Celtics notes: Mavericks' reserves steal show


Celtics notes: Mavericks' reserves steal show

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - With players like Shaquille ONeal, Delonte West, and Glen Davis in the second unit, the Celtics have one of the top benches in the NBA.

Then again, having Shawn Marion and Jason Terry in the reserves isnt too shabby either.

The Mavericks received 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals from Marion and Terry combined on Friday during their 101-97 win over the Celtics.

Marquis Daniels led the Celtics with 10 points off the bench while Davis added six boards. The Mavs bench outscored the Celtics, 30-24.

This isnt the first time this season the Celtics reserves have been topped by the Mavs. They were outscored, 35-21, in the Mavericks November 8 win.

If I look at this game and the last game we played against them, its the guys that come off the bench that youve got to limit their production, said Ray Allen. I think they have a few guys that had an impact on the game in both games. If we could match bench production, our bench has to be better than theirs.

Davis Taking Shots at They Come

There was a stretch this season when Glen Davis was attempting 14, 15, as many as 18 shots per game. He embraced his increased offensive role while stepping into the starting lineup for an injured Kevin Garnett.

But now that Garnett has returned, Davis shot attempts have become less frequent.

On Friday against the Dallas Mavericks, he took just three shots, tying a season low. He finished the game with only two points in 20 minutes.

Not to worry, though, for Davis. He still grabbed six rebounds while being tasked to guard Dirk Nowitzki (29 points).

The ball just didnt flow my way tonight, he told CSNNE.com. Thats just how it is. Youre going to have times when youre going to get 12, 13 shots. But some nights you arent going to get that. Thats just what it is.

Doc Not Stressing Over Schedule

The Celtics will face the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat in a span of eight days. Playing one of those teams is a tough enough match up in itself, and all three in a row is even more of a challenge.

But rather than get overwhelmed by the opponents at hand, Doc Rivers is looking forward to going up against high-caliber competition.

I was concerned about it anyway because theyre just good teams, but not overly concerned than in any other stretch, he said. Its just good teams coming in -- no different in any game, just a lot of good teams. So itll be good for us. I look forward to it.

After losing to the Mavericks on a last-second shot, the Celtics know they have to stick to their defensive intensity in these upcoming games.

We just need to watch our defensive executions, said Davis. We need to make sure that we have our defensive assignments in tact.

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut


Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.