Pressey ready for action vs. Knicks

Pressey ready for action vs. Knicks
October 8, 2013, 4:45 pm
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WALTHAM — Celtics rookie Phil Pressey spent all of the C's 97-89 preseason loss to Toronto in towel-waiving mode Monday night on the bench.

That will change on Wednesday when the Celtics play the New York Knicks in Providence, R.I.

Pressey's solid play in training camp, coupled with the absence of guard Jordan Crawford (death in the family) and possibly MarShon Brooks (excused from Tuesday's practice because he was sick) creates a golden opportunity for Pressey to play significant minutes.

"I'm really looking forward to that," said C's coach Brad Stevens. "I think he's done a good job. I knew that prior to (Monday) night's game. That's why I didn't play Phil last night and played Jordan a couple more minutes."
 
Pressey would have loved to have seen action on Monday, but understands that this is just part of the process.
 
"A lot of them (Celtics teammates) have been in the same position I've been in," Pressey said. "You never know when your name will get called, or how long you will play. So I'm going to try and stay ready."

Part of that staying ready is doing whatever is necessary to stay on the floor.

"I try to go out there and defend, defend the ball well and change the pace of the game on the defensive end," Pressey said. "Offensively, I know I can pass and create for others but I'm just going to try and change the game on the defensive end."

Even though this would be Pressey's first NBA game, dealing with the likes of Avery Bradley and Crawford has more than prepared him for what he's in store for Wednesday night.

"The good thing about those guys is they bring it everyday," Pressey said. "In practice, we're competing and it's tough out there. You can't take a play off. Jordan wants to compete every single play and wants to win every single drill. So we're going at it. Same thing with Avery. Guys have been helping me get better. The harder we practice, the easier the game is going to be."