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Pierce impresses Kings' Robinson with intensity

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Pierce impresses Kings' Robinson with intensity

BOSTON -- Thomas Robinson grew up watching Paul Pierce. He was just shy of his eighth birthday when Pierce made his NBA debut in 1999, and had seen him play countless games for the Boston Celtics by the time he enrolled in Pierce's alma mater, the University of Kansas.
Two years ago, Robinson, now a rookie on the Sacramento Kings, met Pierce for the first time during the 2011 lockout when Pierce returned to campus. Robinson was preparing for his junior season and was surprised to see the NBA veteran seeking out some competitive action.
"It was pretty cool because guys don't come back sometimes because they're busy," Robinson said. "For him to be Paul Pierce and play with us, it was cool. He was just relaxed about everything, like no worries at all."
Once on the court, though, Pierce's demeanor changed.
"He played like he was in the playoffs," Robinson said. "I expect the same thing (in the Celtics - Kings game), only I'm sure it'll be ten times more."
Pierce lived up to Robinson's expectations on Wednesday night. He posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists in 31 minutes during the Celtics 99-81 win over the Kings.
Robinson scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in his first game at the TD Garden.
"I want to look at is as just another game," he said. "But just to say I played here and I made it to be on the floor that I always watched growing up is cool."

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

BOSTON -- Danny Ainge has maintained that if the Celtics had held onto the No. 1 pick in last June’s draft instead of trading down two spots, he still would have made Jayson Tatum his choice.
 
That confidence that Tatum will be an impact player in this league is clear in the recent NBA.com rookie survey, which was released Tuesday morning.
 
While Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. was voted as the most likely Rookie of the Year, Tatum and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball were tied with 18.4 percent of the votes, as the players who would have the best careers from this NBA rookie class.
 
The survey was compiled earlier this month at Panini’s NBA Rookie Shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y., and consisted of questions being asked of 39 rookies.
 
Tatum, selected by Boston with the No. 3 overall pick, did not finish in the top five in any other categories.
 
However, he was among those players to receive some votes for Rookie of the Year; biggest steal of the draft, and best playmaker.

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.