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Celtics' Theis looking forward to reunion with countryman Dennis Schroder

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Celtics' Theis looking forward to reunion with countryman Dennis Schroder

When the Celtics tip off tonight against the Hawks, Daniel Theis will see a rare familiar face. 
 
The Celts' German forward will have a chance to reunite with one of his fellow countryman, Dennis Schroder. 
 
Theis has nothing but love for his Schroder, a player he has played with for years on various German national teams.
 
“He just wants to win on the court,” Theis told NBC Sports Boston. “He hates to lose. He gives everything on the court.”
 
That may be the case, but it certainly hasn’t done much for the Hawks (2-8), who come into tonight’s game with one of the worst records in the NBA. 
 
Despite their struggles, Schroder has distinguished himself as arguably their best player by leading the team in scoring (22.5) and assists (6.6) per game this season.
 
Schroder has been a player that has managed to get under the skin of players. 
 
The fifth-year guard irked former Celtic Isaiah Thomas and Celtics fans last season when he alleged that Thomas was trash-talking about his parents following a 103-101 Boston win at Atlanta in which Thomas drained the game-winning shot. 
 
“I’m playing basketball,” Schroder told reporters after the game. “If he thinks that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”

Shortly after learning of Schroder’s comments, Thomas strongly denied any such exchange took place.
 
“I’m going to do whatever I can to make my team win a game,” Thomas, now with the Cleveland, said at the time. “But I don’t bring parents in it, I don’t bring family. I don’t even know his mom to curse at her like he said I did, or whatever he’s lying about.”
 
Theis knows Schroder can rub some folks the wrong way, but it should never be taken personal. 
 
“He’s just a competitor,” Theis said. “After games, he wouldn’t go for an argument after the game. Everybody on the court wants to win. Same with Dennis; he wants to win and plays hard, plays to win.”

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.

Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA.  He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed. 

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Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.

As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.

It's on to five-on-five work next month. 

Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.

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