Daniels plays Doc's waiting game, will likely see more time

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Daniels plays Doc's waiting game, will likely see more time

BOSTON Sometimes Doc Rivers can be a bit slow to make a change.

The emergence of Marquis Daniels from the end of the bench to an emerging force in Boston's Game 3 playoff win, was not a last minute, spur-of-the-moment decision.

"We talked about doing it Game 1, and more Game 2," Rivers said. "So going into Game 3 we had already made the decision, that we needed to add an extra player."

The C's will likely call upon Daniels at some point in tonight's Game 4 matchup as the Celtics look to even up the series before it returns to Miami for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Rivers said the decision to go with Daniels wasn't made because of anything Daniels did in the team's limited practices or their shoot-arounds.

"Just more for rest than anything else," Rivers said. "We had to make the choice between Marquis and Sasha (Pavlovic). We pretty much all agreed on Marquis."

Daniels, who had nine points off the C's bench in their Game 3 win, has maintained that his focus remains on preparing himself to play every game.

True to his word, Daniels made an impact both in terms of his scoring as well as his defense against LeBron James.

"I just have to stay ready, regardless," Daniels said."I stay in every day at the shootaround, come in early and keep working out, because you never know when your number is going to be called. So you have to be ready for whenever it is."

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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