WALTHAM The Boston Celtics moved forward with their roster on Thursday, by cutting three free agent forwards.
Power forward Jamal Sampson was the first player waived. He was soon followed by small forward Gilbert Brown and forwardcenter Michael Sweetney.
That leaves center Greg Stiemsma as the lone free agent still in camp.
Although he was on pretty good footing with the Celtics prior to the preseason finale on Wednesday, he certainly helped his cause with seven points, five rebounds and solid defense in the C's 81-73 win over Toronto.
The roster is down to 14 players, which is not all that surprising.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said the team does not plan to carry a full 15-man roster at this point, well aware that players they might have interest in could be waived and thus, available to be signed by the C's.
"We're looking around," Rivers said. "I still think there'll be buyouts. So many things can happen. We want to make sure we can do it quick."
CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.
His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.
He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.
He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.
Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.
Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.
But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.
Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.
When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”