|Celtics need to rebound after opening loss to Raptors||10.31.13 at 9:20 am ET|
Brad Stevens had good reason to be optimistic following his team’s season-opening 93-87 loss to the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday night, but the first-year Celtics coach also had plenty of reason for concern. Mainly, the C’s were dominated on the boards, getting outrebounded 48-33, including 19-7 on offensive boards.
“When they broke us down, they crushed us on the glass,” Stevens told reporters. “They shot 20 more field goals than us. It’s going to be hard to win a game when that happens.”
Added Brandon Bass: “We tried to help and got ourselves out of position. Their bigs were naked under the basket for the most part.”
Jeff Green scored 25 points, Bass netted 17 and Vitor Faverani added 13 points and three blocks for the C’s, who lost to Toronto for just the sixth time in 26 meetings. Kris Humphries had eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.
First-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk played 16 minutes off the bench and scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting. Olynyk, a Toronto native, was a minus-19, tied for worst on the team with Faverani. Guard Avery Bradley struggled with his shooting, hitting just 4-of-13 from the field, and recording as many turnovers as assists (4).
The Celtics rallied from a 16-point third-quarter deficit and were tied at 78 with 7:42 left after a Jordan Crawford jumper, but they didn’t score again until 4:08 remained.
“At the end of the day we didn’t do everything perfectly,” Stevens said. “I didn’t coach a perfect game, but I think we can all rest assured we’ve got a team that will fight and we’ve got a team that will compete. And we can shore up a couple of those mistakes, maybe we can come out the other end of it.”
Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Celtics next host the Bucks on Friday night.
|Jared Sullinger released on $5,000 bail after being charged following domestic dispute||09.03.13 at 12:25 pm ET|
Celtics forward Jared Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Court on Tuesday after being arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a confrontation Saturday. He was released on $5,000 cash bail.
Sullinger, wearing a gray Ohio State T-shirt, showed no emotion as the charges against him were read aloud. He was handcuffed as he sat in the docks.
The state claims Sullinger, upset after an argument over perceived infidelity, pinned his girlfriend to the bed, pushed her, grabbed her iPhone and smashed it when she attempted to call police. He was charged with assault and battery, destruction of an iPhone and intimidation of a witness.
Sullinger’s lawyer said the player had flown to Ohio for a planned visit with his parents, and when he learned that his girlfriend had called police 10 hours after the incident, he immediately flew back and turned himself in at 6 a.m. Tuesday, after meeting with his attorney an hour earlier.
Sullinger’s girlfriend attended Tuesday’s proceeding and told the judge she did not feel that she was in danger. Sullinger was told he can contact her by phone or see her with another person present.
Sullinger, who left the courthouse with his father, is due back in court Sept. 19.
|Jared Sullinger reportedly arrested following domestic dispute||09.03.13 at 8:50 am ET|
Celtics forward Jared Sullinger turned himself in to police in Waltham on Tuesday morning to answer to accusations of domestic violence over the weekend, according to a report from Fox 25 Boston.
Sullinger reportedly was arrested and charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation related to an incident involving his girlfriend Saturday night. He is due in Waltham District Court later Tuesday.
Sullinger, 21, was drafted in the first round last year after a standout career at Ohio State. The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in a promising rookie season that was cut short after 45 games so he could have back surgery.
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|Reports: Celtics hire Walter McCarty as assistant coach||08.21.13 at 7:02 am ET|
According to multiple reports, the Celtics have hired Walter McCarty as an assistant coach.
McCarty, 39, spent 7½ of his 10 NBA seasons in Boston, also playing for the Knicks (who drafted him late in the first round in 1996 out of Kentucky), Suns and Clippers before retiring after the 2005-06 season. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game over 593 career contests.
McCarty worked one season as an assistant coach with Pacers under Jim O’Brien in 2010-11 after spending three seasons as an assistant under Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville.
McCarty joins Ron Adams, Jay Larranaga, Jamie Young and Micah Shrewsberry as assistants under first-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens. Ronald Nored will work in player development and Drew Cannon is a stats-based contributor.
|Celtics announce signings of Phil Pressey, Vitor Faverani||07.23.13 at 10:21 am ET|
The Celtics on Monday confirmed the signings of guard Phil Pressey and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani.
Pressey, who played at Waltham High School and Cushing Academy when his father, Paul, was a Celtics assistant coach in the mid-2000s, was undrafted out of Missouri but played well for the Celtics’ summer league team in Orlando this month. The 5-foot-11 Pressey averaged 9.4 points, 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 23 minutes per game over five games in Orlando. As a senior at Missouri, Pressey averaged 11.9 points, 7.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 33.9 minutes per game over 34 games and was named to the All-SEC first team.
Faverani, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 55 percent in 17 minutes per game over 23 games for Valencia Basket of the Spanish ACB.
The signings puts the Celtics roster at 17. They also are over the salary cap and are expected to move some bodies in order to avoid paying the luxury tax again this season.
|Former Celtics Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry meet New York media, talk about creating ‘legacy here in Brooklyn’||07.18.13 at 1:13 pm ET|
Paul Pierce expressed a desire to create a “legacy here in Brooklyn” as he was introduced along with fellow former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry on Thursday at the Barclays Center.
The players, officially traded from the Celtics last week, were welcomed to New York and met the media and some fans alongside new Nets coach Jason Kidd and general manager Billy King. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov stopped by at the end of the press conference.
Pierce lamented having to leave Boston after spend the first 15 years of his NBA career with the Celtics, but he said he was pleased to have another opportunity to compete for a title.
“It’s tough when you’ve been in a situation like me for 15 years and you come to an organization such as the Brooklyn Nets. But when you look at it, what they’re trying to do here, win a championship, bring in the pieces necessary, new arena, new owners, new excitement — it really brings a little bit of excitement,” he said.
“Obviously I would have loved to end my career in Boston. But that day and age is probably over with with a lot of players ending their careers in one city. When the trade happened, you felt excited, especially with Kevin and Jason coming along. That will make the situation — not only for me, but each other — more comfortable.
“The ultimate drive is winning a championship. Obviously Boston is going in a different direction. And at this point in our careers, we’re championship-driven. We’ve made a lot of money in our careers, we’ve won a number of awards. I think at this point right now we’re all about winning a championship. And Brooklyn, we feel, gives us the best opportunity.”
Garnett waived his no-trade clause to accept the move, which he said he did only after he “sat down and let the dust sort of settle” so that he could make his decision “with a clear mind and a clear head of what I wanted to do.”
“It’s unfortunate we had to obviously move from Boston,” Garnett said. “But I felt like both sides are going in different directions. For me, one of the major reasons I decided to come here was because the bones of this — I feel like adding what you see up here with the bones of what they have already, with Brook [Lopez] and Deron [Williams] and all the pieces they have here, Joe [Johnson] — I feel like Paul said, this gives us the best option to win again, to win it all. I’m embracing this opportunity, my family’s embracing this opportunity. I’m looking forward to it.”
|Report: Celtics add Ron Adams as assistant coach||07.16.13 at 8:25 am ET|
According to multiple reports, the Celtics have hired Ron Adams to serve as an assistant to new coach Brad Stevens.
Adams had been the lead assistant to Tom Thibodeau with the Bulls, but he was not retained this offseason — reportedly a decision by general manager Gar Forman that did not sit well with Thibodeau. Adams has spent 2o-plus years as a coach and scout in the NBA, including stops with the Trail Blazers, Spurs, 76ers, Bucks and Thunder.
In Boston, Adams joins Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young, who were with the Celtics last season, and new hire Micah Shrewsberry, a former Butler assistant under Stevens who most recently was an assistant at Purdue.
Larranaga, who interviewed for the Celtics head coaching position, is said to be in the running for the 76ers head position.