Johnson learned from brief Celtics tenure


Johnson learned from brief Celtics tenure

BOSTON Chris Johnson was a Boston Celtic for 10 days - 10 days that he says had a significant impact on his NBA career.

"I took a lot from that," Johnson told CSNNE.com. "I learned a lot. Plus I was here for training camp, so I learned a lot from that, too."

Johnson, who now plays for Portland, said he paid attention to all of the C's. But he paid particular attention to the Big Four of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

"From KG, how to play defense and man-up, one-on-one in the post. You get advice from Paul, Ray and future Hall of Famer Rondo," Johnson said. "It was a bunch of good guys."

After the C's released him to make room for Carlos Arroyo, the Blazers picked him up.

It didn't take Johnson long to put the lessons he learned with the Celtics, to good use.

In his second game with Portland after the Celtics waived him in March, Johnson had a seven-point, 3-rebound, 3-blocked shot night in a Blazers win over Washington.

The breakout performance did not come as a surprise to the Celtics, who had a tougher time waiving him than anticipated.

After waiving him following training camp, the Celtics kept close tabs on him when he went to the D-League.

"We needed a body and he can play a little bit," C's coach Doc Rivers said shortly after the Celtics signed him to a 10-day contract.

Johnson said he had no hard feelings towards the Celtics for waiving him.

"I understood the move they had to make, by getting Arroyo," Johnson said. "You can control what you can. All I can control is working hard, trying to get better everyday."

This season, Johnson has seen limited action for the Blazers. He has appeared in 17 games this season, averaging 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.


Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”