Last year was not a good one for Marquis Daniels in Boston — so he’s taking a mulligan.
The Celtics and Daniels have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He will be the backup two, and the Celtics are hoping for him to have a better year so he can spell Ray Allen, who is not getting any younger.
Daniels looked pretty good at the start of last season, but then two things happened. First, he injured his thumb, to the level where it required surgery. He was never quite the same after that. And secondly, he never really got the chance to prove it because Tony Allen became the backup wing player of choice.
Now Allen is gone, Daniels should be healthy, and the Celtics are counting on him to bounce back. They need the depth off the bench.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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