|07.07.10 at 7:53 pm ET|
Celtics 92, Bobcats 71
The Celtics once again got off to a quick start in the first quarter, just like the first two games of Summer League play. Only this time, Boston (1-2) widened its lead and cruised to its first win against the Bobcats.
Tony Gaffney set the tone early as he received the opening tip and finished with a slam dunk. Celtics big men Semih Erden and Luke Harangody led Boston to a 21-10 lead after the first quarter. Erden grabbed four rebounds while Harangody scored eight points, including both of his 3-pointers for the game.
In the second quarter, Harangody was hit under his left eye as he went after a rebound against Alexis Ajinca and was forced to leave the floor as blood flowed. He later returned at the five minute, 11 second mark in the fourth quarter with a patch on his cheek and scored four more points to add to his total of 12.
DeShawn Sims and Ryan Thompson extended Boston’s lead in the third quarter, scoring the first 14 points for the Celtics. With the game in hand, both players got extended playing time while the starters rested. Thompson was 3-of-4 from the field and finished with 11 points in 19:58 of play. Sims caught on fire and put on a show as he scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in only 15:57 of court time.
Charlotte (2-1) suffered its first loss of the summer as it shot 37.5 percent from the field and 11.8 percent from beyond the arc. Derrick Brown led the Bobcats with 12 points while Jeremy Pargo chipped in 10. The Celtics, on the other hand, had five scorers in double digits and shot a blistering 53.8 percent on the day.
Player of the game
Coming off the bench, Matt Janning scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds. The Northeastern product could put up points in college as well, where he became the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history in his four years.
|07.07.10 at 4:56 pm ET|
O’Neal joins Brad Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Brendan Haywood and Kwame Brown in the race for the Celtics’ mid-level exception and a chance to replace the injured Kendrick Perkins. Brown is obviously the least accomplished of that group.
The Celtics made O’Neal look terrible in the playoffs, but he’s younger than Miller and Shaq and, playoffs aide, O’Neal had a good season with Miami in 2009-10. He appeared in 70 games for the first time since 2003-04 and he shot over 50 percent for the first time in his career en route to averaging 13 points and seven rebounds a game.
It’s expected that the free agent logjam will open up once LeBron James make his decision Thursday. O’Neal was not expected to re-sign with the Heat, an expectation that became reality once Chris Bosh announced he was going to Miami with Dwyane Wade.
|07.07.10 at 8:00 am ET|
According to an ESPN report, Dwyane Wade will re-sign with the Heat and be joined by Raptors free agent Chris Bosh. The players are expected to announce their decision Wednesday, one day before LeBron James declares his choice in an ESPN special Thursday night.
|07.07.10 at 6:47 am ET|
LeBron James will announce his plans for the future during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night at 9. ESPN reported that James’ representatives contacted the network and suggested the idea. James’ group reportedly plans to sell sponsorship and donate the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
James did not speak to reporters when he made an appearance at his elite basketball camp Tuesday in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Which team will LeBron James play for next season?
- Cavaliers (49%, 174 Votes)
- Knicks (19%, 66 Votes)
- Heat (13%, 45 Votes)
- Bulls (9%, 32 Votes)
- Nets (5%, 17 Votes)
- Other (4%, 14 Votes)
- Clippers (1%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 353
|07.07.10 at 6:42 am ET|
Former Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro reached an agreement to become the next coach of the Clippers, according to multiple reports. Del Negro, a native of Springfield, Mass., was fired by the Bulls in May after going 82-82 over two seasons.
|07.06.10 at 11:13 pm ET|
For weeks, the uncertainty of Doc Rivers‘ coaching career with the Celtics was unavoidable. It was discussed during the playoffs, immediately after Game 7 of the NBA finals, and on Draft Night. The media outlined the pros and cons of both options while fans weighed on what would be the best move for Rivers.
Forget about where LeBron James was going to sign. In Boston, the biggest question was who would be on the sidelines next season.
In the end, Rivers stayed with the Celtics. After all the hype leading up to his decision, he told AOL FanHouse the speculation of leaving the Cs “was blown out of proportion.” Even though he did consider stepping down to spend more time with his family, Rivers called the attention his decision received “embarrassing”:
“It was really no different than any other year,” Rivers said in an interview with FanHouse at the Air Tran Orlando Pro Summer League. “It was a much bigger deal made about it than it was. It’s what we do every year. We (his family) go home and relax and we sit around.”
Share Rivers has one year left on his contract. However, he was considering stepping away from coaching for a year to watch his children, including star-studded, high school rising senior Austin Rivers, play.
Rivers admits there were “times” he came close to stepping away. Still, he didn’t think his decision process deserved as much focus as it got.
“Because it got out that’s what we do, I thought it was embarrassing to me because it was just so much attention about it,” Rivers said of what he called an annual evaluation. “Once you made (the decision), it was great. The family was good and everybody was happy. And now you just worry about your team and you got to get everybody back, and you got to add a couple of guys.”
Rivers is currently in Orlando with the Celtics Summer League team. Austin Ainge is coaching the squad.
|07.06.10 at 8:30 pm ET|
76ers 86, Celtics 69
After coming up short on Monday against the more talented Thunder squad in the first day of Summer League, the Celtics once again lost a lead on Tuesday in a loss to the 76ers.
Boston (0-2) came out and quickly took an early 15-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of Tony Gaffney‘s play. After struggling in nearly 25 minutes of play on Monday, Gaffney was much more productive and filled the stat sheet against Philadelphia with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.
The 76ers (2-0), however, went on a 20-4 run through the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter to take a six-point lead. Boston was unable to cut down the deficit and went into halftime trailing by four points.
Philadelphia continued its strong play in the second half and built its lead up before eventually winning, 86-79. The 76ers had five players in double digits, with Jodie Meeks leading the way with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Jaycee Carroll and Luke Harangody each had a team-high 14 points for the Celtics, with Harangody pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Boston couldn’t find its stroke from 3-point land, where it was only 1-for-11, compared to 5-for-11 for Philadelphia. The Celtics also struggled to keep possession of the ball, turning it over a total of 20 times. Point guard Oliver Lafayette committed five turnovers himself after being hounded by second-year man Jrue Holiday on the perimeter.
Boston returns to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. when it squares off against the Bobcats.
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