Postcard from Celtics camp: Day 2

Postcard from Celtics camp: Day 2
October 2, 2013, 2:15 pm
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NEWPORT, R.I. — The Boston Celtics were back on the floor for Day Two of training camp today with the morning session lasting about an hour and a half.

The C's continued to work on their offense while light scrimmaging and defense become focal points in the afternoon.

Head coach Brad Stevens understands the balancing act he has in these early days of training camp between implementing his system in gradual enough fashion as to not overwhelm his team with too much information too soon.

"We're in a fine line stage," Stevens said. "You have a lot more you can add, but you have to get better at the stuff you've introduced. There will be a balance between those two tings."

THE SMALL THINGS, BIG DEAL
"Details" was the word of choice among Celtics players and head coach Brad Stevens following Tuesday morning's practice.

"Just getting better in every detail is paramount," Stevens said. "Being able to single out one or two things is difficult. We have a long way to go in a lot of areas. But the way you have to improve, is you have to single out a few things and move forward."

Veteran forward Kris Humphries said Stevens' attention to detail has been a unique experience for him.

"This is probably the most detailed I've been coached in terms of technique on certain things," said Humphries who is entering his 10th NBA season. "I think it's great. I'm still refining my game, and I think it's great for the young guys too."

STRETCHING THE FLOOR
With only one true center (Vitor Faverani), having big men who can stretch the floor with their perimeter shooting will be huge for the C's chances at success.

That's in part why the first practice each of the last two days has centered around offense which includes the team's big men working to improve their scoring while facing the basket.

"It's important that we take advantage of that," Stevens said. "It's one of our strengths. All our bigs need to work to become the best shooters they can be. We have a lot of guys that can make baskets, can make shots. They need to stretch the floor for us to be the best that we can be."

Celtics 7-foot rookie Kelly Olynyk is among the C's big men who will be counted on by Stevens to contribute as a perimeter-shooting big man.

"That's the way he (Stevens) likes to play; he really likes to space the floor and open things up for people," Olynyk said. "Hopefully I can bring that to the table."

QUOTE-UNQUOTE
"You can tell by every little thing we're doing. He's either correcting or telling somebody what they should be doing. And everybody listens to him because he's been there before. It's good to have him out there. His leadership is great for us." -- Celtics rookie Phil Pressey, talking about Rajon Rondo who has participated in parts of the team's training camp each of the last two days.