Where do the Celtics stand?


Where do the Celtics stand?

Unlike last season, the Boston Celtics stayed intact at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday and did not make any moves. With 24 games left in the regular season, lets take a look at where the Celtics stand at this point.

(All stats of March 15.)

Overall record
23-19 (.548)
7th in the Eastern Conferece
0.5 games out of the sixth spot (Atlanta Hawks)
11.5 games out of first place (Chicago Bulls)

91.33 points per game, 26th among all teams
45.6 field goal shooting, 7th among all teams
36.9 three-point shooting, 8th among all teams
77.0 free throw shooting, 7th among all teams
23.26 assists per game, 3rd among all team

38.6 rebounds per game, 30th among all teams
42.98 rebounds per game allowed, 9th among all teams
5.48 blocks per game, 7th among all teams
7.10 steals per game, 23th among all teams

Top 5 Individual Scoring
Paul Pierce: 18.3 points per game
Kevin Garnett: 15.1 points per game
Ray Allen 14.6 points per game
Rajon Rondo: 13.7 points per game
Brandon Bass: 12.0 points per game

The Celtics will play again on Friday against the Kings in Sacramento.

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally


Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.