HARTFORD, Conn. - Doc Rivers continues to tinker with his starting lineup, as the Boston Celtics used their third different starting lineup in as many preseason games.
Joining the usual trio of starters - Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett - will be Brandon Bass and Jason Terry.
When asked about what he's looking for with the different lineups, Rivers said, "I just want to see them play. I'm not looking for one thing. I want to try different lineups. Eventually, one we'll like a lot."
The one player in the starting lineup who has garnered the most attention is Terry, a former Sixth man of the year award winner with the Dallas Mavericks in 2009.
"I'm very comfortable in either role," Terry told Comcast SportsNet's Mike Gorman. "Whatever it takes to help this team win a championship."
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”