Celtics, Williams could both benefit from signing

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Celtics, Williams could both benefit from signing

DENVER Even before a rash of injuries ended the seasons of trio of Boston Celtics players, Terrence Williams was indeed a player who was on the C's radar.

The 6-foot-6 wing player who might be in uniform for Boston as early as Tuesday's game against Denver, worked out for the C's this past summer.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers had little to say about the workout or Williams, who accepted a 10-day contract with the C's.

While there are a number of Williams' traits that might be impressive, Rivers is more pleased with his experience.

"He's been in the league, that's what impressed me," Rivers said. "You can see that."

Williams has played for three different teams and spent this past season playing in China.

Celtics guard Jason Terry, like Williams, is from Seattle.

That connection, combined with a large stable of veteran players willing to help, may be just what Williams needs to revive his career.

"Playing with him in the summer," Terry said. "Playing against him ... just seeing him and seeing his work ethic, I know he's a tremendous talent."

But when it comes to Williams, talent has never been at issue. It's how that talent is used that has been at the heart of the best.

Terry sees Williams benefiting heavily on being in the presence of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

"There just hasn't been a Kevin Garnett, or Paul, guys, myself, that he can look up to and respect," Terry said in reference to the three teams (Houston, Brooklyn and Detroit). "The kid works hard; he's a Seattle kid. And so, he's welcome."

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.