A. Sherrod Blakely's Truth and Rumors


A. Sherrod Blakely's Truth and Rumors

By A.Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON One man goes down. Someone steps up.

It has been like that all season for the Boston Celtics.

So when Marquis Daniels went down with a bruised spinal cord injury recently the Celtics were not in panic mode, even though losing Daniels for the next month or two will rob them of their most versatile player off the bench.

Someone has to fill the void left by Daniels, and all indications are that it will be Von Wafer.

We have seen Wafer play well in spurts, in part because those were the only minutes made available to him.

But the more we see Wafer play, the more he shows signs of being a much more complete player than the shot-chucking-guard label that has followed him throughout his NBA career.

"This team has embraced me, and taught me," Wafer told CSNNE.com. "In the past, people just beat me up, but this team, they took me in and showed me the right way to do it. And it's paying dividends."

Now that an opportunity to play more exists, we'll see if the 6-foot- 5 guard will do what so many of his teammates have already done.

One man goes down. Someone else steps up.
Mavericks pose great challenge to C's

When Danny Ainge went about putting this Celtics team together this summer, the goal was to have a squad that would challenge the Los Angeles Lakers.

But it's becoming clear that the C's might face an even bigger foe out West - and it's not the San Antonio Spurs, who have the league's best record.

It's the Dallas Mavericks, the only team to sweep the C's thus far this season.

When you look at the teams out West, the Mavericks present a series of challenges that few others do for the C's.

They have a nice 1-2 punch at center in Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood.

And as we know, when the playoffs roll around, size does matter.

The Mavs are led by 32-year-old Dirk Nowitzki, who is still one of the best players in the NBA.

Future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd is nearing the end of his career, but he's still one of the tougher point guard matchups in the NBA.

Although the Mavericks don't appear to have as much depth as the C's, they do have a pair of high impact scorers in Jason Terry and Shawn Marion, along with Haywood coming off the bench.

Dallas recently added Peja Stojakovic to their roster, giving them even more offensive firepower off the bench.

"This is a good fit for me," Stojakovic told CSNNE.com. "We have a lot of really good shooters here already."

It all adds up to a talented team that may present an even bigger challenge to the C's than the two-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Trade deadline coming up

With the trading deadline just a couple weeks away, the Celtics will do as they always do and make calls to see if there's a way to improve their roster.

Because of all the injuries, there's a knee-jerk reaction to believe that, yes, the C's need to make a move.

Not so fast, people!

We're 51 games into the season, and the Celtics have yet to play a single game with the player rotation they expect to have for the playoffs.

But there are reasons why the C's aren't likely to make a deal.

Any deal involves having assets that 1) you're willing to part with, and 2) others might be interested in acquiring.

The Celtics appear to come up short on one or both of those fronts.

But that's OK.

We've seen what the Celtics can do with a roster that's not at full strength.

Knowing that most of their injured players will be back in time for the playoffs is reason enough for the Celtics to stand pat and give this team - one constructed to go deep into the playoffs - a chance to bring home Banner 18 as they are constructed now.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors


Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors

I’ve never met Jemele Hill. I think she and Michael Smith are great and I completely respect her bravery in voicing the unpopular (but correct) opinion that “Bad and Boujee” is good, but not great. This isn’t about Jemele Hill. It’s about a question she asked and an attempt to answer it. 

Hell no it is not. Know why? Because the Warriors are awesome. Know what’s not awesome? Love Actually. 

All that these two things share is that they’re both loaded with stars. The Warriors have Steph, Draymond, Klay and Durant. Love Actually has Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, a child who kind of looks like Satan, etc. They’re both loaded. 

Yet the Warriors won and there is no debating their greatness. There is absolutely debating Love Actually’s greatness, since it isn’t great.  

It’s at this point that I should disclose that Pete Blackburn and I had a collective two-hour meltdown about all the reasons why Love Actually is terrible. There were lots. That’s why it took two hours. 

Here are some things about the Warriors:

- They won their second NBA title in three years. 

- They went 16-1 in the postseason. 

- Steph Curry made 56 more three-pointers than anyone else in the playoffs.  

- They led the NBA with 115.9 points per game. 

Here are some things about Love Actually:  

- The movie starts with a weird 9/11 reference. 

- Casual homophobia is rampant. 

- A widower gets mocked for his sexual inactivity very recently after his damn wife died. 

- The movie likely birthed thousands of eating disorders. 

- A guy decides to cross his best friend and make a run at that guy’s wife just so he can break it off immediately. The much coveted lose-lose-lose to ensure a weird life for everyone. 

- Somebody whose job it is to be a people person sexually harasses every woman in his office. 

- The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has a woman fired because he wants to have sex with her. 

- The writer whose wife cheats on him storyline is literally the most boring thing in the history of the world. It makes The Steps of Knowledge in “Legends of the Hidden Temple” look like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” 

So no, Jemele Hill, “Love Actually” is not the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies. Know what is? “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” That movie also has a loaded cast (and a better one, at that) with outstanding execution. 

Steph Curry is Cal. Six teams passed on him, but he made them rue the day. Draymond Green is Jacob, as he pulls a lot of stunts but he’s as lovable as lovable gets. Kevin Durant is David Lindhagen: He’s got his detractors, but he’s what makes the team the best. 

Love Actually stinks. 

Ray Allen to Celtics fans: ‘Get over it’


Ray Allen to Celtics fans: ‘Get over it’

Regardless of what you think of Ray Allen, the man has a point. 

On his 42nd birthday, Instagram account BostonCeltics4ever posted a picture of Allen in a Celtics uniform saying to like the post to wish Allen a happy birthday. 

As you might expect, a lot of Celtics fans didn’t want to do that because he left the team for the Heat and has since seen teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett talk about him in a less than flattering light. 

As such, fans politely and impolitely commented “no,” leading Allen to respond. 

Said Allen: 

“Y’all need to get over it!!! where were you all when the team tried to trade me. It’s a business, we go where it’s necessary just like you all do in your jobs!!!!I will always be a Celtic no matter what any of you say. Get over it!!!!

“Oh and Thank you everyone for wishing me a happy birthday!!!”

Allen is right. Later in Allen’s tenure, the team tried to trade him to Memphis and Phoenix before he eventually departed in free agency. 

The UConn product spent five seasons in Boston before playing the final two years of his career with the Heat. The C’s gave his No. 20 to Gordon Hayward this offseason.