Box Score Bank: House at Home


Box Score Bank: House at Home

Hey, did you hear about Brandon Bass? Guy had himself a game last night, with 27 points (18 in the third quarter) on his way to leading the C's to a series-altering Game 5 victory.

His explosion was just what the doctor (Rivers and otherwise) ordered for this Celtics team. A non-member of the Big Four stepping up, taking control and lifting his Hall of Fame teammates to another level. It's crazy to expect anything close that production moving forward, but if Bass can just stay remotely consistent with his jumper (a problem early in the postseason), take it to the hoop when the opportunity arises, crash the boards and stay within his role on D, the Celtics will be better for it. Better than they they've been for the better part of this playoff run.

Anyway, Bass's 27 points were undoubtedly epic, but there was one time over these past five years, when a non-Big Four Celtic exploded for more.

With that, let's set the Box Score Bank for

May 6, 2009:

Barack Obama was less than six months into his presidency. Monster vs. Aliens was tops at the Box Office. The Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow was in the midst of its horrifying 11 week run as the No. 1 song in America. And over at the Garden

Eddie House was dropping 31 points on the Magic in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Final Score: Celtics 112, Magic 94

Craziest thing about House's 31 points? Not that he only hit four three pointers. Not that he also grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists (that's about as all-around as you get with EHouse). Nope. The craziest thing is that he only played 27 minutes.

31 points in 27 minutes.

Of course, the performance won't be as memorable as what happened with Bass because it came with Kevin Garnett in street clothes. The Celtics never had a shot that season. In fact, that didn't even make it out of the second round.

This year, with Garnett on another level and Bass by his side, they look poised to get at least that far. Unless they don't, in which case just forget that I wrote this.

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Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen


Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

In this week's jam packed episode of's "Celtics Talk Podcast", Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk with former Celtic Leon Powe about this year's team, plus his role on the 2008 Championship squad. Powe tells some great stories about Kevin Garnett, and has an interesting take on Ray Allen not being invited to the reunion vacation Rajon Rondo is planning.

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Also included in this week's episode, Brian Scalabrine's interview with head coach Brad Stevens, plus the "Celtics PostUp" crew talks with Jae Crowder about his many nicknames, whether the 1st seed in the East is important, and his improvement on the floor.

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball said a bunch of crazy things Thursday during his appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe. Among them: He thinks that every white teenager gets a $100,000 car from their parents. 

MUST LISTEN: Leon Powe with some KG stories; Ray Allen not being invited to reunion by Rondo

The most notable for Celtics fans’ purposes as it relates to the chances of Lonzo Ball coming to Boston was that the father does not want the C’s to take the UCLA product with the potential first overall pick of the 2017 draft. He also vowed not to be a pain in Brad Stevens’ ass if the C’s do take the point guard. 


Ball was also asked about Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. He said that he doesn’t know Ainge and has never spoken to him, but he did have an interesting description of the scrappy Ainge’s playing days.  

“I don’t know anything about Danny Ainge, but I know when he was a player, he was one of them sticklers to get up under you, boy,” Ball said. “But I haven’t talked to him. I don’t know Danny Ainge, I just watched him play when he was younger and I knew for a white guy, you could elbow him in the face. He was going to get back up and keep playing.” 

Ball did not say whether he thinks his son would have a better playing career than Ainge, a one-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, but that should be assumed.