En Espaol: Getting to know Carlos Arroyo

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En Espaol: Getting to know Carlos Arroyo

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

On Wednesday newly acquired Boston Celtics point guard Carlos Arroyo sat down with CSNNE.com to talk about why he joined the Cs, how things were different in Miami, and what he hopes to contribute in green. The interview was conducted in Spanish for our Hispanic readers:

Por que queras jugar en Boston?
Yo creo que es una gran oportunidad que se me presenta y para mi una gran oportunidad de jugar con una franquicia de tanto respecto y tanto seguimiento en el mundo deportivo y por tantos aos una franquicia con mucha historia, de jugadores excelentes, jugadores quienes entienden lo que hay que hacer para ganar un campeonato. Yo quiero ser parte de algo tan especial como eso.
Que puedes contribuir a los Celtics?
Yo espero hacer lo que el entrenador me pida, es lo principal. Espero ayudar a mejorar mi posicin como point guard, y hacer lo mejor que puedo. Yo entiendo que yo puedo hacer un poquito ms de lo que estaba haciendo en Miami, y entiendo que esta es una franquicia que le pone mucho significado en que todos tocan el baln y todos quieren jugar. Estoy contento de estar aqu y quiero hacer bien en la cancha.
Como puedes ayudar a Rajon Rondo?
Yo creo que con la experiencia que tengo, los aos que tengo. l puede ayudarme a mi, a ser un compaero de equipo.
Cuales son las diferencias entre los equipos de Boston y Miami?
Muchas. Yo creo que comenzando con los jugadores. No todos los jugadores tienen una qumica de equipo increble. Ya tienen mucho tiempo juntos y se conocen mucho en la cancha. Y yo creo que eso le hace falta a Miami. Boston siempre tiene un equipo muy completo y espero que ese sea este ano.
Que quieres que los fanticos de los Celtics sepan de ti?
Hay muchas cosas pero para comenzar, me gusta ganar, tengo mucha pasin por el juego, y siempre tengo mucho orgullo, mucho respecto por esta oportunidad muy importante en mi vida, y estoy muy contento de estar aqu y de tener esta oportunidad.

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Celtics-Pistons preview: C's need to defend their top-four spot in East

Celtics-Pistons preview: C's need to defend their top-four spot in East

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- On Friday night, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan absolutely torched the Boston Celtics. The game before that, it was Chicago’s Jimmy Butler giving the Celtics major fits with a barrage of baskets. 

Both were All-Star starters this year, the kind of lofty status that helps explain how the Celtics were so defensively-challenged in their efforts in limiting them.

Detroit doesn’t have a bona fide high-scoring perimeter star like those other teams, but don’t think for a minute that tonight’s game will be a breeze for the Celtics. Boston (37-21) comes in having lost two in a row to Chicago and Toronto, respectively. The Raptors loss was especially painful because it assured the Raptors would get the higher seed in the playoffs if these two teams finished with an identical record. 

Boston hopes to secure an edge over the Pistons tonight with a victory that will give them the season series, three games to one. While it may seem a bit early to get too caught up in tie-breakers and their importance, the last thing Boston wants is to finish the regular season tied with one or more teams, and wind up with the lower seed because they lost the head-to-head series. 

“You hear people say every game counts; it’s true,” Boston’s Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “We need to win as many games as we can because you never know which game could be the difference between having home court or not.”

If Boston continues to find ways to win and finish with a tie-free, top-four finish in the East, they will begin the playoffs at the TD Garden for the first time under fourth-year coach Brad Stevens.

Meanwhile the Pistons are currently eighth in the East and, like the Celtics, they too opted to stand pat at the trade deadline. And like Boston, they are looking for growth from within as they try to make their way up the Eastern Conference standings. 

“We’re not real happy with how we’ve played up to this point overall,” said Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations and head coach. “But we still have a young group. As much as you would like the progress to be steadily uphill, it’s not always. That doesn’t mean you lose faith in your guys. At the end of the day, we ended up standing pat, which is pretty much what we expected to do.”

One of Boston’s biggest concerns coming into the game will be rebounding. It was among the many factors contributing to Boston’s loss on Friday. But as much as execution at both ends of the floor will be a factor, effort will be just as vital if not more, to the success of the Celtics in the playoffs. There were plenty of reasons as to why Boston lost on Friday night, with effort being near the top of the list. 

“They played harder than us,” said Celtics forward Jae Crowder. 

And that was surprising when you consider what was at stake – a chance to push their lead over Toronto to five games with a couple dozen to go.

Rookie forward Jaylen Brown has heard all the reasons and explanations as to why the Celtics have hit a mini-hiccup following back-to-back losses. And he has also heard how Boston blew a golden opportunity to beat Toronto with Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry still out. 

“We didn’t have one of our key guys, either,” said Brown, referring to Avery Bradley still being out with a foot injury. So it’s basketball at the end of the day. It doesn’t’ matter who is on the floor. You have to do your job; we just have to do our job.”