Mannix: I don't think Garnett is coming back


Mannix: I don't think Garnett is coming back

With another Celtics' post-season now over, Danny Ainge and the rest of the front office have important decisions to make regarding the Big Three.

And they may not be easy.

Paul Pierce is under contract until 2014, but the deals of Garnett and Allen have run out in Boston. The question is: Will the Celtics try to re-sign them?

"Will they be able to do it? I don't see it happening," Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix said on the Dan Patrick Show Monday.

Garnett, who came into the league in 1995 at the age of seventeen, is now 36 years old and there is question to how much he has left in the tank. Mannix mentioned the knee injury Garnett suffered in 2009 and said it still impacts his play today.

With another 82 game season ahead of him, it does not look like Garnett will be able to play an entire season with his usual same intensity, Mannix said.

"I think that Kevin Garnett is going to retire," he said, pointing out he had no confirmation from anyone in the NBA to back up his opinion.

Mannix thinks Allen will not be wearing green next season, either.

"I've gotten the sense for a long time that Ray Allen is ready to move on," Mannix said.

Allen proved that he can still play, shooting a career high percentage (.453) from behind the arc. Teams looking for a spot-up three-point shooter could offer Allen a deal worth more than anything the Celtics would be willing to offer.

Will things play out the way Mannix thinks they might? Or will the Big Three be back to make another run next season?

What is Ainge going to do? Whatever happens, he will have his work cut out for him.

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

WALTHAM, Mass. – When it comes to NBA standings, no Celtic pays closer attention to it than Isaiah Thomas.
But the 5-foot-9 All-Star is quick to say that while he’s aware of what’s happening with other teams record-wise, Thomas, like his teammates, isn’t obsessed with it, even with the Celtics (48-26) now in first place in the East following Cleveland’s loss at San Antonio on Monday.
“It’s a good feeling,” Thomas said. “It’s still not the end of the year; anything can happen. It’s a nice feeling to be the number one seed for once, but we just have to continue to control what we can control.”

The fact that Boston is even in position to finish with the best record in the East is amazing when you consider injuries and illnesses have forced them to use 13 different starting lineups this season.
And the preferred starting five of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Amir Johnson has played together 31 times and posted an impressive 24-7 record.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been consistent in his message that while having the best record in the East is nice, he’s more consumed with the team continuing to improve.
“It doesn’t mean a whole lot right now,” Stevens said of being in first place. “The whole idea is to make progress, get better every day and stay in the moment. You do that if you’re in last place trying to build up or whether you’re in a position where you’re fighting for seeding. Ultimately, we’ve been able to grow and get a little bit better. But I still think we can play a lot better. That’s where my focus is.”
And the same holds true for his players. Thomas knows how unusual this season has been for the Celtics, who continue finding ways to win despite frequently being short-handed.
The latest example of that involves forward Jonas Jerebko, who is questionable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee because of a sore left knee that limited him in Tuesday’s practice.
“It’s a long season. A lot of things can happen whether they be good or bad and we know that,” Thomas said. “We just try to withstand the storm we’ve had a few times this year, and continue to try and stay as positive as possible and we’ve done that. We’re in a good position right now. We just have to continue to take care of business.”
And that means steadily improving while piling up the wins, particularly against teams such as the Bucks (37-36), who are among a handful of teams that could potentially be Boston’s first-round opponent.
Milwaukee comes in having won 11 of its past 14 games.

“It makes the game that much more important,” said Celtics guard Avery Bradley. “Just like the Miami game. We want to let the teams know now, they go up against us in the playoffs, it’s no mercy. We’re going to play hard. We’re going to bring it every single night. We’re going to play Celtics basketball every single night. Them knowing that, we can scare a lot of teams if we’re playing the right way.”

Jerebko questionable for Wednesday against Bucks

Jerebko questionable for Wednesday against Bucks

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics have spent most of this season playing short-handed and Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee will potentially be another one of those games.
Veteran forward Jonas Jerebko has a sore left knee and is considered questionable for the Bucks’ game.
“Jonas went through about half of [Tuesday’s] practice,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
Jerebko has missed two games this season due to illness.
Because of Milwaukee’s length at seemingly every position, Jerebko’s ability to play both forward positions will be something the Celtics will surely miss if he’s unable to play.
This season, Jerebko has appeared in 69 games while averaging 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 35.0 percent on 3’s.