Friday Free Throws: Doc gets a thumbs up, on Perks bad mood

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Friday Free Throws: Doc gets a thumbs up, on Perks bad mood

Welcome back for the another edition of Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines.

At one time Doc Rivers' future as a head coach was in question as the father of four pondered life away from basketball. Now his name is mentioned not only as a top NBA coach but also as a possible successor for the Team USA head coach once Coach Mike Krzyzewski steps away from the sidelines.
Rivers has already received positive endorsements along with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay was one of the recent players to give Rivers his nod of approval.
When asked by Hoopsfix.com who he would like to see coach the team, Gay replied, Hmm, someone like Doc Rivers or maybe Coach Popovich they have both done a great job where they are.

Ohio State Moving Forward Without Their Forward
The Boston Celtics were excited to add Jared Sullinger to their roster when he was still available at the 21st pick in this years NBA Draft. Now, the Ohio State Buckeyes will have to move forward without their star forward.
Last season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Head coach Thad Matta talked to ESPN.com about the season ahead sans Sullinger:
Weve had some great players leave this program. ... The thing I always tell the guys is, "We dont need you to be Jared Sullinger. We need you to be who you are. We need you to be very effective with what youre capable of doing." Thats always been the approach. Do we maybe change a little bit the way were playing? Yeah, we probably will. But I think one of the biggest fallacies a young man can have is "Hey, Im going to get his points or Im going to get his rebounds. I got it." It just never works that way.
Sullinger will adjust to a new situation himself. The rookie has emphasized his willingness to learn and improve as he plays behind his veteran teammates on the Celtics.

Thunder Coach Roaring Over the Scowl
Over the years, Kendrick Perkins' scowl and seemingly unhappy demeanor became one of the bright spots on the Celtics. The Oklahoma City Thunder have embraced his intense persona since acquiring him in 2011 in exchange for Jeff Green. Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is looking forward to having his center back on the court this season following left ankle and groin surgery.
"He gives us an edge," Brooks told the Los Angeles Times. "He hates his opponent. He's not happy unless he's unhappy. His teammates love him. He's always in a bad mood. I love guys who go out on the court and compete. He's not shaking hands and trying to be buddy buddy. He respects them, but he's going to try to beat them and then move on."

Former Celtics Staff Goes National
Leo Papile, former assistant executive director of basketball operations for the Celtics, has gone national. Papile joined the Unite State Mens Development Team staff as an assistant, the Boston Herald reported. Im looking forward to the challenge of helping to develop young men to go up against competition overseas, he told the Herald. In my time with the Celtics as well as coaching the BABC, I used to love to go overseas and watch international basketball, the way they play the game.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Celtic-for-a-season Dan Dickau turned 34 on September 16. He played 19 games for the Cs during the 2005-06 campaign and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers as part of the Raef LaFrentz deal. ... Rasheed Wallace celebrated his 39th birthday on September 17. Wallace played the final season of his 15-year career as a member of the 2010 Celtics team that reached Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The big man earned four All-Star selections and won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Like Wallace, former sixth overall pick Doug Smith was born on September 17 and also played the final season of his career in Boston (1995-96). Kermit Washington also turned 62 on the same day. He appeared in 32 games for the Celtics during the 1977-78 season. ... The late Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson was born on September 18, 1954. Johnson, a five-time All-Star, won three NBA championships, including two with the 1984 and 1986 Celtics. He passed away on February 22, 2007. Former Celtic Greg Minor, who turned 41, was also born on the same day. He played his entire five-year career in Boston during the 1990s. ... Jim Ard, who wore number 34 years before Paul Pierce in the 1970s, turned 64 on September 19. J.R. Bremer, 32, was also born on September 19. The guard played his rookie season with the Celtics. Sidney Wicks turned 63 the same day. ... Artis Gilmore, who played the final 47 games of his 17-year career with the Celtics, turned 63 on September 21.

This Week in Celtics History
On September 16, the Celtics signed free agents Ruben Wolkowyski and Kenny Battle in 2002 and 1992, respectively. ... Brian Oliver signed with the Cs as a free agent on September 17, 1993. He was waived the following month. ... On September 21, 1992, the Celtics signed Marcus Webb. He appeared in nine games that season before being waived on St. Patricks Day in 1993. ... Boston native Dana Barros joined the Celtics for his first stint with the team on September 22, 1995. He played five seasons for the Cs and re-signed with them again in 2004 and played one game in his final NBA season.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

BOSTON – The return of Avery Bradley was a good thing for the Boston Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for them to control the action in the first half of Monday’s game against the Hawks who took a 51-47 lead into the half.

Bradley, who had missed previous 18 games and 22 of 23, had six points in the first half on 2-for-4 shooting.

The Celtics opened the game with a 7-2 spurt and led by as many as eight points (15-7) in the first before the Hawks begin to cut into Boston’s lead and eventually take their first lead of the night following a 3-point play by Paul Millsap with 4:20 to play in the quarter which put them ahead 18-15 as part of an 11-0 run.

Boston would regain the lead before both teams went into the second quarter tied at 24.

The second quarter saw Boston hit one of those scoring lulls that they go through from time to time.

But unlike last night’s win at Detroit when they went nearly four minutes without scoring, Atlanta’s offense did a much better job of taking advantage of Boston’s struggles.

Atlanta went on a 9-2 spurt in the second quarter capped off by a Kent Bazemore lay-up that put the Hawks ahead 35-31.

Boston rallied soon after with Bradley leading the charge.

Bradley drained a 3-pointer that cut Atlanta’s lead to 35-34.

A defensive stop by Boston led the way for an Isaiah Thomas lay-up that put the Celtics back on top, leading to the Hawks calling a time-out with 6:18to play in the half.

Atlanta tightened up defensively, doing just enough to go into the half with a four-point lead.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

 

STARS

Dennis Schroder

He really came out and set the tone for the Hawks, scoring eight of his 10 first-half points in the first quarter.

Isaiah Thomas

Atlanta did a nice job of blitzing Thomas and forcing him to pass the ball. But Thomas is a professional scorer so you knew it was a matter of time before he got going offensively. He led the Celtics with nine points at the half, in addition to dishing out five assists while also grabbing five rebounds.

Dwight Howard

The Celtics simply could not keep him from dominating play around the rim. He led all scorers at the half with 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.

 

STUDS

Marcus Smart

When the offense seemed to stall, it was Smart who kept the Celtics within striking distance in the second quarter. He had seven points at the half along with three rebounds and an assist.

Paul Millsap

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (he missed six of his seven shots), but his presence was felt. He had five points at the half along with nine rebounds.

 

DUDS

Celtics rebounding

It really is an adventure when it comes to the Boston Celtics and rebounding the ball. Tonight, they have not been very good, with the Hawks holding a decisive 32-21 rebounding edge which has allowed them to hold a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint, an 8-2 edge on second-chance points in addition to leading the fast break points game, 7-4.

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Just when it appeared Andrew Bogut was heading to Cleveland, a source has told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe that the reports are "innacurate."

According to Himmelsbach, the Celtics are "very much" in the running and Bogut is "hoping to speak to a few Celtics players over the phone on Tuesday to get a gauge on how he might fit with their team."

The Dallas Mavericks traded Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline for big man Nerlens Noel.