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 – “‘We were talking about it,’ Pierce said. ‘Earlier in the year we didn’t turn the ball over much and we won a lot of games. We score when we don’t give up the ball pretty much. It’s just the little things, man. That’s what we always talk about. Little things like rebounds and turnovers, stuff like that. If we can take care of those things, we’ll go back to winning games. We’ll be more consistent. Pierce then shook his head and added, ‘It’s like you have the answers to the test and you still fail. It’s just like that. We know the answers.’”
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “‘Through the stretch that started when Paul Pierce was in the hospital while his team was in Orlando and seemingly ended Monday when the Celtics beat Washington on the road, Pierce was the guy walking through the storm with no coat, no hat, and no umbrella, saying, ‘Rain? You call this rain?’ He has been on a team that won 36 games and made the playoffs. He has been on a team that won 36 games and missed the playoffs. He has been on a team where he alone accounted for more than a quarter of the offensive output. And then there was the team that lost 18 straight games. He knows rain when he sees it. The past few weeks, it has only been drizzling.”
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe – “The Celtics’ medical staff reviewed Pierce’s X-rays and MRI and determined that his left foot wasn’t broken, as had been feared earlier. According to team sources, the Celtics thought Pierce may be out several weeks after bending the foot awkwardly after Washington’s Caron Butler landed on Pierce in the first quarter of a 99-88 win Monday over the Wizards. ‘We were concerned after watching the injury and seeing the soreness on Paul’s foot this morning and what it looked like on TV,’ Ainge told the Globe on Tuesday night. ‘I was worried, so I was very relieved to hear it was a sprained mid foot and that he’ll be back soon.’”
Red’s Army – “What if……. Ray Allen makes the shot against the Lakers? We’re posting our ‘Losers’ or ‘Anti-Kobe’ shirts. We’re lauding Doc for drawing up another spectacular last second play that involved not a pick and roll… or a pick and pop… but a pick and use the other pick to flare out to the 3 point line for a clean look. Yeah, it would have been another 4th quarter swoon but hey… it’s the Lakers… they weren’t just going to roll over and die. Of course they were going to make a last gasp. And Kobe hitting that shot was great for him… but there was too much time on the clock. Too much for Ray to do what he does best… hit the shot when it counts. A couple of inches one way or another. The ball rolling a centimeter one way or the other in Ray and Sheed’s hands on the release. A slight fade too far to the left on the jump. Those little, tiny things are the difference between us feeling confident about the Celtics fighting out wins as Kevin Garnett recovers…. and us trading everyone away and wondering if KG should just be taken out back and given the ‘Old Yeller’.”
Greg Payne, CelticsBlog – “In a best case scenario, Marquis Daniels will make his return to the court at some point later this month. While his return will not magically solve the issues the Celtics have been facing for the past month, his presence should certainly help steer the ship in the right direction. Specifically, a handful of players should be affected by his return, including:”