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Notes: Celtics dug a hole too deep

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Notes: Celtics dug a hole too deep

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Giving up 30 points in the first quarter is never a good way to start a game.

Giving up another 30 in the second, well, thats just digging a hole thats challenging to climb out of.

The Boston Celtics gave up 60 first-half points to the Los Angeles Clippers during Wednesday nights 108-103 loss and found themselves down by 18 at halftime.

Doc Rivers thought Celtics were behind on everything to start the game, but told his team during halftime that they could get back in the game.

The problem was, the Clippers werent going to back down. Even though the Celtics outscored the Clippers in the second half, that initial deficit was too much to overcome.

Its tough when you get out to bad starts, and a lot of that has to do with the starters, said Paul Pierce. How we come out at the beginning of the games, weve got to come out with a better focus. Once you give a team confidence like the Clippers, then they feed off that for the rest of the game and were able to get
the win.

All Rivers wanted was one more healthy big man. Just one.

But theres no such luck on the Celtics, who are playing without Shaquille ONeal, Jermaine ONeal, and Glen Davis.

The Clippers exploited this void and took advantage of their own size, getting 21 points and 9 rebounds from center DeAndre Jordan.

Just one extra big is all we needed, said Rivers. But we dont have it with injury. This has nothing to do with the trade or anything - we just dont have healthy bigs. Hopefully Baby will be back soon.

It didnt have the same flair as last seasons playoff games between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, but Mo Williams was excited nonetheless.

The former Cavalier, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last month, still looked forward to playing against the Celtics on Wednesday night.

This was the team, after all, that had sent him packing two out of the past three seasons.

He got his revenge in the form of a regular season win. Williams led all players with 28 points, including five three-pointers, while dishing four assists and grabbing three rebounds.

For some reason I just love the battles Ive had in Boston, he said. I always get up for this game. I was up for this game today.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.

Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.

“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.

Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.

“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”

But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.

“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.

Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.

The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.

Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.

This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.