Daniels shakes off ankle injury, will play against Jazz

Daniels shakes off ankle injury, will play against Jazz

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Doc Rivers confirmed that Marquis Daniels will play tonight, without any restrictions following left ankle sprain injury suffered against Detroit on Wednesday.

His play will be vital against a Jazz team that features a number of talented players off the bench like C.J. Miles.

Miles, who is averaging 12.2 points per game this season, has proven he can light up teams for big scoring nights at any time.

He has had 20 or more points scored nine times this season which ranks second among NBA reserves.

"Whenever my number is called, I'm going to come in and do whatever Doc (Rivers) needs me to do," Daniels said in a recent interview with CSNNE.com. "If it's score, rebound, defend it doesn't matter. I just want to help this team win."

In addition to updating the media on Daniels' status, Rivers also discussed the point guard matchup between Rajon Rondo and Utah's Deron Williams.

Both are among the top point guards in the NBA, but go about making an impact differently.

Rondo is more of a playmaker, evident by his league-best 13.2 assists per game.

Williams has the ability to hurt teams both as a scorer and playmaker.

He's averaging 22.1 points and 9.5 assists per game. Only once (Chris Paul, 2008-2009 season) has a player averaged as many points and assists in a single season.

Rondo has said in the past that he does look forward to facing the game's top point guards.

"He's human," Riers said of Rondo. "We had a game here where Rondo was terrific. We had a game there where Deron just dominated our whole team. Everyone has a memory. If not, we try to jostle it a little bit."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn.

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.

But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.

Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Bradley left off NBA's all-defensive teams

Bradley left off NBA's all-defensive teams

BOSTON – Avery Bradley was one of the NBA’s better defenders this past season, even as injuries limited him to just 55 games played. 

The lack of court time may have been a factor in Bradley being left off the NBA’s all-defensive first and second teams which were announced on Monday. 

Bradley, a member of the NBA's all-defensive first team last season, received 12 first-place votes as part of a 46-point voting total which was tops among the players who did not make the first or second team. 

Golden State’s Draymond Green, Utah’s Rudy Gobert and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard were the top three vote-getters, which explains why they are the three finalist for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award which will be announced tonight during the NBA Awards show which begins at 9 p.m. on TNT.

In addition to Green, Gobert and Leonard, the first team also included Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul who was named to his seventh all-NBA defensive team, with this being the sixth straight time being on the first unit. Houston’s Patrick Beverley, a second-team all-NBA defensive selection following the 2013-2014 season, was also named to the first team. 

The second unit included Memphis guard (and former Celtic) Tony Allen, San Antonio’s Danny Green, New Orleans center Anthony Davis with Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo rounding out the second team. 

In addition to Bradley, other Celtics receiving votes for one of the two all-defensive teams included Marcus Smart (five first-place votes, 21 points total); Jae Crowder (five points total) and Isaiah Thomas (one point total).