Stiemsma to remain with Celtics for season

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Stiemsma to remain with Celtics for season

BOSTON Needless to say, Friday can not get here soon enough for Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma.

That's when NBA players like Stiemsma can breathe a collective sigh of relief that their contracts for this season will become fully guaranteed.

Fortunately for him, the Celtics have already made up their mind to keep him around.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com that the C's will not waive Stiemsma, thus making his contract guaranteed for this season.

"We like Greg," Ainge said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. "He's played well for us. His teammates like him, and the coaches trust him. He's done a good job for us, and has been a good fit."

Although Stiemsma was well aware that the deadline for his contract to be guaranteed was coming up, he refused to give it too much thought.

"I don't get too caught up in the business stuff, once the season gets rolling," he told CSNNE.com Tuesday morning. "Being here, doing what I can control. Let the chips fall wherever they're going to fall."

Stiemsma's role has been very much like his professional basketball career -- a non-stop roller coaster.

He was in Boston's camp, and given little-to-no shot at sticking. It didn't take long for his shot-blocking prowess to make its mark with the Celtics.

In his first game in the NBA, Stiemsma set a Celtics franchise record with six blocked shots -- the most by a player in their first game with the C's -- in Boston's 97-78 loss to New Orleans on Dec. 30.

Three days later, injuries left Celtics head coach Doc Rivers no choice but to give Stiemsma his first NBA start.

He responded with a career-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds in 21 minutes, which were also career-bests for the 26-year-old rookie.

However, the improved health and play of Chris Wilcox has significantly cut into Stiemsma's opportunities to play.

But you won't hear Stiemsma griping or complaining about his role, especially when he thinks about how all the veterans have embraced him and his fellow rookies.

And while he is the only rookie on the team not drafted by the C's, Stiemsma doesn't believe they've treated him any differently.

"These guys have been so great with us (rookies)," Stiemsma said. "They've been willing to teach from Day One. They want to see us succeed. When we've been giving those opportunities (to play), we've been fortunate enough to take advantage of them."

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

Quotes, Notes and Stars of the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the Angels

Quotes

"It's a joke. That's a brutal call for whoever's back in New York looking at it.'' - Mike Scioscia on decision not to cite fan interference on ground-rule double in the ninth.

"We played with 26 players tonight. I was like, 'Yes!''' - David Ortiz on the fan who touched Daniel Nava's double.

"If I had to go back and do it all over again, I probably would have just thrown a knuckleball. I didn't want to walk a guy, but I've got to think about the bigger picture and just swallow the walk.'' - Steven Wright, on the fastball thrown to C.J. Cron, who hit a grand slam.

Notes

* David Ortiz moved into 19th place all-time in home runs with No. 522, breaking a tie with Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.

* Ortiz collected his 2,000th hit as a member of the Red Sox, something only six other players in history have accomplished.

* Ortiz also passed Thomas in career RBI with 1,704, good for 23rd place.

* Ortiz extended his Fenway hitting streak to 18 games. He's reached base at home in every home game since April 29.

* Steven Wright has allowed just six homers all season, but three have come in the last four games. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox teammates to record 100 hits each before the team's 81st game since 1988 when four players did so - Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans, Mike Greenwell and Marty Barrett.

* The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Red Sox against the Angels.

* The game marked the 47th time in first 79 games that the Sox have collected 10 or more hits. That leads the majors, with Kansas City and Detroit next at 39.

* The Sox are 23-9 in Brock Holt's starts.

Stars

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz had a three-hit game with two singles and a homer, the last of which was his 2,000th hit in a Red Sox uniform. The homer also was career home run No. 522, moving him past three Hall of Famers into 19th place all-time.

2) Brock Holt

Holt announced his presence loud and clear with two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI and an assist from the outfield.

3) C.J. Cron

Cron made things mighty interesting with one swing of the bat in the sixth, driving a ball into the Monster Seats for a grand slam that brought the Angels back to within a run.

Sean McAdam can be followed on Twitter: @Sean_McAdam

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Multiple other reports suggest the Hawks have resisted offering Horford a max, though they are working to clear space to re-sign him.

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