CLEVELAND The last time the Boston Celtics played Cleveland, former Celtic Semih Erden didn't play (coaches decision).
Tonight, he's in the starting lineup.
It has been that kind of season for Erden, who is in the lineup due to a wrist injury to Anderson Varejao.
Erden says facing his former team is exciting, but a chance to play - period - is what he's really pumped up for.
For the season, Erden is averaging 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
But as a starter, he averages 5.5 points and four rebounds.
Just as important, the Cavs are 3-3 with Erden in the starting lineup compared to 10-15 when he's not with the first unit.
"It's good to play, because I need to play," Erden told CSNNE.com. "Right now, Andy's out so I have a chance to grow, to play better and help my teammates. So I'm happy."
Also keeping him happy, Erden says, is the knowledge right now that he will play decent minutes every night.
"For me, I like to know I will play," he said. "Mentally, it's different. Mentally, you can prepare yourself better, every time. This is good for me; I like it."
The Celtics are working to acquire BOTH Paul George and Gordon Hayward this summer, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports' The Vertical reports.
More from Woj's report:
The Boston Celtics are pursuing an aggressive summer plan of sequencing the signing of free agent Gordon Hayward and relinquishing the assets needed to complete a trade for Paul George, league sources told The Vertical.
For salary-cap purposes, Boston wants a Hayward commitment before it can finalize a trade for George and secure the most dynamic free-agent coup in franchise history, league sources said.
For Boston, here’s the hitch: While Indiana believes Boston can offer the best possible package, the Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of July free agency on Boston’s timetable and could turn toward making a deal elsewhere for George, league sources told The Vertical.
This report confirms an earlier one from the weekend that said the C's were looking to acquire both superstars.
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has been suspended one game because of Saturday night's scream-fest with umpire Bill Miller, when Farrell objected to a balk call made on Fernando Abad that led to an Angels run in the seventh inning.
Farrell is to serve the suspension on Tuesday night. He has also been fined.
Farrell and the umpire couldn't have been much closer to each other's face, and some contact was made.
"There was contact made, yes. I didn't bump him though," Farrell said a day later. "The tip of my finger touched his shirt."
Miller has ejected Farrell three times, more than any other umpire.
"No, honestly I didn't even know that, someone's brought to my attention that it's been the third time," Farrell said Sunday when asked if that history played in. "I don't have a tote board of who's done what and how many times