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Celtics aren't falling for the hype

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Celtics aren't falling for the hype

BOSTON – Just like they avoided potential “trap games” leading up to Thursday night’s game against Golden State, the Boston Celtics have also managed to avoid the trappings that come with their success.
 
The Celtics (13-2) have the best record in the NBA, and yet listening to them you would think they were just a .500 team trying to stay afloat.
 
Much of their talk after games centers around the need to get better, recognizing areas in need of cleaning up.
 
You know, the things that teams wanting to string together wins – not teams that are doing it like Boston – focus on.

It is that desire to continue getting better even when they are pretty damn good right now, that keeps the necessary edge this team needs in order to continue being successful particularly when it comes to their ultimate strength as a team - defense.

“Guys are very locked in with what we need to do,” Boston’s Al Horford told reporters on Wednesday. “We want to be a great defensive team. That’s why we try to be better each game.”

That’s why no amount of praise or platitudes from the best club in the Bay, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, can throw this Celtics crew off stride.

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NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract

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NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract

Michael Beasley found himself a new basketball home on Friday.

The Lakers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Beasley, league sources told multiple national reporters.

In 74 games with the Knicks last season, Beasley averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

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Beasley -- the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft -- will be playing for his seventh NBA team.

The 29-year old also played for two different teams in China.

Beasley was teammates with LeBron James in Miami during the 2013-14 season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Earlier this week, Jonas Jerebko was introduced to Bay Area media members.

He talked about his expectations for next season and his role with the Warriors.

On Friday morning, he was a guest on 95.7 The Game and told Warriors fans they should have a pretty high bar for the "Swedish Larry Bird."

"I've been 10 years in the league and I feel like I'm getting better every year. I feel like I haven't played my best basketball yet," Jerebko declared. "The most minutes I did play was my rookie year."

Jerebko -- the 39th pick in the 2009 draft -- averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds as a rookie in Detroit.

He missed the entire 2010-11 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, but bounced back in 2011-12 to the tune of 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

The 31-year old played a couple more seasons in Detroit and was then traded to Boston in February 2015.

He re-signed with the Celtics in July 2015 and averaged 15.1 minutes and 15.8 minutes per contest in his two seasons under Brad Stevens.

In Utah last year, Jerebko registered 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes, and shot over 41 percent from 3-point territory.

"I got a lot more to give and I'm a lot better player than people think I am sometimes," Jerebko said. "I'm ready to show that."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller