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Stephon Marbury does little to nothing to boost Boston

March 12, 2009 | 12:57 pm


Stephon Marbury is a bust in Boston.

The 32-year-old Knicks castoff was supposed to be the Celtics' late-season weapon to help fuel them for another title run with some instant offense off the bench. So far, it's a no-go.

Rajon Rondo, the Celtics' athletic young point guard is out with an ankle injury, so Marbury has been the team's starting point guard the last couple games and he's been firing blanks -- literally.

Last night the Celtics lost in Miami and Marbury played 24 minutes and he was scoreless and notched only four assists. With Kevin Garnett out with a knee injury -- he should return next week -- Rondo's return a few games away and backup forward Glen Davis sidelined for several games because of his ankle injury, the Celtics can forget about the best record in the league. Indeed, the Cavaliers now lead Boston by three games in the loss column, and the Celtics are only one game ahead of Orlando for the battle for the second spot in the Eastern playoff seedings.

With 17 games left in the regular season, Boston is desperate for some extra firepower, but Marbury is either rusty from his 13-month layoff or he's just lost his game for good.

In Marbury's six games with Boston, he's been scoreless in three contests and is averaging a woeful 2.3 points per game, 2.7 assists and two turnovers in 19 minutes of playing time. Marbury is also shooting a miserable 25.9% from the field and has shot only one free throw.

Said "The Stephon Marbury experiment is, right now, a disaster. He can't shoot ... He's not beating guys off the dribble and he's not penetrating into the lane."

With the playoffs only 5 1/2 weeks away, the Celtics have absolutely no momentum.

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Stephon Marbury of the Boston Celtics looks on against the New Jersey Nets during a game on March 4. Credit: Al Bello / Getty Images