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 – “It could have been worse. They could have called him Ricky Davis. Glen Davis pulled down seven boards, five on the offensive glass, and his teammates were waiting in the locker room with yet another new nickname for ‘Big Baby’/'Uno-Uno’/'The Eleventh Hour’/'Just Call Me Glen.’ ‘They’re in there calling him Moses Malone because he got five offensive rebounds, four of them were his own misses,’ Rivers said.”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “The Celtics captain, coming off a 29-point performance in Wednesday’s win against the Knicks that essentially filled two quarters of work, is now certifiably hot. He’s had double-digit quarters of 15, 16 and 13 points in the last two games. Like the Celtics’ overall ball movement – they won for the second straight game with Rajon Rondo taking a negligible amount of shots (five) – Pierce’s game may be close to his November form. He hasn’t talked to the media since the Celtics’ March 12 win against Indiana, but again his associates were more than willing to supply the words. ‘He’s getting there,’ coach Doc Rivers said. ‘There are still things that he’s working on. His endurance and his timing still have to get better. But he’s starting to get his step back down. He’s starting to get more out of his isolations.’”
Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle – “Aaron Brooks darted around the half court, unencumbered by the ball or other responsibilities. He needed only to get free of the Boston defense. But at every turn, another Celtics defender popped out to impede him or cut off the passing lane, until Brooks covered a lot of ground, but he and the Rockets’ offense could go nowhere. With that, the Rockets’ offensive roll and winning streak were over, with the Celtics taking a 94-87 win Friday night at Toyota Center. The Celtics so thoroughly bottled up Brooks, he could take just one 3-pointer, missing to end his streak of games with at least one 3-pointer made at 39, holding him to 10 points, as few as he has scored in a game since Dec. 22.”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “The C’s have two more wins on the road than they do at home, where they’ve gone 21-12. Doc Rivers doesn’t want to question the numbers, at least not too much. ‘We expected to be good on the road,’ the coach said. ‘We didn’t expect to be that bad at home. But nothing means nothing. It’s good that we have a veteran group. With all of that crowd noise, maybe they’re so old they can’t hear it.’”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “Boston finished with 25 assists on 37 field goals, and Allen said the smooth offense fed into the stingy defense on Friday. ‘Executing offensively, that’s been our Achilles’ heel, when we’ve been bad,’ Allen said. ‘With bad offense, you put teams in transition, and we don’t give our defense a chance.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “He has struggled at both ends of the floor, though Perkins believes he knows the reason for his slippage. Defense may be his calling card, but Perkins has spent too much time ruminating about offense. He entered last night narrowly behind Orlando’s Dwight Howard for the league lead in field goal percentage. ‘I was playing pretty well after the All-Star break, but then I kind of got beat down,’ said Perkins, who had eight points (3-of-6 from the floor) last night, along with five rebounds and two blocks. ‘Then I got back to thinking about blocking shots and not thinking about the offensive end. Sometimes I let the offensive end dictate my defense, and that’s not a good thing.’”