It has finally arrived! First game of Summer League Play is tonight and will be televised live at 10:00 pm Eastern time on FSN, NBA-TV, as well as webcast on NBA.com. The Celtics are definitely the underdogs in this one. The Blazers have more height at every position, but the Celtics hold the edge in toughness with Powe and Baker. Speaking of whom, there is a great article in the Herald today about the battles between these two in practice.
But if Leon Powe and Glen Davis remain on the Celts roster this season, the club could probably sell a few tickets to their steel-cage matches at HealthPoint. “They’re going to kill each other probably,” C’s coach Doc Rivers said. “They’re physical. They’re both tough. I like it. I think it’s a good competition between those two guys.” “You know me. I’m used to it,” Powe said. “I’m used to dishing out pain and taking pain, guarding the biggest people. I like to guard the toughest people, so me and him are going to be going at it. It’s going to be a battle. We have to come prepared to play. I’ll guard anybody.”
I love Powe and I can imagine that Davis will also become a favorite because I have a soft spot for tough players who play hard and aren't afraid to do the dirty work inside. I hope there is room for both of these guys on the roster because they make us a much tougher team.
Also in the Herald, Danny tells us that he isn't done making deals. He is looking at trades and free agents and also is looking to use the MLE this season.
“We’re not close to doing anything, but we’ve been looking at a lot of players who could be a good fit for us,” he added. “We’re looking at a lot of free agents at all different levels - sign-and-trade free agents and mid-level guys. We’re also looking at what trades might be out there that could work for us. “But we have to look at what each move would do to other potential moves. If we do a sign-and-trade for a bigger free agent, does that take away our chances to use the mid-level (exception)? We have to think of those things, so it’s kind of a puzzle trying to figure out what the best move is.
I am not sure whether Dan Shaughnessy is a Celtics fan or not, but he has been pretty negative about them lately. Today's Globe has him putting the whole trade at Pierce's feet. Also in the Globe is another report that Telfair has turned a corner and is concentrating on basketball. He expects to be with the Celtics this season. In a little blurb, Doc says that he plans to play Oden physical. That seems to be the only chance we have given the height difference. The Big Green Machine is asking if Telfair has a place in Boston next season. They also conjecture that if Dwayne Casey is hired as an assistant, he may be Doc's replacement before too long.