Who is E'Twaun Moore?


Who is E'Twaun Moore?

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - The Boston Celtics followed up their first-round pick JaJuan Johnson with another Purdue Boilermaker, selecting ETwaun Moore with the 55th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Were very fortunate, said the Celtics' president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge. We got two really good, productive college players, mature kids, great character and attitude. Weve got some shooting, got some length, and I think theyre a good fit for us.

After getting to know JaJuan Johnson, let's find out who ETwaun Moore is.
The Basics
Position: Guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 191
Born: February 25, 1989
Hometown: East Chicago, IN
College: Purdue University

Collegiate Accolades
Like Johnson, Moore played four years at Purdue. Last season he averaged 18.0 points (44.7 FG, 40.0 3PG, 70.9 FT), 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 turnovers. He was named an honorable mention AP All-American and was a Wooden Award finalist.

Ainges Take
ETwaun is a good shooter, good all-around player, a tough kid, good experience, he said. He had a big game this year. I saw the game he was playing in and had 38 against Ohio State. Terrific talent.

How He Will Complement the Celtics
Moore is a shooting guard, and while he can also play some point guard, Ainge noted his scoring abilities. Should Moore make the roster, adding an offensive contributor to the bench could spell the minutes of veteran Ray Allen, a role the Celtics have to address next season.

Hes played strictly a two, but he can handle the ball some. But hes a scorer, said Ainge. Hes only 6-3 but hes extremely long, long-armed, and hes at terrific scorer.

Ainge likes the fact that both Moore and Johnson can fulfill their roles on the offensive and defensive ends.

Offense is very important, he said. Theres guys that play great offense, theres guys that are great defensive players, and theres guys that we refer to as both ends of the court players. We think we got two of those guys. But one is not any more important than the other.
Random Fact
While JaJuan will be the fifth Johnson to play for the Celtics, Moore will only be the second. Mikki Moore appeared in 24 games for the Celtics during the 2008-09 season.

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Celtics late rally falls short, Bulls hold on to win, 105-99


Celtics late rally falls short, Bulls hold on to win, 105-99

It was only 24 hours earlier that the Boston Celtics learned a valuable lesson about what can potentially happen if you let up on an opponent too soon.

The Chicago Bulls made the same mistake on Thursday as the Celtics wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter and made it a one-possession game for the last couple of minutes.

But like Boston did against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, the Bulls managed to fend off a late rally by Boston in handing the Celtics a 105-99 loss.

Boston had multiple opportunities to tie the game or take the lead in the fourth, only to consistently come up short.

Their last shot came with less than a minute to play and Boston trailing 101-99.

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown had the ball and seemingly had a mismatch with Nikola Mirotic guarding him.

Brown dribbled into the lane, spun away from Mirotic and left his feet and landed without anyone to pass to.

It would prove to be a critical turnover as Dwyane Wade came down afterwards and drained a 3-pointer, his fourth of the night, to make it a 104-99 game with 26.3 seconds to play.

That would be the Celtics’ last chance at a victory.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 15 points, but made it a game courtesy of a slew of baskets by Isaiah Thomas.

He finished with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting.

As well as Thomas shot from the field, he’ll most remember this game for the shots he didn’t make; his free throws specifically.

A career 86 percent free throw shooter, Thomas was just 2-for-6 from the line on Thursday.

Boston (1-1) also got a strong game from Avery Bradley who had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Bulls, playing their season opener with a newly-formed Big Three of prodigal son Dwyane Wade, ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo and All-Star Jimmy Butler, didn’t waste any time establishing control of the game.

Chicago opened the game with an 8-2 run and led by as many as 15 points. Boston had moments in which it cut into Chicago’s lead, but the Bulls’ control of the game remained strong throughout the night.

Things got a bit chippy in the second quarter when Jae Crowder was called for an offensive foul against Jimmy Butler, a good friend of his as well as a former teammate at Marquette.

After Butler hit the ground, he used his legs to tie up Crowder who fell to the floor afterwards. Crowder then forcefully put the ball in Butler’s chest.

That led to some back and forth trash talk between Isaiah Thomas and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

Officials reviewed the play and called all four players – Crowder, Thomas, Butler and Rondo – were called for a technical foul.

Tempers cooled down afterwards for both teams as the Chicago Bulls continued to stay red-hot from 3-point range.

The Bulls were especially impressive in the first half when they were 7-for-13 on 3s.

And leading the 3-point barrage was Wade who rarely looked to score beyond the 3-point line a year ago. He would finish with 22 points which included a trio of 4-pointers which was the first time he made that many 3s since the 2012-2013 season when he played for the Miami Heat.

Chicago’s top scorer was Butler who had 24 points and seven rebounds.

Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter


Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter

Minutes before they opened their regular season Thursday against the Celtics, the Bulls announced the signing of shooting guard R.J. Hunter.

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