Notes: Shaq plays after slip and fall at home


Notes: Shaq plays after slip and fall at home

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON -- In a battle of Shaq versus the elements, Shaquille ONeal lost.

ONeal slipped on ice leaving his home on Sunday, causing him to miss practice because of a strained adductor muscle.

I just slipped, he said. I did a split . . . I was going this way and then I was going that way and my legs just makes noise and I couldnt stop. I did a split.

Although he was questionable for Mondays game against the Orlando Magic, ONeal scored 12 points in nearly 26 minutes during the win.

In spite of the spill, ONeal wont let a wintry mess hold him back. He added that he still wants to have a snowball fight once there is another snowfall.

The Celtics are constantly looking to improve, but Doc Rivers recent critique even made Kevin Garnett chuckle.

Its funny, Kevin was laughing because after the game the first thing I said is, We can execute better offensively, Doc Rivers said. And they all started laughing because they knew the percentage already. I didnt know the percentage at that point, because I dont look at those stats. But it was great.

What Rivers didnt realize was that the Celtics had shot 60 percent from the field, increasing their league-best average to 50.5 percent per game.

While Rivers got a laugh over it, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy didnt find any humor in the situation.

We didnt get any stops, Van Gundy said. They shot 60 percent in the first half and 60 percent in the second half. There was never a point in the game where we stopped them.

Ray Allen understood the impact of the New England Patriots' loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. Pats fans had hoped for a Super Bowl victory the same way Celtics fans are rooting for an NBA championship.

There are sad feelings for the city because you know how many people support what they are trying to accomplish because were trying to do the same thing, he said.

Even though the Patriots Super Bowl quest abruptly, Allen believes there is still a lot for fans to appreciate.

Its like a big bubble that burst because the excitement was there, he said. They still had a great season and they still gave the fans a lot to appreciate, a lot to look forward to, and a lot of inspiration. Youve got to just tip your hat to them and say job well done.

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Crowder and Booker exchange Instagram barbs following 70-point game

Crowder and Booker exchange Instagram barbs following 70-point game

Jae Crowder is not known for being shy on social media.

He was at it again on Friday night, commenting on an Instagram post of the Phoenix Suns celebrating Devin Booker's 70-point game at the TD Garden.

“NEVER SEEN SO MANY GUYS HAPPY AFTER AN ‘L’’” Crowder said in the Instagram comment.

Booker responded, telling the Celtics veteran, “you can’t guard me.”

Booker became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game,  the most scored ever at the TD Garden.

Stars, studs and duds: Booker 'in one of those zones' in 70-point game

Stars, studs and duds: Booker 'in one of those zones' in 70-point game

BOSTON – Al Horford knew Devin Booker was having a big game, but it wasn’t until the third quarter was over and he looked up saw Booker already had 42 points.

“When I looked up and saw (his points total) … it’s just impressive.”

Booker would finish with a franchise-record 70 points against the Celtics, a ridiculously unheard of tally that still wasn’t enough as Boston came away with a 130-120 win.

The 6-foot-6 guard became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game.

While Celtics players were quick to praise Booker for his historic performance, there were a few Celtics who were clearly bothered by Suns coach Earl Watson having his team commit fouls late in the game in order to get the ball back so Booker could have more shots at the franchise record.

“It was weird what they were doing,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “I’ve never seen anything like that. It is what it is. I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15, but I mean it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him the most points possible. Hat off to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

That said, it wasn’t like the Celtics were willing to give him all those points.

“No matter who we tried on him, what we tried on him, he was in one of those zones in a rhythm,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “He was in that rhythm early in the game, and we didn’t do a very good job of breaking that rhythm.”

Putting Booker’s performance in words let alone perspective, was not easy – not even for Booker.

“It’s a zone that’s kind of hard to explain,” he said. “I’ve been in those zones before but never to this extent. It’s hard to explain … when you’re in the gym alone. You’re taking shots and making them consecutively. That’s what it starts feeling like for me. Felt comfortable, at my home gym draining.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Friday night’s game.



Devin Booker

It was a historic night for the second-year guard, setting a Suns franchise record with 70 points on 21-for-40 shooting. The 70 points were also the most scored at the TD Garden, with Booker becoming only the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game.

Isaiah Thomas

Very efficient game for Thomas who is steadily getting his groove back after missing a couple games with a knee injury. He led the Celtics with 34 points on 10-for-20 shooting along with dishing out seven assists.



Al Horford

The Celtics got another strong game from Horford who had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season. He also dished out six assists.

Gerald Green

The Celtics hit a bit of a scoring slump in the first half, but there was Green to the rescue. He finished with 15 points off the bench, all of which came in the first half.

Alex Len

One of the players besides Booker to make somewhat of an impact for Phoenix, Len finished with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting with six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Jae Crowder

He had 13 points and 10 rebounds, giving him his eighth double-double this season, while shooting 4-for-8 from the field.



Celtics defense

Missing Avery Bradley was obviously a factor in Devin Booker’s big night for Phoenix. Boston reverted back to play way too casual defensively and Booker made them pay all night long. The Celtics have to correct this before it costs to something more than pride; but potentially being what winds up getting them eliminated from the playoffs.