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Both Teams Played Hard >>>> Thanks for asking.
Somewhere Vince Young is sitting at a Cheesecake Factory, looking at Ryan Lindley, and saying to himself, "Man I can do that!"
I speak from experience, Skittles can give you a serious stomach ache.
Stevens on new players: "Hard to play one day after getting here. It's gonna be some time before they feel fluid. But turnovers killed us."
Stevens: "I didn't think we kept up with their speed. The ball was whipping around, even without Wade and Bosh. We have to get more fluid."
That was not a pretty basketball game from the Celtics.
The C's fall to the Heat in Miami, 100-84. Zeller leads the way for Boston with 22, while Olynyk and Green add 13 apiece. C's shoot 40% FGs.
Zero fast break points for Celtics tonight. Already feeling the loss of Dwight Powell.
James Ennis, son.
The one guy you would have expected to be impacted the most by Rondo's absence was T. Zeller. 17 pts in 18 minutes. He's doing ah-ite 2nite.
Looks like it took Brandan Wright one half to pass Brandon Bass in the rotation.
Nah, that might have been a shot.
Zeller having a big (11-point) third, including his catch and finish off that Bradley (2-10) air ball.
Pretty sure that was a great pass by Bradley, not an airball. Right?
Brad Stevens is a little too calm about the officiating but he just got upset after that call on Birdman with after the no-call on Zeller.
When Turner heard that, he told Sully during opening tip that it's "The Ohio State University." Palladino has called it that way ever since
Jared Sullinger's 3rd NBA start, was against 76ers w/Evan Turner. When PA ace Eddie Palladino announced Sullinger being from "Ohio State"...
Avery Bradley, with three dimes at halftime, has once again passed his with-Rondo season high in assists.
Green, Bradley and Smart a combined 3-14.
Celtics are giving up a hearty 60.7 percent shooting by the Heat. That's a LeBron era number, except there's no LeBron, Wade or Bosh tonite.
That was a really creative pass by Smart.
Tonight's starting lineup had played three minutes together entering tonight.
Wright's dunk off that Bradley bullet pass one of the best rolls to the rim the Celtics have had all year.
Methinks Stevens is going to really enjoy Crowder.
Jae Crowder on the floor for start of second. He's wearing 99, last worn by Darko Milicic, who is now a kick boxer.
C's trail the Heat 28-21 after the 1st. Smart has 1 reb, 2 asts in his first career start at PG. Green: 5 pts. Zeller: 4 pts. C's: 40% FGs.
Two of your new Celtics, Nelson and Wright, are on the floor.
New Celtics Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright are both in the game. Miami leads 25-19.
Smart only lasted six minutes into his first start before Turner was subbed in.
In a bit of an upset (to me, at least), Jameer Nelson is the first of the new Mavericks to play.
Not saying this group can't score, either. Just really important to be sharp with cuts and movement.
Pace might be even more important with this Rondo-less crew. Need tempo to make creating offense easier.
Nobody in this Celtics lineup can break someone down and get into the paint. It's the starting lineup.
Smart's minutes not automatic. Stevens: "On the days when he’s not (playing well) he’s not going to play as much."
With Marcus Smart starting, Jeff Green (28) is the only Celtics starter older than 24.
Smart: "I'm ready to play. It's a big opportunity for me. I can't worry about trying to fill shoes. I'll do what I do best. Bring energy."
That didn't take long. Marcus Smart will get his first NBA start at point guard tonight against the Miami Heat.
It will be Smart's first NBA start.
Smart starts tonight. Turner back to bench.