The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “No one was more disappointed by the Celtics’ storm-delayed return from Sacramento, Calif., than guard Delonte West. It forced him to miss a scheduled CT scan that would have provided a better idea of how his broken right wrist is healing. As such, he was not able to take part in yesterday’s full practice. But he’s getting closer. ‘Each day is getting better,’ West said. ‘Today I was comfortable enough to do a little more. I was shooting layups and catching passes today. It feels a little sore, but I’m hoping any day now that I can start practicing. I missed the appointment, but I should be getting a check-up soon to see how much more I can start to do. (The test) was set up for (Wednesday), but hopefully I can get in the next couple of days.’”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “When Delonte West works out at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, it looks like he can do what’s needed to play in a basketball game. He shoots layups. He catches passes. It looks like he might be ready to make a return from the broken right wrist he suffered in late November. But the Celtics guard knows that’s not the case. Yet. ‘Looks can be decieving,’ West said. ‘I’m catching passes and dribbling, but I’m not doing anything really with a lot of force. Force definitely gives me discomfort right now.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Ray Allen, who was named to his 10th All-Star Game last night as a reserve, also stands a good chance of competing against defending champion Paul Pierce [stats] in the 3-point contest. Allen won the title in 2001. ‘It’s just finding a rhythm, and I like my chances,’ he said.”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “It’s not difficult to imagine what this year’s East coach, Doc Rivers, is now thinking. For the first time since the Pistons placed four players on the 2006 East squad, four Celtics were voted as reserves by Eastern Conference coaches last night. Rivers admittedly looks forward to calling his offense — running his second unit as a true team, plus one addition. ‘The terminology is all the same, but one thing Doc has to be careful of is giving his plays away,’ Allen said. ‘He should come up with plays he used in Orlando, or somebody’s else’s plays. I know last year the coach used all our plays and used our terminology to give everyone a heads up on what we ran.’”
Frank Dell’Apa, Boston Globe – “Rivers on the coaches’ vote: “What is unusual is I didn’t get a lot of calls. Usually you get a lot of calls from coaches asking to vote for their guys. I thought that was strange. ‘Voting for four other guys was very difficult. Take our four guys off and try to make an Eastern Conference team, it’s very difficult. I’ve always thought it was more special to be voted in by your peers. The fan vote is nice, but I’ve always thought it was really nice when the coaches recognize you. They’re telling you that you’re an All-Star.’”
Greg Payne, ESPN Boston – “Celtics captain Paul Pierce took to Twitter on Monday to express his desire to square off with teammate Ray Allen in the 3-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend. After practice on Thursday, Allen said he’s up for the challenge. ‘I like my chances, sure,’ said Allen. ‘I’ve done it before.’ … ‘I think it boils down to how much rest you get that weekend,’ Allen said. ‘I see some guys come in and they don’t make it around to the top of the key because they’ve been out every night, four days in a row, so it’s just kind of finding a rhythm.’”
Peter May, ESPN – “Last year, he struggled and there was no outcry when his name (or phone number) wasn’t called. There were trade rumors, the Celtics had a terrible January and Allen’s first-half numbers were underwhelming. In the first four months of the season, he averaged 16.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. In the last three months, knowing he wasn’t going anywhere, he relaxed and averaged 17.7 points on 52.3 percent shooting. He also had an excellent postseason. But who saw this in 2010-11? He’s shooting 50.8 percent from the field; his previous best is 48 percent and his career average is 45 percent. He’s shooting 45.8 percent from international waters. His previous best is 43.4 and his career average is 39.8. He’s dipped on his free throws, connecting on “only” 85.7 percent. He’s been better than 90 percent the previous five seasons. And he has done it all at the age of 35 while not missing a game and averaging almost 36 minutes a game. No one on the Celtics has played more minutes this season, though Rondo is averaging more per game. Allen has appeared in three All-Star Games with the Milwaukee Bucks, four with the Seattle Sonics and this will be his third as a Celtic. This time around, however, he’s there because the Eastern Conference coaches, the guys who try to stop him night after night and have yet to figure out a way to do it, finally gave him his due.”
Paul Flannery, WEEI – “When Shaq hasn’t been able to go Rivers has turned to rookie Semih Erden in order to keep Glen Davis in his familiar sixth man role off the bench. But now that Kendrick Perkins has five games under his belt, don’t be surprised if he gets the call. ‘We will [make the switch] eventually,’ Rivers said. ‘It’s not a big deal to us. I’m more concerned about who finishes the game.’ The coach has a point. Without Perkins the Celtics have been using Davis at center in the fourth quarter. According to 82games.com, Rivers has used the lineup with the four starters and Davis as much as he has the starting five with Shaq. The Davis-at-center lineup has been productive, and it makes sense due to the minutes limitations on Shaq, as well as his well-documented foul difficulty this season. But Perkins’ return gives the Celtics options and that’s never a bad thing.”
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