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 – “In four of the last seven seasons, Wallace has taken fewer 3-point attempts per game in March and April, than he took for the season as a whole. But his drop-off this month has been the steepest 3-point shooting dip of his career. Although he’s averaging 3.97 3-point attempts this season, he’s only taking 1.83 per game this month. Wallace said his 3-point shooting isn’t something he’s consciously trying to cut back on. ‘It’s just happening,’ Wallace said. ‘Just playing.’”
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “His scoring is down from 7.0 points per game a year ago to 6.2, but since the Celtics brought in Nate Robinson, [Glen] Davis has been his on-court bodyguard, setting screens and running interference. If there’s been a consistent element off the bench in recent weeks, it’s been Davis’s energy. ‘Over the last two weeks he’s been very consistent, and that’s who we need him to be,’ said coach Doc Rivers. ‘It’s important that he does that. That’s who he actually has to be in order to be a good player. You can’t be a finesse player. That’s not who he is. When he tries to do that, when he goes in the game with preconceived ideas of scoring or whatever, he’s not as good. But when he goes in the game and says, ‘I’m just going to play as hard as I can and see what happens,’ then he’s a good player for us.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “‘I have to bring energy, play defense, take what the defense is giving me, do my role and set picks,’ [Glen Davis] said. ‘I have a knack for the ball, being there the right time at the right time, reacting to the ball. Some people just have the ability to do that. My strong point is offensive rebounding. Go back up, try to get a foul, try to get an and-one.’ The key, though is not to think about any of this too much. ‘I don’t really pay attention – I just know what I have to do to play on this team in order for us to be successful,’ he said. ‘When I go onto the floor now, I just think that I don’t have a long time. Try to affect the game in any way possible – offense, defense, take a charge. That’s how I take care of things.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston – “‘Paul [Pierce] kept his hands up, he was active, and [Rajon] Rondo had some great deflections,’ said Rivers. ‘Our deflections were way up [against Dallas]. We chart them, and they were way up. Even when they were scoring in that one stretch, we kept getting our hands on the ball, and they kept getting it back and scoring. But, you just think, at the end of the day, if you keep getting enough deflections, one of them will bounce your way and it will break the game open.’ And that’s what happened Saturday. With Boston clinging to a four-point lead with 90 seconds to play, Dirk Nowitzki lost control of the ball beyond the arc and while scrambling to pass it off to the wing, Paul Pierce deflected the pass. Pierce quickly chased the ball down and fed Rondo up ahead for a breakaway layup and a six-point cushion with 1:18 to play, essentially sealing the victory.”