2011–12 Boston Celtics season
|2011–12 Boston Celtics season|
|Head coach||Doc Rivers|
|General manager||Danny Ainge|
H. Irving Grousbeck
|Place||Division: 1st (Atlantic)|
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||Eastern Conference Finals|
(Lost to Heat 3–4)
|Television||CSN New England|
The 2011–12 Boston Celtics season was the 66th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Boston Celtics finished the regular season with a 39–27 won-loss record, which was the 4th best in the East, winning their 21st Atlantic Division title. Their longest winning and losing streaks were 5 games. The leading scorer was Paul Pierce, averaging 19.4 PPG. The leading rebounder was Kevin Garnett (8.2 RPG). Rajon Rondo led the team and the league in assists per-game with 11.7. The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 66 due to the lockout. The Celtics made a relatively deep playoff run, where they defeated the Atlanta Hawks in six games in the First Round, and the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games in the Semifinals, eventually challenging the Miami Heat, the team who defeated them in last season's Semifinals, in the Eastern Conference Finals. They ultimately lost the series in seven games to the eventual NBA champion.
Following the season, Ray Allen departed via free agency for the eventual champion Miami Heat, effectively ending the Big 3 era in Boston. During his 3 years as a Heat, Allen would help them win a second-straight title the following year over the San Antonio Spurs, and appear again in the 2014 Finals.
- 1 Key dates
- 2 Draft picks
- 3 Roster
- 4 Pre-season
- 5 Regular season
- 6 Playoffs
- 7 Player statistics
- 8 Awards, records and milestones
- 9 Injuries and suspensions
- 10 Transactions
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- June 23: The 2011 NBA draft took place at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- December 25: The regular season begins with a matchup against the New York Knicks in a rematch from the previous season's playoffs.
- April 18: The Celtics secure the Atlantic Division title in a 102–98 win against the Orlando Magic.
- April 29: The 2012 NBA Playoffs started.
- May 10: The Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, defeating the Atlanta Hawks.
- May 25: The Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers
- June 9: The Celtics were defeated by the Miami Heat and were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.
(traded from the New Jersey Nets)
|2||55||E'Twaun Moore||SG||United States||Purdue|
|2011–12 Boston Celtics roster|
|2011 pre-season game log|
Pre-season: 2–0 (Home: 1–0; Road: 1–0)
|2011–12 season schedule|
|x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||3||22–11||14–19||8–6|
|New Jersey Nets||22||44||.333||17||9–24||13–20||5–9|
|7||x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||14|
|12||New Jersey Nets||22||44||.333||28|
|2012 playoff game log|
First round: 4–2 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–2)
Conference Semifinals: 4–3 (Home: 3–1; Road: 1–2)
Conference Finals: 3–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–3)
|2012 playoff schedule|
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
- 1 Statistics with the Boston Celtics.
Awards, records and milestones
- Paul Pierce was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice (January 30 – February 5 and March 26 – April 1).
- Kevin Garnett was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (April 9 – 15).
- Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo participated in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. It was their 10th and 3rd appearance respectively.
- On March 22 Paul Pierce surpassed Clyde Drexler on the All-time scoring leaders table in a 100–91 win against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Injuries and suspensions
- Jeff Green will not be available for the 2011–12 season to recover from a heart surgery.
- Chris Wilcox was out for the season in March with a cardiac irregularity.
- Jermaine O'Neal was out for the season on March to have surgery on his left wrist.
- Rajon Rondo earned a two-game suspension for throwing the ball to a referee during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 19 and was suspended for one game during the playoffs for bumping a referee on game 1 of the first round against the Atlanta Hawks.
Via free agency
|Players Lost |
Via free agency
Negated Contract due to Injury
|June 23, 2011||To Boston Celtics
Draft rights to JaJuan Johnson
Conditional 2014 second round pick
|To New Jersey Nets|
Draft rights to MarShon Brooks
|December 9, 2011||To Boston Celtics
Conditional 2012 second round pick
|To Milwaukee Bucks|
Draft rights to Albert Miralles
|December 12, 2011||To Boston Celtics
|To Orlando Magic|
Glen Davis (sign and trade)
Von Wafer (sign and trade)
|Player||Date signed||Former team|
|Marquis Daniels||December 9||Sacramento Kings|
|Chris Wilcox||December 9||Detroit Pistons|
|Greg Stiemsma||December 9||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|Aleksandar Pavlović||December 12||Re-signed|
|Mickaël Piétrus||December 24||Phoenix Suns|
|Ryan Hollins||March 23||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sean Williams||April 20||Dallas Mavericks|
|Player||Date signed||New team|
|Nenad Krstić||June 22||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|Glen Davis||December 12||Orlando Magic|
|Von Wafer||December 12||Orlando Magic|
|Delonte West||December 13||Dallas Mavericks|
|Troy Murphy||December 18||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Carlos Arroyo||December 22||Beşiktaş Milangaz (Turkey)|
Many players signed with teams from other leagues due to the 2011 NBA lockout. FIBA allows players under NBA contracts to sign and play for teams from other leagues if the contracts have opt-out clauses that allow the players to return to the NBA if the lockout ends. The Chinese Basketball Association, however, only allows its clubs to sign foreign free agents who could play for at least the entire season.
|Played in other leagues during lockout|
|Player||Date signed||New team||Opt-out clause|
|Nenad Krstić||June 22||CSKA Moscow (Russia)||No|
|E'Twaun Moore||July 28||Benetton Treviso (Italy)||Yes|
|Von Wafer||August 3||Vanoli Cremona (Italy)||Yes|
|Avery Bradley||October 5||Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)||No|
- "Report: NBA draft moving to Newark". ESPN.com. October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
- Boston Celtics clinch NBA Atlantic division title, Yahoo! News. April 19, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Celtics' Pierce, Spurs' Parker named Players of the Week Archived December 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, NBA.com. February 6, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- C's Pierce, Clippers' Paul named Players of the Week Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, NBA.com. April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Celtics' Garnett and Lakers' Bynum named Players of the Week Archived April 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, NBA.com. April 16, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Boston–Milwaukee Game recap, Celtics.com. March 22, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Celtics F Jeff Green to miss season after surgery, USA Today. December 17, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Forsberg, Chris. "Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox out for season with cardiac irregularity". espn.go.com. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Celtics' O'Neal plans season-ending wrist surgery, NBA.com. March 19, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Rajon Rondo suspended two games, ESPN.com. February 22, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- Rajon Rondo suspended for bumping referee, Yahoo! Sports. April 30, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- "FIBA: NBA stars can play overseas". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- Xiaochen (August 21, 2011). "New rule shuts door on NBA stars". China Daily. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011.
- "CSKA puts veteran Krstic at center". Euroleague.net. Euroleague. June 22, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
- Forsberg, Chris (July 28, 2011). "E'Twaun Moore signs Italian deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
- "Colpo grosso di Cremona, preso anche Wafer" [Big Shot in Cremona, Also Took Wafer]. CorriereDelloSport.it (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. August 4, 2011. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
- "Hapoel Jerusalem nabs Bradley". EurocupBasketball.com. Euroleague. October 5, 2011. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.