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Celtics used rocks-paper-scissors to decide who shot a technical foul free throw

Celtics used rocks-paper-scissors to decide who shot a technical foul free throw

With Sunday’s game at Miami all but decided, the Boston Celtics found themselves in a bit of a conundrum.
 
They had to send a player to the line to shoot a technical foul free throw with 32 seconds to play.
 
Jae Crowder realized there was only one way to settle this: rock-paper-scissors?
 
Yes, that game made its way on to the floor during Boston’s 105-95 win over the Miami Heat.
 
“I don’t know where it came from,” said Crowder who won by the way, with paper.
 
“We’ve never done it before,” added Crowder who wound up missing the technical free throw. “I don’t know; it was something that we did. I told Avery, ‘let’s shoot rock-paper-scissors for the free throw.’ He said, ‘what?’ And it just so happened the cameras saw us.”
 
It didn’t take long before word of the rock-paper-scissors battle got back to head coach Brad Stevens who had a little fun with the question when asked about on Monday.
 
“It’s an important part of the end of the game,” quipped Stevens. “We come into the huddle and decide who we’re drawing a play up for, we do rock-paper-scissors first. Obviously, you have to have multiple rock-paper-scissors games going on to get to the final. We bracket that out and by the time we get to one minute is on the clock, I come in and ask who won. And we draw the play up and that’s who it’s for.”

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Time to worry about Isaiah Thomas' hip injury?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Time to worry about Isaiah Thomas' hip injury?

0:41 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins to discuss how concerned he is about Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury and the scan he will go through in September to make sure his hip is good to go.

5:40 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith break down the Patriots preseason game vs. the Texans, specifically Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady’s playing time.

9:41 - Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss how John Farrell mismanaged the bullpen during the Red Sox loss to the Indians.

13:25 - With Roger Goodell reportedly receiving a 5-year extension, the BST crew talks about the relationship between the NFL owners and the commissioner. 

Ainge: More tests to confirm Isaiah Thomas (hip) is on track

Ainge: More tests to confirm Isaiah Thomas (hip) is on track

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas will undergo additional testing prior to the start of training camp, which as you might expect has elevated the concern level among Celtics Nation.

But Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com that the tests have more to do with re-affirming that Thomas remains on a good track health-wise, than any added concern for the two-time All-Star’s health.

Thomas, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018, suffered a right hip injury last season that limited his effectiveness in the Celtics’ conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston eventually lost the series in five games, with Thomas unable to play due to the hip injury in the last three.

Ainge said earlier that Thomas’ injury would not require surgery.

"There's nothing else, other than what Brad [Stevens] said," Ainge told CSNNE.com.

Speaking on the Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, coach Brad Stevens said Thomas will have another scan in early September when Thomas returns to Boston.

From there, a more exact timeline will be established for Thomas’ return.

“It’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab,” Stevens said. “There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.

Stevens added, “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.”