Pregame notes: DJ, Bogut, Landry
The rundown (a quick look at pregame headlines)
* Doc on DJ: Hall call long overdue
* Bogut injury resonates in Celtics' locker room
* Landry recalled from Maine Red Claws
Doc on DJ: Hall call long overdue
Celtics coach Doc Rivers expressed great satisfaction in the news that Dennis Johnson has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The official announcement will come Monday morning.
"Before I was a Celtic, I was a big fan of his," said Rivers, who has long thought Johnson deserves a spot in Springfield. "Unfortunately, people forget how good he was in Seattle. They dismiss that part of his career or somehow forget it. He won titles with two different teams and was a key player on both.
"This is great. In some ways, it's a little late. It would have been better for this to happen when DJ was a live. It'd be great for him to give his speech. That's the only bad part of this."
Rivers recalled how physical Johnson could be on the court and said it wasn't possible to win that matchup.
"We wanted to bully the guards, but you can’t bully DJ," said Rivers. "That was out of the picture."
Bogut injury resonates in Celtics' locker room
With Milwaukee one of the teams the Celtics have been eying from a far as the postseason nears, it's not surprising that Rivers and his players were aware of the gruesome injury sustained by Andrew Bogut Saturday night. And in a way, they could relate.
"I don't know, all I can go from is last year with Kevin [Garnett]," Rivers said when asked about how a late-season injury can affect a playoff-bound team. "Hell, we almost made the [Eastern Conference] Finals. You still gotta play. In some ways it's better -- as crazy as that sounds -- that it happens this late. You just keep playing... It's always tough to play through injuries, but if it's five or six games, you get through it. It's when you have a month, then you really start missing that guy. But that's big for them. He's a terrific player."
Added Ray Allen, who saw the cringe-worthy moment on CNN while doing his morning workout, "It’s hard to say [if the injury can bring Milwaukee together]. but you can't count them out."
Landry recalled from Maine Red Claws
After the Maine Red Claws failed to qualify for the NBA Development League playoffs by losing in their season finale Saturday, the Celtics made the expected recall of rookie forward Marcus Landry Sunday.
Landry appeared in 13 games for Maine, averaging 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists over 24.9 minutes per game in mostly a reserve role.
Landry, obtained as part of the Eddie House-Nate Robinson swap at the trade deadline, appeared in one game for Boston back on Feb. 25, logging three minutes and missing two hsots in a 108-88 loss to Cleveland. For the year, he's appeared in 18 games between the Knicks and Celtics averaging 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
It's likely that Landry will spend much of the rest of the season inactive, but he's sure to gain valuable experience being around the team as it heads towards the playoffs.
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