Celtics guarantee Wafer, West contracts

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Celtics guarantee Wafer, West contracts

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Von Wafer found out that his contract was guaranteed by the Boston Celtics from a reporter before Wednesdays game against the San Antonio Spurs.

In this case, no news from the organization was good news.

Every time Ive been called to go to the gym it hasnt been good, so thats good, he joked.

The Celtics picked up the contracts of Wafer and Delonte West, maintaining depth on their bench.

For Wafer, this means a sense of stability in an unstable career that has seen him play for six NBA teams since being drafted in 2005.

He made a case for himself on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves by posting 10 points and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was a testament to the team-first basketball he has embraced this season with the Celtics.

"He earned it; he earned the right to be here, said coach Doc Rivers. He's contributed to our wins, even before he was playing. He was really working at being a better player everyday in practice. He's been good.

Now that Wafer has locked in his spot, he looks to stay focused by surrounding himself with family. He plans to have his mother and brother move up from Virginia and hopes his 3-year-old daughter can spend some time in Boston as well.

Its going to be big. Its going to help because I dont really like to be alone, he said. I really wanted to kind of try to get a better focus and I thought that would help if I had my mom and my brother with me because Id just spend time with them instead of doing other things.

Wafer quickly learned that he would have to buy into the Celtics system if he wanted to play. Now that he has, he is looks forward to whats to come playing team ball.

Im just excited because I know I can get a lot better, he said. I know I can do a lot more, but Im just going to play my role and do what I have to do for us to get these Ws.

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Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

BOSTON – Avery Bradley doesn’t mind being a standout, but this is probably not what he had in mind. 

Injuries have ravaged the Boston Celtics’ starting five to the point where only one player, Bradley, has been with the first unit in all 22 games this season. 

Just like Bradley was looked upon to step his game up in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (right groin) at Orlando on Wednesday, he will once again be challenged to lead Boston (13-9) to victory tonight when the Thomas-less Celtics face the Toronto Raptors. 

Bradley’s emergence as a two-way talent this season has overshadowed at times what has been another season of elite play defensively. 

And he’ll need to be on top of his defensive game tonight against a Raptors All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. 

Both Lowry and DeRozan present a different kind of challenge for Bradley who will spend time defending each of them at various points during the game. 

Lowry has good size, strength and deceptive quickness in addition to an under-rated perimeter game that will keep Bradley on his toes for sure. 

This season he's averaging 20.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and a career-high 7.6 assists while shooting 42.9 percent on 3's which is also a career mark. 

And DeRozan is having the kind of season that might get him a few league MVP votes. 

His 28.0 points per game ranks fifth in the NBA, but making his numbers even more impressive is that unlike most guards DeRozan doesn’t generate much offense from three-pointers.

DeRozan averages 1.8 three-point attempts per game which is the fewest attempts among any player ranked among the league’s top-25 scorers.

The 6-foot-7 All-Star is the master of the mid-range game which accounts for 31.5 percent of the points he scores. And when he’s not shooting the mid-range, he’s working a defender in one-on-one iso-situations. 

That helps explain why 76.4 percent of his two-point made field goals are unassisted. 

But here’s the thing about Bradley. 

As much as we give him props for what he does defensively, it’s his offense that has put him on the map as a potential All-Star this season. 

Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.9 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game in addition to shooting a career-high 40.7 percent on 3's.

But for Bradley, individual accolades are only going to come his way by the Celtics winning games; preferably against above-average teams like the Toronto Raptors.

And that would make both Bradley and the Celtics stand out this season.