Celtics map out their snow day(s)


Celtics map out their snow day(s)

BOSTON -- The city of Boston is expected to be hit with a blizzard that could dump two feet of snow between Friday and Saturday.

With residents urged to stay inside, the Celtics could find themselves snowbound. They are scheduled to practice Saturday, subject to weather conditions, but could end up indoors until their next game Sunday evening at TD Garden against the Nuggets.

How will they spend this rare amount of midseason downtime? Some players are looking forward to a mini-break, while others got antsy thinking about being cooped up because of the wintery mess. They shared their plans with CSNNE.com.

Avery Bradley: The snow definitely isnt going to hold me back from any of my plans, I was just telling Courtney (Lee) that. He thinks Im going to stay in the house all day. Ill probably just go shopping for groceries and clothes, the same thing I do on every day off. What if the city of Boston shuts down? Shut the city down? They cant do that. Theres no way all the stores can be closed, no way. Ill probably watch TV, watch movies with my girlfriend, chill, thats about it. We got snow in Seattle (Bradley grew up in Washington state), I was out of school for two weeks one time because of it.

Jeff Green: Ill be on the couch, watching TV, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Modern Family, Workaholics. Those are my only three shows I watch. I like having down time, I need it.

Chris Wilcox: Ive got a few movies, Ill watch them. Im going to cook something, sit back on the couch, and chill. I took out some oxtails so I might cook some oxtails. I seasoned them Thursday, Ill sear them, then Ill put them in a Crock Pot and let them slow cook. Then Ill stir them, mix them, get them right, and right at the end before I take them out, Im going to put my special ingredient in there. I cant really tell you what it is. Its like the best-tasting filet ever. Its so tender, it falls off the bone.

Fab Melo: Im used to snow, so its not anything that would bother me. Im going to work out, go to the gym. I will get there, I live right there. If anything, Ill go running. I did it at Syracuse . . . (The craziest thing I did in the snow at Syracuse was), somebody dared me to do a snow angel outside and I went, no shirt on.

Brandon Bass: Im going to enjoy the snow maybe play in it, maybe take my son out a little bit. Thats part of the reason why I like Boston, because I get the opportunity to see snow. Its just different from what Im used to (growing up in Baton Rouge, LA). Its cool (to see my five-year-old son play in the snow). Ill get home from practice and the snows out there, hell be like, Daddy lets go outside! . . . When I have downtime, Im spending time with my son, playing around. I might watch him play Kinect on the Xbox or we might play some kind of game. When Im home, he always asks me, Daddy, lets do something that you think is fun. He actually comes up with it, he gives me three choices and Ive got to pick one. Hell do whatever, as long as its with me.

Jason Collins: I live downtown, so Im going to try to work out at a fitness center there. I can walk. I did go out and buy these really big boots, snow boots. I got them online because (I wear) size 17. They look like I could survive in the arctic. Ill be able to manage in the snow.

Courtney Lee: Im going to relax, eat food, watch TV. Other cities will be fine so Ill be watching some games. (I like to watch) The First 48, got to watch The First 48. I always watch games, Law & Order has a lot of good episodes on there. MTV runs back Martin and The Wayans Bros., so I always catch them. Other than that, I just watch games for the most part, college and NBA.

Stevens, Celtics expect to use similar rotation vs. Bulls


Stevens, Celtics expect to use similar rotation vs. Bulls

The Boston Celtics’ bench was unable to close out Wednesday’s 122-117 win over Brooklyn, but don’t look for head coach Brad Stevens to make any significant changes tonight.

“I felt pretty good about those rotations last night,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’sgame against Chicago. “For forty minutes, we rotated well.”

After a relatively close first quarter, it was Boston’s second unit that gave Boston its first double-digit lead of the night and led by as many as 13 points.

But it wasn’t their scoring that jumped out to Stevens.

“The second unit came in and provided probably our best defensive sequence of the game, start of the second quarter and played really well until the end,” Stevens said.

Stevens played a total of 10 players against the Nets – all playing in the first half - and will likely have a similar number of Celtics on the floor tonight against the Bulls.

It will be interesting to see what the Celtics do rotation-wise when Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) and Kelly Olynk (right shoulder) are back on the active roster.

Smart recently confirmed an earlier CSNNE.com report that the left ankle injury he suffered in the Celtics’ final preseason game against the New York Knicks, would keep him out for a couple of weeks.

In addition to missing the season opener against Brooklyn, Smart is likely to miss another three games.

Olynyk, who had offseason surgery in May, has been cleared for contact but is not expected to be back on the floor until the middle of next month.

“Until our other guys get back,” Stevens said. “There will be similar rotations.”

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.