Moore's poise impresses at Celtics camp


Moore's poise impresses at Celtics camp

BOSTON As E'Twaun Moore was nearing the end of a recent interview, teammate Marquis Daniels was walking past and began to stare at Moore intently.

Just like that, the cool-as-can-be rookie stumbled over his words, and lost his focus.

"I had some distractions," Moore grinned afterward.

To see Moore slightly rattled is in stark contrast to how he has performed thus far with the Celtics in training camp. Of all the new faces this season, Moore's play has been the biggest surprise of them all. A second-round pick out of Purdue, Moore has thrust himself into the thick of the battle to be in the C's rotation this season.

Although he is a rookie, Moore plays with the kind of poise you'd expect from a more seasoned NBA player. To chalk it up to him being a four-year college player doesn't do justice to his game, and how he has made the most of his limited opportunities to play.

He'll be among the faces to keep an eye on tonight when the Celtics close out their preseason schedule against Toronto.

When the two teams played on Sunday, the C's emerged with a 76-75 win. Moore only scored four points in that game, but they came late in the fourth quarter when Boston needed someone to step up.

Even though the game was close, you never got the sense that Moore was in a rush.

"When you get young guys in they want to go so fast and they're rushing," said Celtics guard Ray Allen. "You can see he has a speed that's kind of in between. He knows when to turn it on and he knows when to kind of lull his defender into a false sense of reality. That helps out here. That's one thing you have to learn when you're a young player in this league. And if you have that already, the game slows down for you."

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'


Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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.”