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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:01 am

Zeller in running for big role

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Over the first few days of the Boston Celtics' training camp, both players and coaches have gone out of their way to rave about newcomer Tyler Zeller's ability to run the floor. This amuses J.C. Hulls immensely. Zeller's former AAU coach in Bloomington, Indiana, is informed of the buzz and cackles in delight, well aware where the conversation is headed.

A decade ago, Hulls had Zeller on his junior high AAU squad and jokes that he might have been the worst player on the team. But Hulls was certain that there was more talent below the surface and he pushed Zeller hard, particularly when it came to running the floor.

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:01 am

Forsberg's AMA with Reddit

Our friends from the Boston Celtics subreddit invited ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg to participate in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) before the start of the 2014-15 season on Friday afternoon. He tackled many of the hot topics entering the new season (Rajon Rondo's future, potential of rookies like Marcus Smart) and had a lot of fun along the way...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:17 am

Olynyk, Sullinger highlight scrimmage

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens was asked before Friday night's intrasquad scrimmage what would constitute a success for his team during its annual session in front of season-ticket holders at TD Garden. "Well, we should win," deadpanned Stevens. "So that’s good." The Celtics engaged in two 12-minute scrimmages to highlight the 90-minute workout. The constant: Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart were on the winning side of both games, the duo swapped between games, but bringing their winning ways from the White team to the Green. Olynyk highlighted the first scrimmage with 12 points as the White squad nearly doubled up the Green, 33-17 (Olynyk and Smart were joined in that starting lineup by Brandon Bass, Gerald Wallace, and Avery Bradley). Green, which also featured Evan Turner and Marcus Thornton, extracted revenge in Game 2 with Jared Sullinger putting up 18 points while hitting 7 of the 8 shots he put up...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:18 am

Stevens sorts out puzzle

BOSTON -- Even before his team gathered for the start of training camp this week, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens cautioned reporters against reading too much into the team's early camp lineups. Stevens has pledged to mix and match at times, particularly when the team dives into a busy stretch with four exhibition games next week, all with the goal of trying to determine the pairings the Celtics will lean on when the regular season tips later this month. The absence of point guard Rajon Rondo adds a layer of difficulty to the task, but Stevens seems pretty confident that he's got an early read on his potential lineups...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:18 am

Little turnover means chemistry on C's staff

BOSTON -- You don’t need to search his office wall for a diploma from the Tom Thibodeau School of Defense. Just watch Boston Celtics assistant coach Darren Erman run players through defensive drills and you can see he absorbed an awful lot as a Thibodeau understudy, including during their time together on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Celtics. Erman is back in Boston this year (he was on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Celtics along with Thibodeau), the only new face on coach Brad Stevens’ staff. Brought back with the title of director of NBA scouting, Erman slid into a an assistant coaching role after veteran assistant Ron Adams elected to join Steve Kerr’s staff in Golden State...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:55 am

Camp fires: Green, Smart sit out Sunday

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics returned to the practice floor Sunday, but with thinned numbers as minor injuries in the early portion of training camp have sidelined some more top names. Both Jeff Green (calf) and rookie Marcus Smart (groin) were expected to sit out Sunday's afternoon practice and coach Brad Stevens dubbed them both questionable for Monday's exhibition opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. Green strained his left calf during Friday's intrasquad scrimmage. He was on the floor before Sunday's session getting up shots and Stevens stressed it's not a long-term concern. "I would say [Green is] questionable at best [Monday] night, but no long-term [issue]," Stevens said. "There's no need to start the season with a lingering injury. ... We want to be really careful with that because we want him to get back to 100 percent with any muscular issues right now." ...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:56 am

Rookie Powell hopes to stay put

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Rookie Dwight Powell is hoping for an extended stay in Boston, but forgive him if he waits a bit before enlisting the services of a real estate agent. Traded twice since June, including on draft night, Powell knows the life of a second-round pick can be extremely fluid. "Day 1 of my pro career I learned a lesson: Just take it one day at a time," said Powell. "So, as for right now, I'm in a hotel. Just taking it one day at a time." Drafted 45th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, Powell was informed immediately that he was on the move to Cleveland. But that deal got altered before it became official and Powell was stuck in limbo until after the NBA's moratorium lifted...

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:27 am

Rapid Reaction: Celtics 98, 76ers 78

BOSTON -- Rapid reaction after the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 98-78 in their exhibition opener on Monday night at TD Garden:

• Nitty gritty: Making his Boston debut against the team that drafted him, Evan Turner registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds over 31 minutes. Turner started in place of Jeff Green (calf), but also spent time handling the ball while showcasing his versatility (he added six assists and finished a team-best plus-19). Brandon Bass added 15 points and nine rebounds over 19 minutes off the bench, while Kelly Olynyk finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in a starting role. The Celtics shot just 34.1 percent from the floor and trailed by as much as 10 in the early going before rallying. Tony Wroten scored a team-high 19 points for the 76ers, while fellow backcourt starter Hollis Thompson added 15.

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:28 am

Gamebook: Singles add up for Turner

BOSTON -- Since signing with the Boston Celtics, Evan Turner has been asked to learn three positions, including a point guard spot he essentially hasn't played since college. He's immersed himself in film study and spent extra time with coaches trying to cram for everything he needs to know.

But frustrated by what he felt was an average performance in the team's intrasquad scrimmage last Friday, Turner sought advice, and both coach Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo offered the same wisdom: Slow down and keep it simple.

Easy for them to say. Turner has been asked to do a lot this preseason and could be forgiven for being overwhelmed. Instead, he went out on Monday night against the team that drafted him and did a little bit of everything. Turner finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists over 31 minutes in a 98-78 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. ..

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Re: Celtics 2014-15:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:29 am

How new TV deal could impact Celtics

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics played their first preseason game of the 2014-15 season on Monday night, but the most important piece of their future wasn’t on the floor.

Point guard Rajon Rondo spent the night on the bench interacting with teammates during Boston’s 98-78 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Earlier in the evening, while wearing a protective wrap over the broken left hand that will sideline him for the start of the new season, Rondo appeared on the parquet and put on a shooting clinic for those diehards who gathered 90 minutes before tipoff.

Rondo’s future became a bit more cloudy on Monday when the NBA announced a lucrative extension to its national TV deal, one that is expected to pay the league a whopping $24 billion over the next nine years. TV revenues are set to jump from $940 million per season under the current agreement to $2.66 billion per season...

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