Rondo, Perkins among C's to play together again

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Rondo, Perkins among C's to play together again

By Jessica Camerato
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The Boston Celtics -- past and present -- are reuniting.

On Friday, September 30 Marquis Daniels, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, and Nate Robinson will suit up as teammates in the Southern Hospitality Showcase Atlanta 2011, a competitive, fast-paced "pick-up" style game featuring over 20 NBA players.

Along with the currentformer Celtics, other NBA players slated to participate include John Wall, Jason Terry, Stephen Jackson, Josh Howard, Al Harrington, JJ Hickson, Josh Selby, and Trey Thompkins. Additional players are expected to be announced.

The event will take place at Morehouse Colleges Forbes Arena and is presented by Daniels organization, the Q6 Foundation, as well as SLAM Magazine, Victory H2O, C9 by Champion, The V Firm, and The Cube Lounge.

With players traveling around the country during the NBA lockout to play in various leagues (more than 60 took part in the Impact League in Las Vegas last week), Daniels, an Orlando native and Auburn University alum, was inspired to bring basketball down south.

We all sat down collectively, me and my team, and saw there was a lot of stuff going on out west and up north in Baltimore, Daniels told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. I figured why dont we do something in the south and get some guys to come down here and play also.

This game will be the first time Daniels, Perkins, Robinson, and Rondo have played together since February 6, 2011 when Daniels suffered a season-ending injury due to spinal stenosis. Weeks later, Daniels was traded from the Celtics to the Sacramento Kings and Perkins and Robinson were dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The former teammates have stayed close, and Daniels looks forward to taking the court with them again . . . on the same side.

Were still friends, at the end of the day, he said. Its going to be great just to get out there on the court with them, just knowing how hard they compete and how hard they play. I know what to expect from them and they know what to expect from me.

Daniels also looks forward to playing - period. He has been cleared for contact and has been hitting the gym to keep himself in the best shape possible during his rehab and the NBA lockout.

Im able to play, he said. Im still being careful with it and everything but it just helps me to work on my jumpshot more, my mid-range game, get back to what Ive usually been doing as far as slashing to the basket.

Daniels stressed the game is about giving the fans basketball to watch. There will also be live entertainment and performances, including DJ Irie, the official DJ of the Miami Heat.

He has hopes beyond just one game, too.

Hopefully we can travel around and go play in different places as well, Daniels said. Like I said, they have teams on the West Coast, they have the Goodman League and Carmelo Anthony has something that he does in Baltimore. Hopefully we can expand it to Chicago and different places, Miami, wherever. At the end of the day, we just want to keep playing basketball and keep ourselves in shape.

Proceeds will benefit The American Heart Association, Sickle Cell Anemia and Research, Green Boy and Morehouse College Athletics.

Tickets will go on sale on September 22 at ticketalternative.com and whyiball.com. Fans can also purchase tickets the day of the event at the Forbes Arena Box Office.

For those who cannot attend, the game will be streamed lived online at www.slamonline.com (courtesy of spunlive.com).

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Williams surprises with big first half

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Williams surprises with big first half

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 5 between Boston and Cleveland as the Cavs have a comfortable 75-57 lead.

STARS

LeBron James

He is definitely in triple-double mode tonight, tallying 20 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists at the half while shooting a blistering 7-for-8 from the field primarily on lay-ups and dunks.

Avery Bradley

The deficit is huge, but it hasn’t stopped Avery Bradley from playing with the kind of focus and desperation that sadly, most of his teammates are lacking tonight. He has 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

 

STUDS

Deron Williams

Easily the biggest surprise of the game tonight, D-Will looks like the D-Will from a few years ago that was viewed as one of the top point guards in the NBA. He has 14 points at the half on 5-for-6 shooting.

Jae Crowder

The Celtics have to be careful with Crowder in the second half. He has 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting and is doing a good job of attacking the Cavs defense and getting to the free throw line. But he also has three personal fouls.

Kevin Love

Once again Kevin Love got off to a fast start for the Cavaliers, and has 12 points along with seven rebounds at the half.

Kyrie Irving

Like the rest of the Cavs, Irving has also had a solid start shooting the ball. He has 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting to go with three assists.

 

DUDS

Kelly Olynyk

He’s in the starting lineup ahead of Amir Johnson for his ability to help space the floor with his shot-making. So far, shot-taking is all Olynyk has done in the first half. He’s scoreless at the half, missing all four of his shots from the field while grabbing just two rebounds.

 

Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics are far from being healthy heading into tonight’s must-win Game 5, but they will have all of their players available with the exception of Isaiah Thomas (hip).

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown (right hip) was questionable heading into tonight’s game, but he told CSNNE.com earlier that he was planning to give it a go tonight.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens confirmed later on that the 6-foot-7 rookie would in fact play tonight.

His presence tonight is one of the many keys to Boston’s efforts to keep their season alive.

They trail Cleveland 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with a loss tonight ending their season and with that, sending the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

Boston’s Amir Johnson (right shoulder) did not play in Game 4, but will be in uniform and available to play tonight. Stevens said the 6-foot-9 veteran was healthy enough to play in Game 4 but Stevens elected to keep him out of the game because he wanted Johnson to have more than one day to rest his shoulder before potentially playing him again.

In other injury-related news, Stevens confirmed comments made earlier in the day by Danny Ainge regarding Isaiah Thomas’ right hip injury which led to the Celtics shutting him down for the playoffs after the injury proved to be too much for him to play through at halftime of Boston’s Game 2 loss.

Speaking during 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show, Ainge said there was “a lot” of inflammation around the affected joint on Thomas’ right hip.

“It had gotten worse from the MRI’s he had before,” said Ainge who added that it would have been “irresponsible to allow him to play anymore.”

Said Stevens: “It sounds to me like the course of action right now … is let the inflammation go down a little bit.”

Ainge said earlier that because of the inflammation, it will likely be at least a couple weeks before Thomas and the Celtics will know if he will require surgery or whether another form of treatment will be needed.

Because of that uncertainty, Ainge stressed that Thomas would not return to play in this series even if it were closer.

“No. No way. He’s done (for the season),” Ainge said.