Friday FT's: KG gets inked; looking out for the scowl

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Friday FT's: KG gets inked; looking out for the scowl

Welcome back to 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.

Jason Terry isnt the only member of the Celtics to get ink lately. After hanging out with Snoop Lion and Rajon Rondo in Canada, Kevin Garnett stopped by FY INK in Toronto for some new artwork on his right pec. Click here to see the FY INKs Facebook page for photos where KG is being, well, still intense (middle finger alert).

Is a Sick Mix of KG a Recipe for NBA Success?

Speaking of Garnett, there are countless basketball players around the world who model their games after the future Hall of Famer. Highly touted Holmes County High School (FL) standout Chris Walker has already committed to the University of Florida. With his eyes set on the NBA, the 6-9 forward believes his game resembles that of Garnett. NBA draft people have said I'm like a sick mix of Kevin Garnett and Perry Jones III, Walker said, according to the Gainesville Sun. Perhaps we will see him snapping photos with Snoop Lion in the future, too

Even the Scowl Needs to Be Looked Out for

Before former Celtic Kendrick Perkins was learning from veterans like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, fellow Texas native Stephen Jackson took the young center under his wing. In an interview with XXL Magazine about his rap career, Jackson also discussed his relationship with Perkins, who is now a veteran leader himself on the Oklahoma City Thunder:

When I used to go back home, I used to go work out with Perk and my high school coach, and I just started raising him from there working out with him, showing him the ropes, keeping him positive. He lost his mom at a very young age, so it was good to see how mature he was with that happening in his life. Kendricks been a man from a young age, and Im not surprised at where hes at now because hes been through a lot and fought through a lot to get to where hes at.

Lights, Camera, Action (and Golf) for Doc

In addition to his analyst work during the Summer Olympics, Doc Rivers also stopped by the Golf Channel as a guest on the Morning Drive show. Check out photos of Rivers on set.

This Week in Celtics History

On August 18, 1992, Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird retired after 13 seasons and three NBA championships. The 12-time All-Star had a career average of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. (Read more on the Celtics since Bird retired here).

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Antoine Walker turned 36 on August 12. Toine is considering coaching in the next phase of his career. Frank Brickowski turned 53 two days later.

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Celtics-Heat preview: Do C's need to bounce back from a win?

Celtics-Heat preview: Do C's need to bounce back from a win?

BOSTON – The final score on the Jumbotron Friday night said the Celtics beat the Phoenix Suns 130-120.
 
But there was a clear and undeniable sense of loss on the part of the Celtics, even if Friday’s victory was their third in a row and sixth in the past seven games.
 
The Celtics (47-26) hope to continue on their winning ways tonight against a Miami Heat team currently among a handful fighting for one of the last playoff slots, but are doing so without Dion Waiters (ankle) who has been instrumental in their surge after an 11-30 start to the season.
 
Beating the Heat (35-37) will require Boston to play better than they did against the Suns, a game Boston won, but in many ways had the feeling of defeat.
 
Yes, Devin Booker’s career-high 70 points was very much a blow – a huge blow – to the pride of a team that takes tremendous pride in its defense.
 
But the sense of a loss came in the form of purpose while playing as close to their potential as possible.
 
The Celtics fell short on both fronts Friday night.
 
Being just one game behind Cleveland (47-24) for the best record in the East, the Celtics understand getting as many wins as possible is the mindset right now.
 
But coach Brad Stevens knows that while winning is important, how the team plays is even more valuable.
 
“Like I’ve said before, I’m surprised at where we are record-wise because we’ve got to play at a higher level for 48 minutes,” Stevens said. “We just don’t do it.”
 
Is this Stevens’ way of trying to motivate his players after a not-so-great performance?
 
Or is he seriously concerned that his team isn’t as good as their record?
 
The Celtics, by their own standards, and to those of us on the outside looking in, know they are a better team than the one we saw on Friday night.
 
Not having Avery Bradley (sick) certainly hurt Boston’s efforts defensively.
 
Still, a Friday night’s game wore on, Booker’s confidence only grew and the Celtics’ desire to shut him down or at least slow him down, began to dissipate like an ice cube in hell.
 
And that’s a problem - a big problem - for a team that has to be connected at both ends of the floor for an extended period of time in order to play at the level their capable of and, most important, give them the best shot at emerging victorious in the postseason.
 
That’s why Stevens isn’t too caught up in the team’s chances of catching Cleveland, or whether they go into the playoffs riding a fat winning streak.
 
“I’m not going to get caught up in winning a couple of games in a row and all that stuff,” Stevens said. “I want to get caught up in playing well. We’ve shown ourselves capable of playing well, we have not sustained it throughout a game. And it’s been pretty consistent.”