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Daniels shakes off ankle injury, will play against Jazz

Daniels shakes off ankle injury, will play against Jazz

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Doc Rivers confirmed that Marquis Daniels will play tonight, without any restrictions following left ankle sprain injury suffered against Detroit on Wednesday.

His play will be vital against a Jazz team that features a number of talented players off the bench like C.J. Miles.

Miles, who is averaging 12.2 points per game this season, has proven he can light up teams for big scoring nights at any time.

He has had 20 or more points scored nine times this season which ranks second among NBA reserves.

"Whenever my number is called, I'm going to come in and do whatever Doc (Rivers) needs me to do," Daniels said in a recent interview with CSNNE.com. "If it's score, rebound, defend it doesn't matter. I just want to help this team win."

In addition to updating the media on Daniels' status, Rivers also discussed the point guard matchup between Rajon Rondo and Utah's Deron Williams.

Both are among the top point guards in the NBA, but go about making an impact differently.

Rondo is more of a playmaker, evident by his league-best 13.2 assists per game.

Williams has the ability to hurt teams both as a scorer and playmaker.

He's averaging 22.1 points and 9.5 assists per game. Only once (Chris Paul, 2008-2009 season) has a player averaged as many points and assists in a single season.

Rondo has said in the past that he does look forward to facing the game's top point guards.

"He's human," Riers said of Rondo. "We had a game here where Rondo was terrific. We had a game there where Deron just dominated our whole team. Everyone has a memory. If not, we try to jostle it a little bit."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

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Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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