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Stiemsma hopes solid play will lead to roster spot

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Stiemsma hopes solid play will lead to roster spot

BOSTON -- He mentioned all the right words to fit in with the Boston Celtics.

Defense.

Rebounds.

Focus.

Greg Steimsma has transitioned smoothly into the Celtics system during training camp. In Wednesdays preseason win over the Toronto Raptors, he showcased what he could add to the team if he made the regular season roster.

I hope I showed I belong, that I can play at this level, and that I can help this team whether its three or four minute stretches or whatever it be, practice, whatever it is, he said. I feel I can step in and help them out.

In nearly 18 minutes off the bench, Steimsma recorded seven points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots. Hes proving to be compatible with the goals of the Celtics reserves -- understand your role and contribute to your highest potential in the minutes you play.

He played great, which is good," said head coach Doc Rivers. "Its good to see. It was nice because we played him with some of the starters, which we were trying to do, and he blocked shots, he could run the floor, he can make a shot from the elbow. That was great when he just jacked it. That was what we wanted him to do. So it was a good showing by him.

Steimsma, a 26-year-old journeyman, has played in the NBA Development League and overseas. He hopes that the skills he has been honing over the years will be an asset to the Celtics. Steimsma pointed to taking care of the ball, good shot selection, and attention to details as a few of his strengths thats mesh with the Cs system.

Defensively, I just tried to hold down in the paint as much as I can, he said. I didnt get as many rebounds as maybe I wanted to, but I hit a couple of shots, ran the floor. I thought I got that one bucket in transition. Weve got guys that will find you. If you run, youre going to get rewarded. So it was a combination of a few little things.

After getting a few reps under his belt, Steimsma settled in on the court. It also helped to have supportive teammates, coaches, and fans behind him.

I know Bostons a great sports town, he said. They love their Celtics.

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

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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.

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“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.

Regrets?

“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.”