Celtics benfiting from fan support on the road

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Celtics benfiting from fan support on the road

MILWAUKEE The stands will be filled with Green-clad fans tonight at the Bradley Center, a common occurrence when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Celtics.

But that doesn't explain all the Rajon Rondo jerseys spotted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nor does it explain the fans sporting black-and-green Shamrock-adorned hats at Atlanta's Phillips Arena, whose owners made their presence heard with 'Let's Go Cel-tics!' chants that drowned out the cheers from the home team's supporters.

Don't think for a minute that the Celtics players don't hear and see all this before, during and after road games.

Following Boston's thrilling 79-76 comeback win at Atlanta, a strong fourth quarter surge helped the C's gain control before they barely hung on for the victory.

But lost in that strong play was the unexpected lift the C's got from their fans in the building as their 'Let's Go Cel-tics!' chants went head-up with the 'De-fense!' chants from the Hawks faithful.

"Our fans in this building really got going," said Paul Pierce. "That gave us a boost, more than anything. It was one of those strange games."

Boston experienced similar surges from their fans throughout this current eight-game road trip that concludes tomorrow night in Philadelphia.

"It just seems the last couple of games, we've been having a lot of fans," said Pierce, who added, "it really didn't feel like a road game."

Pierce never assumes that the fans on the road will be as Celtic-centric as they have been the last few games.

But when it happens, it's not a total shock, either.

"There's Celtics fans all over the world," he said. "We got the biggest fan base in all of the NBA. So it's never surprising when we go into other team's building and you hear Celtics chants."

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations. 

According to a report on Sportslogos.net, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.

There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.

The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.

The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis. 

 

Danny Ainge says Lonzo Ball has declined pre-draft workout with Celtics

Danny Ainge says Lonzo Ball has declined pre-draft workout with Celtics

BOSTON -- Like most NBA executives, Danny Ainge loves to get as much intel on players before picking them as he can.  
 
And with the No. 1 overall pick, Ainge knows he has to do all he can to absolutely get this one right.
 
That’s why any thoughts he had of drafting Lonzo Ball are likely out the window after the talented UCLA guard refused to work out for the Celtics.
 
“We tried to get him in for a workout and he politely said no,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.
 
Lonzo Ball’s desire (or his dad Lavar Ball’s desire; hard to say who in the Ball camp wants him in L.A. the most) to play for the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the worst-kept secrets leading up to next month’s NBA draft.
 
And with the Lakers holding the No. 2 pick in the draft, turning down the Celtics only increases the likelihood of  Boston passing on him and instead drafting University of Washington star Markelle Fultz.
 
“It’s not ideal,” Ainge said of Ball's decision to decline working out for Boston. “Listen, we’ve drafted guys that wouldn’t come in for workouts before. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve watched them play a ton. We have a lot of information on them. Sometimes players don’t want to come in, not because they don’t like you, they see our roster. They think they would prefer to go to another team.”
 
The Celtics, like most teams, have been mum publicly as to who they would take in the draft. But all indications at this point in the process are pointing towards them selecting Fultz with the top overall selection.
 
And the fact that Ball, the projected number two pick even before the draft lottery order was established, refuses to work out for Boston will only increase the likelihood that Fultz will be a Celtic and Ball and his camp will get their wish which has always been to don a Los Angeles Lakers jersey.