Dooling dunks with a purpose


Dooling dunks with a purpose

BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett dished the ball to Keyon Dooling, and then something unexpected happened.

Dooling attacked the basket and went up for a reverse slam. Not just a minor dunk, this one was with intention. It was Doolings first dunk of the season.

Sometimes instincts take over, all the stars align, all the wind is just right so you can take off a little bit, he told CSNNE.com with a smile after the Boston Celtics 102-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The slam dunk was uncharacteristic of the 6-3 veteran guard, who has attempted 41 three-point shots this season. At the same time, it is something he has been focusing on as he works his way back from injuries.

He has missed a total of 16 games this season between sore right knee and right hip pointer injuries. Dooling has used dunking as a way to push his body during the recovery process.

I made a conscious effort the last couple days of practice to make sure I dunk in warm ups, dunk in practice, just trying to get my body back to feeling good and pushing it a little bit more, he said. So its just natural instinct.

With Dooling recording his first dunk on Wednesday night, Rajon Rondo and ETwaun Moore are the only members of the Celtics without a slam this season.

Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward


Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward

A couple of NBA legends - one old school and one more modern-day - were among the luminaries wishing Gordon Hayward well after his gruesome ankle injury in the Celtics' season opener in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Celtics legend Bill Russell tweeted his best wishes to Hayward on Twitter and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant posted a message to him on Instagram.

Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.

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Hayward went down about five minutes into his first regular-season game with the C's and is awaiting surgery for an ankle dislocation and fracture at New England Baptist Hospital.

New Celtics teammate Kyrie Irving and the player Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, also posted Wednesday in the aftermath of the injury. 

WE ALL got you brother, No matter what. @gdhayward 3/23 πŸ”ΊπŸ‘β˜˜οΈ

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