|NBA draft prospect profile: Oregon G Joseph Young||06.08.15 at 12:39 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2015 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics own two picks in each of the two rounds (16, 28, 33 and 45 overall).
Position: Point guard/shooting guard
Age: 22 (turns 23 on June 27)
Weight: 182 pounds
Key 2014-15 stats: 20.7 points, 3.8 assists, 92.5 free throw percentage
Scouting report: Young, who has earned comparisons to current Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, is a premier scorer, leading the Pac-12 at 20.7 points per game and tying the school record for most points in a single season (745). He’s known as a great jump shooter who runs the pick and roll like a pro. He took on additional point guard responsibilities his senior season and finished sixth in the conference in assists (3.8) while recording a 1.58 assist-to-turnover ratio, although he’s still viewed as more of a natural shooting guard. He can get to the basket, and when fouled he’s nearly automatic from the line — ranking second in the nation last season in free throw percentage (92.5). Young came up big in big games, registering 27 in Oregon’s NCAA Tournament opener against Oklahoma State and then 30 in a loss to eventual national finalist Wisconsin.
The biggest question mark for Young is his defense, especially with him being on the smaller side. Heading into last month’s NBA combine, he used 2015 NBA MVP Stephen Curry as an example of what someone his size can accomplish. “Steph Curry is my idol and I’ve seen what he does to succeed,” Young told The Oregonian. “People keep saying, ‘He’s not ready. He’s not big enough. He’s undersized. Can he play the point?’ ” Young averaged 13 points, three rebounds and two assists in two combine games, while recording a 34.5-inch standing vertical and 40.5-inch max vertical. He is expected to be drafted in the latter half of the second round.
Notes: Young is the son of Michael Young, whom the Celtics drafted out of the University of Houston in the first round in 1984 (24th overall), although he never played a game for Boston and appeared in just 49 NBA games with three teams. Young originally committed to Providence College, then decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and play at Houston. After two years he transferred to Oregon and scored 1,388 points in two seasons with the Ducks, the highest two-year total in school history. Young set the Pac-12 record for career free throw percentage at .900 (279-of-310). As a senior he was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention.
|Report: Kelly Olynyk wants to apologize to Kevin Love, but Love won’t take his calls||05.08.15 at 12:04 pm ET|
According to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk has made efforts to reach out to Kevin Love in an attempt to personally apologize for the injury that knocked the Cavaliers forward out for the rest of the playoffs.
Olynyk pulled on Love’s arm while the two were chasing a loose ball during Game 4 of the teams’ first-round series, leaving Love with a separated shoulder and an expected six months of recovery time following surgery.
After the game, Love called the play “bush league,” although Olynyk has insisted that he did not mean any harm.
Olynyk later received a one-game suspension from the NBA.
Love, who could elect to become a free agent this offseason, has been missed in Cleveland, although he was criticized during the year for not living up to preseason expectations. Now, with the Cavs splitting the first two games of their conference semifinal series with the Bulls, Love’s absence is being lamented.
“It’s so unfortunate that [the appreciation] has to come when he goes down,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt told Yahoo. “Kevin, in his own way, sacrificed the most this season, but still gave us a high-level performance. And he needs to be appreciated for that. And going forward, hopefully, he’s going to have a long career here.”
|Celtics diagnose Jae Crowder with left ACL sprain||04.27.15 at 12:24 pm ET|
The Celtics announced Monday that forward Jae Crowder has been diagnosed with a left ACL sprain after meeting with team physician Dr. Brian McKeon on Monday morning.
Crowder fell awkwardly on the knee after being struck in the face by Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith during Sunday’s series-ending game at TD Garden.
Smith was given a flagrant-2 foul and could face further discipline from the league as the Cavaliers prepare for the second round.
Crowder also had a run-in with Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins, who extended his arms and knocked Crowder to the floor on a pick. Perkins was given a flagrant-1 foul, and both players received technicals for the scuffle that followed the play.
|LeBron James says he’ll play against Celtics||04.10.15 at 12:23 pm ET|
With the Cavaliers locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, there has been discussion about LeBron James sitting out one or more of the team’s remaining games in order to be rested for the playoffs — fueled by James saying Wednesday that he “probably would take one game or two games off before the postseason starts.”
However, that rest won’t come Friday in Cleveland against the Celtics.
James said Friday morning that he would play against the C’s in the opening game of a home-and-home that concludes Sunday in Boston, telling reporters in Cleveland that he “never had that in my mind” to skip the game. And if history is any indication, he might suit up for Sunday’s game as well.
In each of his last three seasons as a member of the Heat, James took off the final two regular-season games. If he stuck to that plan, he would play both games against the C’s and then miss Monday’s game against the Pistons and Wednesday’s finale against the Wizards.
James has missed a career-high 11 games this season due to injury. The Cavaliers have a 2-9 record in those games.
James’ backup, former Knick Iman Shumpert, is questionable for Friday’s game with a right quad contusion he suffered in Wednesday’s win over the Bucks.
The Celtics enter play Friday tied with the Nets for the seventh-best record in the East, one game ahead of the Heat and 1 1/2 games in front of the Pacers. The Celtics own the tiebreaker against the Nets, so based on the current standings they would play the Cavs in the opening round.
The Cavaliers have won 18 straight games at home.
|Ex-Celtic Jerryd Bayless signs with Bucks||08.01.14 at 12:26 pm ET|
Jerryd Bayless, who spend the second half of last season with the Celtics, signed as a free agent with the Bucks, the team announced Thursday.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 9.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 72 games with the Grizzlies and Celtics. He had some memorable games in Boston, recording a season-high 29 points in a game against the Hawks on Feb. 26 and dishing out a season-high nine assists vs. the Spurs on Feb. 12.
“The thing that was most intriguing was Kidd,” Bayless told reporters Thursday at the Bucks’ training facility. “He can help me in a variety of different ways. There aren’t a lot of guys like him that come around.”
Bayless, 25, was the 11th pick in the 2008 draft by the Pacers, who traded him to the Trail Blazers before he played a game. He has played with Portland, New Orleans, Toronto, Memphis in Boston in his six-year career, averaging 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
|Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins calls Rajon Rondo best PG in NBA||07.16.14 at 1:52 pm ET|
Cousins said Celtics star Rajon Rondo is the best point guard in the league, saying, “Absolutely” when questioned on it. He denied that his team’s feud with the Clippers and Chris Paul had any role in his thinking.
There have been rumors that the Kings were interested in trading for Rondo, although there hasn’t been much speculation lately.
Rondo and Cousins both went to Kentucky, although they were separated by three years.
|Celtics G Dairis Bertans expected to be OK after hitting head in summer league game||07.10.14 at 11:01 am ET|
Celtics guard Dairis Bertans was expected to be OK after having a CT scan following a head-on collision with the stanchion under the basket during Wednesday’s summer league game in Orlando.
Bertans was on a fast break late in the third quarter of the Celtics‘ 92-90 win over the Pistons when he was fouled by one player, hit on the back of the head by another, and knocked into the padded basket support. He gave a thumbs-up after being strapped to a stretcher and taken to the hospital for tests.
“It looked bad. Especially from my angle I knew it was bad,” teammate Marcus Smart said. “He tried to catch himself but it was a little too late for him. They said he’s going to be all right, though. He had a little neck pain, we just didn’t want to take a risk with those. He’s going to be all right, and we’re just going to pray for him.”
The 24-year-old Latvian shooting guard was having a good game, hitting 3-of-5 shots, including a 3-pointer.
“It was sad to see him get hurt because he was playing so well,” teammate Phil Pressey said. “He’s been playing so well this whole summer league. Prayers to him.”
As for the game, the Cetlics closed out the third quarter on a 20-7 run and then held off the Pistons, who closed the game on an 11-3 run over the final two minutes. Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored a game-high 26 points, missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kelly Olynyk led a balanced Boston attack with 16 points and nine rebounds. Smart had 14 points (albeit on 4-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-7 from behind the arc), six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Backcourt mate Phil Pressey also scored 14 points, on 6-of-10 shooting.
The Celtics play the Magic on Thursday at 5 p.m.
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