Brian Scalabrine Watch 2010 officially over


Brian Scalabrine Watch 2010 officially over

By Mary Paoletti

By now, you've all heard that Brian Scalabrine has signed with Chicago.
And that's the problem -- you didn't hear it here first. WGS was supposed to be the home of Brian Scalabrine Watch 2010. This site chronicled The Summer of Scal from the day Boston's season ended to a couple weeks after that. We were there when the occasional rumor surfaced of a team showing interest and we were there a day later when that rumor was laughed off.

But after a couple of weeks, some of the interns' parents started complaining. They couldn't understand why we had their kids locked in a basement calling Scal incessantly, the way Sallie Mae calls broke college grads or Delonte calls Lebron's Mama. So we had some staff cutbacks.

Things really stalled in late July when our main Scal writer got cable installed in her new apartment. And then some other guy went on vacation for a while or something . . football season started . . .

Things came up.

To have Dreamy 'Brine agree to a deal with the Bulls and not announce it with us, though? Completely unexpected and unfair. We at Wicked Good Sports feel saddened and betrayed. Not in the way that drunk college kids throughout the Boston area feign to feel right now. (Seriously, can we have BU fenced off from the rest of the city? With an electric fence, maybe?)

No, our disappointment is genuine. Rich Levine explained it best this morning:

"The Celtics won't miss Scal in the rotation next year, but Celtics fans will undoubtedly feel his absence. Over his five seasons in Boston, he became a local celebrity on so many ridiculous levels. He was a Garden attraction. An ambassador to the fans. He was a cult hero."

So it's in this light -- a glow that makes the golden highlights in Scal's ginger mess of curls truly shimmer -- that we push aside our wounded pride and wish him the best.

No hard feelings, Brian. You show those Bulls what Boston taught you. And if by chance you don't feel like dancing, just play it safe and draw a charge or something.

Marcus Smart will get start for Celtics for injured Isaiah Thomas

Marcus Smart will get start for Celtics for injured Isaiah Thomas

As expected, Marcus Smart will get the start for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Orlando Magic in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas. 

Thomas, who leads the Celtics (12-9) in scoring (26.0) and assists (6.2) this season, suffered a right groin injury in Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday.

Head coach Brad Stevens explained his decision a few minutes ago.

“He’s started a lot of games here in the past as a point guard,” Stevens told reporters. “He’s basically our sixth starter. It wasn’t one that I had to think a ton about.”

Starting Smart also allows second-year guard Terry Rozier to continue in his role coming off the bench. 

Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, Smart’s production has been consistent. 

In the five games he has started this season, he has averaged 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. 

His numbers off the bench are almost identical with Smart averaging 9.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a reserve. 

Stevens also mentioned that Amir Johnson would be back in the starting lineup in place of Jonas Jerebko. Earlier in the day, Stevens told reporters the decision to start Jerebko on Monday was strictly because of the matchup with Houston. 

“We have to be able to be flexible in doing that,” Stevens said. “Houston plays four guards. We didn’t feel like we could defend them unless we switch one through four. I thought he (Jerebko) did a pretty good job. This (Orlando) team is different than Houston other than both are super-hot.”

Orlando (10-12) has won four of its last five games in part because of its size, strength and versatility along the frontline which includes Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic who now comes off the bench. 

And while the Celtics have benefited heavily from the play of their guards, obviously that plan will be amended tonight with Thomas out. 

“He (Thomas) generates a lot in the open offense what we call flow, spread offense,” Stevens said. “So some of those type of things you may not generate at the same rate. But certainly there are other ways that we’ll look to play when he’s not in the game normally, or when we’re trying to play through bigs in the post. You have different ways to play within all your schemes. Hopefully we can play to each other’s strengths and go from there.”