Celtics' Babb not feeling pressure on last day of contract

Celtics' Babb not feeling pressure on last day of contract
March 9, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Update: Chris Babb confirmed after the Celtics' 118-111 victory over the Pistons on Sunday night that he has another 10-day contract with Boston.

BOSTON - Chris Babb was already hanging out on the parquet floor more than two hours before tipoff on Sunday.

He was the last player off the court for Boston too, taking shots all the way up until around 5:30 pm.

With his first 10-day contract expiring at midnight, was this Babb getting one last look at the Garden before he heads back to the D-league?

It doesn't appear that way.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has spoken highly of Babb, and did so again before Sunday's game against the Pistons.

"Like I said, I think it was yesterday, I'd really like to have him around . . . all indications are that everybody feels that way within our organization," Stevens said.

Babb was with the Celtics in camp, and then spent the season with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. He's appeared in four games, including Sunday, for the Celtics. He played 15 minutes in the team's 91-84 win over the Nets on Friday, scoring six points (two three-pointers) and grabbing one rebound. In The Celtics' 108-88 loss to the Warriors, Babb scored five points and grabbed five rebounds.

Chris Johnson also went through the 10-day contract process, and likes what he has seen out of Babb.

"It's been good. He's been coming to practice, practicing hard," Johnson told CSNNE.com. "He's provided in games making hustle plays, playing defense, knocking down shots and doing everything he can with what the coach asks of him."

Johnson remembers the thoughts going through his mind on the night of his last 10-day contract.

"I remember it was a game against Brooklyn, that was my last day," Johnson said. "You can only control what you can control. Just make the most of your opportunity. I think he put himself in a great situation to stay on his 10-day."

After hitting virtually all of his pregame shots from beyond the arc, Babb jogged off the court and signed a few autographs for fans on his way down the tunnel.

He said he's feeling "awesome", and not getting caught up in this being the last day of his current deal.

"I'm just playing basketball," Babb told CSNNE.com. I don't feel any pressure right now. I'm just having fun playing ball."