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March 23, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chris Forsberg

Chris Forsberg
  (12:01 PM)

Greetings from the Acela bound for Philadelphia and tonight's Celtics-76ers showdown. Let's tackle your Celtics questions for as long as the train's wireless allows.

thomas (north carolina)

did the celtics make the right move by not making any moves before the deadline.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:05 PM)

They're hoping so. I think the team has bonded on this marathon road trip and having been kept intact probably resonated with them, at least the core that's been together for five seasons now. We all know this might be the last rodeo and there's something to be said for giving these guys one last chance to make something happen. Plus, if you believe Danny Ainge, there just weren't any moves out there that made this team better now -- or in the future.

Brian (http://bigbadsportsblog.com)

Will the Celtics turn it on in the playoffs this year like they have been doing these past few years? Older teams tend to be able to do that.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:08 PM)

Not quite the same situation. In recent seasons, the Celtics have started fast and sort of got bored with the process while waiting for the postseason to arrive. This time around, they started slow and now each of the final 20 games is important. They still have to balance that with being in the best shape -- health-wise -- possible for when the playoffs start. It makes things a little bit more challenging this time around. We do know they respond best to big games.

rick (Boston)

Do you think Hollins will eventually start for the celtics this year at the center posistion?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:12 PM)

No. While I think he'll get minutes initially and be given a chance to earn a larger role with his play, I think you need to remember that he's being brought in to eat up minutes over the final 20 games. No one should expect Hollins to be anything more (or if he is, then the Celtics hit the buyout jackpot). Anyone expecting Hollins to erase Boston's inconsistencies is misguided.

Pappas (Wichita, KS)

Is Steimsma starting to get it? Do you think we will see him back in green next year?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:16 PM)

To me, the most impressive part of Stiemsma's recent development is his play considering the injured right foot. Much like Semih Erden battling through shoulder and groin issues last year because of depth issues, Stiemsma is wearing a walking boot trying to keep his foot from becoming a problem and still giving 15-20 minutes per night to aid a thin frontcourt. His stat line last night in Milwaukee was tremendous. He'd make an excellent depth center next season if he continues his development.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:16 PM)

To me, the most impressive part of Stiemsma's recent development is his play considering the injured right foot. Much like Semih Erden battling through shoulder and groin issues last year because of depth issues, Stiemsma is wearing a walking boot trying to keep his foot from becoming a problem and still giving 15-20 minutes per night to aid a thin frontcourt. His stat line last night in Milwaukee was tremendous. He'd make an excellent depth center next season if he continues his development.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:16 PM)

Apologies as we go along if the Q&A seems slow (or if anything pops up out of order). Wireless, as usual, is spotty at best on train.

IVAN (PEABODY, MA)

Will KG and Allen come back next season and do you see a slepper "big time" free agent signing here for next season?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:19 PM)

So the free-agent pool has dried up pretty quick. While the 2012 offseason was supposed to feature the likes of Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, suddenly those guys are not options. So if Boston can't find a way to add an elite player, I can absolutely envision a scenario in which the team brings back Ray & KG on reasonable, short-term contracts and buys itself another season. Far from ideal, but if they did come cheap, it would allow the team to bring in other above average players on big money, but short-term deals and hopes the overall bulk of talent could keep this team afloat. Plus, the way KG

GEO (IOWA)

Any additional moves expected by the Celtics?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:22 PM)

Nothing appears imminent, but I wouldn't be surprised if the team eventually bought out Jermaine O'Neal and did something with his roster spot. Whether that's bringing in an emergency depth guy or signing a younger player with potential for next season (think Tony Gaffney/Oliver Lafayette) it seems that -- while it will cost the team a little bit -- it might beat the alternative of simply allowing an injured player to clog up a roster spot. The waiver deadline for playoff eligibility is today, meaning anyone on another NBA roster must be waived by midnight to be eligible to be signed and on another team's roster for the postseason.

Hamza (Washington dc) [via mobile]

What are the chance the celtics add another big by the end of the day today?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:23 PM)

Again, keep in mind that the Celtics don't have to make a move by today. They can add a player down the road, so long as he was a free agent by today, then he's playoff eligible. And again, that might not even matter if it's just someone to help grind through the regular season.

Bodhi Satva (Australia)

Keyon played deep into the 4th quarter last night hitting some shots and distributing well. Are we going to see a transition from Avery as PG to SG and Keyon as PG?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:25 PM)

Keyon clearly had some motivation going against his former employer, so let's see if he can put together a couple games like this. Even still, it's encouraging to see him go 4-for-4 from the floor, particularly given his offensive struggles recently. The Celtics could benefit from him playing with some renewed confidence. I still wouldn't expect too much of a playoff role from him; Bradley's defense makes him more valuable to the rotation at the moment.

Tyler (Las Vegas, NV)

Fberg...train? Hope it's at least the Acella.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:27 PM)

No one in the Boston area flies to Philly any more (at least not cheaply). Miss the days when you could get a super cheap fare out of Providence. So train it is. I'm savoring the Acela experience on the way down; Northeast rail on the way back ::shudders::

Daniel Shafer (Los Angeles)

Chris, I'm confused. Correct me if I'm wrong but by putting Wilcox on waivers we can't resign him for a year. Why would we put Wilcox on waivers instead of JO, who seems set to retire? Wilcox and Rondo had a great thing going before he got hurt and we need him next year. Please clarify the strategy!

Chris Forsberg
  (12:30 PM)

I'll have to double check this, but I believe the rule is you can't re-sign a player waived in-season for a full year OR until his contract would have expired. With Wilcox set to be a free agent this summer, I think the C's could still pursue him again if they desired (not sure that's in their plans and let's see where his health is by that point).

Anthony (Boston MA)

Chris, I really think we need to start giving Sasha 4-6 Minutes per game. He has shown us some great moments, coming off the bench this year. The reason he is so inconsistent is because of his lack of playing time. His defensive capabilities, and rebounding capabilities are not utilized enough, not to mention he can steal the ball! Any chance he sees some more playing time down the stretch?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:32 PM)

Not sure if 4-6 minutes is enough to make a real impact, but say this for Sasha: He's somewhat Scalabrine-like in his ability to go long stretches without playing, then be able to still impact the game when he's on the floor. His defense has been terrific in the small doses we've seen. There's a great luxury in having a versatile bench player like that.

O'Doyle (Worcester)

I realize we've got to play the hand we're dealt but is Brandon Bass really a starting PF in this league? He's a great role player but he's 6'6 (not the 6'8 he's listed as) and I just don't think he has the length defensively that we need? I know it's wishful thinking but how about starting J Johnson and bringing Bass off the bench early and often?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:34 PM)

Yes, Bass is undersized, but he's more of a 4 than Johnson at the moment. Bass is scrappy and utilizes his athleticism to mask the size he's given up. The combo of him and KG up front has worked out far better than I imagined when they went with it. Bass' defensive numbers have been phenomenal and there seems to be no reason to worry about the starting lineup at the moment.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:34 PM)

Yes, Bass is undersized, but he's more of a 4 than Johnson at the moment. Bass is scrappy and utilizes his athleticism to mask the size he's given up. The combo of him and KG up front has worked out far better than I imagined when they went with it. Bass' defensive numbers have been phenomenal and there seems to be no reason to worry about the starting lineup at the moment.

Greg (south shore )

Why aren't the Celtics releasing marquis Daniels and JO ??

Chris Forsberg
  (12:35 PM)

I think there's a value in having someone like Marquis on the bench, though he's clearly a bit frustrated by his limited role at the moment. As for JO, there seems to be no reason to rush that process until they need the roster spot.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:37 PM)

I'm very interested to see what Doc says about you tonight, Austin. He's sort of hedged on whether he'd like to coach you (joking that he wouldn't because he'd have to go home and see your Mom each night and she'd yell at him for yelling at you). With two first-round picks this season, speculation will surely occur about whether Boston could get in position to draft you. Should make for a fun draft night.

Austin (Durham NC)

Hey Chris, I am hiring an Agent, do you think my Dad would convince Danny to draft me? And if so, should I want to play for Doc?

april (los angeles)

is ryan hollins goin' to play tonight? : )

Chris Forsberg
  (12:39 PM)

They were prepping his No. 50 jersey this morning, so my guess is so long as all the paperwork and medical stuff is cleared, he'll be on the floor.

@Bostonsportz (Boston)

Will Ryan Hollins cut into most of Stiemsa's minutes? I hope not, because he's playing well of late

Chris Forsberg
  (12:40 PM)

He might initially, then that little third-center competition will play itself out. Getting Stiemsma a little additional rest with that ailing right foot might not be a bad thing.

Devonte (Natchitoches,LA)

Should sign B.Diaw,E.House,R.Wallace, & J.Posey for 1 year.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:43 PM)

Devonte! You always want to get the band back together. You'll have to settle for keeping the core intact.

Robb (Joplin, MO)

Really, though, why not bring aboard House or Posey? Do they not like having jobs?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:46 PM)

Players get old and their skills deteriorate. Both those guys were key parts of past teams, but I think fans just have to realize that Posey, House, Powe, etc. just might not have enough in the tank and a familiarity with the system isn't enough to justify reshuffling the roster to add them.

Ernie from indiana [via mobile]

I still think marquis can help us. I just wonder why doc dont give him some playing time. He can defend, post, score probably not us good as a shooter like dooling but in some ways can contribute especially like rebound for a big guard. Not to mention, he can do a better job dfending big guards like wade kobe etc bettee than dooling.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:49 PM)

With enough floor time, Daniels might be able to get back to the player we saw last year (one that really thrived defensively). But he's never been consistent and it's clear that Doc really struggles with the confidence to put him in the game outside of a hunch or an emergency situation. He's still valuable; the type of guy that could come in handy if, say, Pierce or Pietrus went down. The lack of opportunities for floor time in this condensed season is working against Daniels.

Deven (New York)

Prediction of how far the Cs will go into the playoffs?

Chris Forsberg
  (12:52 PM)

If they win the division and shuffle up to a No. 4 seed, things get a little more interesting, but they'd still be pegged for a second-round meeting with the Bulls. It's hard to imagine them, at the moment, getting out of that round, but you can't put it past them. I've said all along, I see the Celtics putting up a good fight against the Heat or the Bulls, but not having enough in the end. The health of the opponent (and the Celtics themselves) will go a long way towards determining how exactly that will play out.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:53 PM)

Alright, let's cap it there. I gotta get our 2-on-2 posted for tonight's game with Philly. Enjoy the game. Hopefully it's more entertaining than the first time around.

Chris Forsberg
  (12:53 PM)

Thanks to everyone for hanging out. Let's do it again next week.