Friday Free Throws: Rondo gets animated, Perks got milk

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Friday Free Throws: Rondo gets animated, Perks got milk

Welcome to the return of Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information about the Boston Celtics that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read.

Lets start off this week with the world of video games getting Rondod.

NBA guard Baron Davis has formed the mobile gaming company 5 Balloons Interactive. Davis featured Rondo in the companys first game, Getting Buckets, which also includes Davis, Brandon Jennings, Steve Nash, and Candace Parker.

According to the games description on iTunes, players will, Dribble through the streets of four US basketball hotbeds with Baron Davis, Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings and Candace Parker! Collect buckets on your run while jumping over and sliding under barricades. Avoid Hack and Swat...the Ds on the street that are looking to take you down. Jump over or dribble around Hack and duck or dive under Swat as he's jumping in the air looking to stomp on you!

For those on Rondo headband watch, he is wearing the sweatband in the game.

Perks Got Milk

What goes together better than a fierce scowl and a glass of ice cold milk? Oklahoma City Thunder centerformer Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins is the face of a milk campaign for the Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education Project that announces, Low-fat Milk Has Perks!

Check out Perkins' "Lactoid Factoids" -- including, 1 low-fat milk is not watered down whole milk. Anyone saying otherwise deserved a technical foul -- and his acting performance in the dairy aisle.

Stiemsma Makes Minnesota Debut

Former Celtics big man Greg Stiemsma was introduced as one of the newest members of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. After a breakout rookie season in Boston, the Wisconsin native is returning closer to home for his second year in the NBA.

During his press conference, Stiemsma gave credit to his former teammates, including Kevin Garnett. KG was great for me," he said, according to TwinCities.com. "He more or less took me under his wing. He was willing to teach me all season."

Stiemsma will wear number 34 for the Timberwolves.

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Carlos Arroyo, who played for the Celtics during the 2011 season, turned 33 on July 30. Seven-game Celtic (1992 season) Tony Massenburg turned 45 on July 31.

This Week in Celtics History

On July 31, 2007, the Boston Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a blockbuster trade that also included Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, and Theo Ratliff. Garnett won an NBA championship his first season with the Celtics.

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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WATCH: Celtics vs. Wizards

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