Scal on Scal

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Scal on Scal

If you havent read Sam Smiths story on Brian Scalabrine, go do that now.

First of all, because Smith does an amazing job of putting the whole thing together. Second of all, because Scalabrine has a few really interesting things to say.

Ive always wondered what Scal really thought about the insanity surrounding his time with the Celtics. Even though he rose to levels of ridiculous cult fame here in Boston, did the lack of respect ever get to him?

Deep down, did it hurt his feelings that so many people laughed at and mocked his NBA existence?

Here's what he had to say about that:The way I look at it is if thats the case (people are mocking me), thenand no disrespectyoud have to be an idiot. That I won some contest to be in the NBA? Or that I dont have to fight every day? That Im not the first guy on the floor and the first in the weight room and the last to leave? That I havent been waking up 5:30 my whole life to train? Id have to think youd are an idiot to think Im a joke. They might, which would be disappointing. Maybe it is that. But I know why Im here.

That's pretty cool. And in retrospect make a lot of sense. After all, if that kind of thing really bothered him, why would Scal have ever come back during last year's playoffs?

And really, why should it bother him?

He's had an 11-year NBA career. Do you know how difficult that is? He's earned more than 20M! He's made it farther and survived longer than so many guys with so much more talent. And as a result, he has a ring. He had TV offers waiting in the wings. He'll never have to pay for another drink or meal in Boston for the rest of his life.

Makes it easier to get over the fact that a couple strangers think you suck at basketball.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.