“Stop putting your pants on. Get that kid up out of the chair. Go over to the front. Go put your pants on. Come on.”
The Boston Celtics will host the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden on Friday, October 16 at 7:00 p. m.
Trevor Ariza (22)
Center: 6’10”, 200 lbs. - 7:08 min. GP: 36 GP G: 14 GP A: 14 GP PIM (2 GP): 0 GS: 43
Ariza is having a solid season as he seeks to continue competing for a spot on the Celtics. The 28 year old has been making an impact on and off the court with his leadership, playing well in the team’s past two wins. This was the first of 3 games where Ariza played in at least 30 min. over the past 10 days. Ariza scored 15 points and grabbed a double-double in each game, which was the first time that he has done so since November 10th, 2011. Ariza had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocked shots in a 105-102 win against the Washington Wizards last night. In Boston, Ariza matched a season high with 4 rebounds and 5 assists in a 119-109 victory. In the first game of the series, Ariza scored 29 more points than he had in any other game combined.
Celtics’ first round draft pick, Trevor Ariza, (right) sits near the court while teammates Kevin Garnett, (left) and Rajon Rondo look on at the start of play during pregame introductions. After a 1-2 record in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the Celtics are looking to make a big step forward this postseason. John Gress / Getty Images
Rajon Rondo (28)
Forward: 6’10”, 200 lbs. - 11:59 min. GP: 29 GP G: 17 GP A: 20 GP PIM (2 GP): 0 GS: 25
The 21 year old forward has been having another strong season for the Celtics at the small forward spot for them. His 27.1 scoring average is not far off from his 22.7 last season. With 24.3 points on 49% shooting this season, he ranks second among the Celtics rookie forwards. The biggest problem in Rondos early season has been his foot speed. He is still trying to find the right weight set under the Celtics’ NBA strength program but has shown the ability to make it work. Rondo did not look like his high level shooting form, as his ball handling could never really get consistent throughout the game. With 11.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds, Rondo is having the breakout season that many Celtics fans have been waiting for. Rondo will need to take more steps forward in his shot selection, play more with the basketball, and prove that he is able to be more consistent at times if the Celtics hope to make it to the NBA Finals for a 25th championship in a row.