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5 ways for Celtics to develop consistency

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5 ways for Celtics to develop consistency

BOSTON - The Celtics revamped their roster this summer to boast one of the deepest teams in the league. With weapons at every position, their pieces easily fall into place on paper. Now, it is a matter making it click in games on the court.

After falling to 0-2 with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, the Celtics (new and old) shared their suggestions for developing consistency and flow when playing with teammates for the first time.

Kevin Garnett: "Practice, being around each other, knowing each other. Off the court, our chemistry is very, very, very, very good. We're very alike in some ways. I've always said teams that hang out, get to know one another off the floor simultaneously it makes it a little easier on the floor. When it comes to basketball, knowing the different things a guy likes to do, preferences and other things, that's just playing with each other, continuing to practice, we're no different from any other team just trying to get our chemistry together. Those things will come."

Courtney Lee:  "I think time. That was one of the things Doc emphasized coming in, that we were going to focus on defense and we had another lapse in that area today. The only thing I'm guessing is time and repetition. You can't put a time on that but it has to be quick. These games are coming. We've got another one tomorrow night so we've got to figure it out soon."

Leandro Barbosa: "Stay together. I think that's the main thing. Everybody knows it's the second game of the season, but everybody knows this is a defensive team. We're going to get together, we have another game tomorrow. We talked about it and hopefully everything will be ok for tomorrow. We have to stay together, work together. I think communication is the main thing for everybody. It's easy for everybody when you have the communication and today we didn't have that. It was really quiet on the court. The guys that were on the bench, you could see there was no talking at all. But it happens. I think we we know what we've got to do and get focused."

Jared Sullinger: "We've got it continuity, obviously we haven't been playing well as a whole. Things are going to get better. Rome wasn't built in one day. Like I tell everybody, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. With all these games coming up, it's going to be really helpful. Building chemistry on the court is kind of tough because that's just when basketball takes over and you've got to be able to hoop. I think the more and more we do that, the more and more it's going to help us out. Communication matters a lot. We've got to talk more as a team. We'll see what happens in the next couple of days."

Jeff Green: "Practice. Practice, practice, practice. It's a long year and we're going to have our bumps, we're going to have our road blocks, but we've just got to keep practicing, keep at it, and just continue to play and work on what we do. Things will come."

The Celtics play their third game of the season against the Washington Wizards on the road on Saturday night.

Tom Brady mum on hand injury, practice status

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Tom Brady mum on hand injury, practice status

FOXBORO — Tom Brady basically told the media to talk to the hand.

More specifically, Brady replied, “I’m not talking about that” to each question about his right hand injury in Friday’s press conference.

Brady stood at the podium wearing the very red gloves that have been captured in pre-practice photos the last two days. Asked why he was wearing them indoors, Brady replied, “I’ve worn them before.” 

The five-time Super Bowl champion was also mum on whether or not he participated in practice Friday, sharing only that he was “out there,” which adds no clarification given that he was on the field before Thursday’s practice but did not participate. 

Brady is believed to have suffered the injury in Wednesday’s practice. Friday’s practice report will be released this afternoon. 
 

Dion Lewis: 'Nobody's really worried' about Tom Brady

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Dion Lewis: 'Nobody's really worried' about Tom Brady

James White put it perfectly on Thursday. When asked if he was the one who injured Tom Brady's hand in Wednesday's practice, the running back replied, "The world may never know."

During an interview with NFL Network, another Patriots running back said you can't put Brady's injury on him.

"Not me," said DIon Lewis. "No, it wasn't me . . . I actually didn't see it happen, but from when I talked to other guys, I knew he was gonna be oaky. It's Tom, so regardless of any situation he's put in, he's going to make sure he's out there game day. Nobody's really worried."

That seems to be the general consensus inside the Patriots locker room. They're all expecting Brady to play. And when they're asked about how he's looked, their answers have ranged from evasive to joking about Brady's handsomeness

The focus, as Lewis explained, isn't so much on the health of their quarterback but rather the game plan they're putting in place to take on the top defense in the AFC. 

"We have a great idea," Lewis said, "of what we think we can do to have success against this defense . . . We just gotta be on point every play. We don't got plays to give away."

Might that mean a load of two-back or two-tight end sets to keep Jacksonville's base personnel on the field? Might that mean plenty of work in the screen game, as Jerod Mayo suggested on this week's Quick Slants the Podcast? Might that mean a heavy dose of Rob Gronkowski?

There are soft spots in the Jaguars defense, as talented as it is, but it will probably require Brady being able to grip a football for the Patriots to exploit them. His teammates seem confident he'll be able to do that.