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Brad Stevens says defensive improvement starts with him. "I need to be better every single minute of every single game."
Stevens: "The other thing we have to get better at is executing when game gets turned up a notch and more physical in last 4 minutes."
Stevens says pick-and-roll defense is improving, but struggles against top guards on p-n-r & in transition. Offense hit its stride vs. PHX.
Brad Stevens on close losses: "I haven't been overly pleased w/ our defense obviously early on, and the numbers bear that out."
It is too early for an NBA flu bug going around Thought we agreed to this in last CBA.
Sounds like the Grizzlies, who have been ravaged by illness, could have just about everybody available tonight
Stevens on Marc Gasol: "He can put it on the floor, he can shoot and he's a terrific passer."
With the Grizzlies battling team illness, Celtics personnel is wiping down the basketballs before starting shootaround here at FedEx Forum.
With sickness in MEM, Vince Carter said he walked into gym w/ a mask. He's hiding his hands because they're too ashy from so much washing
Bradley on Courtney Lee: "He's one of the guys you can't leave open because he's knocking down the 3 and playing solid basketball."
Sully on the matchup with Marc Gasol in the paint: "It's gonna be a bear fight tonight."
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Pretty cool that the Bills get to play another game in Detroit. Maybe this time Jim Schwartz will get his due.
Raiders should do all the celebrating they want! It's not easy to get up week after week when losing SIXTEEN in a row.
Derek Carr is just going to retire after this one. Go out on top.
How do you lose 4 times to an 0-10 (or worse) team?
Upon further review, Raiders come back on KC... leaving 76ers as only winless team in an active professional sport.
Raiders are trying so hard to Raiders this game up.
That might have been the most Raider-y play in the history of the Raiders being the Raiders.
Patriots were looking to extend lead for best AFC record, but Raiders have apparently remembered they are, in fact, the Raiders.
Genuinely curious to see whether Bill Snyder outlasts the entire Lockett family at KState.
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Heat need more championship DNA with a warrior's mentality to hold on to the rope.
"Doc, if we keep playing this hard do you promise to shave that creepy mustache?" - The Clippers
Lost in the euphoria of Celtics' win over Philadelphia: They won the opening jump ball, improving to 1-9 for the season.
Celt practice long over, but Dwight Powell and James Young still here being put through full court catch and shoot drills.
Hour after practice, most Cs leaving. Stevens at midcourt putting rookies Dwight Powell and James Young through shooting/conditioning drill.
Rondo said he's "sore" after rolling ankle last night. Will be fine though.
Rondo called Darren Erman "Baby Thibs." Said he's awesome at scouting reports. Thinks he'll be a head coach in a matter of time.
Rondo on Mike Conley: "he doesn't get a lot of the fame or credit he deserves."
Rondo on MEM: "They're as tough as it gets w/ big men. (Darren Erman) was telling us they're like a football team." http://t.co/W971lWdLpj
What percentage is Marcus Smart? "It's low." Said the ankle does feel better though.
Smart on ankle rehab: "One day my body feels good, one day it doesn't. I'm trying to get the range of motion back." http://t.co/vKBHzjHxOu
Marcus Smart did a bit of straight line running today. Still looking at next week for possible return.
Brad Stevens said he's happy for Courtney Lee that he's found a nice role in a nice situation.
Stevens on Memphis: "They're very deep. Last night, 5 guys were sick & they're (still) playing very well. Gasol & Randolph are go-to guys."
Why Rajon Rondo is a very special player: league-leading 11.6 assists per game, 10.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. The rebound number kills me.
In Memphis so I gotta see what's up wit blu city cafe