In the Herald Steve Bulpett reports that Delonte will play more at the 2 this season. I think this is a good thing as he should thrive there. Reportedly his back is doing great but he had an infected toenail removed that has set him back again. Pierce is hoping to practice today but probably will sit out tomorrow's game against NY. Doc is once again saying he could make the first cuts today,
“We could do it (today),” Rivers said. “We’re not sure about it yet. Danny (Ainge) and I talked a little about it (yesterday), but I wouldn’t be shocked if we did something (today).”
But then again he has been saying that since camp started.
Scalabrine suffered the shoulder injury early in practice and was taken to New England Baptist hospital for X-rays. Scalabrine will see team physician Brian McKeon today and, along with Pierce, will be reevaluated by the medical staff.
Early reports on Luke Jackson are all positive and he could make the rotation. If he does, that makes one other person, likely Allan Ray who could be cut. Eric Weiss from Draft express assured me last night in the CSL Pit that Powe is not going to be cut, but I still worry that he may be on the cusp since he hasn't seen any playing time at all. According to Eric, Powe hasn't been played because he isn't fighting for a position or to make the team. He should make the team and spend time in the D League getting some seasoning. I hope he is right because I really like this kid.
It is no surprise to hear that Perk is putting in extra work after practice.
Kendrick Perkins is working hard to separate himself from the big-man pack, spending a half-hour with assistant Clifford Ray after practice refining his shooting form.
I love this kid!! He is one of the hardest workers in the league and if Doc gives him decent minutes this season, I expect him to make a huge leap in his play.
The Cheap Seats takes a look at Rondo. So far, Rondo has been very impressive. In spite of the Celtics committing almost 60 turnovers in 2 games, Rondo had 2 in that span. He takes good care of the ball, makes impressive passes,is very fast, has great court awareness, and plays excellent defense, what is there not to like? In spite of advance reports that he can't shoot, his shot has been pretty decent so far. He is a pass first PG, but he doesn't hesitate to take a shot when he is open. The team seems to play much more under control with Rondo at the point. I said that in the Summer League games and I see it again in the first 3 preseason games. This kid is for real and should make a real difference for the team this season. I think so far he clearly has been the better PG and should get the starting nod.
Don't forget to check out all of the great team previews. This past week we have had the Nuggets, the Bucks, the Pistons from the Need for Sheed site, and the Pistons from the Bad Boys site. You can see all the previews here.
If you missed CelticsStuff Live last night, you missed a great show!! Be sure to download the podcast and listen as Sean Grande and Kim Malo were both excellent guests. The chat room (aka the Pit) was jumping as always. This show just keeps getting better and better.