Celtics cut three, Stiemsma still remains


Celtics cut three, Stiemsma still remains

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics moved forward with their roster on Thursday, by cutting three free agent forwards.

Power forward Jamal Sampson was the first player waived. He was soon followed by small forward Gilbert Brown and forwardcenter Michael Sweetney.

That leaves center Greg Stiemsma as the lone free agent still in camp.

Although he was on pretty good footing with the Celtics prior to the preseason finale on Wednesday, he certainly helped his cause with seven points, five rebounds and solid defense in the C's 81-73 win over Toronto.

The roster is down to 14 players, which is not all that surprising.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said the team does not plan to carry a full 15-man roster at this point, well aware that players they might have interest in could be waived and thus, available to be signed by the C's.

"We're looking around," Rivers said. "I still think there'll be buyouts. So many things can happen. We want to make sure we can do it quick."

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff


McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.