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.
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “Those six losses at home not only equal their loss total at home in each of the last two seasons, but it’s also more home defeats than any division leader in the East. And when you talk about Boston and all its injuries, the timing of those setbacks is what has made an already difficult situation even more daunting. ‘A lot of our injuries have been late-game scratches, which throws you off even more,’ said coach Doc Rivers. “But it happens. We’re going through it. With the injuries and the amount of games we played, it was a difficult stretch.’”
ESPN.com news service - “‘I like the fact that the fans get the opportunity to vote and pick who they’d like to see in the All-Star Game, but I don’t think it should be 100 percent,’ Allen said this week. The nine-time All-Star said the fan voting has made the game ‘watered down’ and called for a change in the process. Allen said fans should have 50 percent of the vote, with the other 50 percent being divided evenly between the media and the players. He said players know who is playing the best, and believes with his idea, ‘you’d look at five guys starting the All-Star team regardless of hype or highlight.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston - “On Saturday, Wallace practiced for the first time since the injury; after a week’s absence, he expects to be back on the court Monday night when the Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden. ‘It helps a lot [to have Wallace back],’ said center Kendrick Perkins, who has been forced to shoulder the frontcourt load without Wallace and Garnett. ‘Sheed’s another defensive-minded guy. He comes in and does an excellent job of playing defense; it helps our team a lot. I think sometimes you need that veteran leadership, especially from another big guy, to get us going. We really need him.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald - “Pierce briefly re-emerged with a heavy ice pack on the knee before heading back to the locker room once practice ended. ‘He got kneed in the exact same spot – it’s just amazing, the luck right now with little things like that,’ said coach Doc Rivers. ‘That’s why he was so upset. He was like, it was starting to feel good. So we hope that he’s fine.’”