Daniels: 'If Doc needs me, I'll be ready'

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Daniels: 'If Doc needs me, I'll be ready'

WALTHAM Marquis Daniels was back with the Boston Celtics as they went through their morning shoot-around in preparation for tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Daniels, who has been too ill to participate in practice the last couple days, will be at the game. However, it remains to be seen if he'll play.

"If Doc (Rivers) needs me, I'll be ready," said Daniels, who spent his first three seasons (2003-2006) in the NBA with the Mavericks.

Daniels said he first began feeling ill on Sunday when he came in for the team's optional practice.

"I thought it was just a minor headache," he said. "It kind of got worse overnight."

By the time he woke up on Monday, he said the pain was in full migraine mode.

"Darkness, no sound it was awful," Daniels said.

Whenever he does return to action, Daniels will look to put his early season struggles behind him. A career 45.9 percent shooter, he's connecting on a career-worst 27.1 percent of his shots. In the last three games, he has missed 11 of his 13 field goal attempts which includes a number from point-blank range around the basket.

"I just need to get in the gym more, keep working on my shot; just keep trying to get better regardless of me being ill," said Daniels, who was the last Celtic to leave the practice court. "All the time I can get in here, is valuable for me."

As far as his shooting struggles, he said, "it happens. It's part of the game. The good thing about it; we got so many games back-to-back. I just have to keep my head focused and continue doing the right thing out there, whether it's defensively. My shots are going to fall. Those are shots I normally make. I'm not worried about it. They're going to come around; they're going to fall for me."

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley, whose flu-like symptoms landed him in the hospital and forced him to miss Friday’s game against Phoenix, tells CSNNE.com that he will play tonight.
 
“I didn’t get [out of the hospital] until [Saturday] evening,” Bradley told CSNNE.com. “My stomach still hurts a little bit, but I’m all right. I’ll be good.”
 
The importance of Bradley to this team cannot be overstated.
 
His ability to make a major impact both as a scorer and an elite defender separates him from not only his teammates but from most guards in the NBA.
 
However, his health has been a season-long issue in some form or another, which can be seen in the fact that he has missed 24 games via injury or illness -- more than any other player on the Celtics roster.
 
When he has played, Bradley has delivered on several fronts.
 
He’s averaging 16.9 points per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds per game - both career highs -- which rank second and third, respectively, on the Celtics roster this season.