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Both Melo and Joseph expected the move.
"This move was really important for me," Joseph said, "to get more reps and more game-time experience.
"I saw (the move to Portland) coming, just how the rotation was. As a small forward, being behind Paul (Pierce) and being behind Jeff (Green), it was tough getting reps, even in practice."
Joseph played in one game for the Celtics, for three minutes.
Melo never dressed for a game; NBA teams can put only 13 of their 15 roster players in uniform each game. Melo and injured guard Avery Bradley were the ones to sit out.
"Of course I wanted to play but I understand the process," Melo said. "I'm getting better every day. I'm working on my game. I have to be patient. My time will come."