New Celtics experience 'Gino' for the first time


New Celtics experience 'Gino' for the first time

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON -- They didnt go over this in practice. There was no mention of it in the playbooks, either.

On Sunday night, the newcomers on the Boston Celtics got a crash course in Gino Time.

Closing in on a 31-point victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, the American Bandstand video -- which has become a Celtics tradition to commemorate blowout wins -- hit the Jumbotron.

As always, Kevin Garnett raised his fist and danced in celebration as the man wearing a Gino Vanelli t-shirt danced on the screen. Only this time, Garnett was alone for the most part.

The newly acquired Celtics had never experienced Gino before, at least not on the winning end.

Im going to give them an introduction, Garnett said after the 87-56 victory. Weve got to have a couple more blowouts. Gino only comes out only one way -- yall know the way Im talking about. So the more convincing wins we get here, the more Ill have better material to teach them.

See how the Celtics newcomers reacted to their first Gino experience:

Troy Murphy: For the first time in Murphys career, the sight of Gino meant his team would not be in trouble after the game. Ive been on a lot of Gino experiences before, just on the other end, so its good to be on this end of it tonight, he told CSNNE.com. Its really not good as an opponent. You know youre going to have a long practice the next day and youre going to watch some film and the coach is going to be cursing, so its not good.

Carlos Arroyo: Mention of Gino was news to Arroyo after the game. He was so zoned in on hearing Rivers timeout talk that he was unaware of the party atmosphere going on around him. Gino? I had no idea about the Gino thing, he told CSNNE.com. But this is good, right? I didnt see KG dancing -- I was focused.

Jeff Green: A fan wearing a Gino t-shirt informed him of the significance of the video. It was cool. I didnt get a chance to see the whole thing because Doc Rivers was drawing up something, but it was good to be on the winning end of that and not seeing it on the opposite side of the court, he said. It feels good. Im glad we finally got one under our belt. I think thats something that we needed to continue our pursuit to make the push to keep this number one seed.

Nenad Krstic: Krstic, who admitted he liked disco music, did not know about the meaning of Gino, or even watch the video. No, Ive never seen it, he said. Guess thats good for him, considering hes never been on the losing end of it either.

Sasha Pavlovic: The victory celebration gave Pavlovic a deeper sense of appreciation for being a member of the Celtics. Ive seen him before. Ive seen him when weve played against you guys in the playoffs, he told CSNNE.com. Its fun, its unbelievable. I love it, I love it. It was just a great experience for me and guys are great. Im just enjoying it now.

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut


Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.