|Finley: Not going to ‘hurt what they already have’||03.07.10 at 7:18 pm ET|
Finley and his new head coach both hail from the Windy City, and it was in Chicago where their bond began in the late 1970s while Finley’s sister and Doc Rivers were at Proviso East High School.
‘Well, me and Doc go way back,” Finley explained. “My sister was a cheerleader and he was the star basketball player at the high school games, and I used to sit under the basket and watch him play. That’s how far our relationship goes back. He’s always been a mentor for me, how to be a professional and how to be a man. He’s a role model for me and it goes way back, I’ve watched his career as a basketball player and as a coach, and it’s definitely an honor for me to play for him.”
Finley said his familiarity with the organization, from general manager Danny Ainge to coach Doc Rivers and players Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, made Boston a good fit for him. He said he had talks with another “championship” caliber team before deciding on the Celtics.
“I’ve talked to Doc and Danny, and coach was very honest with me, which I respect that he doesn’t know how he is going to use me,” Finley said. “I have to respect that. I am coming to a situation, where the team is already established. They have put in ‘X’ amount of games, so for me to come in and try to establish a role would be crazy for me to even think that. But coach has put me in a situation at ease, where he doesn’t know, I don’t know, just when my situation comes just go out there and play hard and do what I can to help the team be a better one. I think that I am able to do that.’
There’s also another practical matter for Finley, who turned 37 on Saturday, the day he landed ‘ literally ‘ in Boston.
“It gave me an opportunity to challenge for a title,” Finley said. “All those things combined with the over history of Boston just drew me here.”
Finley, who suffered what he called a severe ankle injury in December, said he’s ready to play and will wear the No. 40. Rivers held him out of Sunday’s game against the Wizards as he just arrived in Boston Saturday night.
Finley was also honest about his less-than-ideal situation in San Antonio, which precipitated his release last week.
‘This all happened within a week, a week or two span,” Finley admitted. “It was something that started as something little and I think it just erupted. I think both sides, myself and the Spurs organization, there was a mutual split. I have no hard feelings with them, it was just something they were willing to do, and I was man enough to be ready to make that move.
‘It was frustrating because of the situation I was in at San Antonio, but I think all players at my age and that have been in the league as long as I have experience that. Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t finish something that I had in San Antonio because the role was something that I really didn’t agree with. But here, hopefully the situation will be different, but you never know, it may be the same. But I’m happy with my situation now and I’m definitely going to make the most of it.’ Read the rest of this entry »
|Marcus Landry assigned to D-League||03.06.10 at 11:39 am ET|
With the signing of Michael Finley, the Celtics have 14 players on the roster and Landry was certainly going to be inactive as long as they have 12 healthy players. Finley is expected to make his debut Sunday against the Wizards.
|Fast Break: Celtics vs. 76ers||03.05.10 at 9:36 pm ET|
The Celtics defeated the 76ers 96-86 on Friday in Philadelphia. They took the regular season series 3-1 and improved to 38-21.
Player of the Game: Rajon Rondo recorded his 31st double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 assists. He did all of his scoring in the second half to give the Celtics the edge they needed to outlast the 76ers.
Turning Point: Rondo hit his first basket of the game until 3:45 into the third quarter. He then scored 14 points over the next eight minutes. Rondo tied the game at 52 apiece and put the Celtics up 74-67 heading into the fourth.
– Ray Allen and Elton Brand kicked off the game with an offensive duel. Brand scored 12 points in the first quarter alone and Allen was right behind him with 11. Brand finished the night with 17 points; Allen scored 16.
– The Celtics committed 12 turnovers in the first half. They were called for just five turnovers in the second.
– Kendrick Perkins and Marreese Speights were issued technical fouls in separate incidents. Perkins picked up his 13th T of the season. While talking whistles, Pierce was on the receiving end of a tough foul. He drew a charge against Willie Green, fell to the ground and the paint, and was applauded by Garnett before being helped help (translation: KG slapped his hands repeatedly and yelled in applause).
– Tony Allen sat out with a sore hip that he suffered in Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats.
– The Celtics will return home to Boston to face the Wizards on Sunday night.
|Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. 76ers||03.05.10 at 8:50 pm ET|
Rajon Rondo was quiet in the first half. But once he finally scored in the third, he didn’t stop. Rondo scored 14 points in just over eight minutes. He and Kevin Garnett combined for all but six of the Celtics points in the quarter.
The Celtics have their largest lead, 74-67, going into the final 12 minutes. They did not commit a single turnover in the third. Garnett and Ray Allen are tied with a game-high 16 points. Elton Brand still leads the 76ers with 15 points.
The C’s are 31-7 this season when leading or tied after three quarters.
|Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. 76ers||03.05.10 at 8:10 pm ET|
The Celtics second unit of Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, and Rasheed Wallace outscored the 76ers 14-9 to give the veteran starters a break. Paul Pierce sat out the first 4:30, Kevin Garnett rested the first six, and Ray Allen got a seven-minute breather.
But the Sixers stayed in this game behind 14 points by Elton Brand and another combined 14 between Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams. The Celtics lead 46-43.
Kendrick Perkins and Marresse Speights issued technical fouls in separate incidents. Perkins picked up his 13th T of the season. Pierce was on the receiving end of a tough foul. He drew a charge against Willie Green, fell to the ground and the paint, and was applauded by Garnett before being helped help (translation: KG slapped his hands repeatedly and yelled in applause).
|First Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. 76ers||03.05.10 at 7:38 pm ET|
A scoring duel is brewing in Philadelphia. Elton Brand started the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor. He leads all players with 12 points. Ray Allen is right behind him, however, with 11. Allen tied Wednesday’s total (3 points) just over a minute into the game.
The 76ers opened the first quarter with a 3-point play by Andre Iguodala. They jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead but Kevin Garnett scored six consecutive points to propel a 10-2 Celtics run. Once the C’s tied it up, they kept the 76ers away from the line, committing just one foul in the quarter.
The Celtics trail 25-23 after the first.
|Preview: Celtics-Sixers||03.05.10 at 10:57 am ET|
Paul Pierce certainly thought so. “That’s who are, truthfully,” he said after Wednesday’s game that featured a minor run-in with Stephen Jackson. “We’re a team that usually intimidates.” Pierce was quick to add that he didn’t advocate crossing whatever arbitrary line is drawn in the NBA sand these days regarding physical play.
Certainly the Celtics aren’t about to emulate the 90’s “no layups” Knicks, mostly because the rules have changed to the point where no one can play that kind of rough and tumble basketball without getting half the roster suspended. The Celtics are up among the league leaders in technical fouls with 77 (Orlando of all teams is the leader in the clubhouse with 79), but that’s more agitation than intimidation.
They’ve been called bullies and trash talkers before, but that’s a different thing, as well. The Celtics have played 59 games and they still seem like a team that is searching for an identity. Perhaps their old one fit just fine.
SIXERS (22-38, 3-7 last 10)
Points Per Game: 97.6
Points Allowed: 101.0
Differential: -3.4 (21st)
Offensive Efficiency: 105.6 (21st)
Defensive Efficiency: 109.2 (22nd)
Pace: 91.8 (21st)
CELTICS (38-21, 6-4 last 10)
Points Per Game: 98.7
Points Allowed: 94.1
Differential: +4.6 (7th)
Offensive Efficiency: 107.1 (13th)
Defensive Efficiency: 102.1 (2nd)
Pace: 91.7 (22nd)
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