Posts Tagged ‘Boston Celtics’

Amir Johnson blocks Robin Lopez’s shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Boston Celtics signed Amir Johnson to help shore up their interior presence, and give them a rim protector. Last night against the Knicks, we discovered that Johnson’s defensive ability extends even to stopping a shoe belonging to Robin Lopez

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 8

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Before we get to the NBA posters, let’s take a moment and give a shoutout to the NBA D-League, which is currently gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for their annual D-League Showcase. Jaron Johnson plays for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and while he may not be in the NBA quite yet, I think we can all agree that his POSTERIZING skills are NBA worthy for sure…


VIDEO: Jaron Johnson

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Boston’s Marcus Smart, who narrowly defeated Utah’s Alec Burks in his attempt to get back-to-back POSTERIZED POLL wins.

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…
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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 1

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

By the way, welcome to 2016! I’m thinking we’ll continue with weekly #POSTERIZED polls until we get a little closer to the All-Star break, and then we’ll round up all the previous winners and crown a first half champ. We can do the same with the second half of the season, and then have a poll to select an overall winner as well.

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Utah’s Alec Burks, as he goes for back-to-back wins this week. And let me say right here, I understand that Burks’ dunk this week generated some controversy — was it technically a dunk? Did he just throw the ball through the basket?

The beauty of the #POSTERIZED Poll is that it doesn’t even really matter. Did a player put someone else on a poster? Then that’s good enough for us!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…
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Boston fans chant Kobe’s name


VIDEO: Boston fans chant Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the latest installment of the Kobe Bryant farewell tour, we check in from Boston, where last night Kobe and the Lakers beat the Celtics, 112-104. Just the other day we heard from Kobe as he talked about how much inspiration he drew from losing in Boston. And for his final game in Boston, the crowd last night chanted his name throughout the evening. in the video above, a Kobe chant breaks out even as the Lakers finish off the Celtics. And to make sure Kobe had a keepsake from Boston, the Celtics gave Kobe a piece of the parquet floor from the 2010 Finals…

Kobe Bryant Can’t Stop Believing

BOSTON - JUNE 17: Fans of the Boston Celtics support their team behind (bottom L-R) Chris Mihm #31, Kobe Bryant #24 and Pay Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 17, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant‘s competitiveness is legendary. Nobody works harder, nobody is more motivated to win. But where does he find that motivation? The answer might surprise you.

With the Lakers getting ready for Kobe’s final appearance in Boston, Kobe talked about the 2008 NBA Finals, which the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics. The deciding game of that series was Game 6, which took place in Boston, where after wins, the Celtics blast Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believing” over the PA system. And to find motivation to get back to the NBA Finals, Kobe recently told reporters that he cued up “Don’t Stop Believing” every day for two years, until the Lakers were able to get revenge during the 2010 Finals…

“It was a tough two years in between. I remember when we were losing, they played that song, that Journey song, and the whole arena started singing that song, and I hated that damn song for two years. Seriously, man. But I listened to the song every single day because it just reminded me of that feeling.”

Hold on to that feeling, Kobe…


VIDEO: Don’t Stop Believing

Atlanta Hawks debut Dikembe Mutombo-themed court projection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night at halftime of their win over the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo‘s number 55. But really, the entire evening was a tribute to Mt. Mutombo, with the players wearing a “55” patch on their jerseys and Mutombo himself back in the House of Mutombo. And to start things off the right way, the Hawks began the night with a Mutombo-themed court projection video, which was pretty awesome…


VIDEO: Mutombo court projection

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Nov. 17

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner. And remember, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Finally, congratulations to last week’s winner, Andrew Wiggins!

Now, let’s go to the posters!

DEMARCUS COUSINS ON THE NETS


VIDEO: Cousins on Nets

ANTHONY DAVIS ON LOU AMUNDSON


VIDEO: AD on Knicks

KAWHI LEONARD ON MASON PLUMLEE


VIDEO: Leonard on Plumlee

JABARI PARKER ON KEVIN LOVE


VIDEO: Parker on Love

RUSSELL WESTBROOK ON THE CELTICS


VIDEO: Westbrook on Celtics

HASSAN WHITESIDE ON DERRICK FAVORS


VIDEO: Whiteside on Favors

POSTERIZED: Wiggins, Porzingis make their cases

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our ongoing attempts to chronicle every time someone in the NBA gets POSTERIZED, in order to have a most perfect Posterized Poll when that time comes, I’m doing my best to keep up with every posterization happening throughout the season.

Last night there were a couple of nice entrants in our contest. But before we get to that, one bit of business to attend to: In my post yesterday, I posited that dunks over someone’s back shouldn’t count as being posterized — to me, being posterized means being chest-to-chest with the dunker and still getting dunked on.

HOWEVA, after discussing this last night at the Bucks/Nets game with my main man Ohm Youngmisuk from ESPN, I believe I have changed my mind. Sure, someone getting dunked on chest-to-chest is generally more spectacular, but you can still make a poster out of someone getting dunked on over their back. So, going forward, anyone getting dunked on is fair game for POSTERIZED.

To the dunks! First, one day after Avery Bradley sort of dunked on LaMarcus Aldridge, Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis definitely dunked over LA…


VIDEO: Kristaps poster

Also, up in Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins went baseline and dunked in between Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard. (And nice dish from Ricky Rubio, too.)


VIDEO: Wiggins poster

POSTERIZED: Weekend Update

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our ongoing attempts to chronicle every time someone in the NBA gets POSTERIZED, in order to have a most perfect Posterized Poll when that time comes, I’m doing my best to keep up with every posterization happening. And this weekend there were a few developments.

To begin with, Harrison Barnes POSTERIZED Dwight Howard. There’s no arguing this one. Also, notice the celebration by the Warriors bench in the background…


VIDEO: Barnes on Howard

There were two other dunks worth noting, although I don’t believe either should qualify for the POSTERIZED Poll. I believe the rules are open to interpretation, however, so I am willing to hear arguments for or against in the comments section.

First, Boston’s Avery Bradley had an awesome dunk yesterday down the stretch against the Spurs. And while it was a thunderous dunk, the closest Spur to the finish is probably LaMarcus Aldridge, and I don’t think we can definitively say that Aldridge got POSTERIZED.


VIDEO: Bradley dunk

The other play worth considering came in the Thunder/Nuggets game. Russell Westbrook threw down an incredible put-back dunk, over a couple of Nuggets players, most notably Danilo Gallinari. But I am hesitant to consider this an official POSTERIZED play because Gallinari had his back turned. I guess he still got dunked on, but my definition of being posterized is when you are face-to-face with the dunker.


VIDEO: Westbrook dunk

Am I wrong? Right? Let us know in the comments below…

Let’s go shopping in Milan with Jae Crowder

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Boston Celtics played a preseason game in Milan, Italy, and as Ron Burgandy would say, “When in Rome…

I mean, when one is in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world, there’s no better place to shop ’til you drop. So Celtics.com went out with forward Jae Crowder to search for the latest styles. Apparently it’s not the easiest shopping for someone the size of an NBA player, as you’ll see in the video.


VIDEO: Crowder shopping