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Nate Robinson is a Celtic again

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Just when my head had finally stopped spinning from all the recent trades, another one happens.

Denver Nuggets Nate Robinson has been traded to one of his old teams, the Boston Celtics where a buyout is expected.

In exchange, Denver will get Jameer Nelson. Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears first reported the trade this afternoon. Robinson’s return to Boston comes on the heels of the Celtics trading Jeff Green for Tayshaun Prince and a future first-round pick from the Memphis Grizzlies and Austin Rivers from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Robinson had a couple stints with the Celtics during the 2009-2010 NBA season when the team lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. He also spent some time as a Celtic during the 2010-2011 season. The Celtics, at this point, can use any help that they can get. So far this season, Robinson has averaged 5.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Though recorded as only being 5’9, Robinson can offer the team quickness offensively and will be good for a steal or two on defense for some fast break points.

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Rajon Rondo’s Return to Boston

Boston is familiar to Rajon Rondo, but playing there Friday night won’t quite be the same. He won’t be rocking the same green and white uniform he’s worn since he was traded to the Celtics in 2006 shortly after being drafted by the Phoenix Suns. This time, he’ll be the opponent from Dallas wearing blue and white. Rondo admitted that the return will be somewhat emotional, but sought advice from former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce, who told him to “keep blinking when I look up so I don’t cry.”

Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 18 after rumors of him being traded have been swirling around for years. This time, the trade was official and completed with Rondo playing in his first game as a Mav just a few days later. Now, with six games under his belt on his new team and not even a month away from Boston, he’s back. Rondo will be greeted by former teammates, some of which he calls his friends. Jeff Green, for one, considers the point guard a good friend and said it will be “weird to see him in a different colored uniform.” He can also look forward to a video tribute and a warm welcome from fans, which will make it a little more difficult for him to keep his composure.

Though it wasn’t his choice, leaving Boston for Dallas is a better move for Rondo’s career and certainly increases his chances of adding to the lone championship he won as a Celtic in 2008. The Mavs have a more complete team to which he adds, as opposed to a young and rebuilding Celtic team, which includes a young Brad Stevens coach in his second year of coaching in the NBA.

As far as the game this evening, I see the Mavericks getting the road win, which will probably be bittersweet for Rondo. The win will be good for him and his new team, but in the back of his mind, Rondo can’t help but to forget about the Celtics team that made him the player he is today.

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The Flaming Heat

LeBron James going to work

LeBron James dunks on Jason Terry in last night’s win against the Celtics

This weekend has been buzzing with basketball. Normally, I talk about college basketball, but I love pro ball. And how can I talk about the NBA without discussing LeBron James and the Miami Heat? Their streak now goes to 23. This has not come easily, however. In last night’s win over the Celtics, the Heat were down by double digits several times.

But that did not stop the LeBron and his team. They won the game 105-103, but not before James utterly disrespected Jason Terry with a monster dunk. Although James got the tech and a charging foul after, that hasn’t stopped Twitter and the free sports world from discussing it. James ended the game with 42 points.

Although they lost, Jeff Green came through for the C’s in a major way last night. He scored a career-high 43 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. The Celtics were up by 14 in the second quarter, but not enough to keep the Heat out. By the end of the half, the Heat were down by six. After a tough cat-and-mouse kind of game, the Heat pulled it out in the end. This “W” increases the Heat’s winning streak to 23, passing the Houston Rockets for having the second longest winning streak in NBA history.

This streak is impressive, but what does it really say about the Heat?

After winning the national championship, the Heat have a lot to prove. Some believe that them winning the championship last season was a fluke due to the short season. However, Miami has proved themselves in my book this season as they are the #1 team of the Eastern Conference. James is a dynamic player, but he doesn’t do it alone. The whole team bands together and plays well to form a powerhouse. With the addition of Ray Allen (a major hit for the Celtics), the Heat have added to their outside shooting game.

After their comeback performance last night and their current streak, there’s a good chance that they can be champions for two consecutive years. There are very few teams that can play at the same level as the Heat. They are still on fire from last season and are coming strong.

As the season gets closer to playoff time, Miami has secured their place as the #1 team in the East. The #2 team, the Indiana Pacers, are 12 games behind and seem to be the only team who are believed to have a chance at beating the flaming Heat. So far this season, the Heat are 1-2 against Paul George and the Pacers.

 

A small NCAA blurb: I missed Selection Sunday, but after looking at the match-ups, I’m still unsure about a tourney winner. I haven’t even done my bracket yet. When I do (after careful thought and consideration), I will post it and talk about match-ups that I’d like to see.

I’m also excited for NCAAW tournament after the Baylor Lady Bears are a #1 seed for the second year. Unless something serious happens, I plan on attending the first round game as it will be in Waco at the Ferrell Center on Sunday. The next month is going to be an exciting time for college basketball lovers everywhere.

 

*Out*

 

 

 

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