Celtics look to avoid a letdown in Sacramento

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Celtics look to avoid a letdown in Sacramento

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

LOS ANGELES The Boston Celtics have a tough opponent ahead of them when they roll into Sacramento Tuesday night -- themselves.

Yeah, the Sacramento Kings will be there, too.

But when it comes to the Celtics, the team at the other end of the floor on most nights is irrelevant.

And even with the Kings (12-33) playing better -- they've won three of their last four games -- Tuesday night won't be any different.

Opponents with subpar records have been a challenge for Boston all season.

Boston has 11 losses, five of which have come against teams with a losing record.

It isn't so much that those teams play significantly better against the Celtics.

Instead, it has more to do with the C's simply not playing with the same level of commitment and focus at both ends of the floor that they display when playing the top teams in the NBA.

"We don't want to have a letdown," said point guard Rajon Rondo.

But it's difficult to avoid, especially when it comes at the end of a long road trip.

Tuesday's game will be Boston's fourth matchup in seven days.

That, combined with Sunday's 109-96 victory over the two-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, makes the Celtics a ripe candidate for a letdown performance against the Kings.

"We're going to try and go in Sacramento and try to finish off this road trip right," Rondo said.

To do that, the C's need to lock in mentally the way they did in the second half of Sunday's game.

"We had a focus against the Lakers and it's amazing that we played with that intensity," Doc Rivers said after his team's win. "We don't do that every night, unfortunately. As a coach, I would like that."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Isaiah Thomas goes 12-for-12 in Seahawks free throw contest

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Isaiah Thomas goes 12-for-12 in Seahawks free throw contest

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has a career free throw percentage of .863 in six seasons in the NBA.

But in a free throw contest against Seattle Seahawks wideout - and free throw champion - Tyler Lockett, Thomas went a perfect 12-for-12.

Celtics waive guard/forward John Holland

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Celtics waive guard/forward John Holland

BOSTON –  The Boston Celtics moved one step closer towards trimming down its overcrowded roster with the waiving of John Holland.

The 27-year-old would have gone into training camp with a very slim shot at making the roster. He signed a two-year deal that would have been worth $874,636 for the 2016-2017 season.

However, the contract was non-guaranteed and would have more than likely been used as part of a potential trade.

But no such deal materialized.

So rather than have the 6-foot-5 guard/forward in training camp with the odds heavily stacked against him making the team, Boston waived him now so that he has enough time to either go to training camp with another NBA team or sign with a team overseas.

Holland, who starred at Boston University, has already played overseas in France, Spain and Turkey in addition to having played with the Development League’s Canton Charge last season.

He played in one game for the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics now have 18 players in training camp, 16 of which have guaranteed contracts.

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown voted most athletic by fellow rookies

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown voted most athletic by fellow rookies

The NBA’s 38 rookies had their annual photo shoot and were polled by NBA.com with a couple of questions about their class. When asked which rookie was the most athletic among them, the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick overall last June, won in a landslide.

Here are the results of that question:  

1. Jaylen Brown, Boston -- 38.7%

2. Brice Johnson, L.A. Clippers -- 16.1%

3. Marquese Chriss, Phoenix -- 9.7%

T-4. Malik Beasley, Denver -- 6.5%

Kay Felder, Cleveland -- 6.5%

Gary Payton II, Houston -- 6.5%

Providence guard Kris Dunn, No. 5 pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves was the freshman class’ pick to win rookie of the year honors, with 29 percent of the vote, followed by No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram of the Lakers and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Click here for the complete poll.