It was the game’s opening tip, Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders is lined up for the jump ball, won it, and as he came down inadvertently elbowed referee Bill Kennedy in the head. Ouch.
We need to add that Sanders leads the league in technicals with 14 (and he has a lot of ejections), but this didn’t earn him one. Nor should it have, that was not intentional. The game was stopped for a minute but Kennedy soldiered on and continued the game.
It worked out fine for Sanders — he had 24 points to lead the Bucks over the Bobcats. It’s a key win putting the Bucks 1.5 games back of the reeling seven seed Celtics, and just one game back in the loss column. Finish with the seven seed you get the Pacers or Knicks in the first round, get the eight seed and the Heat wipe you off the map quickly. Self-preservation is a strong motivator.
Report: Celtics sign Gerald Green to one-year deal
While the rampant speculation continues about whether the Celtics may or may not trade for a superstar, Danny Ainge is filling out his roster with veterans. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that they’ve agreed to a one-year minimum deal with guard Gerald Green:
The @celtics will sign free-agent guard Gerald Green, a source told Sporting News.
Green was originally drafted by the Celtics in 2005 at No. 18 overall, and after bouncing around different teams and overseas in the first few years of his career, he’s carved out a nice niche for himself in the NBA as a scoring guard off the bench. He played 69 games for the Heat last season after two solid years in Phoenix.
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Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Celtics bringing back Tyler Zeller on a 2-year deal, with the second season at team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
Watch Charles Barkley struggle to pronounce “Jonas Valanciunas” last season
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.