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Stiemsma to remain with Celtics for season

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Stiemsma to remain with Celtics for season

BOSTON Needless to say, Friday can not get here soon enough for Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma.

That's when NBA players like Stiemsma can breathe a collective sigh of relief that their contracts for this season will become fully guaranteed.

Fortunately for him, the Celtics have already made up their mind to keep him around.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com that the C's will not waive Stiemsma, thus making his contract guaranteed for this season.

"We like Greg," Ainge said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. "He's played well for us. His teammates like him, and the coaches trust him. He's done a good job for us, and has been a good fit."

Although Stiemsma was well aware that the deadline for his contract to be guaranteed was coming up, he refused to give it too much thought.

"I don't get too caught up in the business stuff, once the season gets rolling," he told CSNNE.com Tuesday morning. "Being here, doing what I can control. Let the chips fall wherever they're going to fall."

Stiemsma's role has been very much like his professional basketball career -- a non-stop roller coaster.

He was in Boston's camp, and given little-to-no shot at sticking. It didn't take long for his shot-blocking prowess to make its mark with the Celtics.

In his first game in the NBA, Stiemsma set a Celtics franchise record with six blocked shots -- the most by a player in their first game with the C's -- in Boston's 97-78 loss to New Orleans on Dec. 30.

Three days later, injuries left Celtics head coach Doc Rivers no choice but to give Stiemsma his first NBA start.

He responded with a career-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds in 21 minutes, which were also career-bests for the 26-year-old rookie.

However, the improved health and play of Chris Wilcox has significantly cut into Stiemsma's opportunities to play.

But you won't hear Stiemsma griping or complaining about his role, especially when he thinks about how all the veterans have embraced him and his fellow rookies.

And while he is the only rookie on the team not drafted by the C's, Stiemsma doesn't believe they've treated him any differently.

"These guys have been so great with us (rookies)," Stiemsma said. "They've been willing to teach from Day One. They want to see us succeed. When we've been giving those opportunities (to play), we've been fortunate enough to take advantage of them."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE