Celtics notes: Mavericks' reserves steal show


Celtics notes: Mavericks' reserves steal show

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - With players like Shaquille ONeal, Delonte West, and Glen Davis in the second unit, the Celtics have one of the top benches in the NBA.

Then again, having Shawn Marion and Jason Terry in the reserves isnt too shabby either.

The Mavericks received 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals from Marion and Terry combined on Friday during their 101-97 win over the Celtics.

Marquis Daniels led the Celtics with 10 points off the bench while Davis added six boards. The Mavs bench outscored the Celtics, 30-24.

This isnt the first time this season the Celtics reserves have been topped by the Mavs. They were outscored, 35-21, in the Mavericks November 8 win.

If I look at this game and the last game we played against them, its the guys that come off the bench that youve got to limit their production, said Ray Allen. I think they have a few guys that had an impact on the game in both games. If we could match bench production, our bench has to be better than theirs.

Davis Taking Shots at They Come

There was a stretch this season when Glen Davis was attempting 14, 15, as many as 18 shots per game. He embraced his increased offensive role while stepping into the starting lineup for an injured Kevin Garnett.

But now that Garnett has returned, Davis shot attempts have become less frequent.

On Friday against the Dallas Mavericks, he took just three shots, tying a season low. He finished the game with only two points in 20 minutes.

Not to worry, though, for Davis. He still grabbed six rebounds while being tasked to guard Dirk Nowitzki (29 points).

The ball just didnt flow my way tonight, he told CSNNE.com. Thats just how it is. Youre going to have times when youre going to get 12, 13 shots. But some nights you arent going to get that. Thats just what it is.

Doc Not Stressing Over Schedule

The Celtics will face the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat in a span of eight days. Playing one of those teams is a tough enough match up in itself, and all three in a row is even more of a challenge.

But rather than get overwhelmed by the opponents at hand, Doc Rivers is looking forward to going up against high-caliber competition.

I was concerned about it anyway because theyre just good teams, but not overly concerned than in any other stretch, he said. Its just good teams coming in -- no different in any game, just a lot of good teams. So itll be good for us. I look forward to it.

After losing to the Mavericks on a last-second shot, the Celtics know they have to stick to their defensive intensity in these upcoming games.

We just need to watch our defensive executions, said Davis. We need to make sure that we have our defensive assignments in tact.

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Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics are far from being healthy heading into tonight’s must-win Game 5, but they will have all of their players available with the exception of Isaiah Thomas (hip).

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown (right hip) was questionable heading into tonight’s game, but he told CSNNE.com earlier that he was planning to give it a go tonight.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens confirmed later on that the 6-foot-7 rookie would in fact play tonight.

His presence tonight is one of the many keys to Boston’s efforts to keep their season alive.

They trail Cleveland 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with a loss tonight ending their season and with that, sending the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

Boston’s Amir Johnson (right shoulder) did not play in Game 4, but will be in uniform and available to play tonight. Stevens said the 6-foot-9 veteran was healthy enough to play in Game 4 but Stevens elected to keep him out of the game because he wanted Johnson to have more than one day to rest his shoulder before potentially playing him again.

In other injury-related news, Stevens confirmed comments made earlier in the day by Danny Ainge regarding Isaiah Thomas’ right hip injury which led to the Celtics shutting him down for the playoffs after the injury proved to be too much for him to play through at halftime of Boston’s Game 2 loss.

Speaking during 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show, Ainge said there was “a lot” of inflammation around the affected joint on Thomas’ right hip.

“It had gotten worse from the MRI’s he had before,” said Ainge who added that it would have been “irresponsible to allow him to play anymore.”

Said Stevens: “It sounds to me like the course of action right now … is let the inflammation go down a little bit.”

Ainge said earlier that because of the inflammation, it will likely be at least a couple weeks before Thomas and the Celtics will know if he will require surgery or whether another form of treatment will be needed.

Because of that uncertainty, Ainge stressed that Thomas would not return to play in this series even if it were closer.

“No. No way. He’s done (for the season),” Ainge said.