BOSTON -- D.J. White and Shavlik Randolph waited at the scorers table to check in as the Boston Celtics led the Toronto Raptors by 20 points late in the game.
Brandon Bass slammed a dunk and the two newly acquired players walked back to the bench.
Instead of sulking, White mouthed, "That's what I'm talking about" as he stood on the sidelines. Both players displayed a team-first attitude and positivity as they waited for their names to be called during their second 10-day contracts with the Celtics.
"It's just how I am," White said following the Celtics 112-88 win. "I cheer everybody on. It doesn't matter if I'm on a long contract or a 10-day, I'm going to cheer everybody on because things happen for a reason and whatever happens happens, so I'm going to cheer on my teammates."
White signed his second 10-day contract on March 10, Randolph did the same on March 11. White has played a total of 22 minutes in three games while his front court counterpart has played 20 minutes in two contests.
Even when the Celtics led by 26 points, head coach Doc Rivers kept his second unit on the floor. Randolph and White checked in with 2:38 to go, the C's up 104-80. White finished the game with a basket and an assist, while Randolph missed his only field goal attempt and grabbed a rebound.
"I try to play with energy, finish off the game the right way," said Randolph. "The guys put the team in position where we're going to definitively win, and we just want to go out there and not have any kind of drop off."
Prior to the game, Rivers said he plans to keep both players around for the duration of their contracts and will make a decision from there. The team will practice on Friday, where he will be able to get another look at what they can contribute.
"I'm going to continue to do what I do," said White. "All I can do is be myself, go out and play hard. It'll take care of itself."
Randolph echoed, "I'm going to approach it the same way I approached the first 10 days. I will try to bring energy when I play, try to support the team, the bench, and just stay ready and try to learn each day. Ten days goes by quickly. Every day is valuable for someone in a situation like I'm in."
While the newly-acquired Celtics enjoyed the win with their teammates in the locker room, they were too focused to notice the in-game celebration late in the fourth. As part of the Celtics blowout victory tradition, the team enthusiastically watched an American Bandstand video known as "Gino Time" with Kevin Garnett leading the way, dancing on the court.
Randolph and White saw nothing of it as they were zoned in during the timeout huddle.
"When was that?" White asked. "I wasn't paying attention to it."
That's the right answer.