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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Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

WEST ROXBURY, Mass.  -- It was the last day of school for some band students at Ohrenberger School, many of whom were packed inside the gym eagerly awaiting the four newest members of the Boston Celtics basketball family. 
As eager as the students were to finish off the school year, for the Celtics rookies Wednesday’s appearance to unveil the school’s revamped “Music Zone” was just the beginning of their time with the Celtics.
Getting into the community has become an annual rite of passage for incoming Celtic rookies, with Wednesday’s event being part of the seventh annual Players’ Choice Grant.
The four-pack of Celts was headlined by Jayson Tatum, who was selected by Boston with the third overall pick. Joining him were second-round picks Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird.
“Working with the kids is always fun,” Tatum said. 
The charitable arm of the Celtics, the Shamrock Foundation, provided a $50,000 grant to a charity that was chosen by the players from the 2016-17 season.
Players were greeted by a gym full of middle schoolers who conducted a question-and-answer session with the players, with some students coming away with a basketball signed by all the players. 
“I really enjoyed getting to know the fans, the kids,” said Jabari Bird, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 57th overall pick out of Cal.
The “Music Zone” received 17 new MacBooks which contained musical software, with several instruments, a portable stage and additional furniture.

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.

But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.

After four seasons in Boston, the 7-footer and former first-round pick from Gonzaga is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap. 

That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O.