Barbosa deal with Celtics not official just yet

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Barbosa deal with Celtics not official just yet

BROOKLYN, NY The soon-to-be newest Boston Celtic, Leandro Barbosa, is not officially on board just yet.

While the two sides have come to terms on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, the C's can not comment publicly on it until the contract is signed and he passes a physical.

But there's little doubt that the C's are looking forward to him joining them soon.

"I think he could definitely help us, another veteran," said Celtics forward Paul Pierce following Boston's shoot-around at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "He's one of the better bench players in the league, to go along with our bench that's pretty well-rounded. This is probably, from what I'm hearing, this would make us the deepest bench I've ever played with."

Barbosa, 29, was the NBA's sixth man of the Year in 2007. He would be joining a Celtics roster that already features a player (Jason Terry, 2009) who won the same award.

He provides the Celtics with added backcourt depth, but his addition doesn't necessarily provides the C's with a true point guard. Rivers talked recently about how Avery Bradley (out until the middle of December following shoulder surgery) might return and play some at the point as he did at times last season.

"Avery's not a pure point guard, and nobody we're signing is either," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "It's not that we need a backup anything. We're trying to get the best players we feel that are available, left. And if we can get them, we'll sign them."

With that in mind, the Celtics have addressed just about every potential hole in their lineup.

"On paper, we'll see," Rivers said. "Guys still have to perform. I always tell people, paper looks great. But performance is performance. That's far more important."

Crowder on Wizards' all-black 'funeral' plans for Celtics: 'That's cute!'

Crowder on Wizards' all-black 'funeral' plans for Celtics: 'That's cute!'

The Washington Wizards plan to roll into tonight’s game against the Celtics donning all-black clothes, as in a funeral procession, a sign of solidarity and an omen of sorts for a game that they hope ends with them burying the Celtics.
 
When Jae Crowder was asked about the Wizards all-black gear, his initial response...“That’s cute!”
 
More than anything, the Wizards (24-20) are putting a significant amount of value into tonight’s game. A victory would extend their home winning streak to 14.

Meanwhile, the Celtics (26-17) come in looking to snap a two-game losing streak.
 
“This is definitely not Game 7 or the playoffs,” said Isaiah Thomas. “But if they want to take it that serious, they can.”
 
The idea to arrive at the Verizon Center donning all-black was hatched by Bradley Beal, who has some contentious moments, to say the least, with the Celtics recently.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows all about the funeral talk which to him is just that, talk. He’s more concerned with his team doing what they need to do in order to win.
 
Nothing more.
 
Nothing less.
 
“At the end of the day, good basketball teams are physical,” he said. “There’s a line you don’t want to cross. Ultimately, you have to be appropriately physical at a high level. It’s about playing well, focus on your next task at hand. This is a great opportunity to see where we’re at.”

In the Celtics' 117-108 win over the Wizards on Jan. 11, Beal was whistled for a flagrant-1 foul after getting into it with Marcus Smart.
 
Last season, Beal was on the receiving end of a left forearm to the face from Smart, who was driving to the basket at the time. The blow resulted in a broken nose for Beal in addition to spending time in the league’s concussion protocol program.
 
And then there’s his backcourt mate John Wall.
 
He was fined $15,000 for his role in a postgame incident with Jae Crowder (who was fined $25,000). Crowder pushed Wall’s nose with his finger, which led to Wall retaliating with a slap towards Crowder’s face.
 
And when the two met back on Nov. 9, Wall was hit with a flagrant-2 foul (an automatic ejection) when he threw Smart down hard to floor in the final moments of a Wizards win.
 
The Celtics have a few games that have become more physical than others recently, but there’s something about this Celtics-Wizards matchup that brings out an elevated level of feistiness.
 
“It’s just all talk; that’s all it is,” Thomas said. “I guess they taking it and running with it. I don’t know what it is. I [saw] the funeral and the all-black thing last night and I just laughed about it. We’ll be there tonight for a game, not a funeral.”
 

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