Pierce on Delonte: 'I'm happy for him'


Pierce on Delonte: 'I'm happy for him'

WALTHAM When training camp began, Paul Pierce fully expected there to be a lot of new faces on the Boston Celtics roster. It's like that every year, with every team throughout the league.

But to not see Delonte West, who took his talents out West to Dallas, well Pierce acknowledges was a bit of a surprise.

"I thought he'd definitely be back," Pierce said. "It's hard to develop chemistry when you bring in a lot of new faces, each and every year."

West has been with the Green team during two different stints, quickly winning over fans and his teammates with his gritty play at both ends of the floor.

During the C's playoff run which ended with a second-round loss to the Miami Heat, West's play was one of the highlights.

It is unclear exactly why the Celtics didn't make a big push to bring him back, but certainly the growth and development of Avery Bradley was a factor. It would have been difficult for the C's to bring West back, and still managed to find minutes for Bradley, too.

Since joining the Mavs, West now finds himself in a role that's actually greater than the one he had with the Celtics. West has appeared in all nine games for the Mavericks, which includes eight starts. He's averaging eight points and 3.1 assists while playing just under 21 minutes a game.

"He's really added something to the Dallas team that they probably lost in J.J. Barea (now in Minnesota) and Tyson Chandler (now in New York), a guy who could come in and give them energy defensively, and give them a boost offensively also."

Pierce added, "I'm happy for him; he's found some comfort there in Dallas. He's in the starting lineup now. I wish him the best."

West recently made headlines when the NBA champion Mavericks met President Barack Obama at the White House, and West couldn't be with the team because of gun-related charges he had to deal with a couple years ago.

The 6-foot-3 guard took to Twitter to express his disappointment in not being able to attend, in addition to ranting about the media.

Celtics late rally falls short, Bulls hold on to win, 105-99


Celtics late rally falls short, Bulls hold on to win, 105-99

It was only 24 hours earlier that the Boston Celtics learned a valuable lesson about what can potentially happen if you let up on an opponent too soon.

The Chicago Bulls made the same mistake on Thursday as the Celtics wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter and made it a one-possession game for the last couple of minutes.

But like Boston did against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, the Bulls managed to fend off a late rally by Boston in handing the Celtics a 105-99 loss.

Boston had multiple opportunities to tie the game or take the lead in the fourth, only to consistently come up short.

Their last shot came with less than a minute to play and Boston trailing 101-99.

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown had the ball and seemingly had a mismatch with Nikola Mirotic guarding him.

Brown dribbled into the lane, spun away from Mirotic and left his feet and landed without anyone to pass to.

It would prove to be a critical turnover as Dwyane Wade came down afterwards and drained a 3-pointer, his fourth of the night, to make it a 104-99 game with 26.3 seconds to play.

That would be the Celtics’ last chance at a victory.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 15 points, but made it a game courtesy of a slew of baskets by Isaiah Thomas.

He finished with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting.

As well as Thomas shot from the field, he’ll most remember this game for the shots he didn’t make; his free throws specifically.

A career 86 percent free throw shooter, Thomas was just 2-for-6 from the line on Thursday.

Boston (1-1) also got a strong game from Avery Bradley who had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Bulls, playing their season opener with a newly-formed Big Three of prodigal son Dwyane Wade, ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo and All-Star Jimmy Butler, didn’t waste any time establishing control of the game.

Chicago opened the game with an 8-2 run and led by as many as 15 points. Boston had moments in which it cut into Chicago’s lead, but the Bulls’ control of the game remained strong throughout the night.

Things got a bit chippy in the second quarter when Jae Crowder was called for an offensive foul against Jimmy Butler, a good friend of his as well as a former teammate at Marquette.

After Butler hit the ground, he used his legs to tie up Crowder who fell to the floor afterwards. Crowder then forcefully put the ball in Butler’s chest.

That led to some back and forth trash talk between Isaiah Thomas and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

Officials reviewed the play and called all four players – Crowder, Thomas, Butler and Rondo – were called for a technical foul.

Tempers cooled down afterwards for both teams as the Chicago Bulls continued to stay red-hot from 3-point range.

The Bulls were especially impressive in the first half when they were 7-for-13 on 3s.

And leading the 3-point barrage was Wade who rarely looked to score beyond the 3-point line a year ago. He would finish with 22 points which included a trio of 4-pointers which was the first time he made that many 3s since the 2012-2013 season when he played for the Miami Heat.

Chicago’s top scorer was Butler who had 24 points and seven rebounds.

Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter


Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter

Minutes before they opened their regular season Thursday against the Celtics, the Bulls announced the signing of shooting guard R.J. Hunter.

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