Despite injuries, Celtics look to win Game 2 with improved D


Despite injuries, Celtics look to win Game 2 with improved D

BOSTON Doc Rivers will have his full roster available to play in tonight's Game 2 matchup against Philadelphia. But by no means does that mean the Celtics are any healthier.

With so many bodies hurting, the Celtics find themselves once again trying to find ways to win with a bunch of dinged up parts.

"Just the playoffs in general, has been a challenge because of the off the court; just the juggling of the bodies," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "And it's what it should be sometimes. The playoffs should be hard, they should be a grind."

Philadelphia. Oklahoma City. Miami.

Pick a team, any team that's still in the playoffs and there's a good chance that one of their key players is battling some type of painful injury.

"The good news or bad news, is it's for everybody," Rivers said. "Everybody is going through stuff. That's what makes it so tough."

And for Boston, the challenge now is pretty clear: find a way to win Game 2.

The Celtics' fourth-quarter comeback certain has the potential to deliver a huge dent to the Sixers' confidence.

But the C's can't count on that.

If anything, the Sixers will be even more confident considering they spent the bulk of Game 1 with playing with a lead.

There were a number of areas the Celtics would like to improve, notably their defense against the Sixers' transition offense.

Although the final statistics showed Boston giving up 13 points in transition, Rivers said his coaching staff reviewed the video and came up with Philadelphia generating 26 points in transition.

Rivers said he was also disturbed by the unusually high number of open shots the Sixers were able to get in the first quarter.

"They had eight uncontested jump shots in the first quarter," Rivers said. "We can't start off games that way. One thing Philly does, and it sounds silly, but they make open shots; they really do. We have to contest shots. We have to get back on defense."

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.


Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.

Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.

And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.

Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.

Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
A league source tells that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.

"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”