Barbosa plans to bring energy, defense to Celtics

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Barbosa plans to bring energy, defense to Celtics

BOSTON - Days after signing with the team, Leandro Barbosa has quickly picked up on the Boston Celtics way of basketball.

"I will bring energy, a lot of energy," he said on Sunday prior to the Celtics' preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. "I like to run, I like to bring a lot of offense, I like to score too. But we have a lot of scorers on the team, so we'll see. Whatever situation I'm in I'll try to do."

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"Defense," he stated. "Defense is the first standpoint on the team."

The 29-year-old combo guard, who played with the Pacers and Raptors last season, had conversations with the Los Angeles Lakers before joining their rival, the Celtics. He comes to a team deep with backcourt production, meaning there is no guarantee on his minutes. That's OK with Barbosa, who is looking forward to a chance to win.

"It's a kind of situation I've been looking for, especially to play with Rajon Rondo. He likes to run and I love to run. I think it will be working really well," he said, adding, "They're all good players. I'm here just to help. As soon as I get my chance to get on the court, I'm just going to try to do my best to succeed and help the team."

Barbosa signed with the Celtics less than two weeks before the start of the regular season. Coach Doc Rivers said he was surprised Barbosa was still available. Had he had joined an NBA team, the only country Barbosa would have considered playing in was his native Brazil.

"I played there when I was in the lockout so it was great, but it's nothing compared to the NBA," he said. "I'm glad to be back."

Barbosa did not play on Sunday against the 76ers because of his visa. He expects to be able to play by Opening Night on Oct. 30 in Miami.

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
 
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
 
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
 
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
 
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
 
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
 
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
 
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.

 

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