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Putting Marcus Smart's one-game suspension into context

 The Celtics Marcus Smart will be suspended for tonight's game versus the Miami Heat for a violation of a rule specified by Coach Ime Udoka . That violation is supposedly for missing the team's flight to Orlando for Wednesday night's game. The alleged infraction did require consequences, particularly for a key player that seems destined for co-captaincy this coming season. Udoka is not fooling around with his newly-acquired and talented squad. But the suspension is for a pre-season game where the win-loss status means little. Coach Udoka has set the tone for the season! Join in - follow the rules, and we should have a successful season. All is well in Beantown!
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Random thoughts on Celtics 103-102 loss to Orlando Magic

    Random thoughts on Celtics 103-102 loss to Orlando in pre-season play        It seems that lulls in offense are something this team will need to improve on. Too many turnovers are also leading to this lack of offense. When the extra passes are made, it usually ends up with the Celtics scoring. It creates open shots and the motion on offense is something to look at next game.       Before getting hit in the nose we are seeing what Payton Pritchard can do. Knocking down threes, getting the ball to his teammates, and hitting the mid range jumpers. He can legitimately be one of your bench scorers. Kid has no fear and up in basketball heaven Tommy Heinsohn is pleased .             Rob Williams hustle and moto r are huge to this teams success. He worked hard on all ends of the floor tonight. His passing was efficient, and he hit some shots tonight. Wait till he and The Wolverine get their alley oops going this season.          Romeo Langford made some nice cuts tonight , He had a nic

Interesting game tonight for a short-handed Celtics team.

      So we have no Al Horford or Jaylen Brown due to Covid protocols. Pile on to that where Josh Richardson, Dennis Schroder, The Wolverine and Jayson Tatum are getting a day to rest. Who do we see tonight make the most of their minutes? The assumption would be that Payton Pritchard and 3Smith should be major contributors tonight. Do we see some of that summer loving where they go off?       Will we get more minutes for Hernangomez who appears to have a motor that goes hard. Do we see Rob and Grant a lot on the floor together? We know what we have in Kanter, with that incredible running style up and down the floor. Is this a Romeo game filled with loving threes?      Ultimately tonight's game could give us insight into who takes that final roster spot? Is Jabari going to bring that talent and show why he was a top draft pick? What about Sam Hauser  - will he light it up?  Garrison Matthews anyone.  Let's see what he's got in the tank from deep! Do we get a Theo Pinso

Prediction: Kyrie Irving will get vaccinated within the next week

  Kyrie Irving was never going to be a team leader in Cleveland with Lebron James at the helm, and Boston fans saw what happened with his dream to lead The Green to Banner #18 . And seeing that Kyrie's present Nets teammate, Kevin Durant , remains the top player for Brooklyn (and maybe in the NBA), no leadership role will open up for Irving there. So now, it appears that the restless point guard wishes to make a statement for the hoards of individuals losing their jobs over COVID vaccine mandates. Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Kyrie Irving’s decision have told The Athletic that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. More from @ShamsCharania : — The Athletic (@TheAthletic) October 13, 2021  Now the Nets leadership has taken a strong stand on Irving's refusal to be vaccinated . There was really no other logical course to take. Br

Grant "The Man" Williams in Preseason Game 2 vs. Raptors

      Some random Celtics thoughts from Celtics 113-111 victory over the Raptors. Refs suck even in preseason, Tatum goes to hoop no call, Drajic gets barely hit it's a foul! When will the scales ever be equaled out with calls for the Green? Never!       Romeo is building confidence! Will he stay healthy, does his impact carry into the regular season?       Marcus can drive, shoot and get to the hoop! He can also get the rock where it needs to be. A Junior DJ in the making?       Grant can do it all! Threes! Drives! Defense! It's preseason so let's see how he carries everything into the regular season.          So far no Jaylen - no hierarchy? JT has to assume that leadership role on the floor without the other half to the Dynamic Duo       Al is back and it feels so good to be reunited! We have missed everything you do Al. The Jedi Master to this Celtics team.        Payton chipped in with 11 and 5 . If he bumps that up he will be one of the first calls off the benc

Al Horford back where he belongs in 113-111 win over Raptors

  Al Horford was back where he belongs in Boston's 113-111 win over the Toronto Raptors . He was the starter at power forward, supplying a bit of everything to the victory. Here is his production summary: 24 minutes - 16 P - 3 R - 2 A - 1 S - 2 B - 6/9 FG - 4/4 on 3s The numbers don't tell the whole story. The stability Al transmits to his teammates can not be minimized. I suspect he leads his life like he plays on the hardwood - never too high or too low. Horford will never be labeled a superstar in this League, but he brings exactly what the relatively-young crew has needed all along - a quality and seasoned vet with high character . Can you tell I love this guy? Al Horford’s now 4-for-4 from three @Wendys — Celtics Lead (@CelticsLead) October 10, 2021 How much did Al's team and fans miss that reliable shot from long distance? His return to Beantown was not accompanied by bright lights and huge fanfare , but we are thrilled to have him back

The movie, NBA Lane, is magical perfection

  You just knew the premier of NBA Lane was going to be special right from the start when the overhead cloud formation is that of the NBA logo. Masterful stuff! Then, unbelievably, it got better. Once I got over the fact that, at 77 years of age, I am two years older than the League I write about , the film was absolutely charming. 'Bout time I've been recognized for my 6-plus decades of following the NBA. — Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) October 5, 2021 NBA Lane has it all. The old guys - the youngsters - the rivalries - but most of all, the memories and the hope that the young guys bring to a League that has entertained us for 75 years through tough times and joyous seasons ( per ):  • The morning clouds look like Logoman • Magic Johnson’s street address is 32 NBA Lane, Larry Bird’s is 33 NBA Lane – they (obviously) live across the street from each other on NBA Lane • Dwayne Wade lives at #3 NBA Lane • Oscar Robertson lives at #181 NBA Lane –