WALTHAM And on this day in Boston Celtics history, the Celtics held a team practice.
With the tighter-than-usual schedule, Tuesday's practice was a rare luxury for a Celtics team that's still trying to hone its chemistry on the floor.
Injuries only complicate matters.
Still, the C's had enough healthy bodies on Monday to actually have a fairly productive practice.
Mickael Pietrus (knee) is doubtful for Wednesday's game, but he was able to practice for portions of Tuesday's session.
"Once in a while, it's good to have a practice," Pietrus said.
The timing of Tuesday's could not be much better.
With the Celtics (15-12) gearing up for a five-game road trip which includes the All-star game sprinkled in the middle, a chance to fine-tune some things before hitting the road was embraced by the players.
"This gives us a chance to work on our execution, get better timing," Celtics forward JaJuan Johnson told CSNNE.com. "We're getting better and better with it in games, but it's nice to be able to get some practice in, just to get better with it."
And with the way the Celtics schedule looks in March, Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn't sure if the team would have a single practice all month.
Talk about March Madness!
Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed.
The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month.
“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.
Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.”
Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player.
“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”
Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots.
The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message.
Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.
Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.