Five thoughts from No. 5 Garnett after C's loss to Griz


Five thoughts from No. 5 Garnett after C's loss to Griz

BOSTON -- Following the Boston Celtics 93-83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett spoke frankly on the state of his team as they fell to 14-17 on the season. He addressed glaring problems the Celtics are looking to fix, and gave credit where credit was due to his opponents. Check out five thoughts from number five:

On considering losing "disturbing" or part of the 82-game season: "It's disturbing. It's part of it, but a loss is a loss. It hurts. Nothing's good about a loss."

On Zach Randolph, who posted six points, eight rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes: "I'm playing against one of the best forwards in the world, that being Zach (Randolph). I have a lot of respect for him. I knew it was going to be like a bear fight, so it was kind of just getting ready for that whole match up. I never once really balanced it out as far as being offensively-minded, so I'll do a better job of that. I've got to."

On Avery Bradley's return from double-shoulder surgery: "I thought he brought some good energy. It was good to have him back. He's a big part of this team. We're going to be better and he's going to be part of that process. It was good to see him out there."

On piecing the Celtics defense back together with the presence of Bradley: "He's a big addition to what we do. Obviously losing him was a huge, huge loss to us. Him coming up starts the rebuilding or the starting process of what we have broke here, and that's get back defensively sound and being the team we know we can be. As you see, it doesn't just happen. You have to work at it. When you're playing against good teams, it makes it that more difficult. But we're not hanging our heads, we're not making excuses. We're going to try to come in here and try to grind this thing out and turn this thing around."

On the development of rookie Jared Sullinger: "Jared's earned his trust, Doc's trust, the trust of his teammates, and I think all the playing time that he's getting, he definitely earned. He's given us a lift, man. He's coming in rebounding like a monster, doing the things that we know him to be, and he's getting better. That's a good sign for us."

Garnett played 32 minutes against the Grizzlies, scoring 12 points (5-14 FG), grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing five assists.

Bruins sign pair of draft picks, including BC's Fitzgerald, to entry-level deals

Bruins sign pair of draft picks, including BC's Fitzgerald, to entry-level deals

Amidst the current turmoil at the NHL level, the Bruins delivered a little good news about the future today . . . with more potentially to come. 

The Bruins announced the signing of a pair of prospects/former draft picks -- Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald and defenseman Emil Johansson -- to entry-level contracts that will kick in next season. There will likely be another wave of signings with the Bruins from the amateur ranks once players like Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson are finished up with their college teams in the NCAA tournament, though it remains to be seen exactly which players end up taking the NHL plunge. 

There was some uncertainty as to whether Fitzgerald would definitely sign with Boston after completing his senior season at BC, but he will immediately join the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout agreement after signing a two-year deal. Johansson will join the Bruins on a Professional Tryout Agreement with a three-year entry level deal that kicks off next season. 

The 5-foot-10, 177-pound Fitzgerald was an alternate captain for BC in 2016-17, with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 34 games with 56 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. Fitzgerald is also the son of Billerica native and former Bruins forward Tommy Fitzgerald, who took to Twitter on Friday to voice his overwhelming pride over his oldest signing an NHL contract. He was a fourth-round pick by the Bruins in 2013.

Johansson, 20, completed his first season with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League in 2016-17, establishing career highs with 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points with 26 penalty minutes in 49 games. The B's selected him in the seventh round in 2014.

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.

But that pot's still simmering,

And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .

But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.

Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent's James Herbert from looking into it . . .  

Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal. 

Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.

For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.

It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.