Barbosa could play for Celtics Sunday


Barbosa could play for Celtics Sunday

ALBANY, NY Leandro Barbosa has yet to see or even practice with his new Boston Celtics teammates.

But that still might not keep him from seeing some action in Boston's final preseason game on Sunday against Philadelphia.

"You have to go through so many physical (related) stuff," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "So if he finishes yeah, he'll play."

Even if that doesn't pan out, Rivers isn't worried.

Following Sunday's preseason game against Philadelphia, the Celtics' regular season doesn't kick off until nine days later against Miami - plenty of time to get Barbosa up to speed.

"He gets to have a training camp, which is good for him," Rivers said.

Barbosa, 29, agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

A 6-4 combo guard, he will be looked upon to provide an additional ball-handler for the Celtics who are down a player with Avery Bradley (shoulders) not expected back on the floor until the middle of December.

He will wear jersey No. 12 for the C's, which was last worn by JaJuan Johnson who was part of the Celtics trade this summer that netted Courtney Lee.

Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls


Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls

BOSTON – Change is an inevitable when it comes to NBA rosters.

Just as the Boston Celtics significantly altered the outlook many had for them this season by signing Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract, they face a Chicago Bulls team tonight that has also undergone significant change.

The Bulls traded away one favorite son (Derrick Rose) and went about adding another in Dwyane Wade.

In addition to Wade, Chicago also signed former Celtic All-Star Rajon Rondo to join a team headlined by All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

As easy as it could have been to worry about the struggles they had in disposing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics knew they had to immediately turn the page and shift their focus towards a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking to start its season with a quality win over the Celtics.

“They’re a good team. They have great players over there,” said Jae Crowder. “They’re trying to figure it out. They’re going to be very excited to play of course. We have to take care of business, play the way we want to play and impose our will even more.”

One of the keys to knocking off the Bulls will be to get better play from their second unit.

Boston’s backups were outscored 58-40 but more significant than that was their inability to hold off the late-charging Nets which forced head coach Brad Stevens to bring his starters back on to the floor with about two minutes to play.

Among the reasons contributing to the bench’s ineffective play on Wednesday was the fact that Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) was out.

Remember, Smart has been with the second unit for all of training camp minus the second half of their 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks.

Crowder believes not having Smart, who will be out for another week or so, was indeed a factor in the second unit’s struggles.

“They trying to figure it out on the fly,” Crowder said. “With a few days of practice and probably one tough day of practice without him. It’s tough but they’re figuring it out. There’s no other way to figure it out but in a game. They’ll figure it out as soon as possible.”