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Celtics map out their snow day(s)

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Celtics map out their snow day(s)

BOSTON -- The city of Boston is expected to be hit with a blizzard that could dump two feet of snow between Friday and Saturday.

With residents urged to stay inside, the Celtics could find themselves snowbound. They are scheduled to practice Saturday, subject to weather conditions, but could end up indoors until their next game Sunday evening at TD Garden against the Nuggets.

How will they spend this rare amount of midseason downtime? Some players are looking forward to a mini-break, while others got antsy thinking about being cooped up because of the wintery mess. They shared their plans with CSNNE.com.

Avery Bradley: The snow definitely isnt going to hold me back from any of my plans, I was just telling Courtney (Lee) that. He thinks Im going to stay in the house all day. Ill probably just go shopping for groceries and clothes, the same thing I do on every day off. What if the city of Boston shuts down? Shut the city down? They cant do that. Theres no way all the stores can be closed, no way. Ill probably watch TV, watch movies with my girlfriend, chill, thats about it. We got snow in Seattle (Bradley grew up in Washington state), I was out of school for two weeks one time because of it.

Jeff Green: Ill be on the couch, watching TV, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Modern Family, Workaholics. Those are my only three shows I watch. I like having down time, I need it.

Chris Wilcox: Ive got a few movies, Ill watch them. Im going to cook something, sit back on the couch, and chill. I took out some oxtails so I might cook some oxtails. I seasoned them Thursday, Ill sear them, then Ill put them in a Crock Pot and let them slow cook. Then Ill stir them, mix them, get them right, and right at the end before I take them out, Im going to put my special ingredient in there. I cant really tell you what it is. Its like the best-tasting filet ever. Its so tender, it falls off the bone.

Fab Melo: Im used to snow, so its not anything that would bother me. Im going to work out, go to the gym. I will get there, I live right there. If anything, Ill go running. I did it at Syracuse . . . (The craziest thing I did in the snow at Syracuse was), somebody dared me to do a snow angel outside and I went, no shirt on.

Brandon Bass: Im going to enjoy the snow maybe play in it, maybe take my son out a little bit. Thats part of the reason why I like Boston, because I get the opportunity to see snow. Its just different from what Im used to (growing up in Baton Rouge, LA). Its cool (to see my five-year-old son play in the snow). Ill get home from practice and the snows out there, hell be like, Daddy lets go outside! . . . When I have downtime, Im spending time with my son, playing around. I might watch him play Kinect on the Xbox or we might play some kind of game. When Im home, he always asks me, Daddy, lets do something that you think is fun. He actually comes up with it, he gives me three choices and Ive got to pick one. Hell do whatever, as long as its with me.

Jason Collins: I live downtown, so Im going to try to work out at a fitness center there. I can walk. I did go out and buy these really big boots, snow boots. I got them online because (I wear) size 17. They look like I could survive in the arctic. Ill be able to manage in the snow.

Courtney Lee: Im going to relax, eat food, watch TV. Other cities will be fine so Ill be watching some games. (I like to watch) The First 48, got to watch The First 48. I always watch games, Law & Order has a lot of good episodes on there. MTV runs back Martin and The Wayans Bros., so I always catch them. Other than that, I just watch games for the most part, college and NBA.

Streak reveals depth even Celtics didn't know they had

Streak reveals depth even Celtics didn't know they had

Coaches in all sports will tell you that winning is not easy.
 
Making the Celtics’ 16-game winning streak even more impressive is that a number of the victories have involved Boston turning to some unlikely sources of production.

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And that has provided a glimpse into a franchise that’s getting the best of both worlds: quality play from its core group while developing reserves who have contributed to the team reeling off 16 straight wins in a variety of ways.
 
Because coach Brad Stevens has gone deeper into his bench this season than past years, it has created a roster with minutes more evenly distributed and with that, less wear and tear on the bodies of key players.
 
And while this team is led by Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, there has been at least one other Celtic to emerge as a top-three performer every night...and often it’s not the same player.
 
“Much more unpredictable now,” a league executive texted to NBC Sports Boston. “That number three guy, is it [Jaylen] Brown? [Jayson] Tatum? Sometimes it’s Marcus [Smart]. You don’t know who it’s going to be because a lot of times, I don’t think they [Celtics] know who it will be. It’s why they’re so good, man.”
 
Here are five under-the-radar storylines heading into tonight’s game in Miami with the Celtics trying to push their winning streak to 17:

KYRIE FOR MVP
It’s one thing for the home crowd to get into the ‘M-V-P’ chants when you’re at the free-throw line. But it’s a completely different matter when those same cheers are being heard on the road. That’s where Irving was following the 110-102 overtime win at Dallas, a game in which Irving dropped 47 points, 10 in overtime. It’ll be interesting to see if another strong game by Irving will lead to another serenading of ‘M-V-P’ chants for the most dominant player on the team with the league’s best record.


 
TURNING DOWN THE HEAT
The streak is the talk of the NBA right now, but streaking was going to be part of the conversation leading up to tonight’s game regardless. The Celtics come into tonight’s game having won eight in a row over the Heat, their longest current winning streak over any team. Boston has dominated this matchup for years, posting a 70-44 record all-time against Miami in the regular season.
 

DUKE CONNECTION
College basketball just kicked off and Duke is once again among the game’s top teams, a school that consistently produces NBA talent at a relatively high level. That’ll be very apparent tonight when you consider this Boston-Miami matchup features three players (Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum for Boston, Justise Winslow for Miami) from Duke who will all be in the starting lineup and a fourth (Boston’s Semi Ojeleye) who attended Duke but later transferred to SMU.


 
JUSTISE WINSLOW
Every front-office executive has that one player they tried – and failed – to acquire that, in hindsight, not getting him was a really good thing. Winslow is that guy for the Celtics. While he hasn’t been necessarily a bust, his impact at this level hasn’t been enough to have warranted all the assets Boston was willing to part with on draft night in order to move up and select him. Still, he’s healthy now and starting to play better which is evident by his numbers in most offensive categories on the rise, while his defense has been relatively solid.
 

THREE-POINTERS
The Heat have made the 3-point shot a much bigger part of their offense this season, evident by Miami ranking seventh in the league in 3-point makes (11.2) this season. In Boston, one of the keys to their top-ranked defense has been their length, which has come in real handy defending the 3-pointer. In fact, Boston has limited opponents to just 32.1 percent shooting on 3’s this season, which ranks third in the league.

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WATCH: Celtics vs. Heat

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