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15 things to know about Terrence Williams

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15 things to know about Terrence Williams

A week after leaving the Guangdong Southern Tigers of China, forward Terrence Williams has signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics. Williams, 25, entered the NBA in 2009 and has been looking to establish himself in the league since then. Get to know Williams with these 15 factoids.

1. The 6-6 wingman is from a close-knit circle of Seattle-area basketball players, which includes current Celtics Avery Bradley and Jason Terry.

2. Williams attended Rainier Beach High School, the same school as former Celtic Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, and Doug Christie.

3. A standout at the University of Louisville, Williams averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists his senior year. He was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2009 NCAA Tournament preview issue.

4. The Nets selected Williams with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. His name was called after Brandon Jennings and before Gerald Henderson.

5. On October 28, 2009, Williams posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in his NBA debut. He played 31 minutes off the bench against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

6. Williams' second season with the Nets was rocky. He was inactive for games and was also sent to the NBA Development League's Springfield Armor.

7. Williams was involved in a three-team trade between the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 that ended up having ties to the Celtics. In December of 2010, the Nets traded Williams to the Rockets. As part of the the same deal, the Lakers sent a 2011 first round draft pick to the Nets. Six months later, the Nets used that pick to select JaJuan Johnson 27th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, and then traded him to the Boston Celtics along with a future second round pick in exchange for MarShon Brooks.

8. The Celtics will be Williams' fifth NBA team. He has been a member of the Nets, Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons (chronologically). Williams has averaged 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 20.2 minutes during his NBA career.

9. This season Williams played 29 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of China. He averaged 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 27.0 minutes.

10. Williams competed in 140 games (4,510 minutes played) during his four years at Louisville. Since being drafted in 2009, he has played in 129 games (2,604 minutes) in the NBA.

11. Celtics guard Courtney Lee has already suited up with Williams. Lee and Williams were teammates with both the Nets and the Rockets.

12. While in college, Williams listed LeBron James as his favorite NBA player and the Miami Heat as his favorite NBA team on his Louisville player page. (If he could update that today, he probably would.)

13. Williams is featured in the online series "Poor Hungry Driven" about his life. He tattooed the abbreviation "PHD" on his arm (can you find it?).

14. Remember the phrase "wordaapp" Nate Robinson helped make popular while on the Celtics? Williams played a big part in it.

15. Social media savvy, Williams is on Twitter @TheRealTWill and Facebook.

Blakely: Work in progress, but oh, what progress

Blakely: Work in progress, but oh, what progress

BOSTON – The words of Stephen Curry following the Celtics’ 92-88 win over his Golden State Warriors had an off-handed, end-of-the-night throwaway feel to them, a statement that would soon be forgotten after the Warriors reel off what should be a long string of victories going forward.
 
“They’re playing the best right now in the East,” Curry said of the Celtics, who now have a 3-2 edge in their past five meetings following Thursday night’s thriller. “And obviously until they beat Cleveland, who's done it three years in a row … so we’ll see.”

CELTICS 92, WARRIORS 88

We already have, folks.
 
The Celtics and the Warriors are both quick to remind us all that we are only a month into the season and that there’s still lots of basketball to be played.
 
But the big takeaway from Thursday was that the Celtics’ ascension to the top of the NBA mountain is a matter of when, not if, it’ll happen.
 
Because what we’re seeing now is a team that is very much a work in progress, yet one that still manages to win games on a lot of nights that they have no business winning.
 
Think about it.
 
They shot 32.9 percent against the Warriors, the best team in the NBA, and still managed to get the win. According to NBA stats guru Dick Lipe, it was only the second time in the past 35 years that the Celtics shot less than 33 percent from the field and still managed to win.
 
That speaks to how well Boston defended the Warriors, who came in averaging a league-best 119.6 points per game.
 
But more than that, it shows this team has a will to win that’s almost unheard of for a group whose pieces are so relatively new to one another.
 
Of the 14 Celtics with guaranteed contracts on the roster, all but four are in their first season in Boston.
 
But even with the new guys coming together quicker than anticipated, Boston should not all of a sudden be considered the favorites in the NBA.
 
Even with the victory, Boston still has some ground to make up if they are to be on the same level as Golden State, a franchise that has been to the NBA Finals each of the past three seasons and has emerged a champion twice.
 
“It takes a lot of basketball to get there,” said Warriors guard Klay Thompson. “They have a good, young, hungry team. You have to give them credit. They have a better record than us, so you can say they’re better now.”
 
And while Thompson didn’t place an emphasis on it, the last word in his comments, “now,” is why Thursday’s victory leaves the Celtics cautiously optimistic.
 
Because as we’ve seen time and time, regular-season success does not always travel well beyond that and into the playoffs.
 
Still, Thursday’s win provides something for Boston beyond hope and optimism.
 
They now have results to go with the work they’ve put in to be a better team and compete with the league’s best.
 
And they’ve done it under less-than-ideal circumstances.
 
Gordon Hayward went down with an ankle injury less than five minutes into the season and he’s expected to be lost for the rest of the season. Al Horford missed two games while recovering from a concussion while Kyrie Irving missed a game after suffering a facial fracture.
 
So in other words, the Big Three that Boston was set on unleashing to the rest of the world has logged less than five minutes together all season.
 
And yet there are the Celtics (14-2), tops in the NBA while riding a historic 14-game winning streak, and there's reason to believe that maybe, just maybe, these two will be the last teams standing when all is said and done and some of those customary throwaway lines uttered by Curry might have some value after all if these two wind up meeting in the NBA Finals.

“I hear the weather is great here in June,” Curry said.
 
 

Brown leads C's to victory just a day after best friend's passing

Brown leads C's to victory just a day after best friend's passing

BOSTON – The NBA is an emotional game, but the feelings Jaylen Brown was working through on the eve of Thursday’s game against Golden State, are the kind you don’t wish anyone with the death of his best friend less than 24 hours before Thursday night’s tip-off.

Brown channeled his pain into a performance that was absolutely vital to Boston pulling off the biggest upset for them this season, a 92-88 win over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

He led the Celtics with a team-high 22 points in the win which extended the Celtics’ winning streak to 14 straight. 

But he was in no mood to celebrate afterwards.

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“My best friend (Trevin Steede) passed last night,” Brown said after the game. “It was tough to accept it. Everybody was kind of in shock. I knew coming in today, he would want me to play.

Brown paused, and added, “It’s hard to get my thoughts together. After talking to his mom and family, they inspired me to come out. I wasn’t in any shape to come out. I didn’t want to leave my room. They inspired me to come out and play and I came out and played in his spirit today.”

Indeed, Brown played with the kind of purpose that made it clear that this wasn’t just another game. 

Sure, Golden State was the defending champs but Brown’s temperament seemed to be on a level higher, much higher, than what you would come to expect from a highly-anticipated matchup. 

His teammates as well as the coaching staff were aware of what Brown was dealing with, and were prepared for him to not play if he decided that was the best thing for him. 

After the game, Kyrie Irving gave the game ball to Brown.

“I knew from start of the game, I gave him some great words that were given to me,” Irving said. “I’ve lost individuals in my life. It’s never a good thing when someone is going through it. You do your best to encourage them, to console them. But at the end of the day, it’s about the strength within themselves and he showed a lot of that tonight.”

Irving added, “to be able to go out and perform the way he did, I knew exactly who the game ball was going to.”

Dealing with this kind of adversity unfortunately is nothing new to the Boston Celtics. 

On the eve of the playoffs last season, ex-Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ younger sister Chyna Thomas died in a car accident. 

Just as they rallied around Thomas at that time, the Celtics have done the same for Brown. 

“It’s been a tough 24 hours for him as you call can imagine,” said coach Brad Stevens. “Very similar meetings and talking points I had with Isaiah (Thomas) last year, today. Like Isaiah used it as a distraction, he (Brown) went out there and played and was really, really good.”

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