Holland earns call-up with C's after strong D-League postseason


Holland earns call-up with C's after strong D-League postseason

BOSTON – The Maine Red Claws’ postseason ended sooner than anticipated, and John Holland had a lot to do with it.

His play for the Canton Charge earned the former Boston University star a call-up to the Boston Celtics.

“He’s a good player, he brings shooting,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “He brings pretty good size for a perimeter player. He’s another person we can add as depth should we need some perimeter depth.”

Holland, the 40th D-League call-up this season, led the Boston University Terriers to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a senior which included him being named the America East Conference Player of the Year. He has played professionally in France, Spain and Turkey along with being in the San Antonio Spurs training camp in 2014.

But the 6-foot-5 guard/forward really jumped on to the Celtics’ radar during the D-League playoffs when he averaged 28.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 58.8 percent on 3s.

Even before a series of breakout performances in the D-League playoffs, the 27-year-old Holland had a strong regular season for the Canton Charge, averaging 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals while appearing in 37 games.

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Reserve-heavy Celtics keep at it, top Trail Blazers

NBC Sports Boston Photo

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Reserve-heavy Celtics keep at it, top Trail Blazers

1:13 - The Celtics came away with a 105-100 win in Portland on Friday night. Find out why Chris Mannix is calling this the best Celtics win of the season.

6:05 - Mannix discusses details about Kyrie Irving’s ‘minimally invasive’ procedure on his knee and what his level of concern is with A. Sherrod Blakely and Gary Tanguay.

10:03 - Michael Holley and Tom Curran discuss what NFL players, including Devin McCourty, are doing beyond the gridiron by being active in criminal justice reform discussions held at Harvard this week.



Morris getting it done for Celtics on both ends of the floor

Morris getting it done for Celtics on both ends of the floor

When you think about Marcus Morris these days, big-time scoring immediately comes to mind. 

But in Boston’s 105-100 comeback win over Portland, Morris’ contributions went beyond the game-high 30 points he dropped on the Blazers.

MORE - Blakely's stars, studs, and duds from Celtics-Trail Blazers

“Coach (Brad Stevens) is doing a great job of getting me the ball in my spots and my teammates are finding me,” Morris told reporters after the win. “And I’m just coming through.”

He’s providing strong play and a tremendous presence at both ends of the floor which has been critical to the team navigating some choppy waters with a number of regular rotation players – namely Kyrie Irving – out with injuries.

“One thing is, he’s healthy,” said Boston’s Al Horford, referring to the sore knee that limited Morris earlier this season and at times forced him to miss games. “And the other is, he’s just more confident, he’s playing very assertive. He’s playing great right now, in a really good rhythm.”

Said Stevens: “That’s been him (Morris). As he’s continued to feel better; I think physically he’s felt as good as he’s felt. He’s comfortable in our system and we need him to score. If you’re a basketball player and your job is to score, that’s a pretty good job.”

And it’s one that even with all the injuries Boston has played through, few envisioned him being such an integral part of the offense. 

Morris’ calling card prior to arriving in Boston was his defense. 

But Morris has made it known that his focus on the floor is to be as complete a player as possible.

“I’m not trying to just limit myself to just being that scorer,” Morris said. “Also, on the defensive end I think I’m bringing it; my defense has gotten a lot better, especially my on-the-ball defense. I’m trying to be that all-around player and not just an offensive player … but I can score.”