The Celtics had their second straight practice day on their way to Tuesday's opening night against the Heat. The watchword seemed to be sharp. The players are trying to get better with practice but want to be sure to stay sharp with such a long layoff between games. They are all anxious to get the season started and feel that they are ready but also welcome the days of practice and rest before the hectic season starts.
Doc expressed how impressed he was with Barbosa's ability to pick things up. He usually had it down after going over it once. That's great considering that he's coming in late and having to catch up. He also was pleased with Chris Wilcox's conditioning and said that he wouldn't hesitate whatsoever to put him on the court in a game.
The team spent all of Wednesday and part of Thursday working in half court sets. Pierce felt that the reps are good in order to develop consistency. He also said that they've never had this many scoring threats on a team since he's been a Celtic and the depth of the team has been a hot topic from the players.
From ESPN Boston:
Bass and Lee engaged in their own little shooting competition after Thursday's practice. While Bass admitted Lee won the 3-point portion, he was impressed by his own ability to make it interesting. Bass declared himself the overall winner of the competition, but Lee washed away the sting of defeat by producing some dunk-contest worthy jams before leaving the court.
Jason Terry also put in some extra work after practice, which he does every day trying to fine tune his shot, footwork, and fundamentals. He also talked about the depth of the team. He said that he expects for the Celtics' bench to outscore every bench in the league every time they step on the court. After last season's bench that was anemic offensively, that will be fun to watch.