The Herald Notebook reports that West's return to the lineup paid big benefits. He was everywhere and pretty much filled up the stat sheet. He didn't look the least bit rusty and that was good. His best play of the night was a great block on Eddy Curry. Also, Doc called Al out on his effort in games and Al responded with a very good game last night in spite of receiving 3 stitches after bumping heads with Miller in the first quarter and playing with a bandage over his eye the rest of the game.
Bulpett also reports that Pierce is very much enjoying his role as a mentor to Gerald Green. Green has improved in leaps and bounds since last year, and Pierce takes pride in the fact that he is able to help his possible successor learn the game. I love this team. The chemistry is great and players compete for playing time but also help each other and back each other up. It is a great atmosphere. When asked about Powe after the game, Perk had nothing but good to say about him. Telfair can be seen cheering Rondo on when he does something good. This is good stuff!!
The Herald also has a piece with several items of interest. Marcus Williams is using the draft snub to motivate him. The same can be said of Rajon Rondo and especially Leon Powe. And Al is using the unwarranted criticism the received last season as a motivation as well. The article also backs up the rumors that Danny tried to get Boozer this summer. It seems that his trade efforts have stalled with teams evaluating what they have and not looking to trade before they know. I do expect Danny to make another trade before the trade deadline, though. That is unless all our guys start playing so well he doesn't want to give any up. PETA may be the only people who really like the new ball. I love Pierce's comment on why it should be ok to use leather balls.
“Why not?” C’s captain Paul Pierce said of how the old ball was made. “We’re eating the rest of the cow anyway, right?”
The Globe tells us that the Celtics have been in the news a lot lately but not for good reasons. There was the Telfair incident, and we learn that Wyc was claiming that there was a settlement on the table in the Allen case when that doesn't appear to be the case. Hopefully soon the Celtics' play on the floor will take over the negative press and give the whole league something to talk about. Last night was a good start. Also noted is that Red is receiving an award from the Navy.
The Globe also has an article on Powe making a statement with his play. I have been on the Powe bandwagon since we drafted him. I am very glad that he got a chance to prove himself. This quote is interesting:
Playing New Jersey, it just brought me back to reality, knowing what I can do and knowing all the work I did in the summer is going to pay off. In practice there weren't that many reps because there were so many big people. I needed to go up and down the court a few times in live action. I've got work to do and, hopefully, I can keep my play up."
It may explain the fact that Powe sat on the bench for so long without getting playing time and then they burst out when they get on the floor. Doc can't see what they can do in practice and he doesn't give them a chance until he doesn't have a choice not to. I love Powe and feel that he can help us this season. He does very well as the center on the small ball team. Powe and Al work very well together in tandem. Powe was very much a big part of the reason we have done so well the last two games by playing tough inside and garnering rebounds.
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