her own person and at the end of the day so she has the right to say what she wants to say.”

Of course, Anthony is referring to the Honey Nut Cheerios incident that took place between him and Kevin Garnett back in January. We have no way of knowing whether Garnett or Crawford actually said something about La La, but there’s usually fire where there’s this much smoke. Also, ‘Melo was about 10 inches from Crawford’s face during Wednesday night’s mix-up.

Anthony is right — his wife does have every right to express herself when she is involuntarily dragged into the rivalry. And we’re glad she did, because it’s just one more thing that adds to the hatred these two teams already feel toward one another.

Knicks wore black to Game 5 for Celtics’ funeral, then got buried

Knicks black funeralKenyon Martin encouraged his New York Knicks teammates to wear black to Madison Square Garden to symbolize their plans to end the Boston Celtics’ season with a funeral, but they were the ones who got buried.

The whole funeral talk began because of an exchange between Martin and the Celtics’ Jason Terry before Game 4.

“The guy was mouthing off before the game,” Kenyon Martin told the New York Daily News after Game 4. “[Terry] told me, ‘You’re not dancing at my funeral today.’’’

In response, Martin told his Knicks teammates to wear black to Wednesday’s game, which they lost 92-86. JR Smith said after the game that they were the ones who got buried.

“Well we was going to a funeral but it looked like we got buried,” JR Smith said, via NJ.com. “It’s all part of being humbled and basketball is a very humbling game.

“I’m done with this black stuff,” Smith told NJ.com. “I’m a superstitious person. I’m going to go back to my old routine.”

Meanwhile, Martin refused to talk about the black clothing when asked about it after the game. He even flashed the look of death at the reporter after being pressed on it:

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JR Smith: Celtics don’t know what to do without Rajon Rondo

The Boston Celtics have put themselves in a tough spot against the New York Knicks as they head back home. The age of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and company was evident in the first two games of the playoffs, as they were unable to close out games or come up with answers late in the fourth quarter. Fatigue has clearly been a factor, but we must also remember that the Celtics have been missing Rajon Rondo.

Without Rondo, who is out for the season after tearing his ACL, Boston has not been able to keep up with New York’s speed. The Celtics scored 78 points in their Game 1 loss to the Knicks and only 71 in Game 2. JR Smith believes that has a lot to do with the absence of Rondo.

“When Rondo is out there, they are in a certain flow,” Smith told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix. “When he is not out there, they sort of don’t know who to go to or [what] plays to run. That’s a credit to a great player like Rondo. When he is in the game, he seems to know two or three plays ahead of what they want to do.”

There were points throughout the regular season when the Celtics appeared to be chugging along and talking head radio hosts claimed they were better off without Rondo. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and the Knicks are proving that.

Boston scored only 23 points in the second half of Game 2 against New York — the fewest in the team’s playoff history. If Rondo was in the lineup, that would never happen. Not only that, but Raymond Felton and Smith would not be nearly as effective as they have been if both Rondo and Avery Bradley were healthy.

Smith may say some incredibly dumb things, but he’s spot-on this time. Without Rondo, the Celtics have been lost against the Knicks.

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Kenyon Martin on Celtics not signing him: It’s their fault, they lost

Kenyon-Martin-KnicksThe Boston Celtics could use another big body right about now. Kevin Garnett is expected to miss as much as another two weeks with an ankle injury. KG has missed four of the past six games for the Celtics, and the team is currently in the middle of a five-game losing streak. Coincidence? I think not.

Boston could have signed Kenyon Martin to bolster their front court earlier this season, but Danny Ainge and company dragged their heels and lost him to the New York Knicks. After the Knicks beat the Celtics in Boston on Tuesday night, Martin was quick to say “I told you so.”

“It’s their fault,” he said according to Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com. “They lost. There was talks, there was negotiations, they chose not to do it. It was out of my control. I’m a Knick now, so they lost.”

The Knicks have been struggled with injuries to their front court, most notably Amar’e Stoudemire, so they decided to bring Martin in on two separate 10–day contracts before finally signing him to a deal for the veteran’s minimum. The acquisition has panned out nicely, as the 35-year-old is averaging 13.2 points and 7.0 rebounds during New York’s current five-game win streak.

When asked why the Celtics passed on Martin, Doc Rivers didn’t really have an answer.

“I don’t know,” Rivers said, via WEEI.com. “We looked at all the guys, we were still looking at guards at the time. So we were in no hurry at the time for a big. We were looking for more a big of size, if you know what I mean. And by the time we got around to it, he was gone.”

Perhaps Martin was not as much of a priority as he should have been when Garnett was relatively healthy, but the Celtics should have seen this coming given KG’s age and recent injury history. If Garnett cannot get healthy before the end of the season, the Celtics could be in danger of being bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston Celtics reportedly ban Honey Nut Cheerios signs, boxes

Kevin Garnett Honey Nut Cheerios

The Boston Celtics reportedly instructed security guards not to allow Honey Nut Cheerios boxes or signs into the TD Bank Garden for the team’s game against the New York Knicks on Thursday.

The last time the teams played, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett got into a fight that resulted in double-technical fouls. Melo was so upset with KG he confronted him twice after the game.

It was reported that Garnett got in Melo’s head by telling him that his wife, La La, tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios. The odd yet humorous line was apparently an inference that Garnett had been with La La while she and Melo were separated.

Even though Celtics coach Doc Rivers denied anything was said about Honey Nut Cheerios, the potentially false story first reported by Black Sports Online has been accepted as fact. In light of the story’s widespread acceptance, the Celtics were expecting fans to break out the Honey Nut Cheerios taunts on Thursday.

ESPN New York’s Ian Begley reported Thursday that security guards told him they were instructed to confiscate any signs with Honey Nut Cheerios references. Gethin Coolbaugh says he was told the same about Honey Nut Cheerios boxes. In case you’re wondering whether the Celtics had any reason to worry, the New York Daily News has photos of signs that were confiscated.

That was probably a good decision by the Celtics. Remember what happened the last time at a Celtics game when fans used an urban legend to taunt an opposing player? It wasn’t pretty.

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