Celtics newcomers get first taste of the Garden


Celtics newcomers get first taste of the Garden

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON - Theres a common thing among the new members of the Boston Celtics.

As they suit up to play their first game in green at TD Garden, they are still soaking up everything that has happened to them in the past week.

Take Troy Murphy as an example. He arrived in Boston yesterday and, as a he prepares to make his Celtics debut, is still processing the new stage in his career.

Im not sure, he laughed when asked how he feels to play his first game in Boston. Its kind of a whirlwind the last couple of days.

Murphy, Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, and Chris Johnson are getting used to their new surroundings. And as they settle in to the Celtics locker room, they are all anxiously awaiting their first game under the rafters on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

I know the crowd is going to be amazing, said Green. Ive played here early in my career and it was great. So Im looking forward to being part of it on the good side this time.

The good side.

The newcomers have quickly embraced their new home, with Green and Krstic making references to being in the visitors locker room as if it were years - not days - ago that they were on the opposing team.

Its great. Ive played here before, obviously against Boston, but never in a Boston uniform, said Krstic. Its really a great feeling, but I can just imagine how its going to be when the game starts with the crowd and the arena.

The game aside, simply being in the Celtics locker room has been a special experience for the players.

Just walking into the practice facility and the locker room, all the history thats here is pretty cool, Murphy told CSNNE.com.

Murphy, Green and Krstic have already experienced an NBA franchise before. It was a little different for Johnson, though. The former D-League Dakota Wizard was lying down after practice in Bismarck, North Dakota when he got the call. Days later, he is sitting in a locker next to Ray Allen.

Theres a lot of legends that played here, a lot of tradition here., Johnson said. Also being with guys who you have posters of on your wall growing up, Im very excited right now.

As the newcomers anxiously await their Garden debuts, they share a common sentiment of excitement.

It feels good, said Green. Im ready to be part of this franchise.

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Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.


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