Checking up on Scalabrine, other Celtics overseas

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Checking up on Scalabrine, other Celtics overseas

Looking for some Boston Celtics hoops news during the NBA lockout? Lets take a look overseas, where several of those who have suited up for the Cs are now playing international basketball.

Lets start with fan favorite Brian Scalabrine. No matter how hard he tried to fight it, he couldnt escape the Scal-a-bri-ne chants that echoed through the TD Garden as a member of the Boston Celtics. Now Scal is playing ball for Benetton Treviso in Italy. Hes making news in the United States, and this time it has nothing to do with his last name.

Check out this highlight reel, where Scalabrine is showing off his skills beyond the arc. He ranks second on his team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, including 77.2 FG and 66.7 3PG. University of Connecticut alum Jeff Adrien leads the team with 15.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, while Celtics 2011 second round draft pick E'Twaun Moore is averaging 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Avery Bradley was also in the news shortly after joining Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. On Monday, Rafael Uehara from the Basketball Post tweeted, "Apparently, Avery Bradley is set to get fired in Israel. Nothing that he did. Played a single game. Team just wants his roster spot." On Tuesday night, Bradley was listed on the team's official website. He also tweeted to Celtics teammate Jeff Green that he was still in Israel. Bradley has appeared in one game for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, scoring 7 points (1-6 FG, 1-2 3PG, 2-2 FT).

First Nenad Krstic did the Macarena, then he scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in his first regular season game with CSKA Moscow. Krstic was one of the first NBA players to signed overseas this summer.

Von Wafer is also in Italy leading Vanoli-Braga Cremona in scoring with 19 points per game. In the first three contests of the regular season, Wafer is shooting 62.5 from the field (and a not-so-noteworthy 9.1 from three-point range), 3.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.

In other reports, Dubi Pick from Eurobasket.com tweeted former Celtic Gerald Green has signed with the Foshan Dralions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Former Celtic Oliver Lafayette is playing for Asseco Prokom Gdynia this season in Poland. He scored 12 points in their first Euroleague regular season game and is averaging 3.7 points in three VTB United League games.

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston. 
 
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games. 

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“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
 
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
 
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer. 
 
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes. 
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand. 
 
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference. 
 
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists.