Box Score Bank: European Vacation


Box Score Bank: European Vacation

This afternoon, the Celtics leave Boston for a week-long European Training Camp adventure. And if you're even somewhat familiar with the Green, you're familiar with the fact this is the second time in the Kevin Garnett era that the C's will start a season overseas.

But while this year's trip only consists of games with European teams, the Celtics' 2007 voyage was an All-NBA exhibition . . . and makes for a great Box Score Bank.

So, let's set our sights on . . . October 6, 2007.

"Crank That" by Soulja Boy was in its first of five glorious weeks atop the Billboard charts. The Farrelly Brothers "The Heartbreak Kid" was No. 1 at the Box Office. Fab Melo was a high school sophomore getting ready to start his second season of competitive basketball. The Celtics hadn't won an NBA title in 21 years . . .

And over in Rome, the Big 3 era kicked off with a four-point win over the Raptors.

Final Score: Celtics 89, Raptors 85

Here are some highlights to get the nostalgia pumping. (Also: Please stick around for, or click ahead to the Garnett dunk at the one minute mark, and file it away for the next time someone tries to tell you that No. 5 is looking like the "old KG.")

Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with 21 points, Garnett added 19 point and 16 rebounds, and Ray Allen chipped in 10 points. (shooting only 1-6 from three).

Garnett also picked up a technical foul. I assume, for an altercation with either Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Carlos Delfino, Jorge Gabajosa, Rasho Nesterovic or any number of the European fans in attendance.

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Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.