New Celtics experience 'Gino' for the first time


New Celtics experience 'Gino' for the first time

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON -- They didnt go over this in practice. There was no mention of it in the playbooks, either.

On Sunday night, the newcomers on the Boston Celtics got a crash course in Gino Time.

Closing in on a 31-point victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, the American Bandstand video -- which has become a Celtics tradition to commemorate blowout wins -- hit the Jumbotron.

As always, Kevin Garnett raised his fist and danced in celebration as the man wearing a Gino Vanelli t-shirt danced on the screen. Only this time, Garnett was alone for the most part.

The newly acquired Celtics had never experienced Gino before, at least not on the winning end.

Im going to give them an introduction, Garnett said after the 87-56 victory. Weve got to have a couple more blowouts. Gino only comes out only one way -- yall know the way Im talking about. So the more convincing wins we get here, the more Ill have better material to teach them.

See how the Celtics newcomers reacted to their first Gino experience:

Troy Murphy: For the first time in Murphys career, the sight of Gino meant his team would not be in trouble after the game. Ive been on a lot of Gino experiences before, just on the other end, so its good to be on this end of it tonight, he told Its really not good as an opponent. You know youre going to have a long practice the next day and youre going to watch some film and the coach is going to be cursing, so its not good.

Carlos Arroyo: Mention of Gino was news to Arroyo after the game. He was so zoned in on hearing Rivers timeout talk that he was unaware of the party atmosphere going on around him. Gino? I had no idea about the Gino thing, he told But this is good, right? I didnt see KG dancing -- I was focused.

Jeff Green: A fan wearing a Gino t-shirt informed him of the significance of the video. It was cool. I didnt get a chance to see the whole thing because Doc Rivers was drawing up something, but it was good to be on the winning end of that and not seeing it on the opposite side of the court, he said. It feels good. Im glad we finally got one under our belt. I think thats something that we needed to continue our pursuit to make the push to keep this number one seed.

Nenad Krstic: Krstic, who admitted he liked disco music, did not know about the meaning of Gino, or even watch the video. No, Ive never seen it, he said. Guess thats good for him, considering hes never been on the losing end of it either.

Sasha Pavlovic: The victory celebration gave Pavlovic a deeper sense of appreciation for being a member of the Celtics. Ive seen him before. Ive seen him when weve played against you guys in the playoffs, he told Its fun, its unbelievable. I love it, I love it. It was just a great experience for me and guys are great. Im just enjoying it now.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

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Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

BOSTON -- The last time Boston saw the Charlotte Hornets last month, both teams were streaking in the wrong direction with each coming in having lost three in a row.

Both come into tonight’s game streaking, although in two very different directions.

Boston (25-15) has won 12 of its last 15 games to firmly establish itself as the third-best team in the East behind Cleveland and Toronto. Meanwhile the Hornets (20-20) are on the cusp of falling below .500 for the first time this season after losing their last four games.

Still, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen enough of this Hornets team to know that a win tonight won’t come easily.

“This is a good team,” Stevens said. “We all know Charlotte. They don’t beat themselves. We’ve had to play really well against those guys. This is going to be a tough one, as we all know.”

Figuring out why these two teams are trending in opposite directions isn’t all that complicated.

For the Celtics, their success of late has hinged heavily on their ability to make 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s problems have had a lot to do with a tough slate of road games (all four of their recent losses were on the road) and their inability to make shots which has been an issue in some form for them all season regardless of the opponent.

Look at the last four games, all of which the Hornets lost while the Celtics won three of their four games in that span.

The Hornets rank 21st in scoring with a 101.5 points per game average while the Celtics average 110.8 points which ranks 8th in the league.

Charlotte ranks dead-last in the league the last four games when it comes to shooting the ball (40.5 percent), while Boston comes in 18th at 46.0 percent.

But it’s the 3-point shot and its impact on having an effective field goal percentage, that really separates these two.

Boston has averaged a league-best 15.3 made 3-pointers in the last four games while the Hornets and their 9.8 made 3’s ranks 20th.

And as far as its impact on eFG%, Boston comes in with the eighth-best eFG% in the league (54.8 percent) while the Hornets next-to-last in the NBA with an eFG% of .462.

So what does that mean tonight?

Boston will look to continue being fueled offensively by good ball movement and attacking the rim which in turn should result in lots of good looks from 3-point range which is clearly a strength of this team.

Charlotte will search for other sources of offense besides former UConn star Kemba Walker who is on the short list of candidates for a spot on this year’s Eastern Conference all-star roster.

As was the case in Charlotte’s 102-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, an off-night shooting for Walker (17 points, 7-for-23 shooting with three assists) left the Hornets extremely vulnerable to defeat. Similar struggles tonight will provide a similar ending for Charlotte which would allow both teams to continue streaking along … something the Celtics wouldn’t mind at all.