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Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

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Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.

Report: Draymond Green flat-out told Kevin Durant to leave Warriors

Report: Draymond Green flat-out told Kevin Durant to leave Warriors

It appears Draymond Green's on-court confrontation with Kevin Durant got very personal very fast.

The two Golden State Warriors stars got into a heated back-and-forth Monday night after a botched play at the end of regulation against the Los Angeles Clippers. According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, who cited sources within earshot of the exchange, Green called Durant a "bitch" several times, at one point telling him, "You're a bitch and you know you're a bitch."

Per Haynes' sources, Green then told Durant something along the lines of this:

"We don’t need you. We won without you. Leave."

Yeah. That's not good.

Durant can opt of his contract and become a free agent next summer, and it sounds like one of Golden State's core players essentially told him to do just that.

Green and the Warriors did win the 2015 NBA championship without Durant, but the Warriors have been vocal about their desire to keep the superstar forward, and Green's reported comments definitely don't help the cause. Considering an unnamed Golden State player reportedly said there's "no way Durant is coming back" after Green's comments to him, it appears the writing is on the wall.

Where Durant will sign if he bolts from the Bay Area is anyone's guess, but the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks reportedly are in the running -- as are the Boston Celtics, if you ask Glen "Big Baby" Davis.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Semi Ojeleye on state of the Celtics, toughest teams in the East, competitions between teammates

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Semi Ojeleye on state of the Celtics, toughest teams in the East, competitions between teammates

Celtics Talk Podcast with Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Forsberg...

1:12 - What’s the state of the Celtics after defeating the Bulls?

2:40 - Measuring stick game against Toronto and a chance to build confidence. Team acknowledged focus is on the Raptors. 

5:13 - Home court advantage. Could the Celtics win a playoff series in Toronto? Milwaukee?

7:55 - Celtics a better team than we are seeing right now. Will the Raptors continue to improve?

11:50 - Kyrie’s comments on getting a 14 or 15 year veteran

Semi Ojeleye joins the Celtics Talk Podcast...

15:06 - Semi on the team’s tough road trip and where they need to get better, Mentally getting prepared to guard tough players like Giannis

16:10 - The role that the Celtics are in where they are the hunted, not the hunter

17:50 - On his relationship with Gordon Hayward

19:45 - Teams in the East that are going to be standing in their way

22:50 - Who is he closest to on the team?

23:48 - Competition between teammates

Draper, Blakely, and Forsberg discuss...

26:55 - Jimmy Butler traded to the 76ers

29:25 - 76ers a more formidable challenger now in the East?

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