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.
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “‘For whatever reason, I haven’t been shooting the ball particularly well,’ [Eddie] House said. ‘It happened to me like this last year, too. But, you know, you just keep plugging and keep working on what you need to work on and try to get your shots and continue to take your shots and try to do what you’ve done your whole career. Eventually you’ll get back to what you do. The shot’s starting to feel good now. I’ve got a good rhythm. I’m feeling good, my body feels good. So I’ll just continue to try to build on that.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston – “I didn’t talk to [trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] today, but [Rondo] came out,” said associate head coach Tom Thibodeau, who led the team through practice [because Doc Rivers missed it due to a personal matter] and handled the media chores. “He was coaching and involved — champing at the bit. I’m assuming he’s feeling better, but I’m not sure if he’s ready yet.” [...] Being short-handed — only 11 players participated — meant extra work for everyone, but Thibodeau generally liked what he saw out of the session. ‘Practice was good and bad,’ said Thibodeau. ‘Normally after a day off, it’s a little sloppy, but the intensity I thought was very good, and intentions were very good.’
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – [Tony Allen] hasn’t been shy about asking for help. ‘With things I have problems with, I always pull coach to the side, ask him to draw it up real quick again,’ Allen said. “Stuff like that will help me. I don’t take much, because I basically know the play I’ve just got to find out what my position is, what’ll be my outlets and what I’m looking for in those plays I called.’ His thought process has to change now that his role has, for instance, he has to be aware that because Ray Allen is a catch-and-shoot player and J.R. Giddens is more of a spot up shooter, certain plays cater more to their individual abilities. ‘It’s like homework,’ Allen said. ‘You’ve just got to basically know your assignment.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “One Celtics player has impressed teammates with his drive to come back from injury. ‘I think Baby wants this,’ Perkins said. ‘This preseason he was playing great, and unfortunately he had to go out with the injury he had. Now he’s coming back and proving to Doc that he’s ready.’”
Paul Flannery, WEEI – “The Celtics will live with [some Tony Allen turnovers] for now, and frankly they don’t have much choice. They seem to have given up on the idea of shoehorning Eddie House into that role and Lester Hudson is a converted scorer and a rookie who has not gained Rivers’ trust as yet. But mainly they’ll live with it because Allen has been doing so many other positive things on the court. More than half of his shots have come from inside the paint and he is finishing to the tune of a .708 Effective Field Goal Percentage, according to 82games.com. He’ll never be a “true” point guard any more than Rondo will ever be a “pure” shooter, but in his own odd way, Tony Allen is playing his game.”
Zach Lowe, Celtics Hub – “But let me ask you: Do you realize how awful Brian Scalabrine has been this season, at least statistically? I don’t say this lightly or before doing the required research and number-crunching: You could pretty easily make the argument that Brian Scalabrine has been the worst player receiving regular minutes in the NBA this season. And the disturbing thing is that Scal’s production has gotten even worse as his minutes have increased due to injuries to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.”
Kevin Henkin, Celtics Stuff Live – “Seriously, raise you hand if you assume that the combination of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Marquise Daniels and Tony Allen will remain healthy in the second half of the season and throughout the playoffs. As has been demonstrated by the fact that three out of those four rotation swingmen have missed significant time this season already from undergoing the knife, it is a very real possibility that the services of J.R. Giddens and/or Bill Walker will be needed in some meaningful game minutes again. It would be appropriate for them to be at least somewhat prepared when their numbers happen to be called.”