Terry shoulders blame for C's loss

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Terry shoulders blame for C's loss

MILWAUKEE Jason Terry was having a solid game for the Boston Celtics.

He was scoring, dropping dimes at Rajon Rondo-like rate and his defense was solid - mostly solid.

But he made one mistake, one that proved costly in Boston's 91-88 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Clinging to a one-point lead with less than a minute to play, Terry somehow lost sight of Brandon Jennings who made the Celtics pay with a game-winning 3-pointer.

"The play wasn't for a three," Jennings said. "The play was for me to come off a pick with Larry (Sanders). If I had an open lane, of course take it to the hole. Or we had Monta (Ellis) at the other end. But we just moved the ball around and were able to get an open shot."

Things only got worst for Terry who had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, only to see his 3-pointer hit too hard off the back of the rim and roll out.

"Being a 14-year veteran, I can't make that crucial mistake (defensively) and leave Brandon Jennings (open) in the end," Terry said. "I told everybody I'll take this one on my shoulders."

As much as Terry's defensive gaffe contributed to the loss, his play prior to that was instrumental in the Celtics having the game in their control for most of the night.

With Rajon Rondo serving the second game of his two-game suspension, Terry had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 11 assists. His facilitating was a key factor in Boston pulling ahead by as many as 17 points.

Like most of his teammates afterward, Terry pointed out how the Celtics did for the most part, what they wanted to do.

They had a horrific second quarter in which they gave up 36 points, but that came on the heels of a first quarter in which they held the Bucks to just 11 points.

"The frustrating thing about this loss ... playoff basketball," Terry said. "Basketball is a game of mistakes."

And Terry makes no secret about not forgetting the one he made in the game's closing seconds.

"I've been through so many possessions, so many games like this one," he said. "It just hurts me, for me to be in that position and not to either make a shot or not to make a defensive play. So again, I take this one on me; no problem. But I'll bet you I'll fight back and battle back next week."

Ingram, not Simmons, set to attend NBA Combine

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Ingram, not Simmons, set to attend NBA Combine

BOSTON – The list of players who will be in attendance at the NBA pre-draft combine in Chicago next week has been released.

And not surprisingly, there are some projected near the top of the NBA draft board who will not be in attendance.

LSU’s one-and-done stud Ben Simmons, projected to be among the top two players selected, will not be in attendance.

Joining Simmons among the more notable players who won’t be in Chi-town is Croatian big man Dragan Bender whose current team Maccabi Tel Aviv is still in the middle of their season. He is projected by most as being the third overall pick. 

Providence star guard Kris Dunn, projected as a top-10 pick, will be among those in attendance, as well as his Friars teammate Ben Bentil.

The Celtics usually cast a pretty wide net at the combine, but this year it’ll likely be even wider due to the fact that Boston has eight picks that represents 13.3 percent of the draft.

Boston has three first-round picks, with the first to be determined during the draft lottery later this month. The pick comes from Brooklyn, and will be no worse than the sixth overall selection.

The Celtics also have the 16th and 23rd overall picks in the first round, along with five (31st, 35th, 45th, 51st and 58th) in the second round.

Here's the full list of prospects attending the NBA Combine:

Player College/Club
 Ron Baker Wichita State
 Wade Baldwin Vanderbilt
 Cat Barber North Carolina State
 Malik Beasley Florida State
 DeAndre Bembry St. Joseph's
 Ben Bentil Providence
 Jaron Blossomgame Clemson
 Joel Bolomboy Weber State
 Malcolm Brogdon Virginia
 Jaylen Brown California
 Robert Carter Maryland
 Marquese Chriss Washington
 Elgin Cook Oregon
 Isaiah Cousins Oklahoma
 Deyonta Davis Michigan State
 Cheick Diallo Kansas
 Kris Dunn Providence
 Henry Ellenson Marquette
 Perry Ellis Kansas
 AJ English Iona
 Kay Felder Oakland
 Dorian Finney-Smith Florida
 Michael Gbinije Syracuse
 Daniel Hamilton Connecticut
 AJ Hammons Purdue
 Josh Hart Villanova
 Nigel Hayes Wisconsin
 Buddy Hield Oklahoma
 Brandon Ingram Duke
 Demetrius Jackson Notre Dame
 Justin Jackson North Carolina
 Brice Johnson North Carolina
 Damian Jones Vanderbilt
 Skal Labissiere Kentucky
 Dedric Lawson Memphis
 Jake Layman Maryland
 Marcus Lee Kentucky
 Caris LeVert Michigan
 Thon Maker Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute
 Patrick McCaw UNLV
 Isaiah Miles St. Joseph's
 Jamal Murray Kentucky
 Malik Newman Mississippi State
 Georges Niang Iowa State
 Chinanu Onuaku Louisville
 Marcus Paige North Carolina
 Gary Payton II Oregon State
 Jakob Poeltl Utah
 Taurean Prince Baylor
 Zhou Qi Xinjiang (China)
 Malachi Richardson Syracuse
 Wayne Selden Kansas
 Pascal Siakam New Mexico State
 Diamond Stone Maryland
 Caleb Swanigan Purdue
 Melo Trimble Maryland
 Tyler Ulis Kentucky
 Jarrod Uthoff Iowa
 Denzel Valentine Michigan State
 Isaiah Whitehead Seton Hall
 Troy Williams Indiana
 Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga
 Stephen Zimmerman UNLV

Is Danny Ainge or Larry Bird a better NBA GM?

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Is Danny Ainge or Larry Bird a better NBA GM?

Danny Ainge and Larry Bird were both hired as NBA general managers in 2003. Ainge was back with the Celtics, where he spent the prime seasons of his playing career. And Bird went back to the Pacers, where he coached for three seasons.

There's no question that Bird was the better player. But who has been the better GM?

Trenni Kusnierek has a very interesting argument for why Ainge gets the edge. Watch the video above for her reasoning.