“I thought this was out of character for us,” coach Jason Kidd said.
Actually, this is absolutely in character. So many times this year the Nets would follow up a feel-good win with a head-scratching loss and there would always be an excuse: This guy was resting, we’re managing the regular season, we’re saving our bullets for the playoffs. Again: The Spurs can do that. The Heat can do that. As recently as last year, the Celtics of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett could do that.
Now? Now this is Pierce, talking about experience after the Raptors outplayed them down the stretch for a third straight game: “Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t play.”
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN