Chat with Chris Forsberg
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPNBoston.com blogger Chris Forsberg stops by to chat about the Boston Celtics.
Forsberg has been reporting on the Boston sports scene since 1999. With his video camera in tow, Forsberg covered everything from Massachusetts high school sports to Boston's pro sports teams.
Send your questions now and join Forsberg Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Chris Forsberg (1:02 PM)
Hey everybody! Thanks for dropping by. We'll go for the better part of this hour. Just one caveat, I gotta duck out for 10 minutes around 1:15 to do ESPN Boston Radio with Adam Jones. We hope you'll fire up your speakers and listen along at that point. Now let's dive in.
Last night's game: Good or bad take from it?
Chris Forsberg (1:03 PM)
I thought the Lakers were the team more desperate for a win, so the loss doesn't hurt all that much. That said, the way the Celtics lost wasn't encouraging, either. Boston got beat up on the glass and lacked any semblance of late-game execution. It was just an ugly game overall. Bottom line: Boston has to find a way to win ugly games, especially against good opponents.
Michael (London, England)
Pau Gasol should have been selected as an allstar instead of his brother, and been the back up Center. Wrong or right?
Chris Forsberg (1:06 PM)
Well, considering the difference in output having seen both Gasols over the past week, that's probably not far-fetched. Marc had 7 points, 6 rebounds in a loss vs. Boston last Sunday; Pau went for 25 and 14 in a win. Based on that limited sample, Pau gets our vote.
clayton hicks (philadelphia)
I like the direction the C's are going in..my question is what tweak to the roster should be made or can be made to get us where we need to be? and what's wrong with Marquis? is he on the trading block?
Chris Forsberg (1:09 PM)
With 15 now-guaranteed contracts, the Celtics are less likely to be involved in the buyout market (barring a trade to free space or eating a contract in waiving a guy). I think they'll continue to look for serviceable big men, but the rest of the roster is in good shape. I think you've got your core 7 (starting 5, bass, pietrus) and those are the ones you'll lean on in playoffs. As for Daniels, he's still hurting right now, but his confidence was dinged up before his ankle. He just can't seem to put it together in Boston, but he could really be a help if he played consistent ball in the postseason.
Do the Cs make a big splash at the trade deadline or ride the year out with this current core?
Chris Forsberg (1:10 PM)
I think they like what they've got. I also don't see many ways they make a "big splash" move without really overhauling the core. Just doesn't make a lot of sense. Cap flexibility looms. I'm sure the C's will look around to add a potential impact player, but if this is the 15, they're probably fine with that as well.
One of the bright spots in last night's loss I thought was Wilcox. Could he develop into a starter at the 4 or 5 for them? The C's are have a bunch of senior citizen and are going to have start turning over the roster at some point.
Chris Forsberg (1:11 PM)
As an energy guy, he still needs to get his conditioning in peak form. It still feels like he's a bit gassed at times, but probably because he goes so hard in the bursts that he's out there. I like what he brings off the bench. Unless JO gets injured, the guess is he remains on the bench and combines with Pietrus to bring energy to that second unit.
At this point, do the Celtics try to trade both 1st round picks in 2012 draft away for future picks or established players? I worry because this is still an old and slow team that needs youth but you can't blow the team up.
Chris Forsberg (1:13 PM)
All depends on how deep this draft is and where exactly the Celtics can end up. I'm always in favor of trading for known talent, but I could also see scenarios in which Boston simply combines the picks to move up and get a player that's more likely to pan out. Either way, having those multiple picks puts Boston in good position, especially with the potential for so many open roster spots amidst the roster overhaul.
KEVIN GARNETT (Causeway Street)
CF, My Man!! How can I live up to my $21M salary this year?? going 6 for 23, with not much other contributions HAS TO be killing the team! I feel like i'm stealing Wyc's $$!! Maybe i hit my head too hard against the padding under the basket in pre-games??Talk to me, Goose!!!
Chris Forsberg (1:14 PM)
You had one bad night, Kev, I wouldn't sweat it much. You had missed 16 shots over the first four games of February, no one could have expected you to miss 17 last night. Bad game to go cold, but you've really come on strong at both ends of the floor in recent weeks. Heck, you probably should have gotten more All-Star consideration for your recent play. You're also the only player on the team to appear in every game. Not bad for a 35-year-old cat.
Any updates on Green's health? 1st, are they expecting him to fully recover and will he be able to play next year?
Chris Forsberg (1:15 PM)
Word was that surgery went well and everyone remains optimistic for a potential return to the court next season. Still a lot of rehab to navigate before we know if that will happen -- and I believe he'll do some of that here in Boston -- but encouraging that the early stages have been navigated and everyone remains optimistic.
Chris Forsberg (1:17 PM)
Alright, quick break in the action. Keep the questions coming. Hope y'all will fire up ESPN Boston Radio and listen along HERE. We'll dive back into questions once we're done on the radio.
Chris Forsberg (1:35 PM)
Thanks for waiting out that delay. Let's get back to the questions.
getting back to the picks...who is the other pick from and is it lottery protected?
Chris Forsberg (1:36 PM)
The other pick comes via the Clippers. It's top 10 protected, but you won't have to worry about that this year. The Celtics will project to have a couple mid-to-late first-round picks if things play out as the first month-plus suggests.
Back to Garnett, do you think it might of been tired legs? I guess where I'm going, is it time for Doc to start limiting KG's minutes more?
Chris Forsberg (1:37 PM)
KG's minutes are certainly a point of emphasis, but I think they've done a good job both in terms of keeping him at five-minute burst during the game and around 30-31 minutes per game. That's a tough line to walk though, especially in big games where they want to lean on him more.
Yes or no question: would you swap Rondo for Gasol?
Chris Forsberg (1:38 PM)
No. Gasol is a great player, but you don't give up a 25-year-old point guard for a soon-to-be 32-year-old big man. You only flip Rondo for a franchise cornerstone like Chris Paul or Dwight Howard.
Why dont the Celtics trade Pierce to the Bulls so he has a shot at another ring?
Chris Forsberg (1:39 PM)
Says the guy from Chicago :)
would you start bass over jermaine at this point and have k.g move to center and jermaine first big off bench
Chris Forsberg (1:40 PM)
I think the Celtics like what Bass provides off the bench, much like how hard they strived to keep Glen Davis with the second unit. Jermaine's defense has been solid enough to allow him to stick with the first unit. THey had to lean on him an awful lot last night given LA's size, but there's not a lot of teams that will have that sort of front line.
It's truly amazing what Ray Allen is doing at 36 years old. He doesn't seem to have slowed down at all since he got here. How long can he keep this up? On a related note, what do you think of moving Ray to the 6th man role to get some more scoring off the bench and get Pietrus in with the starters for his D?
Chris Forsberg (1:42 PM)
Allen's shooting percentages are ridiculous for any age. He really deserved more All-Star consideration, but we sorta take his steady production for granted. As for putting him with the bench, I could see that in future seasons if you had a legit 2 guard to play in front of him. I like Pietrus off the bench, bringing energy, defense, and a fearless 3-point shot.
any word on kaman
Chris Forsberg (1:45 PM)
He's back playing in New Orleans, which is either an audition to up his trade value, or a recognition by the Hornets that they can't move him. Either way, it appears unlikely he'll be bought out.
Would you flip Rondo for Al Jefferson?
Chris Forsberg (1:45 PM)
No. Jefferson is a free agent after next season and if the C's can't find an impact big man this offseason, he might be around the summer after.
andrew bynum (traveltown)
Hey Chris, I've been working on my hop step, did you like it on that decisive and 1 play in the 4th?
Chris Forsberg (1:46 PM)
I think Bynum just grabbed another offensive rebound on the team bus.
Tron (Waltham, MA)
Hey Chris, Could you go over that last play of regulation? Seems to me from watching the Celtics, they are not very good at those last possession at end of the half/game when the game is tied. It always seems to me like like the ball carrier whether its Pierce or Rondo holds the ball too long before looking for their shot.
Chris Forsberg (1:48 PM)
It's funny, they are typically fantastic when they are trailing (almost like they operate with a greater sense of urgency), but typically fall flat when it's a tied game. Pierce simply missed Allen last night. The play was a pick-and-roll looking for Pierce to go to his right and get to his sweet spot. When two defenders committed to him, he should have kicked it to Ray Allen -- who was open -- on the flare, but Pierce simply hesitated and, worse yet, picked up his dribble. The official box score says the C's didn't even get a shot off. That just can't happen.
ray (im open)
hey paul i was wide open for a three and i know the game would have been over without ot
Chris Forsberg (1:50 PM)
Yeah, Ray didn't throw Pierce until the bus, but it was clear Pierce should have passed that ball. You don't want to risk a turnover, but you gotta get the ball to Ray when he's that open. Just poor execution overall and that was the most frustrating aspect of last night's effort.
I have to say, I was surprised they kept going to KG late in the game with how poorly he had been shooting. He had enough chances earlier in the game to get dialed in.
Chris Forsberg (1:51 PM)
The flip side is that after you miss 15 of those shots, you feel like the next one's gotta fall. He just didn't look comfortable at times and was a step outside his range. Just not a lot of good looks. As KG said himself, he should have gone and done some yoga to help balance himself out after being too hyped at the start of the game.
the celtics could use another big man. jermaine just doesn't cut it for me.
Chris Forsberg (1:52 PM)
I like what Jermaine O'Neal brings in 20-25 minute bursts. I thought he was overextended a bit last night given LA's size. The thing is you won't see many teams as big as LA, which would have allowed Boston the opportunity to use Wilcox and Bass more in smaller lineups.
Tron (Waltham, MA)
Hey Chris, Call me an awful fan if you want but having little expectations for this Celtics team makes watching them more enjoyable. After what I went through watching the Patriots--in which every loss was the end of the world and every win was never good enough-- its nice to be able to watch a rivalry game like C's-Lakers and just enjoy that they battled in a tight game for 4+ quarters. That said, WHY CANT THEY REBOUND??!?!?! THE CELTICS NEED MAJOR HELP INSIDE.
Chris Forsberg (1:54 PM)
Lots of teams have trouble with the Lakers size. This is nothing new for Boston. Despite the troubles on the glass, they still could have won the game if they executed late. The Celtics could surely use another durable, proven center, but they don't come cheap in this league.
chris, hey. I really do love the Celtics even though I'm a die hard bulls fan, but next year in the draft, do the celtics go after a C? they really need one. also what's your take on the Celtics winning a playoff series. thanks
Chris Forsberg (1:56 PM)
You can draft a center, but unless you're up high, he's probably not going to be an impact guy. I think it's more likely the Celtics use their cap space to pursue an impact big man.
Chris Forsberg (1:56 PM)
As for winning a playoff series, I do see the C's getting to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Just depends on health and how they are playing whether they can compete with the Bulls and Heat.
david (re kg)
why did he shoot a three in the situation in ot he should have dribbled closer in since nobody was on him
Chris Forsberg (1:58 PM)
It was actually a long 2 (heels on the line) for Garnett. But that sorta shows how off he was. He wasn't in his step-inside-the-arc sweet spot and sorta rushed that one. Just an off night offensively for KG.
I was listening to you on ESPN Radio, I had forgotten Walker was drafted the same year as Kobe. Walker had some good years for the C's. He was a college player versus a kid coming out of HS. I don't blame them on that draft pick.
Chris Forsberg (2:00 PM)
Oh, no doubt. Look at the guys after Walker, he was absolutely the right pick at that spot. I mean, the poor Cavs took Vitaly Potapenko over Kobe Bryant.
Hey, do you see KG and ray ray coming back next year for a cheaper price and maybe going after one free agent to go with the same core along with Jeff Green?
Chris Forsberg (2:02 PM)
Absolutely. As I've said all along. If the free-agent pool is shallow and there's no cornerstone guys to throw all your money at, the next best option might be going short-term deals with a few solid players and re-signing KG, Ray at lower-money, one-year deals and try again in the free-agent market after the 12-13 season.
kg (on threes)
i don't want to be like rasheed
Chris Forsberg (2:03 PM)
But don't misinterpret, KG can shoot 3s. (That was a hilarious rant Sunday).
Avery Bradley (The Lockerroom, shoulders above head)
I'm ready, Doc! With me in there to spell Rondo last night, we woulda won by seven. It's all good.
Chris Forsberg (2:04 PM)
You can tell how frustrating it is for Doc when these random injuries crop up. E'Twaun Moore did a decent job for 8 minutes, but Bradley has secured that backup PG role lately for a reason. Will be interesting to see if he can go tonight.
Is Steve Nash a lock to go to NY?
Chris Forsberg (2:06 PM)
Um, Jeremy Lin, bro? It's only the biggest story in the world right now. (I'm kidding with you. If Lin doesn't maintain this level of play, Nash makes a lot of sense. I just don't see it happening. Plus they've got Baron in the wings).
do you see the celts getting the third see or lower
Chris Forsberg (2:07 PM)
I think they'll be in the 4-6 range if they maintain their recent level of play. If they struggle on these road trips, it might be even more daunting to climb.
Chris, thanks so much for answering so many questions. One more for you - can JO, Dooling, and a 1st rounder bring back anything worthwhile at the trade deadline?
Chris Forsberg (2:09 PM)
My pleasure, thanks for sending great questions. No, unfortunately, I don't see that package getting much in return. You'd be talking about $8 million to play with, but unless a team was simply looking for expiring deals, I'm not sure that would be enough to fetch an impact player.
Rondo (Parking Lot Somewhere)
Why didn't I attack more late last night? Third game back syndrome? Trade rumors? All Star snub? Obama?
Chris Forsberg (2:10 PM)
I thought you were aggressive in spots. I wouldn't fret much about your night last night. KG makes a few more shots or the team executes down the stretch and there's a ton of optimism today.
Chris Forsberg (2:10 PM)
Alright, let's wrap it up there. Thanks for hanging out. Let's do it again next week.