Notes: Shaq plays after slip and fall at home


Notes: Shaq plays after slip and fall at home

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON -- In a battle of Shaq versus the elements, Shaquille ONeal lost.

ONeal slipped on ice leaving his home on Sunday, causing him to miss practice because of a strained adductor muscle.

I just slipped, he said. I did a split . . . I was going this way and then I was going that way and my legs just makes noise and I couldnt stop. I did a split.

Although he was questionable for Mondays game against the Orlando Magic, ONeal scored 12 points in nearly 26 minutes during the win.

In spite of the spill, ONeal wont let a wintry mess hold him back. He added that he still wants to have a snowball fight once there is another snowfall.

The Celtics are constantly looking to improve, but Doc Rivers recent critique even made Kevin Garnett chuckle.

Its funny, Kevin was laughing because after the game the first thing I said is, We can execute better offensively, Doc Rivers said. And they all started laughing because they knew the percentage already. I didnt know the percentage at that point, because I dont look at those stats. But it was great.

What Rivers didnt realize was that the Celtics had shot 60 percent from the field, increasing their league-best average to 50.5 percent per game.

While Rivers got a laugh over it, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy didnt find any humor in the situation.

We didnt get any stops, Van Gundy said. They shot 60 percent in the first half and 60 percent in the second half. There was never a point in the game where we stopped them.

Ray Allen understood the impact of the New England Patriots' loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. Pats fans had hoped for a Super Bowl victory the same way Celtics fans are rooting for an NBA championship.

There are sad feelings for the city because you know how many people support what they are trying to accomplish because were trying to do the same thing, he said.

Even though the Patriots Super Bowl quest abruptly, Allen believes there is still a lot for fans to appreciate.

Its like a big bubble that burst because the excitement was there, he said. They still had a great season and they still gave the fans a lot to appreciate, a lot to look forward to, and a lot of inspiration. Youve got to just tip your hat to them and say job well done.

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Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup