Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you a jam packed episode of the "Celtics Talk" Podcast, featuring a great interview with Antoine Walker, plus Brian Scalabrine talks to Brad Stevens about when the "basketball bug" got him.
Show Notes: Kyle and Sherrod talk about Gordon Hayward being able to not wear the big boot, and the realistic prospects of his return to the floor this season. (4:30) Also, a discussion on Kyrie Irving exceeding the already lofty expectations.
(8:00) Former Celtic Antoine Walker was in town for the game against Denver, and he joined us the next day on the phone to talk about his time in Boston. Toine starts off by talking about his time in Boston with Paul Pierce, and how his game as a 'stretch 4' was ahead of its' time. Walker reflects back on the early days with Pierce, the relationship the two had, and feeling some regret on being part of Danny Ainge's first major trade. Walker also relates his situation with Ainge trading away Isaiah Thomas. Walker also weighs-in on the current Celtics, and what he thinks of the Jayson Tatum comparison's to Paul Pierce.
(25:15) Brian Scalabrine has a great conversation with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens on when he first fell in love with the game of basketball.
MILWAUKEE – Marcus Morris has been fined $15,000 for “public criticism” of officiating relating to Boston’s 116-92 loss to Milwaukee on Friday night.
Following the loss, Morris was asked about the technical foul he received after some brief words with Bucks forward/center Thon Maker.
Morris was the only player whistled for a technical foul for either team.
"I can't even speak on it, man," Morris told reporters when asked about the technical foul. "It's been the same (bleep) all year. I'm expecting it. They knew what they wanted before the game started. They knew who they wanted to go after.”
Morris was ejected in a Celtics win over Toronto on March 31, and afterwards tapped the official on his backside as he left the court.
Since then, Morris has sensed officials were giving him the cold shoulder and to a lesser degree, not giving him the same benefit of the doubt or leeway as other players.
After the ejection, Morris took to Twitter to apologize for making contact with an official.
“Sorry @NBA for smacking the ref ass after getting ejected. I see other refs took offense to it. My apologies
— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2)”
MILWAUKEE – Dribble-drive, pull-up jumpers.
Marcus Smart was launching shots all over the court prior to the Celtics' Game 3 loss to Milwaukee on Friday.
And the way he has progressed, it’s looking more and more likely that Smart will return if Boston’s first-round series goes the distance or they advance to the next round.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart is doing everything but “live” now, meaning he's scrimmaging players in groupings of two-by-two, three-on-three or more traditional five-on-five games.
His return from right thumb surgery will be contingent upon the thumb healing enough to where he can take a hit on it, even if he’s wearing a splint to help stabilize it.
“He feels pretty good,” Stevens said. “He’s shooting the ball, doing everything in a workout that you can do. It’s just a matter of being cleared for live play.”
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds while averaging 29.9 minutes per game. Smart suffered a torn ligament injury on March 11 and had it surgically repaired on March 16.
At the time of the surgery, it was determined that Smart would be out six to eight weeks. Thus far, all indications are that Smart will return at the earliest date possible – April 27.