The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “West will add another dimension, but it’ll also mean the Celtics will have to go through another transition period. ‘It’s going to be an adjustment for the guys on the bench who are used to playing a certain way,’ Ainge said. ‘They haven’t had Delonte. Right now they’re having success, so it’s just another challenge for Delonte to find a way to fit in and find his niche in the team and find his role. And it’s another adjustment that Doc has to make in finding room for another player. And that’s not as easy as it sounds.’ West’s defense, his ability to be a floor general, and his scoring touch, will provide an instant boost to the second unit. ‘D-West definitely adds more versatility to the lineup,’ said forward Paul Pierce. ‘Somebody who can spell Ray. Ray’s been playing a lot of minutes in this stretch. He showed really great chemistry with Nate [Robinson] and our bench in the preseason and in practice. It’s going to be great to get his feet wet with that second unit and we don’t have to go with the starters for long stretches because of his versatility to play one or two positions.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “The Celtics figure to be a better team with West in the mix, there’s no disputing that. Even after producing an 8-2 mark during West’s 10-game suspension for offseason gun charges, Boston players gushed with excitement while pondering his integration into the bench rotation. ‘It’s great because he gives our second unit even more of a lift,’ Allen said Saturday night in Memphis after his late-game sharpshooting helped the Celtics top the Grizzlies, wrapping up a 3-1 trip. ‘It’s a great position to be in. We were able to weather the storm for the first 10 games and I know he’s champing at the bit — he’s ready to go. You get another player who solidifies that backup unit and can give you more of a scoring pop. He played well [in the preseason], so we’re looking forward to it.’ … ‘I think it will be different for [the media and fans] because you haven’t seen us full throttle since the preseason,’ said Garnett. ‘Practice, that’s our time, where we really become a team.’ … ’It’ll be nice. It’s good to have a body and another guy who kind of knows what we’re doing,’ said Rivers. ‘But it will be interesting. We have a really good rhythm right now, so we’ll bring him back and that will upset our rhythm a little bit.’ Yet again, it’s a boat worth rocking. ‘Obviously, Delonte is going to help us, but I don’t know exactly how yet,’ Rivers said. ‘We’re playing pretty well now. We have a pretty good rhythm and [West is] going to change our rhythm a little bit. So we’re going to have to get used to that. Having said that, I’d rather have that than not. We’ll see. I think Delonte will help Nate [Robinson] the most, but we’ll wait and see. He’ll help us.’”
Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald – “On Saturday in Memphis in the 116-100 victory, O’Neal had five authoritative dunks among his 7-for-10, 18-point night. Rondo, the lightning to Shaq’s thunder, is always looking his way. Rondo and Goliath have found a groove. ‘He’s definitely adding assists to my game, and that’s going to increase,’ said Rondo. ‘If his man’s off his body, all you’ve got to do is throw it toward the rim. He’s going to finish it.’ O’Neal returns the salute, saying, ‘All I have to do is work to get space and he’ll find me. I play my game and he gets me the ball.’ ‘Yeah, it goes both ways,’ said Rondo. ‘I love playing with him, and vice versa. I think he enjoys playing with me, as well.’ It is a measure of Rondo’s burgeoning greatness that his locker was not surrounded with media after he delivered 17 assists (and 11 points) at FedExForum. Seventeen? Yawn. This was the third time this season Rondo netted that number of dishes, and it’s not even his season high. That would be 24 against the Knicks. He is now averaging 15.1 a game, and has eight straight in double figures. ‘He has such good control and command on what we’re trying to run,’ said coach Doc Rivers. ‘We’re on the same page a lot offensively on what we want to run. He knows what I’m looking for and he has the ability to find it.’”
Paul Coro, Arizona Republic – “Suns Hall of Fame announcer Al McCoy has never uttered “Shazam!” as much as he did Sunday night at Staples Center. The Suns made beating the world-champion Los Angeles Lakers a side achievement Sunday by setting a franchise record with 22 3-pointers in a 121-116 road victory. Phoenix sank 22 of 40 3-points, also breaking the Lakers’ opponent record and coming within one of Orlando’s NBA record of 23 3-pointers in a game. The Suns’ previous record was 20, set in April 2006 against New Orleans/Oklahoma City and January 2008 against Denver. Phoenix needed them all, especially Hedo Turkoglu’s fifth 3-pointer that gave Phoenix a 115-109 lead with 34.7 seconds to go, sending the Suns to their fourth win in five games to make them 5-4 this season.”
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