Thursday, October 22, 2015
Coach Stevens Pregame vs Knicks
Starting Lineup: "It'll be the same as Italy,"
Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, David Lee and Tyler Zeller
No Isaiah Thomas (tendinitis)
No Kelly Olynyk
On Terry Rozier:
Expect Rozier to play big minutes tonight. Much like Monday night's game against Brooklyn, coach Stevens plans to give him as much minutes as he can. Because Rozier missed a week, it is very important that he plays a lot of minutes in these final two preseason games.
On Kristaps Porzingis
"He was way out of our reach [on the draft board] so I didn't spend a lot of time with him. I watched a couple of preseason games he's played, an in summer league. I think he's a high-ceiling guy. I think he can be a really good player, there's no question about it. He was picked fourth [in the draft] for a reason, I think he's a great fit for how they play."
When asked if the Celtics sang Happy Birthday to him, Stevens replied: "No." Coach joked that he has heard the guys sing before and figured he was probably better off not hearing his team serenade him before their game against New York.