Celtics rookies Melo, Joseph assigned to D-League

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Celtics rookies Melo, Joseph assigned to D-League

BOSTON The news came as a shock to no one.

With little to no chance of playing anytime soon for the Boston Celtics, the C's announced on Wednesday that rookies Fab Melo and Kris Joseph were being assigned to the team's Developmental League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Melo was on the inactive list for all seven of the Celtics' games this season. He did appear in all eight of the C's preseason games and averaged 1.3 rebounds in 5.9 minutes of action per game. Boston selected the 7-footer out of Syracuse University with the No. 22 pick in last June's NBA draft. With the Orange, Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks prior to declaring for the draft after his sophomore season.

Joseph appeared in one game for the Celtics this season, tallying one rebound and an assist in the C's home-opening loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 2. Like Melo, he also appeared in all eight preseason games for Boston in which he averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game.

Prior to the announcement, Joseph anticipated at some point he would be with the D-League team in Maine.

"I just want to do whatever I can to just keep getting better, growing as a player," Joseph told CSNNE.com. "I'm willing to go wherever that takes me."

Boston drafted Joseph in the second round of last June's draft with the 51st overall pick. As a senior at Syracuse, Joseph led the Orange in scoring with 13.4 points in addition to chipping in 4.7 rebounds per game.

Red Sox will call up No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada on Friday

Red Sox will call up No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada on Friday

The season-long awaited arrival of Yoan Moncada to Boston has finally come with Wednesday night announcement of the Red Sox’ prospect being called up for Friday.

John Farrell alluded to potentially promoting the 21-year-old in his press conference prior to Wednesday’s game, remarking that the team needed “better production” at third base -- Moncada’s new home.

“The minor league season ends [soon], so is there benefit to him just being here? The answer to that is yes,” Farrell said before Wednesday’s win. “Do you weigh playing 'X' number of games per week versus what he could be doing at Portland or Pawtucket? Well, that goes away [with the minor league regular seasons end].

"So, again, by all accounts, there's nothing but positives that could come out of experience here -- if that were to happen.''

He’ll be formally added Friday as a September call-up, and cannot be added Thursday because Boston has the day off.

Moncada will also be eligible for the playoffs with the call-up, with the Wednesday night midnight deadline not applying because Moncada was already part of Boston’s organization.

Ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, Moncada played for both Single-A Salem and, most recently, Double-A Portland this season. In his 44 games with Portland, Moncada hit .285 (49-for-172) with 11 home runs, six doubles, three triples and 27 RBI. Moncada was also 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts for the Seadogs.

"In the cases we've talked about, it has been beneficial to us for the young player to come up. They find a way to contribute in a meaningful role. 

"Without saying that [Moncada's promotion] is a definite, there's a lot [of positives] going for it.''

Moncada joins Andrew Benintendi to get the call to the Red Sox straight from Portland. Prior to Benintendi’s injury, the 22-year-old was batting .324 (22-for-68) with eight extra-base hits.
 
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Isaiah Thomas goes 12-for-12 in Seahawks free throw contest

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Isaiah Thomas goes 12-for-12 in Seahawks free throw contest

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has a career free throw percentage of .863 in six seasons in the NBA.

But in a free throw contest against Seattle Seahawks wideout - and free throw champion - Tyler Lockett, Thomas went a perfect 12-for-12.