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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.”

Stevens: Marcus Smart 'feeling great,' will play in Game 5

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Stevens: Marcus Smart 'feeling great,' will play in Game 5

BOSTON — Barring an unexpected setback, all indications are that Marcus Smart will make his postseason debut tonight against Milwaukee.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart did some 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 work following Boston’s morning shoot-around and came out of it “feeling great.”
 
Smart has been out with a surgically repaired right thumb injury since March.
 
“He hasn’t played in six weeks, so it’s hard to say how much (time he will get) but will certainly play,” Stevens said.
 
Stevens said there would not be a minutes restriction on him, but added that the fourth-year guard wasn’t going to play 35 minutes.
 
Smart averaged 29.9 minutes in 54 games played this season, along with 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds.
 
Even before Stevens acknowledged Smart would play tonight, the Bucks began planning for him to play as soon as Smart's status went from being “out” to “questionable” on Monday. 
 
“We know how he plays, we know how he plays within their system,” said Milwaukee interim head coach Joe Prunty. “He’ll definitely add an element for them. If he does play, we’re prepared for that.”
 
In an interview with NBC Sports Boston, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton made it clear that the Bucks weren’t going to treat Smart any different, knowing he hasn’t played in nearly six weeks. 
 
“He’s still been working,” Middleton told NBC Sports Boston. “You can’t disrespect him just because he hasn’t played in a while. You have to play him like he’s been playing all year long or this whole series, which is, get after him some too.”
 
Bucks center Thon Maker added, “He does a good job for them at both ends of the floor, by defending and on offense, moving the ball, facilitate a lot on the offensive end for them. With us, we have to find a way to match his energy if he does play tonight.”