The Celtics have gotten rid of their morning walkthrough, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Here are a few Celtics links, and maybe even an NBA link or two, to help wake you up and get you focused for the day.
Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald – “Watching Perkins roll out an arsenal of moves far more lethal than what he had when Jefferson was around these parts, Jefferson might have been moved to ask, ‘Who are you and what have you done with the Perk I knew?’ But Al has been paying attention. ‘We were just talking about that last night, how well he’s been playing and how his confidence has gone up on the offensive end,’ Jefferson said. ‘The way he keeps playing, I think he has a chance to make the All-Star Game. I actually do see him a lot because (the Celtics) always play on a day we don’t play and I watch them every chance I get. To me, he had a quiet night, compared to the games I have seen him play.’ And some of the Celtic’s moves may seem a bit familiar. ‘I stole a lot of stuff from him,’ said Perkins, who made 7-of-10 shots while Jefferson was hitting 9-of-18. ‘The pump fake I do? That’s from him.’”
Dan Duggan, Boston Herald – “‘Actually I kind of surprised myself. I wanted to lay it up, but I saw him running so hard, so I just had to finish,’ Allen said. ‘I was pretty happy after that. It actually motivated me throughout the game.’ It’s the type of play the Celtics have come to expect from Allen, who missed the first 20 games of the season while recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle. ‘Tony was phenomenal,’ coach Doc Rivers said. ‘He’s been terrific. He’s just doing the things we need him to do. This is the best stretch that we’ve had him, as far as with this group of guys, where he’s playing his role.’”
Frank Dell’Apa, Boston Globe – “Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 15 assists in the Celtics’ 122-104 victory over Minnesota last night. But Rondo was regretting one of those assists after being informed that Paul Pierce had a chance to break a team record for 3-pointers without a miss. ‘I had no idea, I didn’t know he shot 6 for 6 until I saw him do an interview,’ Rondo said. ‘You know, I looked him off on one, too. The skip pass to Ray [Allen], Paul said he was open, too. He made sure he told me that right after.’ Pierce became the first Celtic to convert six 3-pointers without a miss in a home game. He tied a team record for threes without a miss in any game established by Danny Ainge at Utah Jan. 4, 1988, and Walter McCarty at Toronto Nov. 2, 1999.”
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston – “‘Well, first of all I didn’t think [House] was athletic enough to get to the ball,” said Rivers. “So the fact that he got to the ball, I was shocked. And then he made a play once he got to the ball — it was pretty spectacular. It was great. I was happy because it was a great defensive play.’ Allen, who registered season-highs with 15 points (5-of-8 shooting) and 24 minutes, couldn’t believe how the play unfolded, either. ‘That was random — a transition play, Eddie got a tip on the ball, defensively, chased it down to me and I was just running the lane for the fast break and we got the bucket,’ explained Allen, who said he initially didn’t intend to go for the jam. ‘Actually, I kind of surprised myself. I wanted to lay it up and I saw [Brewer] running so hard, so I just finished, had to finish.’”
Frank Dell’Apa, Boston Globe – “‘I told him he needs to get back to just playing on his instincts,’ coach Doc Rivers said of Pierce. ‘I thought he was trying to get everybody involved, which you want him to do, too. But I think our three really instinctive players are Kevin [Garnett], [Rajon] Rondo, and Paul. You always have to remind them, just be an instinctive player, you have great instincts. Those three guys, you just want them to play. And their instincts do everything for them.’”
Jimmy Toscano, CelticsBlog – “‘He’s been huge man,’ Pierce said of Allen, ‘just his energy and what he’s been able to bring especially with Marquis [Daniels] out because he’s a guy who can come in and slash, score, and also what he’s best known for is his defense. He comes in right away and he gets a steal and a fast break layup to start the game off when he gets in the game. Kendrick Perkins was matched up with his old friend Al Jefferson tonight. Perkins finished the night with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Jefferson recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds. ‘Perk [Kendrick Perkins] is getting better and better every game,’ said the Timberwolves’ Al Jefferson. ‘If he keeps playing the way he’s playing, he’s going to get a big contract. He’s a great defensive player, always has been… Plus his offensive game is getting better.’”