Boston Celtics

Rivers: Celts out of sync offensively


Rivers: Celts out of sync offensively

BOSTON If you're Doc Rivers, you love seeing Rajon Rondo aggressive and attacking the rim. But at the same time, you like to see good ball movement, too.

There's a certain balancing act to it all, and on Wednesday night the Celtics were, without question, out of sync.

Rondo went off for a career-high 35 points, but shoddy defense and poor ball movement proved too big an obstacle to overcome as the Celtics suffered a 98-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

"Offensively, I didn't like the way we played all night," Rivers said. "Wasn't a lot of movement. I'd like Rondo being aggressive but . . . we didn't get a lot of ball movement."

Part of that had to do with Rondo doing a lot of his scoring either in the post against the Detroit guards, or pulling up for jumpers in transition or with the shot clock winding down.

Paul Pierce, maybe more than any Celtic player, seemed unable to get into any kind of flow or rhythm all game. He had 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting.

When your best scorer can't get going, winning becomes a much more daunting task.

"Rondo got the hot hand and took the shots that were there when they sagged off of him," Pierce said. "When the shots were there, he took them. We went to the post a lot to Rondo and it caused a lot of isolation. That was the game plan."

Far too often, isolation plays result in very little movement without the ball, which leads to a lack of ball movement.

Still, it's hard to be too hard on Rondo after a career-night scoring, and doing it in such an unorthodox manner.

The idea of 6-foot-1 Rondo going to work in the post - and it working - is a sight seldom seen.

And while Rivers liked what he saw from Rondo in terms of his overall aggressive nature, he would have liked to have seen more of it in transition and less in the half court sets.

"That's when you get the ball to the other guys," said Rivers, who repeatedly said that the team's defense an even bigger issue against Detroit. "The way to really stay aggressive in transition is off defensive stops. And in the first half that's how we did it; in the second half we were not getting stops. I thought that affected how effective he was, as well."

Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September


Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September

Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed. 

The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month. 

“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.

Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.” 

Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player. 

“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”    

Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump


Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump

Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots. 

The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message. 

Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.

Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.