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Celtics used rocks-paper-scissors to decide who shot a technical foul free throw

Celtics used rocks-paper-scissors to decide who shot a technical foul free throw

With Sunday’s game at Miami all but decided, the Boston Celtics found themselves in a bit of a conundrum.
 
They had to send a player to the line to shoot a technical foul free throw with 32 seconds to play.
 
Jae Crowder realized there was only one way to settle this: rock-paper-scissors?
 
Yes, that game made its way on to the floor during Boston’s 105-95 win over the Miami Heat.
 
“I don’t know where it came from,” said Crowder who won by the way, with paper.
 
“We’ve never done it before,” added Crowder who wound up missing the technical free throw. “I don’t know; it was something that we did. I told Avery, ‘let’s shoot rock-paper-scissors for the free throw.’ He said, ‘what?’ And it just so happened the cameras saw us.”
 
It didn’t take long before word of the rock-paper-scissors battle got back to head coach Brad Stevens who had a little fun with the question when asked about on Monday.
 
“It’s an important part of the end of the game,” quipped Stevens. “We come into the huddle and decide who we’re drawing a play up for, we do rock-paper-scissors first. Obviously, you have to have multiple rock-paper-scissors games going on to get to the final. We bracket that out and by the time we get to one minute is on the clock, I come in and ask who won. And we draw the play up and that’s who it’s for.”

With injuries to both ankles, Smart unlikely to play tonight

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With injuries to both ankles, Smart unlikely to play tonight

PHILADELPHIA – Things have only gotten worse for the Celtics on the injury front.
 
Marcus Smart, who replaced an injured Gordon Hayward (left ankle) in the Celtics’ starting lineup, is now unlikely to suit up for tonight’s game against Philadelphia.

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Smart, whose left ankle was heavily wrapped prior to Boston’s shoot-around this morning, said he rolled both ankles in the 108-100 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not made a decision on who would replace Smart in the Celtics’ starting lineup tonight.
 
“We’ll do some work all day and pre-game and make a final determination,” Stevens said.
 
More to come …