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Who is E'Twaun Moore?

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Who is E'Twaun Moore?

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - The Boston Celtics followed up their first-round pick JaJuan Johnson with another Purdue Boilermaker, selecting ETwaun Moore with the 55th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Were very fortunate, said the Celtics' president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge. We got two really good, productive college players, mature kids, great character and attitude. Weve got some shooting, got some length, and I think theyre a good fit for us.

After getting to know JaJuan Johnson, let's find out who ETwaun Moore is.
The Basics
Position: Guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 191
Born: February 25, 1989
Hometown: East Chicago, IN
College: Purdue University

Collegiate Accolades
Like Johnson, Moore played four years at Purdue. Last season he averaged 18.0 points (44.7 FG, 40.0 3PG, 70.9 FT), 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 turnovers. He was named an honorable mention AP All-American and was a Wooden Award finalist.

Ainges Take
ETwaun is a good shooter, good all-around player, a tough kid, good experience, he said. He had a big game this year. I saw the game he was playing in and had 38 against Ohio State. Terrific talent.

How He Will Complement the Celtics
Moore is a shooting guard, and while he can also play some point guard, Ainge noted his scoring abilities. Should Moore make the roster, adding an offensive contributor to the bench could spell the minutes of veteran Ray Allen, a role the Celtics have to address next season.

Hes played strictly a two, but he can handle the ball some. But hes a scorer, said Ainge. Hes only 6-3 but hes extremely long, long-armed, and hes at terrific scorer.

Ainge likes the fact that both Moore and Johnson can fulfill their roles on the offensive and defensive ends.

Offense is very important, he said. Theres guys that play great offense, theres guys that are great defensive players, and theres guys that we refer to as both ends of the court players. We think we got two of those guys. But one is not any more important than the other.
Random Fact
While JaJuan will be the fifth Johnson to play for the Celtics, Moore will only be the second. Mikki Moore appeared in 24 games for the Celtics during the 2008-09 season.

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Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

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Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

Just when all the video tribute controversy between Isaiah Thomas and Paul Pierce seemed to be dying down, Jalen Rose heated it right back up.

Live on ESPN's "NBA Countdown," Rose called Pierce "petty" for his comments on the Celtics potentially holding a video tribute for Isaiah on Feb. 11 when Pierce gets his jersey retired.

Jalen Rose called Paul Pierce petty right to his face... 😳

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Thomas tweeted on Tuesday that he (again) declined the Celtics' offer to hold the tribute for him so it wouldn't interfere with Pierce's night. But if you look at the likes on the Instagram video above, posted by dimemagazine, you'll see Thomas appears to agree with Rose on the matter.

It doesn't look like the video tribute drama is going to end until the Feb. 11 matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers is over with.

Horford: Fighting in NBA 'needs to stop'

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Horford: Fighting in NBA 'needs to stop'

WALTHAM, Mass. – Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions.

Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica which led to both players being ejected and for Afflalo will likely result in a suspension of some kind.

Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons got into it with Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, resulting in both players being tossed and apparently leading to Simmons signaling to Lowry that they could continue having their “discussion” in the hallway.

That hallway encounter never happened (Lowry said he was there, Simmons said he didn’t see Lowry so you believe who you want to), but the fact that it was even a possibility speaks to this being one of the more bizarre weeks in recent memory when it comes to potential fighting in the league. 

And remember … it’s only freakin’ Wednesday!

I asked Boston’s Al Horford about this.

“It’s very, very bizarre,” said Horford, now in his 11th NBA season. “I don’t think I remember any period of time, (with) all this chippiness going on. You want to compete, you want to play hard; that’s fine. But all the extra stuff, I think needs to stop. At the end of the day you need to focus on basketball. We’re here to play.”

Horford added, “I’m sure the NBA will address those things and fix them.”

No one was shocked that things got a little testy in the Houston-Los Angeles Clippers game which was played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was the first time Chris Paul, now with the Rockets, returned to Los Angeles to face his former team. 

The Clippers won 113-102, a game filled with trash talk from both sides. But apparently the chatter soon turned to chippy play with hard fouls delivered and taken in the latter stages of play with a total of five technical fouls called, two of which were on Blake Griffin which is an automatic ejection. 

Talking trash gone bad was a factor in the Simmons-Lowry bruhaha with the Sixers emerging with the victory. 

And on Tuesday, Afflalo and Bjelica had already been assessed a technical for an earlier run-in. Soon after, there was a collision between the two which pissed off Afflalo who swung with great force at Bjelica’s face. 

“We’re professionals,” Horford said. “We can’t get caught up in that stuff.”

Horford plays around the basket and is no stranger to banging around with the big, bad angry bodies. 

But as much as there will be times when he’ll want to snap, Horford has consistently resisted the urge. 

“It’s hard; it’s hard,” he said. “But we have to remember what we play the game for; I play to win. I’m playing for my teammates and sometimes you need to take a step back before you do something you regret. That’s the way I look at it.”

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