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Marquis Daniels ready to make most of opportunity with Bucks

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Marquis Daniels ready to make most of opportunity with Bucks

BOSTON - The good thing for Marquis Daniels is he hasn't had to do much color-scheme wise in fitting in with his new team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

But rest assured, Daniels' role with the Bucks is significantly different than it was with the Boston Celtics - on and off the court.

In Boston, he provided depth as a player the Celtics counted on for his versatility in their quest to win an NBA title.

With the Bucks, Daniels' playing time will be limited with him likely to spend more time mentoring younger players than motoring up and down the floor.

After all that he has been through, an opportunity to continue playing the game he loves is where his focus is right now.

"Take advantage of every opportunity," Daniels told CSNNE.com. "Dealing with the injuries from last couple years, I don't take nothing for granted, whether it's two minutes, three minutes, whatever it is. I just want to go out there and play hard. It could be gone at any time. I just want to take advantage of any situation."

Having had his share of potential career-ending injuries, Daniels can relate to what Jeff Green is dealing with now for the Celtics.

Green underwent season-ending heart surgery on the eve of training camp last year. He has since returned to the Celtics, but struggled mightily in Boston's season-opening loss at Miami.

Daniels understands that it takes time to heal, both physically and mentally.

"A lot of people expect you to do this and do that," Daniels said. "But there's still, you still have it in your head, 'what if this happens?' or 'what if that happens. Some way, you have to find a way to channel it out."

During his time in Boston, Daniels' career was marred by a slew of injuries that in many ways never allowed Celtics Nation to see just how valuable a player he could be.

Bucks General Manager John Hammond didn't need to be sold on Daniels, the player.

He was more concerned with learning all he could about Daniels, the person.

Needless to say, he was impressed.

"Every team, every roster needs people like that," Hammond told CSNNE.com. "You start with the man, and you go from there. I spoke with Danny (Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations) and he had nothing but good things to say about Marquis as a person."

Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles spoke with C's coach Doc Rivers prior to the Bucks signing him to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

Like Hammond, Skiles was also impressed with what he was told about Daniels the person.

Good guy or not, Daniels still has to prove his worth on the floor.

Although Skiles likes the versatility that Daniels brings to the floor, that may not necessarily get him on the court with any kind of consistent minutes.

"He can do a lot of positive things," Skiles said. "What that means playing time-wise, I don't know yet. I have to make a decision on Tobias (Harris) first and see where he's at. And then Mike Dunleavy of course. Marquis can play backup 2 (shooting guard) as well. He's just a very versatile guy. We're glad to have him."

And he's glad to be in Milwaukee, even if his role in terms of playing time remains uncertain.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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