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The Celtics have some of the best writers in the league and they just seem to keep getting better.  With the advent of Twitter, they are keeping fans updated with things as they happen.  If you aren't following all of the Celtics writers, you need to.  I'm going to tray to name them all for you and hopefully I won't miss any: @evansclinchy, @ESPNForsberg,  @GlobeBobRyan, @huhwhatsaywhat,  @kylerdraper, @DDuggan21,  @SherrodbCSN,  @Pflanns,  @rlevine33, @GlobeGaryDzen,  @Jimmy_Toscano,  @gwashburn14,  @Gary_Tanguay, @JCameratoNBA, @Trags and @celtics.  They are the best in the business.

Yesterday, if you were following them you would have been kept up to date on what was going on in the Celtics practice as it was happening.   For instance,  Here are a few of the tweets from yesterday's practice.


From Chris Forsberg:
Celtics scrimmaging 5-on-5 with refs as practice opens to media. Shaq with 1st team ...
After 4 minutes, Shaq checks out and Baby goes to 1st team. Seems C's want to get JO comfy w/ 2's and utilize KG/Baby lineup.
Coach Perk? He's drawing up plays for the second unit at end of scrimmage ...
Perk's play? Looked like Wafer off a double screen. Bad pass from Nate blew it up. Settled for Nate rainbow 3 that was off the mark.
After suggesting Friday's 3-hour session was a hot mess, Doc called today's practice "phenomenal." Included lot of players drawing up plays.
Here's a minute of scrimmage video, closing with a Shaq-on-Baby collision ...







Evans Clinchy adds a few more details. 
Practice observation #1: Shaq's teammates are very supportive when he makes FTs. Like moms at 6-year-olds' tee ball games.

I kept waiting for observation #2 but he never posted it :).   Jimmy Toscano added his thoughts to the mix.  
At  practice. Perkins' injury isn't keeping him away from team. He's out there being very vocal with Ray from sidelines
KG is looking very active on the court. Excited to see what he can bring physically this season. Looks to be at or near 100% out there.

And finally, the Celtics Official Twitter added this little tidbit: 
Doc says Shaq is starter at C for now with JO missing too much time in preseason. Says both guys are battling hard and it's great for team.

Here's an update with some tweets from today's practice.  Again from Chris Forsberg. 

Delonte and Semih vs. Luke and Von in 2-on-2 ...
 
Practice flare-up between Delonte and Wafer in 2-on-2 game. Ends with Delonte screaming "Do something about it!" as he scores twice on Wafer

Just two players going hard. If Im a coach, that's what I want to see. Lawrence Frank stepped in to remind them to cool it with media around

Sounds like the Celtics are definitely ready for a different opponent. .  And from Celtics:
Doc called Opening Night a "special situation" and said he can feel the players' anticipation in the locker room
Doc also dropped a serious compliment about Rajon Rondo - called him "the smartest player I've ever coached"

Asked Glen Davis if this team has a new form of Ububtu... He said Ububtu doesn't change, but there are "new characters in the village"

And Trags adds this last quote from Shaq.  

"This is funnest team I've been on in my life, seriously. Usually, I'm the ring leader. I haven't even done anything yet."

 

FLCeltsFan 10/24/2010 02:46:00 PM Edit
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7 Responses so far.

  1. tb727 says:

    I could totally see Delonte and Wafer going at it a lot in practice this year- Wafer was basically brought here first to do what Delonte was eventually brought in to do. Frankly I think Delonte's the better player but because of injuries/suspensions, Wafer will have his shot...

  2. JR says:

    Yeah Delonte is the better player, but for the first ten games Wafer is the only active 2 guard on the bench, so he'll get minutes. He has an NBA skill (shooting) which is actually needed, since Rondo, Bradley, and Marquis all are lacking in that category. Once Delonte returns and as long as he's healthy I expect him to take wafer's minutes.

  3. Actually, Marquis has worked very very hard this off-season to improve upon his shooting skill (which the preseason, for anyone who has even watched one single game should know, has born out)...therefore, I think it's totally unfortunate and misguided to include Marquis' name in any list of C's lacking in the shooting category.
    The guy has shot as well as any wing can be asked to shoot (even won us one game at the buzzer with a terrific three-pointer)....what the hell else do we want him to do to prove that his shooting ability is better this year?
    Some people just need to educate themselves, or else at least keep their uninformed opinions to themselves so as not to show their ignorance.

  4. JR says:

    Its nice that Marquis has improved his long range shooting. When you're at brutal its not hard to improve. Hopefully he can now be considered "respectable" from the outside. If you think he is now a great long range marksman you're in for a rude awakening MarquisFanBoy.

    Wafer is a much better shooter than Marquis. Just like Nate is than Rondo. Not the better player. just talking shooting.

    "The guy has shot as well as any wing can be asked to shoot"
    I think I prefer Ray or Durant personally. ;)

  5. tb727 says:

    Bottom line is Marquis for his career has not been a reliable perimeter shooter from deep. He'll hit shots here and there but he doesn't space the floor.

    Wafer is a much more dependable shooter from deep. Marquis is a better player, but not the better shooter.

    And just because he shot well this preseason from deep doesn't necessarily mean it'll translate to the regular season. I'd be more inclined to project how this year will play out for Marquis based on his previous years in the league, not this preseason.

  6. My Bad...I didn't know that you were talking about "long" range shooting, since this stipulation wasn't made in your initial comment. But, I'm cool with your statement now. It better explains why he was mentioned as lacking shooting skill.(i.e, long range skill).
    Albeit, of course I wasn't comparing him to sensational wing starters like Durant (who mostly plays 2-guard), but 2 yrs ago the guy actually was an NBA starter who averaged season-long nearly 15 pts a game. And I think he's even better now with his newly-chistened shot.
    We are so spoiled as C's fans. We truly have an embarrassment of riches.
    That's why I'm so stoked to get this thing started.
    As Shaq has so profoundly said: "Anything less than Banner 18...would be uncivilized".

  7. ronit07 says:

    ALL I CAN SAY IS I BLEED GREEN.I HOPE BABY AND SHAQ ARE OK AND ALSO I HOPE THAT MARQUIS IMPROVES HIS OUTSIDE SHOOTING WITH RONDO AND BRADLEY.....HMM...MAYBE SOME ADVICE AND LESSON FROM RAY ALLEN AND THE TRUTH???ANYWAYS CANT WAIT FOR THE SEASON TO BEGIN WITH THE HEAT AND I REALLY HOPE WE SHOW THEM AND EVERYBODY WHO ARE THE EASTERN CONFERENCE DEFENDING CHAMPS ARE!!HAHAHA ;]

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