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Your Morning Dump… Where Crawford was traded so Pressey could play

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“I don’t do deals just for the sake of change,” said Ainge. “We change for the purpose of progress.

“In the deal that we did with Jordan (Crawford) and MarShon (Brooks), as an example, we like those guys, but we really want to see Phil (Pressey) play. And it was tough for him to get minutes and opportunities. With Rondo coming back, Phil wasn’t going to (get) a chance to play much.

Herald:  Danny Ainge thinks only of C’s future

Back in July, I was at the Orlando summer league getting my first glimpse of these new Celtics.  During a break, I walked into the media cafeteria for some lunch and sat down at a big, round table.  Across from me were two members of an NBA franchise’s scouting team (which I will not name) who happened to be discussing the Celtics at the time.  When it came to Phil Pressey, one said “I don’t know who told him to come out of college early.  He got some bad advice.”

I made a mental note of the conversation and moved on, but I remember thinking the guy had a point.  I’ve never really been on board the Pressey bandwagon.  I’ve always thought he was a bit too small and too turnover prone, and that his shot wasn’t good enough to succeed in the NBA.

But I’m not Brad Stevens.  And Brad Stevens, along with Danny Ainge, have seen something in Pressey that they like, and right now, it’s working for the Celtics.

First of all… this kid can pass.  And when I say this kid can pass… I mean he can PASS.

That play is just gorgeous.  I could watch that play all day long.  And it takes balls to try that play, too.  There’s not much of a passing lane there, but he got clear of his defender and found the one sliver of daylight to make the right pass with enough English on it to hit the target.

As for his shooting, it’s still not where it needs to be, but Pressey is getting nothing but the green light from his coaches.

Stevens said. “And Phil puts in a lot of hours. Phil’s probably in the practice facility as much as anybody else on our team. So I expect it to go in. I think the biggest thing is just, for him to pass up an open 3 to take a one-dribble pull-up – you know, take the open 3. Step into it with a great deal of confidence and let it fly, because everyone on the bench expects you to let it fly.”

…and teammates

Gerald Wallace was among the more vocal players who uh, “strongly encouraged” the rookie to keep shooting.

“I don’t think he has a choice,” Wallace said. “I don’t think he wants to come back to the locker room not shooting the ball after what we’ve told him.”

Let’s not pretend his shooting is ok.  It’s been really bad this season, and it needs to improve.  The 7-for-10 shooting night against Washington raised his field goal percentage to 27.8% this season.  His true shooting percentage is under 36%.  He needs a lot of work in that area to succeed.  But the Celtics are going to give him that chance.

But the Celtics aren’t turning to Pressey to be a scorer, he just needs to pass and play defense.

“I’ve been saying this since Day One. Guys are a lot bigger than me, they might be able to shoot over me or something like that,” Pressey said. “But I put my athletic ability, my speed and quickness against anybody. I try to use that to my advantage.”

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is among those pleased with the growth in Pressey’s game this season.

“I think Phil has come a long way,” Ainge told recently. “He is playing great right now. Not just the assists that everybody hypes up. I think his defense, his presence on the court, his confidence … when he’s playing I really feel that the guys love playing with him.”

The Celtics are going to give Pressey every chance to make this team.  They’ve moved players, in part, to get him some playing time.  And he’s under contract for the next two years (non-guaranteed, so he can be waived if need be).

If he works out, the Celtics will have the back-up point guard they’ve been looking for since Rajon Rondo assumed the starting point guard role… and they’ll have it at less than a million dollars a year.   In a best-case scenario, he could turn out to be one of the NBA’s notable bargains.

Page 2:  Kevin Durant is the Slim Reaper

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Photo credit: Jamie Rockaway  

Kevin Durant’s recent murder spree through the NBA has earned him an awesome new nickname:  The Slim Reaper.

I don’t care if he doesn’t like it… it’s too good not to use.  It’s like a wrestling name.  He could be The Undertaker’s tag team partner.

C’mon KD… get on board.

And now we can play things like this in our recaps if we manage to win tonight

And Finally…

Serge Ibaka does not have the Weather Channel app on his phone

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Someone’s going to have to explain the polar vortex to this guy.

And Perk’s face… priceless… as always

The rest of the links

Globe: Ainge says Celtics made Rondo a contract offer  |  CSNNE:  Blakely’s six-pack power rankings  |  Ainge: We talked to Rondo about an extension  |  ESPN Boston:  Rondo merits extension, eventually  |  C’s in final All Star voting

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  • NE_Celt

    Haha…that face on Perk is priceless. I hope Pressey continues to improve. Seeing him make shots the other night was awesome. And even though coming out of summer league the knock on him, other than his size, was he was turnover prone, doesn’t seem too much of an issue so far. He has been pretty solid on his passing and D. I hope he has another solid game tonight…GO C’s!!

  • Jo

    I like Pressey, glad management does too. First thing i noticed about him was how much of a pest he was on D. I think his size is an advantage for a speedy passing point, the quicker you can get in the paint, the better. He’s low to the ground, can see passing lanes others cant and all that.

  • bill_nair

    That perk pic and Durant pic are golden!

    I really like Pressey. He does the little things like play good D, control pace, put teammates in the places where they need to be on the court. He reminds me of Rondo in those regards. If he can at least be a consistent spot up shooter he will be a backup PG in this league for years to come.

  • swissflix

    Get a solid mid range jump shot and you’re set for the next decade, Phil!

    • Clogger

      Pressey is one of the worst shooters in the NBA.

  • KChristainsen

    I think Pressey can be a solid back up point guard moving forward. yes he makes some bad passes and needs to work on his shooting but when hes on the floor he pushes the tempo and can create shots for other players

  • tvor03

    slim reaper is much better than durantchula.

  • RedsLoveChild

    By no stretch of the imagination is Phil Pressey an NBA calibre player! Forget the bad shooting….his “freak show” shortness makes it impossible for him to prevent any talented scorer to just shoot over him.

    Pressey is here because he`s inexpensive and helps in the tanking process.

    Crawford did cost us a few games by overachieving early in this contract year of his.

    • Danny

      I think the fact that he’s on the roster when there are tens of thousands of other really good basketball players who aren’t proves he’s a nba calibre player. Whether or not he’s truly rondos backup going forward is another matter but I will never fault a guy for showing up every day and working hard and making hustle plays. That guy wants it clearly and that’s all you can ask. Also since when is he freakishly short. He’s listed 5’11 and even if he’s not really that tall he’s hardly the shortest guy to ever play in the nba. Nate Robinson muggsy bogues and spud Webb ring any bells.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Yeah, all 3 ring bells.

        And even though I would not want any of those guys {I wanted to vomit when Boston obtained Robinson}…they were all way better than Pressey.

    • Curt Hays

      I came here to mention that this sounds like Danny outright ADMITTING that he’s tanking the team.

      I think Pressey is NBA caliber but not start-, or even play-, every-game-caliber. Muggsy played in a an era when it was feasible for him to play in the NBA. The new rules make it a high-flyer game. Nate is a great threat off the bench, but I still think that this is Danny admitting that he’s tanking by design.

      I wish Danny would reimburse me for NBA League Pass.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Danny cannot publicly admit he`s tanking…without committing “career suicide” in the process. Stern would ban him for life.

        Unleash Danny….and he would fill this year`s roster with nothing but clowns wearing oversized shoes, and other assorted circus freaks!

    • Nazaret Jarekian

      He is 5″11″, that is taller than any average american male. He is becoming a deadly three point shooter. Crawford was 50-50 the entire year. He had a good half of the year than he became old chucker Crawford with better passing

  • jrleftfoot

    does RedsLoveChild think that anybody is fooled into thinking he`s a Celtics fan?

    • Curt Hays

      RLC is a fan. RLC wants rings though. RLC is a business-oriented basketball fan. RLC = Danny Ainge.

      But I do understand your frustration.

      • eddysamson


        • Curt Hays

          I didn’t think of that. Maybe @jerrysondler:disqus IS Wyc!

      • RedsLoveChild

        It don`t mean a thing if you don`t win that BLING!

  • frickenWaaaltah

    Uh yeah it’s good for Pressey, and maybe he’ll make the most of his chances here over the next few months, but I just don’t buy that it was a big part of the Crawford/Brooks trade.

    I took the trade of Crawford to mean that Danny and co had decided that Steez had played too well for the Celtics to be able to re-sign him as a backup for Rondo. Like he maybe has his eye on a starting job somewhere else, or they guesstimated what he’d get on the market this summer and decided they wouldn’t want to match it.

    Brooks is probably somebody they didn’t intend to re-sign and/or he just wouldn’t re-sign with Boston after getting so little burn.

    So the trade seems to me to have been about them getting a little something, basically a second round pick and one guy, for two guys who were going to walk away. It was also a 2 for 1 deal that created a roster spot which is good to have at this time of year, and didn’t they also get a significant amount of cash in the deal?