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Daniel Theis delivers career performance in historic win for Celtics

Daniel Theis delivers career performance in historic win for Celtics

Daniel Theis didn’t get the official word that he was starting until shortly before Saturday night’s tip-off.

It didn’t matter.

Theis’ mindset all season has been one in which he prepares to play big minutes, knowing that if the team’s at full strength that’s unlikely to happen.

But on those occasions when his number is called, Theis has vowed to be ready.

And the man kept his word, delivering the best scoring night of his career in what turned into a historic 133-77 win over the Bulls as the Celtics (15-10) set an NBA record for the largest margin of victory in a road game in addition to setting a franchise record for the largest margin of victory.

Playing time means something to all players, but for Theis … it’s different.

After having finally found his stride last season, he went down with a season-ending torn meniscus injury.

And earlier this year, he once again found himself on the bench recovering from an injury.

“I’m just happy to be on the court again,” Theis told NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin following the game. “After the Detroit game and I got hurt, out for another two weeks … I just hated sitting on the sideline and not helping my team on the court; just happy to help.”

When healthy, Theis has proven himself to be more than just a solid contributor but a player who has difference-making potential when given an opportunity to play.

Filling in for Al Horford (knee soreness), Theis tallied a double-double that included a career-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Theis became the latest member of the ‘Next Man Up’ as the Celtics continue to not miss a beat when a key player is unavailable.

“These guys are always like that,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. “One of the things we’ve been good with is guys … they’re ready. He’s been great when he’s healthy. It was good to see him kind of get back in the rhythm of things.”

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Celtics come off the break with tough loss to Bucks

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Celtics come off the break with tough loss to Bucks

1:18 - Chris Forsberg joins Michael Holley and DJ Bean to break down the Celtics 98-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their first game back from the All-Star Break.

5:35 - We hear from Alex Cora down in Fort Myers on the state of Dustin Pedroia returning to the field and Tom Giles is joined by Lou Merloni to discuss how the veteran second baseman has looked in the first week of camp.

8:41 -Tommy Heinsohn chimes in on the drama and problems affecting the Celtics from Kyrie’s blowup about the media on Thursday night to his comments about the media tearing locker rooms apart.

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NBA official explains late game shot clock violation in Celtics-Bucks game

NBA official explains late game shot clock violation in Celtics-Bucks game

MILWAUKEE -- The good news is folks won’t have to wait until the league’s two-minute report to learn why the officials ruled a shot-clock violation against Milwaukee on a potential tipped-in shot attempt in the closing seconds. 

With the Bucks ahead 98-97 and in possession of the ball, there was a jumpball called between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Marcus Smart with 0.2 seconds on the shot clock. 

Antetokounmpo tipped the ball to Brook Lopez, who immediately tapped it towards the rim with the goal being to kill as much of the 3.7 seconds remaining off the clock as possible.

But after the officials huddled together, they ruled that it was a shot-clock violation.

☘️ BUCKS 98, CELTICS 97

After the game, pool reporter Eric Nehm of The Athletic spoke with NBA crew chief Mike Callahan about the call. 

Here is their exchange:

Q: Please explain why there was a shot clock violation off the jump ball with 3.7 seconds remaining (in the game)?

Callahan: “With .2 seconds, the 24-second clock didn’t start until (Brook) Lopez possessed the ball. When he possesses the ball, you cannot have a legal shot attempt with .2 on the shot clock.”

Q: Does the clock start on that play when Giannis (Antetokounmpo) tips the ball or when Brook Lopez catches it?

Callahan: “The 24-second clock starts when Lopez has possession of the ball on his shot attempt.”

Q: How much time is needed to execute a tip without it being a violation?

Callahan: “A legal tip play can occur with .1 or .2 tenths of a second.”

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