Celtics waive Dooling, who appears set to retire

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Celtics waive Dooling, who appears set to retire

The Boston Celtics offseason carousel was in effect on Thursday with the pending arrival and departure of players.
As reported by CSNNE.com earlier, the C's have agreed to a one-year deal with Darko Milicic for the veteran's minimum.
On Thursday evening, the Celtics announced that Keyon Dooling was being waived.
All indications are that the 12-year veteran plans to retire.
Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that its time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family, Dooling's agent, Kenge Stevenson, said in a statement. He will never forget his time in Boston with the Celtics.
Dooling came to Boston via trade from Milwaukee prior to the start of last season.
He appeared in 46 regular-season games, averaging 4.0 points, 1.1 assists and 0.3 steals per game. While his role was still somewhat limited in the postseason, he connected on 39.3 percent of his 3-pointers which was tops among Celtics players.
Although injuries limited his play on the floor, there was no mistaking his impact inside the locker room.
Young and old, guards and big men, they all seemed to gravitate towards the gregarious 6-foot-3 guard who had no problem doling out his wisdom acquired over more than a decade in the NBA, on anyone willing to listen.
Well miss Keyons spirit and energy, both on and off the court, said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. The whole Celtics family wishes him well as he enters the next phase of his life.

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

The Sacramento Kings are "fully engaged" in DeMarcus Cousins trade discussions, but it appears the Boston Celtics are not in the running for the All-Star center.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are not one of the teams talking to the Kings about Cousins.

More to come. . . 

 

Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182

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Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182

NEW ORLEANS – The stars were everywhere, on and off the court during the 66th annual NBA All-Star game.

There were lots of hugs, handshakes and goody-good vibes shared by all.

And then … the fourth quarter arrived.

It’s the only time of the game when the All-Star game actually looks like a game and not an open gym full of the best players on the planet.

And as we’ve seen this season, no one is better in the fourth quarter than Boston’s Isaiah Thomas.

True to form, Thomas saw a playing time in the fourth quarter.

But his scoring prowess wasn’t enough with the Western Conference emerging with a 192-182 win.  It is the sixth time in the last seven All-Star games that the West has come away with the victory.

Thomas had 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting and 4-for-10 from 3-point range.

That’s not a bad performance, but there were others who were a lot more prolific shooting the ball.

Kevin Durant, playing in his first All-Star game as a member of the Golden State Warriors, had a triple-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, MVP each of the previous two All-Star games, finished with 41 points – one shy of tying the most points scored in an All-Star game.

Despite Westbrook’s monster game, the record wound up being shattered by New Orleans’ Anthony Davis who had 52 points which broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record of 42 points set in 1962.

Shooting 26 for 39 from the field, Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds.

One of the more interesting stretches came in the first half between Thomas and Westbrook.

Westbrook grabbed an offensive rebound, saw that he was being guarded by Thomas and snarled at him moments before banking in a 3-pointer.

Thomas wasn’t about to be showed up by his fellow All-Star.

On the ensuing possession, he came right back and hit a long range 3-pointer in Russell’s mug. Westbrook came back with a 3-pointer that was off the mark followed by a Thomas miss.

That sequence was about as close as we came to seeming some semblance of defense played by either team, with lay-ups, and wide open dunks reigning supreme all night.

The much-talked about “reunion” between Durant and Westbrook was very civil, one that included the two connecting on a give-and-go in the first half that ended with a Westbrook basket.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the crowd better dunks in the All-Star game than the actual slam dunk contest, finishing with 30 points on 14-of-17 with 12 dunks.