Friday FT's: Doc vs. Austin; Pierces big entrance

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Friday FT's: Doc vs. Austin; Pierces big entrance

By Jessica Camerato
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Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that may not have made the headlines but are still worth a read.

Even though Austin Rivers is just entering his freshman year at Duke University, his father already has a few thoughts about his future in the NBA.

Doc Rivers joined Austin on the Duke mens basketball teams trip to China as part of the Friendship Games tour. On Thursday, the Blue Devils made a stop in Dubai to play against the United Arab Emirates National Team.

There, Doc told the Gulf News, I hope that one day he plays in the NBA that would be great but I need to play against him. I mean coach a team against him. That would be fun because I know all his strengths and weaknesses.

"That's his dream too to play against one of my teams someday. I wouldn't mind him in my team but you know that would be tough because I have to go home to his mum every night."

While Austin is turning heads on the court (he scored 16 points against UAE), Doc turned heads in the stands during a game in China. The Duke Chronicle recounted, During the game, a number of famous personalities in the stands attracted the crowds attention. At halftime, a rapidly-growing group of somewhat-forceful fans surrounded Boston Celtics head coachand father of Austin RiversDoc Rivers, hoping to get autographs. Security personnel ultimately cleared the area, but not before a number of fans climbed up into the seating area in which Rivers sat.

Last week we told you about Kevin Garnetts tour of China, and Paul Pierce is there as well. Check out this video of his big reception upon arriving overseas.

An Ode to Red
Red Auerbach is best known for his ties to the Boston Celtics, so what does he have to do with a Cape Cod hotel? Back in the 1960s, Auerbach became an owner of what is now the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth. The spot of the playhouse-turned-speakeasy went unclaimed for years during World War II until Red Auerbach, along with partners Kenneth Battles and Steve Hill, purchased Sea Crest in 1963 and converted it into a year-round resort in 1971, according to Boston.com. The hotel, now under new ownership, was recently enhanced with a 15 million renovation which includes the restaurant and lounge, Reds, named in honor of Auerbach. The restaurants logo is appropriately a green shamrock with the word Reds scrawled across it in red.

Night Out with Waltah
Looking for something to do this weekend? If you live in Evansville, Indiana or Lexington, Kentucky, how about spending some time with "Waltah?" Former Celtic-turned R&B crooner Walter McCarty will be performing songs from his recent album, Faithfully, during the show A Night Out with Walter McCarty and Rob White.

McCarty, who released his first album while playing for the Cs, told the Evansville Courier & Press, "I've been fortunate and blessed to be able to do other things. I always saw basketball as something I did for fun. I was good at it, and I enjoyed playing all those years, but I always had passions for other things. So I was never concerned about life after basketball. Now, everybody says, 'What are you going to do next?' I'm just going to go ahead and enjoy myself."

Celtics Legends Give Back
Last week Celtics legends Dave Cowens and Tom "Satch" Sanders joined volunteers from Old Mutual Asset Management and others to organize donated childrens items for Cradles for Crayons, making custom C2C KidsPacks with items for disadvantaged children in Massachusetts. It was a great day helping Cradles to Crayons equip homeless and in-need children with basic essentials to prepare them for going back to school, Sanders said. Donating our time and these important supplies can only positively impact the lives and education of these children.

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Quinn Buckner, who played three seasons for the Celtics in the 1980s, turned 57 on August 20. ... Damon Jones turned 35 on August 25. He played 13 games with the Celtics as a rookie during the 1998-99 season.... Celtics legend and Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn turned 77 on August 26. He averaged 18.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game during his career. Heinsohn won eight NBA Championships as a player on the Celtics and two as the teams coach.

Celtics Tweet of the Week
@paulpierce34: 415am here in Shaungyashan sun completely out yfrog.comh4puturmj

This Week in History
On August 25, 1997, former Celtics center Robert Parish announced his retirement from the NBA. Parish played 14 seasons in Boston, winning three championships with the Celtics. His number 00 jersey was retired by the organization.

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Irving takes over in third quarter, Cavs beat Celtics in Game 4, 112-99

Irving takes over in third quarter, Cavs beat Celtics in Game 4, 112-99

CLEVELAND – They had them right where they wanted them.

LeBron James was in foul trouble.

Kyrie Irving had not yet heated up, and the lead hovered above double figures but seemed oh-so-close to creeping upwards of 20 points if the Celtics did a better job of making open shots in the first half.

Those missed shots, combined with a Kyrie Irving takeover in the third quarter, would prove to be part of the narrative for Game 4 – missed opportunities - as the Cavs rallied for a 112-99 Game 4 win.

Cleveland now leads the best-of-seven series 3-1, with a chance to eliminate the Celtics in Boston on Thursday and advance to the NBA Finals where a well-rested Golden State team will be awaiting them.

Irving led all scorers with a playoff career-high 42 points, 21 of which came in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Boston’s Avery Bradley had 19 points while Jae Crowder (18 points), Al Horford (16), and Kelly Olynyk (15) also finished with double figures scoring.

"He put the team on his back," said Tristan Thompson, regarding Irving's play. "He still has another gear."

Boston spent all of the fourth quarter playing from behind, failing to get that necessary made shot or defensive turnover or stop that they needed to slow down Cleveland’s growing momentum.

And with Irving making a slew of clutch baskets that put Cleveland in control, it was James’ turn to put the game away.

He did just that, finishing with 34 points which included 15 in the fourth quarter.

But for a good chunk of Tuesday’s Game 4 matchup, it looked as though the Celtics were coming back to Boston for Game 5 with the series tied up.

It was an odd game for sure, with nothing being any stranger than LeBron James being whistled for not one, not two, not three, but four personal fouls … in the first half.

The fourth came when he was whistled for an offensive foul against Terry Rozier with 6:46 to play and Boston ahead by 10 points.

With James on the bench, Cleveland managed to play Boston to a standstill as the half ended with the Celtics still leading by 10 points (57-47).

Cleveland slowly crept back in the game in the third, and eventually went ahead 73-72 following a pair of free throws by James with 3:15 to play in the quarter.

The Cavs were able to lead by as many as five points in the third quarter which ended with Cleveland ahead 87-80 as Irving scored the last 14 points for Cleveland which included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that would be the final points scored in the quarter.

Cleveland’s strong finish to the third was a striking contrast to how the game began.

Boston got off to its best start in this series after a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder put the Celtics ahead 18-11.

The Celtics went ahead 22-13 after a pair of free throws by Jonas Jerebko and would eventually lead by as many as 16 points.

Meanwhile, James – the man Crowder was defending most of the time early on – had six points in the first quarter on 3-for-7 shooting.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.

 

STARS

Avery Bradley

His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Kyrie Irving

With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Love

He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kelly Olynyk

Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

 

DUDS

LeBron James

He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.