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December 29, 2014 Updates

But after working with some of the younger Wizards on a regular basis, he is very much enjoying the process and results of teaching. “I’m not sure, man. I like to keep my options open,” Pierce said. “Coaching could be in my future. I think I still have a lot left to give this game. I always find myself talking to the guys. When we’re going through scouting, I’m giving out pointers. A lot of the assistants say, ‘Man, you’ve got a lot to give this game after you’re done.’ So whether it’s coaching or being a general manager, it’s something I think about. I think it’s something that Kevin (Garnett, his former C’s and Nets teammate) has even thought about. Me and him talked about it. I think he would enjoy coaching. You know, Kevin likes to teach.” Boston Herald

December 28, 2014 Updates

The timing of Rondo’s Dec. 18 trade to Dallas caught Pierce off-guard, but he knew this was a strong possibility once the Celts didn’t get in the running on Kevin Love and couldn’t find another impact player to pair with Rondo. “I was a little bit surprised, especially because trade season starts close to All-Star or after All-Star break,” Pierce said. “Not a lot of trades happen in mid-December. You know, teams are trying to find their stride. Boston Herald

“But we had a chance to talk. We had our weekly mass text, and he understood the situation. The Celtics were either going to go in one direction, build around him, or continue with the youth movement. So I think Rondo understood it. “I was shocked definitely, because I thought this was a year they were going to maybe this summer find some pieces to put around him. But he had a great run in Boston, and as long as he’s happy, that’s all that matters.” Boston Herald

For Jared Sullinger, there was no need to sugarcoat Boston's 101-88 loss at Washington, a game that was far more lopsided than the final score would indicate. "Teams are just coming out smashing us in the mouth," Sullinger said. "We just have to be prepared for that. People feel like we're sweet, we're soft. We just have to play tougher." CSNNE.com

It was Humphries’s second game since returning to a reserve role after starting 15 contests at power forward for the injured Nene and the transition has been seamless. Between Saturday and Thursday’s win over the New York Knicks, Humphries has posted 32 points and 15 rebounds in 43 minutes. “I don’t mind it,” Humphries said of shifting back to the bench. “For me, we got some guys that can really play in the second unit. To get pushed into that group is all good.” Washington Post

December 27, 2014 Updates
December 26, 2014 Updates

Acy shoved Wall when the Wizards guard had the ball with 5:31 to play in the game. Wall retaliated with a shove, and things escalated from there. It was unclear whether Acy threw a punch during the skirmish, but both players had to be separated by teammates. Both Acy and Knicks coach Derek Fisher said that Acy did not throw a punch at Wall. "I didn't throw a punch. I got up and reacted, then I just grabbed him," Acy said. ESPN.com

Acy received a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected from the game. The league will review Acy's foul and may choose to fine or suspend him. The Knicks' next game is on Saturday against the Sacramento Kings. When asked about a possible suspension, Acy said, "I hope not. What was done wrong?" ESPN.com

December 25, 2014 Updates
December 23, 2014 Updates

Two days later the downward trend finally cost the Wizards in a 104-92 defeat to the Phoenix Suns. How they lost the game was particularly discouraging: The Suns, recognized for their three point guards and not their unimposing front line, overwhelmed a Washington team that usually thrives on physicality. “We got cocky. I think we just got cocky,” center Marcin Gortat said. “I just think we didn’t do the right stuff we’re supposed to do and at the end of the day we just didn’t bring it. This league is just about playing every game, every possession, and we’re just not doing it.” Washington Post



Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison are the only two new-era players cracking the Top 10.


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