Browse Archives by:

Turkey Day: 5 Things To Watch For In Preseason Opener

The Celtics are in Istanbul (Not Constantinople), preparing for their first exhibition game against Fenerbahce Ulker today at 2 p.m. ET (CSNNE).

As you’re all intimately familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the Ulkers (or is it the Fenerbahces?), let’s focus on the Celtics. Here are five things to watch for in the first C’s game since that ugly business in Miami last spring.

1. Lineups. We’re all going to spend a lot of time studying Doc Rivers’ lineups this season, so let’s see what he rolls out this afternoon. With new 5-men Darko Milicic, Jason Collins and Fab Melo, Rivers can easily go big, especially in preseason where Melo’s rawness, Collins’ nonexistent offensive repertoire and Darko’s inevitable suite of issues won’t hurt him. But size matters less than usual in the new Eastern Conference where centers now include Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire, so watch for the small lineups. Doc’s already on record saying the Celtics are going to play faster this year, which will require multi-position production from Jeff Green, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. Rajon Rondo had them all playing Scrabble (or whatever) in L.A. this summer. Let’s see if that translates into an immediate double word score.

2. What are we going to get out of Jeff Green? Rivers wants Green beating big guys off the dribble and up and down the floor and he wants him in the post against smaller players. He’s also planning to use him on LeBron James this season. I’m just hoping for enough competence to make his ludicrous contract tradeable should he repeat his passive performances of two years ago. For game one, let’s just hope he looks healthy and assertive.

3. Depth. Wow, I forgot Chris Wilcox in my summary of the center position which should tell you two things: 1) I’m not quite in midseason blogging form and 2) this team has unfathomable depth. So, let’s not fathom it now, lest the injuries start piling up and kill one of Boston’s key advantages over the rest of the Eastern Conference.

4. The War On Christmas. Our own Brian Robb has a major crush on Dionte Christmas’ game and I am terrified that Doc will nail him (Christmas, not Robb) to the pine despite Avery Bradley’s absence. For Brian’s sake, let’s hope Christmas’ spirited summer league effort will carry over through training camp and into the regular season. I’m expecting he’ll be a contributor in short, scattered minutes, but it’s possible Brian’s right here and he’s actually the second coming of Michael Jordan.

That may not have been exactly what Brian said. Let me check my notes on that.

5. New offense, new sets? With all these new weapons, what is the offense going to look like this year? More importantly, will it continue to be awful? With a younger team, we know the C’s are headed for more transition attacks, with Terry’s arrival the Celtics should employ more pick and rolls and with whatisname’s departure, there should be less standing around for 15 seconds waiting for someone to come off a double screen.

Ah, who am I kidding? I can’t pretend to be bitter.

The Celtics look good and it’s great to have them back.

  • Yikes

    I thought this site was dead.

    Welcome back!

    • janos

      not on dead but maybe live supports? i am spent time bookmark site this and expenct articles daily through playof complete, ; this one particulars good articles thank youryan go celtics nba

      if bryan say this guy really jordans? i dont think so.

  • Josh

    I wonder if Ryan's scrabble or "whatever" comment was an under the table jab at the Utah Jazz's Enes Canter for changing his diet. I read about how he used to eat alot of "whatever".

  • someguyinsac

    We didn't win, but just getting to watch them play again was a sweet thing for me.

no prescription xenical bupropion tab zithromax 500 mg pfizer viagra on line buy deltasone online cipro in south africa purchase viagra without a prescription levitra website orlistat price discount cialis online cialis online us paxil lexapro cheap cialis in uk canadian propecia buy cipro in usa cheap viagra no prescription generic levitra canada viagra tab generic levitra mastercard natural alternative to paroxetine buying viagra from india purchase discount cialis buy prednisone online without a prescription lowest cost levitra best and cheapest viagra pills cialis pricing nolvadex price no prescription how to order cialis online celebrex price where to buy cialis cheap non prescription generic cialis top selling herbal viagra cialis discount overnight viagra sales in uk alternative paxil genuine cialis online viagra online stores online rx diflucan buy cheap generic viagra zithromax dosing how much is accutane cialis com purchase cytotec online azithromycin cheapest cheapest viagra online online pharmacies uk amoxicillin canada diflucan buy daily cialis online accutane oklahoma viagra cheap canada viagra discount sales purchase viagra in uk buy amoxicillin online xenical pharmacy ordering levitra buying viagra online legal cheap authentic viagra one day shipping amoxil side effects viagra how to buy cialis online best best price celebrex generic cialis lowest price buy cialis in canada us cialis propecia mexico online prescription viagra azithromycin purchase online cheap cialis online without a persciption cialis order on line dose amoxicillin levitra canadian cialis canada 5mg celebrex cost australia azithromycin 500 mg viagra online sale buy levitra in europe wellbutrin online pharmacy viagra canada pharmacies order nolvadex viagra professional pfizer cymbalta australia for sale buy online purchase viagra flagyl buy generic cymbalta 20mg wellbutrin online prescription cialis online american internet viagra pharmacy buy cipro online cheap viagra pill viagra approved viagra buy usa side effects for zithromax viagra 25 mg canadian pharmacy cheap generic viagra cipro generic 100mg of paxil real cialis pharmacies herbal alternative to lasix order viagra in canada cipro xr bayer discount clomid levitra online sales cheap levitra prescription cialis brand approved cialis cheap viagra discount generic viagra professional viagra pfizer 50 mg female viagra europe furosemide 40mg tab