OFFSEASON

Robinson snaps skid against the Lakers

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Robinson snaps skid against the Lakers

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

LOS ANGELES Nate Robinson has been in a slump of sorts lately, and it has not gone unnoticed by coach Doc Rivers.

In fact, Rivers said he gave serious thought to not even playing Robinson at all on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I just decided to go with him," Rivers said.

That decision, like so many others this season for Rivers and the Celtics, was the right one as Robinson was among the many reasons Boston was able to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-96.

As much as the Celtics believe Robinson can help them in an assortment of areas, he's in the league primarily because of his impressive shooting touch.

Lately, it's been nowhere to be found.

He came into Sunday's game having missed 20 of his previous 29 shots from the field.

But against the Lakers, he had 11 points off the bench on 4-for-7 shooting which included three, 3-pointers.

"He was fantastic," Rivers said.

It's not the first time Robinson has had a stretch in which his shot, for whatever reason, just doesn't seem to be falling.

When that happens, Robinson starts to break down his game to find the problem and fix it quickly.

He watches video to see how the ball is positioned on his hands. He pays closer attention to his lift on shots as well as his follow-through.

"I watch everything about the shot that I shoot," he said.

He also watches Ray Allen shoot to pick up pointers, in addition to checking old footage of himself in games in which he shot the ball well.

"I pretty much evaluate myself and how to get better," Robinson said.

He proved that on Sunday with the kind of performance Boston desperately needed from one of its key reserves.

And thankfully for him and the Celtics, Rivers had the confidence to continue playing him, even when, statistically-speaking, sitting him would have been a justifiable move.

It would not have been the first time Robinson would have not played due to a coaches decision.

"You have to be ready when you're number is called," Robinson said when told by CSNNE.com that Rivers had considered not playing him on Sunday.

When he played with the New York Knicks, Robinson was out of the lineup for 14 consecutive games in December of 2009.

Upon his return, he lit the Atlanta Hawks up for 41 points in a New Year's Day win for the Knicks.

"That didn't affect me," Robinson said. "I know that deep down inside, I'm a hell of a ballplayer in any system, any style of play."

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

OFFSEASON

Who will make the Celtics roster?

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Who will make the Celtics roster?

BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.

But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.

Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.

The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.

But who will they be?

That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.

In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.

OFFSEASON

Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.

That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.

Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:

DATE               OPPONENT                  LOCATION                                                        TIME
Oct. 4               Philadelphia 76ers         UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA)     7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6               Charlotte Hornets          Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8               Charlotte Hornets          Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)                  3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13             Brooklyn Nets               Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)                          7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15             New York Knicks           Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17             Brooklyn Nets               TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19             New York Knicks           TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET