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October 14, 2014 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute game — four minutes shorter than a regulation NBA game — Sunday at the Barclays Center. Playing four 11-minute quarters is a one-time preseason experiment and only exploratory. However, at the recent NBA coaches' meeting in Chicago, the length of games was a topic, and it was suggested the NBA take a look at shortening games. USA Today Sports

"We have looked at everything that we do and are taking a fresh look at all the different things we do," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. "One of the things that keeps coming up is our schedule and the length of our games. … Our coaches talked about it, and a lot of them seemed to be in favor of at least taking a look at it. We talked with our competition committee, and they were in favor of taking a look at it." The NBA will look how a 44-minute game impacts length of the game, player-substitution patterns and flow of the game to determine if there's a better experience. "Let's get some empirical evidence regarding this and take a fresh look at it," Thorn said. USA Today Sports

October 13, 2014 Updates

Faverani, who entered training camp expecting to compete for the starting center spot, last played for the Celtics in February. With 16 guaranteed contracts and 15 roster spots, the Celtics will likely have to decide between Faverani and recent addition Dwight Powell. “We didn’t even really talk about that,” coach Brad Stevens said of Faverani’s roster future. “It sounds like it’s something where he had extra scar tissue and you got in and cleaned up. It doesn’t sound like a long-term thing, so we haven’t talked about it. That hasn’t come up in any of my discussions, at least.” Faverani signed a three-year contract (two years guaranteed) in July 2013 and had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus this past March. He complained of persistent knee soreness during training camp and has yet to participate in practice. Boston Globe

Meanwhile, the coaching staff and players have been impressed with Powell, acquired last month from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rookie from Stanford signed a two-year contract with Cleveland before being traded. The first year is guaranteed. Boston Globe

Rajon Rondo was dribbling with his surgically repaired left hand. Rondo could be cleared for contact next week. Boston Globe

He insists he didn’t really check out the marketplace to see if there was a place he might be able to play a bit more, and he didn’t check to see what his value might be. “It wasn’t even about getting more (money),” Anthony said. “It was about wanting to get an opportunity to come into camp and get a chance to prove myself and get on the court. This was the best opportunity I had. “I don’t know what would have happened in free agency or whatnot, but I just felt that coming back to the team after being here the last three months and knowing the coaches and knowing the players and everything like that, this was what was best for me. It just seemed like a better situation for me to come back here.” Boston Herald

Anthony arrived last January from the Miami Heat in the three-team trade that sent Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors. He got into 21 games for the C’s, averaging one point and 1.5 rebounds in 7.1 minutes. Maybe it wasn’t the best time to make a free agent splash. “I was in a situation where I could have gone from one team to the next and been in a different situation,” Anthony said. “There may or may not be an opportunity to play here, but I wasn’t too interested in moving. I wasn’t too interested in exploring things, especially after not playing.” Boston Herald

October 12, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics are considering waiving Brazilian big-man Vitor Faverani, sources told Sportando. Faverani is still recovering from a knee injury and his condition remains uncertain. Sportando

Faverani underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, but has been sidelined for nearly all of the the team's activities this month due to the swelling. Stevens said earlier this week that Faverani has undergone a series of MRIs with Celtics' team doctors, but that they had not revealed any obvious change, but Faverani remains bothered by pain and swelling. With both Faverani and the Celtics seemingly frustrated with the lack of progress, the team signed off on Faverani returning to Spain, where he started his professional basketball career, to consult with a more familiar doctor. Stevens believes an assistant of team physician Dr. Brian McKeon accompanied Favearni on the trip. "We’re going to find out more [Sunday]," said Stevens. "He’s getting a second opinion [Sunday]. If that second opinion comes back that he needs extra work, then he would potentially have a clean-up type of surgery again on his knee on Monday. But that will not be determined until that second opinion happens." ESPN.com

Why the overseas second opinion? "You’d have to ask him and [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte] and McKeon," said Stevens. "I think it was just he wanted another opinion and comfort level and everything else. Our docs are great for a lot of reasons and one of the reasons is because they want to get these guys the most comfort and as much insight as possible. That’s why he’s over there." ESPN.com

October 11, 2014 Updates

“Rondo has done some non-contact, offensive type work in practice,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game against Toronto. “But just shooting, but no real defensive work yet.” Stevens said Rondo will not be cleared for contact anytime soon. CSNNE.com

Boston Celtics second-year center Vitor Faverani traveled to Spain this weekend to get a second opinion on a balky left knee and, pending the results, could require a second minor surgery to alleviate lingering swelling. Faverani underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, but has been sidelined for nearly all of the the team's activities this month due to the swelling. Stevens said earlier this week that Faverani has undergone a series of MRIs with Celtics' team doctors, but that they had not revealed any obvious change, but Faverani remains bothered by pain and swelling. ESPN.com

October 10, 2014 Updates

"The rules sort of indicate that's what you can do," Ainge said. "Ray's probably, if he goes to one of the contending teams he'll be making minimum salary. He's been a max player a couple times in his career. That's his right, to try and win a championship. It's just the way the collective bargaining agreement is structured. It's different than how it was structured back in the '80s and '90s. I don't blame a player like Ray, right now, for wanting to find a perfect fit for him as he finishes his career." CSNNE.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

   

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