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Report: Wafer ‘so happy’ to play for Celtics 07.31.10 at 2:08 pm ET
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When Doc Rivers delivered a straightforward message, Von Wafer was happy to oblige.

“I just hope to help the team,” Wafer told SLAM. “I’m all about the team first. I want to do anything I can to help make this a better team. Coach Rivers said, ‘If you’re not going to be a team player I don’t want you here.’ So I’m just gonna do my best to help make us a stronger group.”

Wafer, a 25-year-old guard, confirmed to SLAM that he has agreed to play for the Celtics next season. He spent time playing overseas last season. Now he is embracing the opportunity to return to the NBA … and a contender.

“I wasn’t always sure I’d be back,” says Wafer. “It’s unbelievable. I’m just so happy to be back. I’m just so happy.”

Wafer was drafted by the Lakers in 2005. He most recently averaged 12.4 points in 19.4 minutes for the Rockets during the 2008-09 season.

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Preview: Celtics-Rockets 04.02.10 at 11:05 am ET
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When the month of March began the Celtics were coming off a loss to the Nets and looking at 17 games in 31 days and 10 of those 17 at home. This was a chance for them to reassert themselves at TD Garden as well as get some of their pride back after struggling through January and February.

The Celtics went 11-6 in March and 7-3 at home, which are both solid marks, but not particularly noteworthy. They swept the Texas teams, but blew a halftime lead in Utah. They beat the Nuggets, but lost by 21 to the Spurs. They handled sub-500 teams on their schedule, but got crushed by Memphis. And, once again, they couldn’t hang with the Cavaliers for 48 minutes.

Have the Celtics improved over the last month? Absolutely. Have they inspired any more confidence that they have a serious postseason run in them? Not really. They are still in fourth place in the East and ninth in point differential. They remain good, maybe even dangerous, but outside the ranks of the top contenders.

ROCKETS (37-37, 4-6 last 10)

Points Per Game: 101.5

Points Allowed: 101.9

Differential: -.4 (16th)

Offensive Efficiency: 107.0 (17th)

Defensive Efficiency: 107.4 (16th)

Pace: 93.8 (8th)

Likely Starters: Aaron Brooks, , Trevor Ariza, Jermaine Taylor, Chuck Hayes, Luis Scola

Injuries: Yao Ming (Foot surgery), Shane Battier (Knee), Jared Jeffries (Achilles), Kevin Martin (Shoulder, questionable)

CELTICS (47-27, 6-4 last 10)

Points Per Game: 98.6

Points Allowed: 94.5

Differential: +4.1 (9th)

Offensive Efficiency: 107.1 (16th)

Defensive Efficiency: 102.6 (2nd)

Pace: 91.7 (20th)

Likely Starters: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins

Injuries: Pierce (Shoulder, probable), Perkins (Knee, probable) Read the rest of this entry »

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Preview: Celtics-Rockets 03.19.10 at 9:26 am ET
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With three games in four days, all on the road, against teams from the Western Conference, the Celtics once again have a stretch of games that have been deemed “important.” Most people have concluded by now that the regular season means nothing to the Celtics and therefore will tell us nothing about how good they actually are.

Maybe so, but the players seem to believe that this trip would be an interesting barometer. They have won seven of their last 10, with most of that coming against teams with losing records. Their next eight games are all against teams from the Western Conference and seven of them have winning records.

With a month to go in the regular season, this is the beginning of the stretch run and if the Celtics were ever going to “turn it on” after tuning out for most of the last two months, now would be a good time.

CELTICS (43-24, 7-3 last 10)

Points Per Game: 98.9

Points Allowed: 94.3

Differential: +4.6 (8th)

Offensive Efficiency: 107.2 (15th)

Defensive Efficiency: 102.3 (1st)

Pace: 91.6 (22nd)

Likely Starters: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins

Injuries: None.

ROCKETS (35-31, 7-3 last 10)

Points Per Game: 101.9

Points Allowed: 101.5

Differential: .4 (16th)

Offensive Efficiency: 107.3 (14th)

Defensive Efficiency: 107.0 (15th)

Pace: 93.7 (8th)

Likely Starters: Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, Trevor Ariza, Chuck Hayes, Luis Scola

Injuries: Yao Ming (Foot surgery) Read the rest of this entry »

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Sounds of the game… Rockets 89, Celtics 85 01.08.09 at 8:14 am ET
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You can sense the concern growing each and every day. What was a juggernaut headed for 70+ wins two weeks ago is now a team that has lost three straight, six of eight and in second place, IN ITS OWN CONFERENCE. Talk about a change of direction. The Celtics haven’t hit a bump in the road, they’ve hit a Boston-sized pothole that has messed up their alignment and they desperately need a trip to the garage to get it fixed. Problem is their next pit stop is against the Cavaliers, the team ahead of them in the East, in Cleveland Friday night where they haven’t lost at home this season in 18 games. Wednesday night, someone named Von Wafer drilled a three with 44 seconds remaining and the Celtics couldn’t overcome Yao Ming’s 26 points as Houston handed the Green their sixth loss in eight games since Christmas.

Head coach Doc Rivers is philosophical about the losing ways of late.

Rivers thinks the defense at the end of games is what needs to improve.

Paul Pierce says the team needs to get back to trusting each other again.

Pierce says this is where Ubuntu comes in handy.

Kevin Garnett says the team needs some good practice time together.

Ron Artest says last year’s Celtics taught the Rockets a good lesson.

Ray Allen says the Celtics need to be tougher against hungry teams.

Allen isn’t worried about facing Cleveland on Friday night.

Glen Davis said the Celtics will be ready for the Cavs on Friday.

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