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Your Morning Dump… where Doc likes the week off (and where Courtney Lee can jump really high)

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) October 26, 2012 Celtics News, Courtney Lee, The Morning Dump 4 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“I like it,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters following the team’s practice on Thursday. “I’d rather have this than playing on Friday, I’ll say that.”

Boston closed out its preseason schedule with a home loss to Philadelphia on Sunday with their regular season opener against the Heat on Oct. 30.

But with so much time in between games, Rivers acknowledges one of the challenges the C’s face will be keeping themselves sharp enough to play well.

“That’s gotta be tough,” Rivers added. “To have this much time off and then play a game … that’s not an easy thing. You’d rather have some games around the corner, but we don’t.”

CSNNE:  Doc “likes” week off

Not a bad little rock-the-cradle dunk by Courtney Lee (video via WEEI).  That’s what happens when you’ve got a little extra time on your hands…

It’s impossible to say what the layoff will really mean.  On the positive side, they’ll be able to really hone in on problem areas, work on them, and be pretty polished when Tuesday rolls around.

On the negative side, there’s a certain level of rust that accumulates simply by not facing a different opponent.  The speed is different.  The intensity is different.  The feel is different.

We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes, and trust that Doc has the guys ready.

In the meantime, we’ve made a concerted effort this morning to keep this space a “that guy”-free zone.  However, if you’re intent on hearing more from him (yes, he’s STILL talking), here he is talking to Jackie MacMullan (the rift between him and Doc is bigger than we thought, and Danny offered him a no-trade clause).   So if you’re into that stuff… enjoy… there’s plenty there.

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  C’s staying sharp

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston:  Collins: I’m as strong as ever  |  3-on-3: shooting stars  |  Pierce defying league logic  |  CSNNE:  Melo, Barbosa play with passion  |  Blakely’s Celtics predictions  |  Herald:  Concern for Delonte  |  Depth puts Celtics in prime position.  |  Globe: Allen’s comments bubbling up  |  Terry:  Celtics have the deepest bench in basketball  |  Steve Kerr says Celtics are a long shot

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  • eddysamson

    that effin guy.

  • Celticsfanatic

    Ray wishes he stayed. It’s clear to me now. I completely agreed with you on the day you guys wrote about Allen’s press conference when you said it would be unfair to his decision to jump to conclusions, but it was easy to get the feeling that he regrets leaving.

    Now, after seeing how he continues to talk about it and now saying “I’ll always be a Celtic” shows me he probably wishes he could do it over again.

    I hate Ray for what he’s done over these past few months. But if there was a way we could rewind and he chose us instead of Miami, I would forgive him of everything.

    • JR99

      I’m glad he left. I honestly believe that from now on, Ray will be a drag on whatever team he’s on. His history gets him PT, but his performance on the court lags far behind, making him a net negative. On top of all that, he would be a particularly awful team influence on the Celtics, as we can now see pretty clearly from the venom spitting out of him every day.

  • rob

    you guys are stupid Ray was a great team guy . He gave up his stats to protect pierce. he checked labron ,kobe and whoever the other teams best 1,2,or 3 was. Everytime pierce check someone they got a newcontract: john salmon .micheal pietrus . josh smith ,joe johnson,etc. pierce scores but he gives up just as many points as he scores. ray had to check everyones best and then try to shoot three pointers which is impossible.