A victory for the Boston Celtics tonight would bump them up to being the second-best team in the East.
While that has very little value now, it would be a pretty big deal if the Celtics maintained that spot going into next month’s All-Star game in which the East would be coached by Boston’s Brad Stevens.
Cleveland will likely have the best record in the East, but Cavs head coach and former Celtics assistant coach Tyronn Lue coached the East All-Stars last season and league rules prevent coaches from leading teams in consecutive years.
Needless to say, Stevens hasn’t given any thought about having himself and his staff coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team next month in New Orleans.
“I don’t want this to come off wrong, because I think it’s most important … that’s a real honor to be part of a team to be in position to do that,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game. “If you’re in the top couple in either division, that’s a real good thing.
Stevens added, “otherwise, I could care less.”
CHICAGO -- This has not been Rajon Rondo’s week.
First there was the fractured right thumb fracture that will keep likely keep him out for the remainder of Chicago’s first-round series with Boston.
And now comes the news that the former Celtic will be fined $25,000 for an attempted tripping incident involving Boston’s Jae Crowder in the first half of Boston’s 104-87 Game 3 win on Friday.
Crowder had made a 3-pointer near the Bulls’ bench. He then turned towards the bench and started running up court. Replays show Rondo stretching out his right leg in between strides taken by Crowder.
When asked about what appeared to be him trying to trip Crowder up, Rondo said his right leg -- the one he had surgically repaired following a torn ACL injury in 2013 -- sometimes stiffens up when he’s on the bench so all he was doing was trying to stretch it at that time.
I asked Jae Crowder about the incident as he was leaving practice on Saturday at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he told CSNNE.com. “Was it intentional?”
Apparently, the league thought so.
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